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Must-See Hong Kong Art Exhibitions

3 May, 2022
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Looking for your next culture fix? Here are the newest must-see Hong Kong art exhibitions on view this month, including large-scale oil paintings, Handover-era photography, video and colour installations, and more…

As we count down the days to the city’s headline art events (namely, Art Basel and Art Central this month!), why not make the rounds at the galleries in town and treat yourself to one of the many, many stunning Hong Kong art exhibitions on show. Featuring everything from video work to banknotes, sculptures, animation and even a few French May Arts Festival 2022 highlights, here’s our pick of the best new art exhibitions to see this May.

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and social distancing restrictions is constantly evolving. It’s a good idea to check with the gallery to see if booking an appointment is required before you visit.

Read more: Your Ultimate Guide To Art Galleries In Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Time Rift

Depicting everything from abandoned ruins to old villages and run-down buildings, this solo exhibition by French artist Daphné Mande invites you to travel back to a forgotten era of Hong Kong. “Hong Kong Time Rift” at Gallery EXIT explores the city’s past and present, showcasing it through mixed-media works on paper and video.

When: From now until Saturday, 28 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
Where: Gallery EXIT, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Contact: 2541 1299, info@galleryexit.com
How much: Free entry


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Something Blue

Odds and Ends has (finally!) opened its door to the public, with an inaugural exhibition featuring works by artists Peter Chan, Corn Ho, and Lewis Lau. The show ponders the various cultural connotations of the colour blue, zeroing in on the pensive pigment as a “brooding symbol of introversion” — a lovely way to introduce this cosy new contemporary art gallery to the city.

When: From now until Sunday, 29 May. Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 7pm.
Where: Odds and Ends, PMQ, Block B, H307, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 3704 7268, info@oaegallery.com
How much: Free entry

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Put together by Tai Kwun’s associate curator Erin Li, this intimate exhibition (short for “emotion gymnasium”) calls on seven Hong Kong artists — Dony Cheng Hung, Chloë Cheuk, Michele Chu, Jess Lau Ching Wa, Sharon Lee, Eason Tsang Ka Wai, and Yim Sui Fong — to confront, dissect and embrace the “vulnerability of our times“. Together, their work considers the theme as a fundamental human state as well as something “of” the world we live in through installations, prints, stop-motion animation and more. And while you’re at Tai Kwun Contemporary, make sure to check out the ongoing “Double Vision” exhibition too.

When: From now until Sunday, 19 June. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Where: Tai Kwun Contemporary, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 3559 2600
How much: Free entry

Read more: Your Guide to Tai Kwun


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Contrasting Confluences

Part of the French May Arts Festival, this group exhibition features a gorgeous selection of acrylic, oil and watercolour works by French artists Clément Denis and Fabien Verschaere and Japanese artist Karen Shiozawa. “Contrasting Confluences” is the gallery’s first time participating in the festival!

When: From now until Thursday, 30 June. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.
Where: Whitestone Gallery, 7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2523 8001
How much: Free entry


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French May Arts Festival 2022

Established in 1993(!), French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia — with more than 100 programmes presented across two months, with exhibitions and events ranging from fine art to photography, ceramics, classical music and opera, food and wine, film, and live music. It’s hard to pick headliners (although we are partial to the annual Make Music Hong Kong and the upcoming food market!), but for an art exhibition, we’re leaning towards some of the photography shows, including “HK 1997” (open now until Friday, 17 June, at Arthome/Yrellag Gallery) and “A R C H I (HK…)” (open Tuesday, 10 May until Tuesday, 31 May, at Lumeun Home).

When: From now into August, with various dates and times depending on event.
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong
How much: Most exhibitions are free; workshops, music performances and film screenings have an admission fee.

Read more: Where To Buy Affordable Hong Kong-Themed Art & Photography


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PAPER TRAILS

Keep your eyes peeled for too-cool gallery Young Soy’s first exhibition of the year: a solo exhibition by Hungarian artist Patrik Wallner featuring “nostalgic currencies”; banknotes from all over the world folded into symmetrical artwork. Born in West Germany, Wallner is also a renowned filmmaker and skateboarder with a long career travelling and documenting life in countries like Myanmar, Iran and Yemen (to name a few!). Plus, this show will see 30 percent of proceeds donated to skate NGOs around the world, something near and dear to the artist’s heart.

