Get out to these galleries
It’s no secret that Hong Kong is blessed with an incredible art scene! In addition to devoting an entire month to celebrating the arts every year and being one of three cities chosen to host Art Basel, there’s hundreds of galleries scattered all over the city. Boasting a diverse roster of both large and boutique galleries and highlighting both local talent and international superstars, there’s no shortage of options in Hong Kong – here’s our pick of the top galleries to visit in the 852!
Widely considered to be one of the most innovative and well-known galleries in the world, the Gagosian Hong Kong is tucked away in the historic Pedder Building in bustling Central. Expect to see exhibits by heavy hitters from all over the globe, from the celebrated Young British Artists to up and coming contemporary Asian artists.
Gagosian Gallery, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
This non-profit hosts exciting events, exhibits and installations all year round! While this option isn’t an actual gallery, HOCA seeks to organise events all over the city and make Hong Kong’s cultural and artistic landscape even more vibrant. Founded with the objective of educating the public in a welcoming, non-traditional and non-gallery setting, HOCA is primarily focused on increasing access to modern artworks and installations.
The fact that this is the first overseas offshoot of the famed U.K. gallery is truly a testament to the vibrancy of Hong Kong’s art scene! This sprawling space has been home to numerous international collections and exhibits by some of the most prominent contemporary artists. A true haven for modern art lovers, this gallery has it all – from paintings to sculptures and multimedia installations, it’s definitely worth a visit!
White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Having been part of the 852’s art scene for almost a decade, Gallery Exit has developed a reputation for pushing boundaries. Known for its ambitious and daring exhibitions and installations, it seeks to innovate, challenge accepted conventions and educate the public through its collection.
Gallery Exit, Blue Box Factory Building, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
This space isn’t just a gallery, but a platform of communication between Asian and international artists who share similar aesthetics and ideals. In a truly modern fashion, it also hosts works outside of the gallery’s space on Des Voeux Road, as well as pop-up exhibits. From Picasso to up and coming names in the art world, you’re bound to see some truly incredible shows in this space.
Edouard Malingue Gallery, 6/F, 33 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
Keen to check out the next big thing? Be sure to check out the HKDI Gallery in Tseung Kwan O to support up and coming local artists. This gallery is bursting at the seams with young talent and future heavy hitters, and is a refreshing change from the established names you’d find at more mainstream galleries in this city!
Hong Kong Design Institute Gallery, 3 King Ling Rd, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
This independent Quarry Bay gallery has been a major player in the Hong Kong art scene for over 20 years and is run by artists, for artists. Over the years, in addition to hosting contemporary art exhibits, this established art space has collaborated with a variety of other museums and created Hong Kong’s first visual arts publication.
Para Site, Quarry Bay, King’s Road, 22/F, King’s Wing Wah Industrial Building, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Voxfire prides itself on exhibiting and providing opportunities for local and regional up-and-comers. This intimate gallery is a direct contrast to the sprawling museums found further down the hill in Central. If you’re keen to check out some underground and lesser-known names, be sure to pop by this Sheung Wan space!
Voxfire, 1/F, 52 Gage Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
If Chinese art is your cup of tea, stop by Joyce Gallery on Hollywood Road to get your fix! Expect to see a diverse collection of curated pieces in this gallery: you’ll find both authentic, antique pieces like bronzes and ceramics to contemporary Chinese works by leading modern artists.
Joyce Gallery, Shop 1, 123 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
If smaller galleries are more your scene, this one definitely fits the bill! To say this place is cool is an understatement; this tiny little exhibition space is home to fun and innovative urban artworks. At this cosy, down to earth gallery, expect to see graffiti, comic book style works, pop culture influences and everything in between.
Above Second, 9 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Interested in Japanese art? This one’s for you! With two gallery locations in equally hip and trendy areas (Wong Chuk Hang and SoHo, opening in 2015 and 2016 respectively), Whitestone showcases regional talents from all over Japan. Having already developed a reputation for being a pioneering and innovative force in Japan, these relatively new additions to Hong Kong’s roster of galleries are sure to be a breath of fresh air in the city’s art scene!
Whitestone Gallery Wong Chuk Hang, 28/F, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Whitestone Gallery Hollywood Road, Lee Roy Commercial Building, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Celebrating both regional talents and artists from the broader international Asian diaspora, Hanart TZ has been an influential gallery in Hong Kong’s art scene for decades. The relatively new (and expansive) Hanart Square location in Kwai Chung is used to showcase more experimental and innovative pieces and installations
Hanart TZ Gallery, 401, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong
Hanart Square, 2/F, Mai On Industrial Building, 19 Kung Yip Street, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
If you’re keen to check out some street art, look no further than local non-profit, HK Walls! It prides itself on making art more accessible and providing a platform for esteemed regional and international artists to express their creativity and point of view. Instead of framed pieces hung on the walls of a gallery, you’ll find these public artworks plastered all over our city. Check out its Facebook page to stay in the loop!
Feature image courtesy of Unsplash, image #1 courtesy of Gagosian, sourced via Facebook; image #2 courtesy of White Cube, sourced via Facebook; image #3 courtesy of HKDI Gallery, sourced via Facebook; image #4 courtesy of Voxfire, sourced via Facebook; image #5 courtesy of Hanart TZ Gallery, sourced via Facebook.