4 August, 2020
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Must-See Hong Kong Art Shows

4 August, 2020
Hong Kong Art Shows - Art Next +VE/-VE

Looking for your next culture fix? Check out these new must-see Hong Kong art shows, with many available to view online!

This month, there are plenty of creative happenings to get stuck into (that you can enjoy online!), including upcycled art sculptures, handcrafted lacquer art, virtual museums and more. Whether you’re after a relaxing alternative weekend activity or an inspiring post-work pick-me-up, here’s our pick of the newest Hong Kong art shows you won’t want to miss. Happy viewing!

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. At the moment, social distancing regulations are in place for various businesses in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice. It is also a good idea to check via the event provider’s website/Facebook page to see if there are any last minute changes to these events and that you are aware of any restrictions they have put in place.

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Organised by Art Next, this exhibition features over 60 works from 40 different Hong Kong-based artists who have come together to show resilience during these difficult times. Some artists have chosen to capture scenes of a sparsely populated city, while others chose to pay homage to the hardworking medical workers. This pick is available to browse online for now, but once the restrictions on gathering has been lifted, a physical exhibition will be open to the public.

When: Until Monday, 31 August, Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm
Where: 2/F, SML Tower, 165 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong or online
How much: Free entry

Live, Create, Inspire

Live, Create, Inspire – A Celebrate Living Exhibition

This vibrant interactive, multimedia exhibition is live at FWD House 1881 and 1881 Heritage, Grand Piazza, and celebrates the works of 15 local artists and designers. Highlights include an upcycled peafowl sculpture, an interpretive collection of iconic Hong Kong neon signs and a charming set of hand-painted porcelain plates inspired by the 1950s. The exhibition’s three art zones can be explored in person or online.

When: Until Sunday, 6 September
Where: FWD HOUSE 1881, 1811 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong or online.
Contact: 3988 0000, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

My Body Holds Its Shape

My Body Holds Its Shape

Tai Kwun Contemporary is presenting  “My Body Holds Its Shape” online through its VR 360° Virtual Gallery. Curated by Xue Tan, features commissioned works from five artists, including local artist Tap Chan. The exhibition, set in the historic F Hall (a former printing facility and women’s prison) takes the metamorphic shape of a body and explores the ideas of limitation and distance – two things we’ve grown very familiar with this year.

When: Until Sunday, 20 September
Where: JC Contemporary, 2/F, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong or online
Contact: 3559 2600
How much: Free entry

Line and Surface by Igawa

Lacquer Art by Takeshi Igawa/ Handcrafted Art Wares by Jun Matsumura

The Contemporary Crafts Centre Hong Kong, backed by local galleries Giant Year and SOIL, is a gallery space dedicated to presenting contemporary handcrafted art creations. The centre recently moved to Hollywood Road and is currently showcasing a selection of Jun Matsumura’s hand-carved ceramic sculptures and lacquer art pieces by Takeshi Igawa. You can view Igawa’s work online and learn about the history of the ancient art technique via SOIL’s virtual gallery.

When: Until Tuesday, 15 September, Tuesday to Sunday, 12:30pm to 7pm
Where: Shop H, Hollywood Building, 186 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong or online
Contact: 2975 4410, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

Museum of Half Truths

Museum of Half Truths

A curatorial project started by UK-based Rachael Burns and Polly Palmerini, Museum of Half Truths is the selected project of 1a space’s The Emerging Talents in Contemporary Art. The group exhibition combines the art of artists Lau Wai, Moses Tan, Andrew Luk, Stacey Chan Lok Heng and Ip Wai Lung to form a playful yet reflective collection that investigates old rituals and traditions and the whitewashing of popular culture.

When: Saturday, 8 August to Saturday, 30 August, Saturdays, 4pm to 7pm
Where: Held online over Instagram live
Contact: [email protected]
How much: Free entry


The Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA)

The world’s first fully interactive virtual museum, VOMA, opens its digital doors to anyone, anywhere in the world – free of charge! The online museum will present exquisitely curated exhibitions featuring inspiring works from major institutes across the globe, including the likes of France’s Musée d’Orsay, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and more. To make VOMA possible, the latest developments in technology and graphics have been put to work to present each artwork in the highest resolution, along with a multitude of related media and references to enrich your understanding and appreciation of the museum’s collection.

When: Opening Friday, 14 August
Where: Online
How much: Free entry

Synthetic Reality - Gosha Levochkin

(synthetic reality)

Best known for his larger scale acrylic paintings, Russian-American artist Gosha Levochkin presents his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The show will feature a new body of work by Levochkin, inspired by his childhood memories with cars, and stays true to his signature cartoony, ligne claire (French for “clear line”) style.

