Looking for your next culture fix? Check out these new must-see Hong Kong art shows…
This month there are plenty of creative happenings to get stuck into (with some available to enjoy online!), including multicoloured bear feet, manhole covers, and large-scale photography. 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: Social distancing regulations remain in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice when heading out. It’s 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.
New Hong Kong Art Shows
The art of six female artists born in the 1990s coexist in this group exhibition. Expect to find Etsu Egami’s signature Rainbow portraits, high-contrast abstract art from Wang Xuebing, muted digital creations by Chen Ruofan and more.
When: Until Saturday, 17 April, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Tang Contemporary Art, 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2682 8289, email@example.com
How much: Free entry
In his fourth solo show with Rossi & Rossi, celebrated Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa shares his recent works. Borrowing from Tibetan Buddhist imagery and melding it with occidental pop culture, his vibrant art elaborates on the concept of the “spirit”, and explores the subject of displacement and the necessity for cultural integration for one’s survival in a globalised world.
When: Until Saturday, 24 April, Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm
Where: Rossi & Rossi, 3C Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Contact: 3575 9417, firstname.lastname@example.org
How much: Free entry
This exhibition juxtaposes the action paintings of American abstract painter Sam Francis and brush paintings of Chinese Diaspora artist Walasse Ting, highlighting the pair’s intriguing relationship through their works. Consisting of a total of 18 works on paper created between the 1960s and 1990s, the exhibition will bring to light the subtle similarities in their art and how they have influenced each other over the years.
In collaboration with The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe), Nan Fung Place invites you to explore an integral but often overlooked part of Hong Kong’s history in this fascinating exhibition. Showcasing local foundries and craftsmen, this exhibition gives you an insight into the manufacturing process of creating our city’s manhole covers.
Hong Kong Exchange exhibits a collection of new and recent works, including Ed Ruscha’s paintings on paper and large-scale photography by Andreas Gursky. These artworks will be displayed alongside key works of historical significance, such as Nam June Paik’s iconic sculpture “Bakelite Robot” and Cy Twombly’s enigmatic oil painting “Untitled”.
Paola Pivi’s new solo exhibition (her first ever in Hong Kong) will present one new and never-before-seen body of work titled “bear foot”, along with three iconic works by the Italian Artist. Encompassing different mediums, and varying from large-scale installations to photography and sculptures, Paola’s use of varied media translates real life matters into whimsical creations.
When: Until Friday, 7 May, Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 7pm
Where: MASSIMODECARLO, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2613 8062, email@example.com
How much: Free entry
WOAW Gallery’s inaugural group show “Stay Tuned…” will be held at its new Central gallery space. The exhibition is curated by a long-time acquaintance of the gallery, Sasha Bogojev from Juxtapose Magazine, and showcases the current works of five contemporary artists: Bas De Witt, Rhys Lee, Shannon Peel, Christopher Regner and Aaron Elvis Jupin.
Ongoing Hong Kong Art Shows
Zheng Bo, an artist specialising in ecological art practice, puts his own spin on Jon Jandai’s 2011 TED talk, Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?, by transforming Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden into a living outdoor exhibition. The Beijing-born artist works with resident ecologist Dr. Stephan Gale to grow his botanical slogan installations using a special selection of local orchid species to raise awareness for orchid conservation.
When: Until Sunday, 25 April, Daily, 9:30am to 4pm
Where: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Contact: 2483 7200
How much: $30 (ages 12 and up), $15 (ages 5 to 11), free for children aged 5 and below.
Showcasing works by four local and international female photographers, this group exhibition expresses the unique viewpoints of a new generation. The pieces by Hong Kong-born LAU Wai and Kayee C spotlight a very personal perspective on our society, questioning both self and social identities. Meanwhile, Anat Givon and Catherine Henriette, born in Israel and France respectively, find the inner beauty of Hong Kong and northeastern China.
When: Until Sunday, 25 April, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday 2pm to 7pm
Where: La Galerie Paris 1839, G/F, 74 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2540 4777
How much: Free entry
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, Bruce Nauman is presenting his works for the first time in Hong Kong at White Cube. The exhibition features his video works from 1999 and 2001, alongside three dual-screen projections made in 2013. Shot at his ranch in New Mexico, the works explore mind and matter, and foreground the artist’s experimental approach, both in front of and behind the camera.
When: Until Saturday, 8 May, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: White Cube, G/F, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2592 2000, firstname.lastname@example.org
How much: Free entry – by appointment only.
Taking up a 200,000-square-foot industrial space, step into this kaleidoscopic retrospective of Simon Birch’s two-decade long career as one of Hong Kong’s most successful contemporary artists. Widely known for his striking figurative paintings, Simon has always taken interest in the human form, but his new abstract paintings displayed in this exhibition serve as an intimate introspective of his previous works.
When: Until Thursday, 29 May, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Gallery HZ, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2623 3008
How much: Free entry – by appointment only
This all-female collectors’ exhibition presented by Duddell’s brings together notable works collected by female art patrons Mimi Brown, Karen Levy, Li Lin and an anonymous local private collector. Inspired by the lightness of Wendell Dayton’s “For Calder” (pictured above), the theme of curves runs through the thoughtfully curated selection of works, from rib vaults in Gothic architecture to the functional straps in athleisure wear.