5 Hong Kong art exhibitions to visit in September

Good art makes you think, but great art has the ability to transform you and your perspectives. See beyond the mundane and explore the boundaries of convention through the eyes of September’s best Hong Kong art exhibitions. Flip through the gallery to check out our top picks of the month.

MORE: RSVP for an exclusive art tour at Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong on 5 September 2014.


“Cloud Clear Horizon” at Galerie Perrotin

German artist Thilo Heinzmann’s first solo exhibition in Asia is a sublime exploration and reinvention of the capacities of painting as a medium. The gesture of painting is presented in numerous unexpected variations, such as a trace of pigment applied onto a treated surface via movements of air, or a series of perforations on an aluminium sheet. His techniques are particularly highlighted in this carefully curated show by the stark, reduced palette of white, black, and darkest brown and blue.

“Cloud Clear Horizon” runs until 27 September 2014.

Galerie Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Rd, Central, Hong Kong  +852 3758 2180, www.perrotin.com

(Pictured: Thilo Heinzmann’s “O.T.” Photo courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin.)


“The 21st Century Undead Coterie of Contemporary Art” at Para Site 

Featuring local artist Kwan Sheung Chi, Para Site’s new solo exhibition will see the ground floor of the art space transformed into Kwan’s 24/7 residence (although, like the undead, he’ll only be up once the sun is down). A vial of his blood will be the singular piece of physical artwork.

It all sounds a bit Angelina-Jolie-circa-2000s-creepy, but there’s actually a higher purpose. There’ll be nightly discussions aiming to ‘bring to critical light the temporal, immaterial, and physiological labor of artists at a time when commodification of art production is keenly felt in Hong Kong’ – you might have to go for a visit to figure out exactly what that means.

The exhibition opens at midnight on 6 September, and continues through 12 September 2014.

Para Site, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2517 4620, www.para-site.org.hk

(Pictured: “Image of His Resting Place” by Wong Wai Yin. Courtesy of the artist.)


“Anatomy of Anxieties” at Edouard Malingue Gallery

Fancy doing some soul-searching and self-reflection? This group exhibition, curated by London’s Rowing Projects, dissects the effects of our own artifice on metaphorical body image. The installation is an amalgamation of a broad generation of artists- including Hans Bellmer, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Beth Collar, Cui Xinming, Patrizio Di Massimo, Laurent Grasso, Andy Holden, Tetsumi Kudo, Rachel Maclean, Cindy Sherman and Superflex- and it never takes itself too seriously, skipping in playful delight from dark humour to deadpan irony.

The exhibition runs from 10 September to 6 October 2014.

Edouard Malingue Gallery, 1st Floor, 8 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0317, www.edouardmalingue.com

(Pictured: Hans Bellmer’s “L’avant dernière jeunesse de Kali – Dûrga”. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery.)


“Le Bon Temps” at Karin Weber Gallery

After a highly successful debut in 2010, Paris-based Chinese artist Wang Gang is back again with a new solo exhibition. “Le Bon Temps” explores the phrase’s dual meanings of times past and passing the time with a series of oil on linen portraits, featuring a childlike protagonist. The dreamy, nostalgic mood is perfectly captured with Wang’s wonderful use of texture, which is achieved by layering thin paint on the canvas surface (#nofilter). Travel back to a simpler, more innocent time, if only just for an afternoon.

The exhibition runs 11 September to 5 October 2014.

Karin Weber Gallery, G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 5004, www.karinwebergallery

(Pictured: “Juste une decoration de theatre” by Wang Gang. Image courtesy of the artist and Karin Weber Gallery.)


“VIVIDS” at Gagosian Gallery

If street art is more your speed, check out “VIVIDS”: an exhibition of spray paintings in striking fluorescent pink tones, which was inspired by multi-hued LA sunrises and sunsets. The talented and versatile Sterling Ruby works with a large variety of mediums and aesthetics, having tried everything from poured-polyurethane sculptures to drawings, ceramics to video. In this case, the spray paints he used were speedily applied without pausing for touch-ups or drips in order to reflect the gritty urban context, creating Ruby’s signature atmospheric style of layering splattered, undelineated forms on gauzy backgrounds.

The paintings will be on show from 13 September until 25 October 2014.

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