When: Friday, 21 August to Saturday, 26 September, Tuesday and Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Over the Influence, G/F & 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2617 9829, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, book your visit here


Invader – Hanging / Hong Kong/ 2020

Internationally renowned French urban artist Invader is taking over Central’s Over the Influence gallery space. The solo exhibition focuses on two main mediums – Invader’s Alias artworks, which are one-of-a-kind replicas of the mosaics made on the street accompanied by a photo of the original artwork in situ, and Rubikcubist artworks, a style of mosaic art composed of Rubik’s cubes in various configurations. His new “Rubikmasterpieces” are a continuation of a series started by the artist in 2005 that are based off historical paintings by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci and Paul Gaugin.

When: Until Saturday, 8 August, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Over the Influence, G/F & 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2617 9829, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, book your visit here

Moon in the Water

Eaton HK has partnered with Dragon’s Delusion animation director and comics artist Kongkee to showcase new and notable early works in its independent art space, Tomorrow Maybe. Playing with the idea of time and the notion that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”, the video exhibition features similar clips projected in two separate rooms. The aim is for visitors to consider what they may or may not have missed during the time that passed as they moved between the rooms.

On 26 July, musical acts from Kongkee’s ongoing animation film project will be performing at the venue. There will also be talks on Chinese art history, philosophy and more, as well as workshops led by Kongkee himself on the day.

When: Until Sunday, 23 August
Where: Tomorrow Maybe, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2710 1947
How much: Free entry

Zao Wou-ki: Friendship & Reconciliation

Opened by former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin and his son Arthur in March is Villepin. Step inside and you’ll find yourself in the cosy surroundings of a French maison. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition features a rare selection of oil paintings, Chinese inks, watercolours and lithographs from the 1950s to 2000s by the late Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-ki, a close friend of the Villepin family.

When: Until Sunday, September 20, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Villepin Gallery, 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 3709 0913, [email protected]
How much: Free entry, by appointment only – book here

Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong

This unique exhibition features research-based works by 10 local artists that respond to the shared history and collective memories of Hong Kong. Each artist takes a different approach, but together their works culminate in an engaging and visually impactful collection that will prompt you to delve into the past, savour the present and contemplate the future.

When: Until Sunday, 27 September, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm (last Thursday of the month, 11am to 8pm)
Where: Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Contact: 2103 9511, [email protected] society.org
How much: Free entry

Beneath the Surface: Chinese Inlay; Japanese Maki-e; and European Cloisonné Enamel

Liang Yi Museum’s spring exhibition, Beneath the Surface, features over 200 artefacts from the museum’s permanent collections which focus on the ancient techniques of Chinese mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones inlay, alongside Japanese lacquer (maki-e) and European cloisonné enamel. Highlights include a pair of 18th century Chinese tables inlaid with semi-precious stones, a Japanese maki-e shelf from the mid- to late-20th century, and a set of silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel tea and coffee service sets crafted for Tiffany & Co.

When: Until March 2021, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Where: Liang Yi Museum, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2806 8280, [email protected]
How much: $200 (includes a guided tour); free entry for full-time students on Wednesdays

Garden of Six Seasons

Billed as a precursor to the Kathmandu Triennial, which will take place at the end of the year, Para Site’s new exhibition explores how gardens have impacted cultures across the globe. Named after an Edwardian English garden in Kathmandu built a century ago, Garden of Six Seasons brings together works by local and international artists. Para Site will also curate a series of digital programmes alongside the exhibition, including a VR viewing room, video tours and live panel discussions.

When: Until Sunday, 30 August, 12pm to 7pm (gallery closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays)
Where: Para Site, G/F & 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and Soho House Hong Kong, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2517 4620, [email protected]
How much: Free entry

They Do Not Understand Each Other

Drawing its title from a humorous art piece by Tsubasa Kato in which two figures are seen carrying out a simple task while not being able to understand each other’s languages, Tai Kwun’s new exhibition, They Do Not Understand Each Other, highlights the power of art in bridging language barriers. The exhibition houses 23 thought-provoking works from the National Museum of Art, Osaka and Singapore Art Museum, alongside new commissions based on the themes of cultural exchange, miscommunication and tolerance.

When: Until Sunday, 13 September, 2pm to 8pm (Monday); 11am to 8pm (Tuesday to Sunday) 
Where: JC Contemporary, 2/F, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong or online
Contact: 3559 2600
How much: Free entry – book your free Tai Kwun pass here

Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 

Incorporating new elements into HKMOA’s permanent Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum series, Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint tracks the people and stories behind the collection. Featuring Chinese antiques, paintings, calligraphy and China Trade Art, alongside modern and Hong Kong art, this exhibition will open your eyes and allow you to see the city from a whole new viewpoint.

When: Until Sunday, October 11, 10am to 5pm (gallery closed on Thursdays)
Where: The Lab, 5/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact: 2721 0116, [email protected]
How much: Free entry


Featured image courtesy of Art Next, image 1 courtesy of Art Next, image 2 courtesy of FWD House, image 3 courtesy of Tai Kwun, image 4 courtesy of Contemporary Crafts Centre Hong Kong, image 5 courtesy of Museum of Half Truths, image 6 courtesy of VOMA, image 7 courtesy of Over The Influence.

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