When: From Thursday, 5 until Thursday, 26 May. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm.
Where: KONG Art Space, G/F, 3 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 6079 4775, habibi@youngsoy.com
How much: Free entry

Read more: Best Virtual Art Galleries In Hong Kong


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Carnival

This solo exhibition by Korean artist Woo Kukwon explores ancient festivals and spiritual ceremonies that delve into death and regeneration, solstices and seasonal change. Aptly titled “Carnival”, the art show features 25 new works from Woo’s satirical point of view, focusing on excitement, chaos and the frenzy of a festival.

When: From Thursday, 5 May until Saturday, 11 June. Open 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, info@tangcontemporary.com.hk
How much: Free entry


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From Now On

Another new gallery! This time, it’s Double Q, opening its doors to the public with not one but two inaugural exhibitions featuring works by artists Tomo Campbell and Márton Nemes (both making their Asia debut). For his show “From Now On”, Campbell has brought together eight new large-scale oil paintings that explore the cyclical nature of life through dreamy strokes. Make sure to also check out Nemes’ “City In The Sky” featuring his new Hong Kong Painting series.

When: From Friday, 6 May until Saturday, 4 June.
Where: Double Q Gallery, 68 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: hello@doubleqgallery.com
How much: Free entry


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HART Social Studio Showcase: “Trans/versal”

Not-for-profit arts organisation HART is launching the sixth session of its arts and creative incubator programme this month, providing support to 13(!) local and global artists. The show focuses on the shared human experience; an ability to connect despite our different cultural backgrounds. Navigate the blurred boundaries between human relationships, identities, and locations through various mediums including ink and calligraphy, colour and site-responsive installations, digital animation, paintings, sculptures and more. You may even recognise some familiar faces, like Pui-chee Chui, Merryn Trevethan, Nicholas Wong and Natasha Cheung.

When: From Tuesday, 10 May until Saturday, 4 June. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Where: HART Haus, 3/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Contact: 9869 4370, enquiry@thehart.com.hk
How much: Free entry — RSVP here (at the bottom of the page!) to visit.


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Spring Garden

Curated by Belle Leung, this solo exhibition by Chinese artist Li Xinping will showcase 16(!) oil paintings depicting the merriment of spring — the breeze, the fragrance of flowers, music and dance. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, the works were painted from 2004 to 2015 and promise to provide a safe haven from the current rocky climate.

When: From Tuesday, 10 May until Friday, 10 June. Open Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 6pm, and Saturday, 10:30am to 1pm.
Where: Osage Gallery, 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2793 4817, info@osagegallery.com
How much: Free entry — registration is required, you can fill out the form here.


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Intraverse

Presented by Chinachem Group and the French May Arts Festival, head to Central Market and NINA MALL this month to enjoy both a delectable journey through French traditional gourmet bites and an interactive digital art piece. “Intraverse” captures the motion of French artist Ophelia Jacarini‘s original dance performance using Virtual Reality technology, creating the digital artwork.

When: From Thursday, 19 May until Thursday, 30 June at Central Market; and Thursday, 26 May to Thursday, 30 June at NINA MALL 1
Where: Interactive Wall on G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; and NINA MALL 1, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry

Read more: 10 Questions With Ophelia Jacarini, Hong Kong-Based French Artist


Ongoing Hong Kong Art Exhibitions

Pure Heart Shopping Street

Head to Blindspot Gallery for Hong Kong-based artist Sarah Lai‘s solo exhibition “Pure Heart Shopping Street”, including a brand-new installation, and a collection of lightboxes, videos, oil paintings and other works that evoke a shopping street from 80s and 90s Japan. Sourcing her references from vintage archives of mass media, this art exhibition promises to leave you both sentimental about and dreaming of a bygone era. And if you’re paying the gallery a visit, make sure to also check out “Not everything is about you”, a solo exhibition by Trevor Yeung, also on view.

When: Until Saturday, 7 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 6:30pm, and Sunday and Monday by appointment only
Where: Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Contact: 2517 6238, info@blindspotgallery.com
How much: Free entry


I Know What You Did Last Summer

South Korean artist Hyangmok Baik’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” show at Over the Influence features a new series of paintings that continues Baik’s “utopian narrative”, something the artist has been exploring since the start of the pandemic. Following on from his LA show, Baik delves deeper into the pursuit of pleasures and happiness and the notion of possibility.

