Art & The City: 5 Hong Kong art exhibitions to visit in June

May was a big month for art in Hong Kong. With the mayhem over, it’s time to play catch up with all the other galleries around town. Don’t miss the talents of upcoming young Chinese artists amidst a significant month of remembrance, balanced by some bright and playful works. Here are our picks of the must-see exhibitions in June.

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Permanent exhibition at June 4 Memorial Museum

This 4 June marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, 25 years since Chinese troops opened fire on unarmed civilians in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 pro-democracy protests. It’s a small but worthwhile tribute to pay a visit to this significant permanent exhibition, the June Fourth Memorial Museum, discretely located in the bustling Korean district of Tsim Sha Tsui.

June 4 Memorial Museum, 5/F, Foo Hoo Ctr, 5 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui. +852 2782 6111,


Art Nova 100, K11

It’s fitting to also highlight young artists in Asia this month, and the “New Faces New Works” theme of Art Nova 100’s station tour encapsulates both talent and trends. This exhibition features over 60 young Asian artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, mainland China and South Korea. It’s impossible to miss the outdoor giant art installation “Iron Panda” by Beijing artist Bi Heng (consider this a preview of one of the many pandas to set their paws in Hong Kong in the near future), but don’t miss out on smaller works, equally deserving of attention.

Art Nova 100 runs now until  6 July, 2014.

K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3118 8070, 

Pictured: Beautiful World: The Queen, by Tao Na. Photo courtesy of k11. 


Michael Craig-Martin, Gagosian Gallery 

A leading figure of British conceptual art, Craig-Martin transforms everyday items into “pictorial readymades.” He explores how color affects perception, and this is evident as his take on contemporary objects is often set against a bright palette of blues, greens and pinks. View pedestrian objects in their simplified and colourful renditions, a contemporary reflection of our time.

The exhibition runs 12 June until 16 August, 2014.

Gagosian Gallery, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street,Central, Hong Kong, +852 2151 0555,

Pictured: Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (headphones), 2014, Photo courtesy of Gagosian Gallery. Photo Mike Bruce. 


“It begins with Metamorphosis,”  Asia Society

Asia Society features the first major solo exhibition by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing, tiled It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing. Xu’s work reflects the conflicts and cultural issues he faced growing up through the Cultural Revolution, during his early life in China. He is also known for his creative use of symbols and characters in creating creative, avant-garde works.

“It Begins with Metamorphosis” runs now until 31 August 2014.

Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2103 9511,

Photo courtesy of Xu Bing Studio Inc. 



“Mutual Influences,”

Here’s our unique pick for this month, suitable for even the laziest – the entire exhibition is online, accessible from your laptop –  courtesy of “Mutual Influences” features artworks by Wang Keping and Yang Jiechang. Picked specifically for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of French-Sino diplomatic relations, this exhibition explores how these two artists, who both spent significant portions of their lives in France,  straddle the boundaries between France and China.

Mutual Influences runs now until 14 June 2014. 

The exhibition is available for viewing online on

Pictured: Yang Jiechang, 100 Layers of Ink, 1991. Photo courtesy of