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5 Exciting Hong Kong Art Shows To Catch This Month

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Niki de Saint Phalle Solo Exhibition

Niki de Saint Phalle emerged with the Noveaux Realistes in the ‘60s as one of the most important artists of the century. As a female member of a male-dominated art movement, she rose to recognition with her deeply personal works of art created as a channel for therapeutic expression. Saint Phalle’s work is steeped in critique of conventional representations of women. Many of her sculptures, for instance, depict a colourful call to liberation of the female figure. Head over to the Tang Contemporary Art Gallery for more, but hurry as the exhibition will close in two weeks! 

When: Until Saturday, 17 August, 11am to 7pm (closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays)
Where: Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact:  2682 8289, [email protected], www.tangcontemporary.com
How much: Free entry 

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Sean Raspet: New Molecules & Stem Cell Retinoid Screen

Walking into Empty Gallery doesn’t feel like walking into any other art gallery. This black-cube space offers a novel way to experience art, making it a perfect match for Sean Raspet’s first exhibition in Hong Kong. Raspet’s work challenges our understanding of what art is. He is constantly breaking new ground in science and art, going beyond the visual to engage other senses like smell. Even more intriguing is “Screen” – a grid-like structure that houses human eye stem cells that will continue to grow over the course of the exhibition like an embryo, until eventually they will also “see” the spectator. It may sound unsettling, but we promise you won’t want to miss this.

When: Until Wednesday, 7 September, 11am to 7pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Empty Gallery, 18/F & 19/F, Grand Marine Centre, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2563 3396, [email protected], www.emptygallery.com
How much: Free entry

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Dispersal

How do we understand or make sense of the world around us? In “Dispersal,” Mandy El-Sayegh questions how we process information in this globalised, “technologised” era. Here, sheets of newspaper lining the walls and canvases overlaid with magazine clippings and paint reflect the state of information overload in our heavily networked society. El-Sayegh’s work probes politics and sexuality, crowding the spectator with difficult themes and challenging us to face them head on.

When: Until Friday, 23 August, 10am to 7pm (gallery opens at 11am on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2530 0025, [email protected], www.lehmannmaupin.com
How much: Free entry

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Forms of Ink

Galerie du Monde brings together a group of artists dedicated to the reinvention of traditional Chinese ink painting into conceptual art. “Forms of Ink” extends the thematic focus of Chinese ink paintings from the conventional aesthetics of beauty (such as landscapes and traditional calligraphy), to the contemplation of culture and contemporary upheavals in society. The exhibition features nine artists, all with unique styles – from Qin Feng’s bold brushstrokes to Fung Ming Chip’s shadow calligraphy hidden under an ink wash. It’s a striking display of talent by contemporary artists working with a traditional art form and well worth the short detour from Pedder Building or H Queen’s to check this out.

When: Until Monday, 2 September, 10am to 7pm (gallery closed on Sundays)
Where: Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2525 0529, f[email protected], www.galeriedumonde.com
How much: Free entry

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Kohei Nawa: Recent Works

Kohei Nawa blends the aesthetic of two and three-dimensional perception in his new exhibition at the Pace Gallery. He explores and challenges the dichotomies of “virtuality” and “physicality”, and of “nature” and “artificiality”. His “PixCell” series merges the smallest units of organic material and digital images – cells and pixels – to portray a vision of our society where nature and technology cannot be separated but rather meld into one another. Is nature enhanced or distorted by technology? At its core, the exhibition is an exploration of medium and material, but also a commentary on technology in contemporary society.

When: Until Thursday, 29 August, 11am to 7pm (gallery closed Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2608 5065, [email protected], www.pacegallery.com
How much: Free entry

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