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5 Must-See Art Shows Taking Place In Hong Kong This April

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Liu Bolin: New Change

Internationally recognised as the “Invisible Man,” Liu Bolin’s first solo-show in Hong Kong combines photography, sculpture and performance. The artist camouflages himself to blend into various backgrounds (such as a supermarket in Pyongyang or a backdrop of UN Flags), to comment on a diverse range of global issues such as the environment, consumerism and politics.

When: Until Saturday, 27 April; 11am to 7pm (gallery closed Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Over the Influence Gallery, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2617 9829, [email protected], www.overtheinfluence.com
How much: Free entry

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Neo Rauch: Propaganda

German artist Neo Rauch’s paintings combine surrealist situations with traditional figurative techniques, to create abstract situations that seem familiar but absurd. He leaves dreamlike worlds open for your own interpretation, so you may see figures interacting with mythical creatures, or a man with rocket boots dusting the sky.

When: Until Saturday, 4 May; 11am to 7pm (gallery closed Sundays and Mondays)
Where: David Zwirner, 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.davidzwirner.com
How much: Free entry

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Xu Zhen: The Glorious

Last September, you may have seen Xu Zhen’s art supermarket go on sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. It was the first ever conceptual piece of art sold at auction in Asia, fetching HK$1.6 million. The artist’s newest exhibition combines historical elements to comment on the value of art and cultural clashes in a globalised, capitalist society. It will showcase some of his signature series through a combination of installations, paintings and sculptures.

When: Until Friday, 3 May; 11am – 7pm (gallery closed Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 3758 2180, [email protected], www.perrotin.com
How much: Free entry

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David Altmejd: The Vibrating Man

David Altmejd’s sculptures are hard to look away from. The pieces are grotesque yet captivating at the same time. With heads sharing eyes, open wounds or an extra pair of ears on their heads, they combine science, sci-fi, magic and gothic romanticism to create figures that seem as if they are always in a state of flux or regeneration.

When: Until Saturday, 18 May; 11am – 7pm (gallery closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Where: White Cube, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2592 2000, [email protected],  www.whitecube.com
How much: Free entry

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An Opera for Animals

Hosted across two floors, “An Opera for Animals” brings together a diverse group of over 50 artists from around the world, to comment on the notion of opera as more than the classical Western performance we think of today. Animals are used symbolically to represent cultural histories and influences found in the makeup of an opera, and how the staging of the artistic performance mirrors contemporary society.

When: Until Sunday, 9 June; 12pm to 7pm (gallery closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Where: Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2517 4620, [email protected]www.para-site.art
How much: Free entry

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