As the pace slows down in the aftermath of Hong Kong Art Week, now’s your chance to check out these worthwhile art exhibitions that opened during all the delirium: from an important collectors’ showcase of Chinese contemporary art to a survey of seminal feminist art, to a collection of lusciously coloured large canvases that will transport you to a dream world where time stops.
Wrapping up its Art Central booth with much success, Puerta Roja continues to exhibit sensational pieces exemplary of Kinetic and Op art pioneers at its Sai Ying Pun gallery space. “Visions in Motion” in itself is a condensed map of the gallery’s development for the past eight years, particularly in its lauded attempt to juxtapose works by veterans such as 95-year-old Franco-Venezuelan colour and light master Carlos Cruz-Diez with mid-career or emerging artists such as María García-Ibáñez, who creates laser-cut paper drawings, or optical paintings by Mariano Ferrante.
While Hong Kong sound artist and composer Samson Young’s whimsical musical bumper car piece at Art Basel Hong Kong is still fresh in your minds, the artist is presenting another exhibition at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre that features two pieces that were previously exhibited abroad. Extending from an original piece shown at a Guggenheim Museum group show titled “One Hand Clapping” last year that explored realities beyond logical reason, Samson Young’s current work “Possible Music #1.5 (feat. NESS & Stephan Moore) fills a room with complex sounds created using impossible instruments that defy the laws of physics -- made possible only through imagination and computer algorithm. In “Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th,” a continuation of his ongoing series, Young invited Flora Sinfonie Orchester in Cologne to perform the Tchaikovsky symphony in a muted fashion, leaving only the ambient noises produced by the physical act of playing and conducting, and revealing the violent nature of actively muting something.
Presenting something different than the usual photography and multimedia exhibitions at Blindspot Gallery, this month shines a solo spotlight on Hong Kong artist Lam Tung-pang, who has conceived an allegorical story of a wayfarer in search of a lost, anonymous manuscript. Inspired by the 20-minute underground portion of a journey Lam took on the high-speed rail, the exhibition is a rare revisiting of Lam’s work involving figures, as well as a showcase of new medium, including three-dimensional paintings, video sculptures, kinetic projection and found objects.
The German artist Neo Rauch’s first show in Hong Kong is a fabulous spectacle of 15 new surreal, figurative works. With eight large scale canvases that almost stretch to the ceiling at David Zwirner’s gallery space, and seven smaller pieces, “Propaganda” makes for a visually stunning stroll. Painted with an almost retro yet dreamy, timeless aesthetic -- particularly in his use of sumptuous earthy and pop colours as well as in the look and garb of his characters -- Rauch has always received varied speculation for the ambiguity in his work, to which, he simply responds, “My ideal viewer is someone who can enjoy it as an abstract painting… as paint on canvas.”
Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig is recognised as a maestro of re-interpreting formalist languages through his painting, performance, installation and more. This exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery spotlights a series of new paintings, emerging from a period of newfound inspiration after he visited a Picasso exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 2011. Experimenting with new gestural freedom, Zobernig references from masters such as Manet, Picasso, Klimt, and translates figurative language into unique modern forms.
The late Louise Bourgeois is perhaps best known for her large scale sculptures and installations that do not shy away from topics of sensuality, or making sense of the chaos in her internal life -- they’re of towering spiders, of women arched in hysteria, of cages exploiting voyeurism. You won’t find those here at this Hauser & Wirth exhibition, but instead, it’s a deep and intimate exploration into her self-psychoanalysis, focusing on the final two decades of her life. The show is curated by Bourgeois’ longtime friend and assistant Jerry Gorovoy, now President of The Easton Foundation, the artist’s estate, featuring fabric sculptures, hand poses, topiary sculptures, gouaches and her rarely exhibited holograms.
See seven seminal female artists at this pop-up exhibition at HART Hall held by Sprüth Magers gallery: Continuing from a series of exhibitions and publications led by Monika Sprüth between 1985 and 1993, “Eau de Cologne” created a powerful discourse about art and feminism that continues to resound today. Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman and Rosemarie Trockel all participated in the original show, and have been represented by the gallery ever since. This edition brings on the work of gallery artists Astrid Klein and Kara Walker. From Holzer and Kruger’s text-based works to Sherman and Lawler’s photography, each piece works together to weave a narrative on gender, sexuality, power and control in our everyday lives by some of the most formidable female artists contemporary art has seen.
This yearly showcase is a rare public viewing of important works belonging to private collections -- at once indicative of the development of the art scene across the world, as well as collecting habits of contemporary art lovers. This 5th edition places the lens on private collections in China, particularly curating important works that exemplify the rapid changes undergone in the mainland in the past 40 years. See works by renowned collectors Guan Yi, Lu Xun, Zheng Hao, as well as accompanying archives on art development. Free guided tours are available every day during the weekend (2pm English; 4pm Cantonese).
5th Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration
The invisible man returns. Following the artist’s exhibition hosted by Ruinart at Art Basel last year, Liu’s been busy exhibiting at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, and is now showcasing his works from the past five years at Over the Influence gallery. He is known for his unique body painting that camouflages himself in quotidian environments -- an ‘anonymous’ method of speaking out against political injustices all over the world. This latest series of works features unique locations such as a strangely abundant Pyongyang supermarket, and a backdrop of flags from the 193 UN countries.
Liu Bolin: New Change
The dazzling paintings by Chris Huen Sin-kan adorn the walls of Gallery Exit this month, continuing his exploration of the quotidian in Hong Kong with vivid colour and light -- you can barely tell that some of the work is inspired in part by the aftermath of last year’s devastating typhoon Mangkhut, which destroyed the greenery along Huen’s home in Yuen Long. In fact, he saw the resultant levelling of the trees as nature, in a way, embracing humankind, revealing the profound and changing relationship we have towards nature dependent on scale and proximity.