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10 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong in December 2019

Irreverent young artists meet art history pioneers in this month’s list of stunning art exhibitions in Hong Kong. Scroll through to find the best art shows to catch this December in town.


Eric Fok: Notes on the Future

Must-see art exhibitions - Karin Weber Gallery

When: Through 7 December

Young Macanese artist Eric Fok was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize earlier this year. Catch his solo show at Karin Weber gallery with ink on wood etchings that envisage the future of Hong Kong and Macau, referencing iconic Hong Kong movies such as Wong Kar-wai’s 2046 and Stephen Chow’s From Beijing With Love.

Karin Weber Gallery, G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, +852 2544 5004


Banksy: Genius or Vandal

Must-see art exhibitions - Banksy

When: 20 December–1 March 2020

Price: HK$180–210 from Banksy Exhibition HK

Formerly home to Van Gogh Live and Studio Ghibli exhibitions, Portal 6311 is hosting a landmark exhibition of works by British street artist Banksy. Notorious for his anonymity and for challenging the status quo within politics, art, culture and ethics, the artist has also garnered a rave following in the auction circuit (with an unprecedented live destruction of his own work going under the hammer at Sotheby’s London auction this year). At this exhibition, you can catch an audiovisual display highlighting the mysterious artist’s career and see some of his most important pieces to date.

Portal 6311, 1/F, FTLife Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong


A Sense of Place: From Turner to Hockney

Must-see art exhibitions - JMW Turner
J.M.W. Turner, ‘The Harbour of Brest: The Quayside and Château’ (c.1826-8); © Tate

When: Through 4 March 2020

Price: HK$15–30

With the landmark reopening of the Hong Kong Museum of Art — closed since 2015 for extensive remodelling — the institution is now home to 11 spectacular shows of world-class art, as well as an admirable showcase of Hong Kong talent. One of the highlights launching this winter is an exhibition tracing the development of British Landscape Painting and its influence on European art over the past 300 years. 76 exhibits feature masterworks from J.M.W. Turner, John Constable as well as the largest painting ever completed by David Hockney, all on loan from Tate. More information here.

Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


Carol Bove: Ten Hours

Must-see art exhibitions - Carol Bove

When: Through 14 December

Luscious, vibrant shapes that appear like folded silk or rubber, but on closer inspection are stainless steel forms take up the two expansive floors at David Zwirner Hong Kong. It’s American artist Carol Bove’s first solo show in Asia: the showcase follows her participation at this year’s Venice Biennale and a current two-person exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

David Zwirner Hong Kong, 5–6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong


Hong Kong Arts Collective Christmas Exhibition

Must-see art exhibitions - Hong Kong Artist Collective

When: 13–22 December

Hong Kong Arts Collective is an artist-run group that champions Hong Kong-based talent. This Christmas pop-up exhibition features works by an array of local artists including Ernest Chang, Szabotage, Kyra Campbell, Elaine Chiu, Romaine Jaquet-Lagreze, Alex Croft (work pictured) and more.

41 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong


Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s

Must-see art exhibitions - Mr Doodle Sotheby's

When: 7-19 December

Sotheby’s is no stranger to some of the world’s greatest masterpieces throughout time. This December, the Sotheby’s Hong Kong gallery will see an invasion of graffiti-style exhibitions that are whimsical spins on classic art history canon. They are drawn by 25-year-old artist Sam Cox, better known as Mr. Doodle, who will also be taking over the gallery with live doodling sessions on 7 December.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong


A World Within: The Art and Inspiration of Irene Chou

Must-see art exhibitions - Asia Society Irene Chou

When: Through 5 January

Irene Chou was a pioneering New Ink painter whose work became increasingly dynamic throughout her career spanning 50 years. Now celebrating a resurgence of the artist’s work in recent years, this exhibition at the Asia Society is the first major solo survey of the artist since her death in 2011, and is the third instalment of Asia Society’s 20th Century Chinese Female Artist series. 

Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Wang Gongyi: Leaves of Grass

Must-see art exhibitions - Galerie Du Monde

When: Through 31 December

In Wang Gongyi’s second solo exhibition at Galerie du Monde this December, she debuts mixed media grass paintings on Chinese silk, with paint she created on her own using ink, pastel and mineral pigments using stone and seashell. Inspired, naturally, by the words of Walt Whitman and hiking trips through Portland, Wang’s fields of grass are softened forms depicting the magnificence of nature that emerge from her inner artistic expression, rather than based on scenes found in reality.

Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 0529


AI Held: Modern Maverick

Must-see art exhibitions - White Cube
(© White Cube Hong; Image Credit: Kitmin Lee)

When: Through 11 January

The first artist estate presentation at White Cube Hong Kong is a show of American painter Al Held’s developing oeuvre until his passing in 2005, from works on paper to small-scale paintings. One entire room is dedicated to how he continually strived to beat the confines of abstraction, particularly with his richly colourful works from his ‘Luminous Construct’ series. Inspired by the illusionism of Renaissance paintings, these geometric pieces from the 1980s were a return to colour following a departure to monochrome palettes between 1967–1978 and the culmination of his decades of experimentation.

White Cube Hong Kong, G/F, 50 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2592 2000


Long to Belong

Must-see art exhibitions - CBAL

When: Through 14 December

With its opening coinciding with November’s Hong Kong Art Week Art Gallery Night, ‘Long to Belong’ is a group exhibition of three young artists from Hong Kong: Tang Kwong-san (work pictured), Kwong Man-chun and Apple Wong Hiu-fung. Each artist examines the concept of belonging in their distinct styles: from graphite drawing to surrealist paintings to emotional coloured drawings.

Contemporary by Angela Li, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3571 8200

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.
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