Commercially-minded art merchant Opera Gallery has carved itself a nice niche offering minor works by major artists. Its latest exhibition, Art Moderne, features works from the middle to late 20th century. Collaborating with Hongkong Land, it has once again filled the podium at Exchange Square and the Landmark's lobby with designer-label art. On display are works by Keith Haring, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernando Botero. Plus, for opening cocktails on Monday, a prized Damien Hirst painting of dots was brought down, the backdrop for a clinking of glasses between gallery founder Gilles Dyan (left) and Hongkong Land chief executive Y.K. Pang. 'It was very difficult putting together this exhibition,' gallery managing director Shirley Ben Bashat said. 'Unlike our previous Dali exhibition, which all came from one source, we had to search all over for these works. They came from different foundations and, in some cases, the artist is still alive, so we really had to seek them out. Then we had to spend millions in advance to buy them.' The formula seems to be working. After merely sending out the catalogue, four of the 11 sculptures have sold. 'I would say most of the buyers are from the region.' Sculptures on Hongkong Land properties will be displayed until March 30, as will the rest of the exhibition, which opens tomorrow at Opera Gallery, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central.