10 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong this December

There’s a ton of art still yet to be seen for the last month of 2016. If the holiday buzz has got you feeling overwhelmed, head over to these exhibitions to take a contemplative step back: from art objects steeped in existentialist theory to new work exploring China’s urban centres to the simple joy of spotting adorable Hong Kong shopcats. You might even go home with a piece or two under your arm for a last-minute holiday gift…

‘間’ (Jian)’

the nominal three (to William of Ockham), 1963 © 2016 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy Gagosian.
the nominal three (to William of Ockham), 1963
© 2016 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Courtesy Gagosian.

When: Through 7 January 2017

American artist Dan Flavin was one of the forerunners of the Minimalist movement, known for his use of unadorned fluorescent lights as a form of sculpture. Influenced by his momentous work, ‘the nominal three (to William of Ockham),’ ‘Jian’ is a group show featuring Flavin, as well as his contemporaries Donald Judd and Walter De Maria, exploring objects that make you question the idea of being.

7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, gagosian.com

‘Hong Kong Story Corner’

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Don Mak - Sunset Dragon Ciry
Don Mak – Sunset Dragon City

When: Through 15 December 2016

Held at Odd One Out, which champions burgeoning Hong Kong artistic talent in the realm of etching and printwork, ‘Hong Kong Story Corner’ is the debut exhibition of illustrator Don Mak. It’s an ode to the stories of old Hong Kong, capturing momentous scenes in Hong Kong history teeming with local flavour. You’ll find six original watercolour works with digital modifications, finally produced as etched prints, depicting the city’s gorgeous neon signage, airplanes soaring over Kowloon, the Queen’s visit to Oi Man Estate in 1975, and more.

G/F, 14 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, oddoneout.hk

‘Hong Kong Shopcats’

M. Heijnen - HK Shop Cats #50
M. Heijnen – HK Shop Cats #50

When: December 9-18 2016

Having lived in Asia since 1992, photographer Marcel Heijnen’s latest project places a lens on some of Hong Kong’s most beloved felines, many of which reside in shops selling dried seafood in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Spot them all at this pop-up exhibition at ZZHK Gallery, where Heijnen will also be signing his book during the opening. After the pop-up, you’ll be able to catch selected prints and also purchase the photobook at Blue Lotus Gallery.

ZZHK Gallery, G/F, 3 Wa Lane (between 227-229 Hollywood Road), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong,  ZZHK Gallery

‘Ink Asia 2016’

Yuan Jai Stone Garden Lost Ink and colour ona silk 108 x 62cm, 2008 My Humble House Art Gallery, Taipei
Yuan Jai – Stone Garden Lost

When: 16-18 December 2016

Founded by 3812 Gallery co-founder and Fine Art Asia fair director Calvin Hui, Ink Asia returns this year for three days of — what else? — all things ink. This year brings an additional spotlight on calligraphic works, on top of alternative ink art in the form of installations, sculptures and ceramics. There’s also a great speaker programme for all those hoping to learn more about the traditional craft, including big name artists such as Fung Ming Chip, Liu Kuosong and Wang Tiande, as well as distinguished gallerists and individuals of the art administration world in Hong Kong.

Hall 3G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, inkasia.com.hk

‘The Realm of the Heart’

The Realm of the Heart No. 29 120 x 160cm Oil on canvas, 2015
The Realm of the Heart No. 29

When: Through 30 December 2016

Chongqing-born artist Zhu Yiyong is not a first-timer at Galerie du Monde, and in fact celebrates a two-decade-long collaboration with the gallery with a collection of new work to round off the gallery’s final exhibition of the year. A continuation of his series “The Realm of the Heart,” the artwork is an expression of his epiphanic concern for the natural world, following a serious illness he had almost a decade ago. The new works depict his signature layered pencil and oil paintings of grey, dusty Chinese cities, as well as brand new pencil portraits.

108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, galeriedumonde.com

‘Faraway, So Close’

Work by Hye Kyoung Kwon
Work by Hye Kyoung Kwon

When: Through 21 January 2017

Young Korean artist Hye Kyoung Kwon is having her first ever exhibition with Art Experience Gallery, showcasing a series of life-sized object paintings. But these aren’t any particular objects of importance as you might expect. Whether a handcart of unfolded cardboard boxes or a construction waste container, these oft-missed objects reveal Kwon’s observant eye, finding a sense of belonging in unfamiliar territory from when she lived abroad in the West.

Room 2009, 20/F, Cable TV Tower, 9 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, artexperiencegallery.com

‘Animal Farm’

Chou Ching Hui Animal Farm No. 06 Inkjet Print 110 x 144.37cm, 2014
Chou Ching Hui – Animal Farm No. 06

When: Through 5 February 2017

La Galerie is going Orwellian with its latest exhibition by Taiwanese photographer Chou Ching-hui. Inspired by the novella of the same name, Chou spent five years shooting this elaborate and very theatrical series at the Hsinchu and Shou Shan Zoos in Taiwan. It draws on the idea of a caged society, where we live under the constraints of social norms.

G/F, 74 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, lagalerie.hk

‘Hans-Peter Feldmann’

Hans-Peter Feldmann Untitled Oil on Canvas 51 x 34 cm Image Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery
Hans-Peter Feldmann – Untitled
Image Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery

When: Through 12 January 2017

German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann returns for his second show at Simon Lee Gallery with more of his humorous work: At a quick glance Feldmann’s work wouldn’t look out of place among a gallery of Old Master paintings, but on closer inspection he provides an alternative to the stuffy world of art history, a world where age-old oil portrait subjects had crossed eyes; classic nudes had bikini tans; and lofty religious paintings had censors…

304, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, simonleegallery.com

‘→ (Arrow)’

Chloe Cheuk, Since we last met, 2015 Image courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery
Chloe Cheuk – Since we last met, 2015 / Image courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery

When: Through 24 December 2016

Want to catch up with what’s going on in the Hong Kong art scene? This joint exhibition initiated by Hong Kong art stalwarts South Ho Siu-nam and Trevor Yeung invites 16 Hong Kong artists to reflect on their recent developments and their foresight on their work as we approach the end of the year. Featured artists include Oscar Chan Yik-long, Sim Chan, Chloe Cheuk, Vivian Ho, Andrew Luk and more.

15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, blindspotgallery.com

Yin Xiuzhen

Yin Xiuzhen Lachrymal Instrument No.1, 2016 Porcelain, gold
Yin Xiuzhen – Lachrymal Instrument No.1, 2016

When: Through 12 January  2017

Lauded as one of China’s most important contemporary female artists, this solo show of Yin’s work follows from her previous exhibitions at Pace Beijing in 2010 and 2013. Her newest series of works are in ceramic, contrasting to her previous works using soft old fabric. Entitled ‘Instruments,’ the ceramic works create a colder distance, likening the pieces to ritualistic instruments to reflect the artist’s increased focus towards spirituality.

15C, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, pacegallery.com