When: Until Saturday, 7 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Over the Influence, G/F & 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2617 9829, hk@overtheinfluence.com
How much: Free entry


Ghosts of Empire

This two-part exhibition curated by Ghanaian-American writer Larry Ossei-Mensah explores a shared colonial experience, looking at themes like the legacies of slavery, migration, trade and imperialism. You can view the first half at Ben Brown Hong Kong now (the second will be at the gallery’s sister location in London), with artists featured including Hurvin Anderson, Adam de Boer, Delphine Desane, Theaster Gates, Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Chris Ofili, Fadekemi Ogunsanya, Maia Cruz Palileo, Miguel Angel Payano Jr., Paul Anthony Smith, Livien Yin and Zao Wou-Ki.

When: Until Saturday, 14 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts, Unit 201, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Contact: 2522 9600, hkinfo@benbrownfinearts.com
How much: Free entry


Two Manifestos

Featuring works by Karachi-born artist Rasheed Araeen and the late Iranian-born sculptor Siah Armajani, “Two Manifestos” touches on these diaspora artists’ experiences migrating from their respective nations to the West — with themes including culture shock, alienation, immigration and societal norms. Pieces range from land deeds to sculptures and photography from the 1970s, as well as more recent work.

When: Until Saturday, 14 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
Where: Rossi & Rossi, 11/F, M Place, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Contact: 2116 5282, info@rossirossi.com
How much: Free entry


Half of a Yellow Sun

Ghanian artist Ibrahim Maham’s first show in Hong Kong opens this month at White Cube. Taking inspiration from the novel of the same name by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun” explores a period of independence from colonial British rule across Africa — with the exhibition showcasing a selection of new fabric paintings that explore the history of its materials, commerce and cultural identity. For example, the densely patterned and colourful ‘Dutch wax’ cloth was originally made and traded by Dutch companies, incorporating traditional Indonesian batik design before eventually making its way to Africa and becoming synonymous with African design and culture.

When: Until Saturday, 14 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2592 2000, enquiryhk@whitecube.com
How much: Free entry


Zao Wou-Ki: The Eternal Return to China

Following Villepin’s inaugural exhibition with Zao Wou-Ki in 2020, “Zao Wou-Ki: The Eternal Return to China” continues the gallery’s ongoing exploration into the artist’s life and art. The exhibition will feature rare pieces, including oil paintings, ink works and watercolours, and aims to shed light on Zao’s relationship with China’s history and culture.

When: Until Sunday, 22 May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Villepin, 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 3709 0913, info@villepinart.com
How much: Free entry


Joy As An Act Of Resistance

This solo exhibition by Iranian-born American visual artist Amir H. Fallah explores the mental fatigue caused by the ongoing pandemic — looking at, in particular, the idea of experiencing joy as a means of revenge and other acts of resistance. The title is taken from a featured work that (unwittingly) references the desire to make up for lost spending following lockdown, i.e. “revenge shopping”. The exhibition is open by appointment only, so make sure to email the gallery to book your viewing slot.

When: Until Saturday, 4 June. Open by appointment.
Where: Denny Dimin Gallery, Unit 612, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Contact: 5721 2638, hk@dennydimingallery.com
How much: Free entry


Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence: Thirty Years of Hong Kong Photographs, 1940s to 1970s

Spotlighting over 80 photographs by Hedda Morrison, Lee Fook Chee and Brian Brake, this photography exhibition traces Hong Kong’s history over a span of three decades of great change, from the 1940s to the 1970s. Highlights include images capturing the city’s post-war recovery between 1946 and 1947, the resilience of the 1950s, and the resurgence of the 1960s and 1970s.

When: Until Monday, 6 June
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Contact: 2103 9511
How much: Free entry


Hero image courtesy of Young Soy Gallery/Patrik Wallner, image 1 courtesy of Gallery EXIT/Daphné Mande via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Odds and Ends/Peter Chan via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Tai Kwun Contemporary, image 4 courtesy of Whitestone Gallery/Clément Denis via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of HK 1997/Birdy Chu via French May, image 6 courtesy of Young Soy Gallery/Patrik Wallner, image 7 courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art, image 8 courtesy of Double Q Gallery, image 9 courtesy of HART, image 10 courtesy of Osage Gallery, image 11 courtesy of Chinachem Group.

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