10 February, 2020

Must-See Hong Kong Art Shows

10 February, 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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Tatsuhito Horikoshi: Happy City

Happy City

Japanese artist Tatsuhito Horikoshi delights with an ode to urban living in A2Z Art Gallery’s newest exhibition. Borne out of the personal freedom he has experienced since moving away from the countryside, Tatsuhito’s paintings depict an almost childish love for the city. Inspired by shoujo manga, the collection is at once joyous and innocent in its portrayal of the city as a chaotic, yet neutral place to be.

When: Until Sunday, 23 February, 12pm to 8pm (gallery closed on Mondays)
Where: A2Z Art Gallery, 41 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2395 5198, [email protected], www.a2z-art.com
How much: Free entry

Xu Zhen: Under Heaven-2801PR0176

Under Heaven and Here on Earth

Art meets romance in this collection of works by renowned Chinese artist, Xu Zhen. Blending pop culture references with the human psyche and emotion, “Under Heaven and Here on Earth” features three of Xu Zhen’s most iconic artworks, including the world-famous “Under Heaven -2801PR0176”. Set amidst the lush foliage of K11 MUSEA’s Bohemian Garden and the scenic Victoria Harbour, it’s love at first sight!

When: Until Sunday, 8 March, 10am to 10pm
Where: Gold Ball, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 3892 3890, [email protected], www.k11musea.com
How much: Free entry

Angela Yuen: Rickshaw on Tram Tracks

The Lost Time Travel Machine

In her first major solo exhibition, Hong Kong artist Angela Yuen throws it back to times gone by with her focus on all things local and nostalgic. Using manufactured plastic toys, old-fashioned stationery and iconic Hong Kong trinkets, Yuen dreams up playful three-dimensional sculptures and installations, which are strategically lit to cast colourful shadows and silhouettes (designed to resemble the city’s skylines and streets). Visually stunning, come prepared to see Hong Kong in a whole new light.

When: Thursday, 13 February, 5pm to 8pm (opening night); Friday, 14 February to Tuesday, 31 March, 10am to 6:30pm (gallery closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Where: Contemporary by Angela Li, G/F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 3571 8200, [email protected]cbal.com.hk/art
How much: Free entry

Playing It Straight Exhibition

Playing It Straight

Editor’s Note: This event has been postponed until further notice.

New in from Hong Kong Arts Collective, “Playing It Straight” is an experimental photography project which sets out to explore society’s attitudes to sexual minorities. Featuring works by Rhody Chan, Shawn P Griffin and Leslie Montgomery, the collection works to turn the notion of sexual majorities and minorities on its head. In doing so, it challenges its viewers to question and reflect upon their own attitudes and perceptions towards relationships in modern society.

When: Friday, 14 February, 6pm to 11pm (opening night);  Saturday, 15 February to Sunday, 1 March, 1pm to 6pm (weekends only)
Where: Hong Kong Arts Collective, 41 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Contact: [email protected], www.hongkongartscollective.com
How much: Free entry

Otto Li: Portraiture


Modern portraiture is the theme of this dual exhibition spotlighting artists Otto Li and Timothy Zau. In a departure from his usual three-dimensional works, Li turns to drawing with numbers this time round, using numerical codes to reveal only a recognisable silhouette of his subjects. Zau, on the other hand, subverts the fleeting nature of social media by opting for the more traditional oil on canvas, transforming anonymous ephemeral selfies found on Instagram into art designed to last a lifetime.

When: Thursday, 20 February, 6:30pm to 8pm (opening night); Friday, 21 February to Thursday, 12 March, 11am to 7pm (gallery closed on weekends and public holidays)
Where: Sansiao Gallery, Room 104 – 5 ,Wilson House, 19 – 27 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2586 1018, [email protected], sansiao-gallery.com
How much: Free entry


Free January Events: Crafts Interwoven, Past And Present

Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present

Editor’s Note: Crafts on Peel is currently closed until Tuesday, 11 February. Head here to check for the latest updates.

Located in a historic walk-up in the heart of Peel Street, expect exhibitions and workshops aplenty at new creative venue Crafts on Peel, 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: Until 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

Must-See Art Shows: Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret: News From Nowhere

Editor’s Note: Simon Lee Gallery is currently open by appointment only.

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: Until 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

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: Until 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 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

New Hong Kong Art Shows: Sudo Reiko Nuno Textiles

Sudo Reiko: Making Nuno Textiles

Editor’s Note: CHAT is currently closed until Sunday, 16 February. Head here to check for the latest updates.

CHAT (Centre for Heritage Arts & Textiles) presents a collection of textile (or “nuno” in Japanese) works by Sudo Reiko, an internationally-acclaimed artist known for her innovative take on traditional Japanese textiles. In addition to the textiles themselves, the exhibition will unravel the whole creative process behind the works of the Tokyo-based artist, spotlighting Reiko’s sketches, material samples and design prototypes for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look.

When: Until Sunday, 23 February 2020, 11am to 7pm  (gallery closed Tuesdays)
Where: CHAT and The Hall, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 3979 2301, [email protected], www.mill6chat.org
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: Until 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

New Hong Kong Art Shows: Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

From The Last Supper to Mona Lisa, browse through the digitalised authentic works of Da Vinci from the Leonardo Museum in Italy right here in Hong Kong. As well as digital replicas, there’ll also be a series of interactive booths where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the individual paintings themselves. While the exhibition is free (meaning you won’t need the Da Vinci code to get in and admire his timeless works of art), some of the activities may require reward points – head here for full details.

When: Until Sunday, 16 February 2020, 12pm to 9pm (last admission at 8:30pm)
Where: Central Atrium, G/F Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2740 4108, [email protected], www.olympiancity.com.hk
How much: Free entry (interactive booths may require additional payment)

Featured image courtesy of Xu Zhen via K11 MUSEA, image 1 courtesy of Tatsuhito Horikoshi via A2Z Art Gallery, image 2 courtesy of Xu Zhen via K11 MUSEA, image 3 courtesy of Angela Yuen via Contemporary by Angela Li, image 4 courtesy of Hong Kong Arts Collective, image 5 courtesy of Otto Li, image 6 courtesy of Crafts on Peel, image 7 courtesy of Mai-Thu Perret via Simon Lee, image 8 courtesy of Crystal Liu via Galerie du Monde, image 9 courtesy of Para Site, image 10 courtesy of Centre for Heritage Arts & Textile, image 11 courtesy of Rose Wylie via David Zwirner, image 12 courtesy of Olympian City.

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