3 January, 2020
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Must-See Hong Kong Art Shows

3 January, 2020

Looking for your next culture fix? Check out these new must-see Hong Kong art shows!

Hong Kong is well known for its stunning picture-perfect hikes, bustling shopping districts and legendary LKF nightlife, but did you know that the city is fast becoming a hotspot for all things art? Boasting an endless number of galleries with an impressive range of ever-changing installations, Hong Kong has plenty for art lovers to sink their teeth into. Even better, most (if not all) exhibitions are usually free, making them the perfect wallet-friendly option to while away an afternoon.

So whether you’re after a fun alternative weekend activity or a quick post-work pick-me-up, here’s our pick of the newest Hong Kong art shows you won’t want to miss. Happy browsing!

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Must-See Hong Kong Art Shows: Koloa, Women, Art, and Technology

Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology

Coming straight from Tonga, this touring exhibition is based on the life-long research of the Dowager Lady Fielakepa, one of the Kingdom of Tonga’s foremost knowledge holders of customary arts. Guests will be treated to a range of historical artworks, including ngatu or bark cloth making, and fine weavings such as ta’ovala garments and ceremonial mats. The Hong Kong show will also be featuring the work of three contemporary artists from the Pacific (Tanya Edwards, Nikau Hindin and Vaimaila Urale), adding a whole new dimension to the dialogue. Each of these artists pry open the powerful relation of art and technology with a grounding in women’s knowledge and practice.

When: Until Sunday, 23 February, 12pm to 7pm (gallery closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays)
Where: Para Site, G/F and 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: 2517 4620, [email protected], para-site.art
How much: Free entry

Must-See Art Shows: Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie: painting a noun…

Kickstarting the year at David Zwirner is British artist Rose Wylie’s first-ever solo presentation in Hong Kong. Drawing from wide-ranging cultural arenas such as film, fashion photography, literature, mythology, history, news images and sports, expect a riot of colourful and unruly compositions which delight with their exuberance. The show will feature several groups of related paintings and drawings that collectively underscore the importance of memory as both a fixed and a shifting concept. A must-see for any fans of contemporary art!

When: Thursday, 9 January to Saturday, 22 February, 11am to 7pm (gallery closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Where: David Zwirner, 5 – 6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2119 5900, [email protected], www.davidzwirner.com
How much: Free entry

Must-See Art Shows: Crystal Liu, "the fog"

Crystal Liu: “the fog”

Canadian Chinese artist Crystal Liu is well-known for her enchantingly ethereal landscapes, but there’s more to her artwork than aesthetic beauty. From conflict to entrapment, longing, and precarious hope, Crystal’s abstract paintings are intimately tied to human feeling, standing as metaphors for emotional states and personal relationships. Catch her latest series “the fog”, featuring 15 new landscape paintings created using ink, watercolour, gouache and marbleised collages.

When: Friday, 10 January to Saturday, 29 February, 10am to 7pm (gallery closed on Sundays)
Where: Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2525 0529, [email protected], galeriedumonde.com
How much: Free entry

Must-See Art Shows: Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret: News From Nowhere

Taking inspiration from British polymath and socialist activist William Morris’ novel of the same name, “News From Nowhere” sees Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret return with her second Hong Kong show. Directly referencing Morris’ fictionalised women-only commune, The Crystal Frontier, Perret’s work engages with the promise of an ideological agenda that promotes egalitarian human relationships. Expect a blend of the traditional and artisanal, with a “postmodern aesthetic which speaks to a vision that rejects hegemonic narratives in favour of a critical questioning of communal identity”.

When: Friday, 10 January to Wednesday, 4 March, 11pm to 7pm (gallery closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Where: Simon Lee Gallery, 304, 3/F, The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2801 6252, [email protected], www.simonleegallery.com
How much: Free entry

Free January Events: Crafts Interwoven, Past And Present

Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present

Proving that the Hong Kong art scene is as alive as ever going into 2020, new creative venue “Crafts on Peel” will open its doors later this month. Located in a historic walk-up in the heart of Peel Street, expect exhibitions and workshops aplenty, all with the aim of preserving traditional craft techniques and stories for the modern world. For its inaugural exhibition “Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present”, Crafts on Peel has invited six contemporary artisans to collaborate with local craftsmen, to explore how traditional crafts and techniques can be reinterpreted and perpetuated in a contemporary artistic context. Featuring the likes of Jinno Neko, Dylan Kwok and Joey Leung, it’s not to be missed!

When: Saturday, 18 January to Sunday, 29 March, 11am to 7pm (gallery closed on Mondays)
Where: Crafts on Peel, 11 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2772 0513, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Featured image courtesy of Rose Wylie via David Zwirner, image 1 courtesy of Para Site, image 2 courtesy of Rose Wylie via David Zwirner, image 3 courtesy of Crystal Liu via Galerie du Monde, image 4 courtesy of Mai-Thu Perret via Simon Lee, image 5 courtesy of Crafts on Peel.

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