A renowned United States-based gallery that will open its first overseas branch in Hong Kong says it hopes to bring quality local works to the international art scene to promote a dialogue between east and west. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which has branches in New York and Beverly Hills, will open its gallery on Hollywood Road on Friday with the help of the government investment-promotion agency InvestHK. Gallery operator Sundaram Tagore - great-grandson of Rabindranath Tagore, who in 1913 became the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - said he chose Hong Kong over many other potential sites including Dubai and Shanghai. 'You want to be situated in a place where you can communicate,' said Mr Tagore, who has been travelling to Hong Kong for nearly 20 years and has friends and buyers in the city. 'In Shanghai, every single thing has to be translated unless I learn Mandarin very quickly.' Mr Tagore said he was offered a space of 5,500 sq ft - more than double the Hong Kong space - by the governor of Dubai, but 'I can't do that. I'm not familiar with the culture'. And the low tax rate in Hong Kong was a bargain, he said. While the gallery will feature artists from around the world, Mr Tagore said he hoped to contribute to the Hong Kong cultural scene by looking for enduring local artworks and showcasing them on the international scene. Mr Tagore said he has been negotiating with a group of eight to 15 Hong Kong artists about taking their 'cutting-edge' artworks to cultural exhibitions in New York and Beverly Hills. He said the exhibitions would take place within 18 months. InvestHK associate director general Simon Galpin said the government wanted to position the city as a business centre with a great way of life, which included a vibrant art scene. Mr Galpin said his organisation started targeting international galleries about a year ago. The tax-friendly environment, including the absence of a consumption tax, made the city very attractive, he said. InvestHK had been looking into more arts- and culture-related projects, including an American art school that hoped to set up a branch here. 'We have been talking to art schools in the US for two to three years,' said Mr Galpin, adding that one of the schools was a modern art school that taught new media art as well as fine art. He said that whether the school, which he declined to name, would eventually come to Hong Kong depended on whether a proper site could be found.