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10 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong in February 2020

Spice up your February by adding these dazzling art exhibitions to your calendar.

Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology

When: Through 23 Feb

Para Site makes full use of its new ground floor location with a staggering exhibition dressed against a deep red backdrop: Koloa is a touring exhibition first previewed in Tonga, surveying the rich array of art practices in the Pacific region and native to Tonga. Among the presented artefacts, the textile works highlight the self-empowerment of the women who make them. In Hong Kong, this presentation also expands to include three women artists, Tanya Edwards, Nikau Hindin, and Vailmaila Urale. Catch the exhibition before it wraps up by the end of February.

Para Site, G/F & 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2517 4620

Anothermountainman x Stanley Wong: Time Will Tell

When: Through 9 March

Few designer-artists have garnered the all-rounded appeal and acclaim as Stanley Wong, also known as Anothermountainman. Instantly recognisable for turning Hong Kong’s quintessential ‘red white blue’ plastic carrier bags into a cultural and stylistic icon, Wong’s graphic design and advertising pieces are sure to strike a chord in the collective memory of those living in Hong Kong for the past four decades. This solo retrospective looks at the duality of Wong’s genius, ranging from commercial works to his personal photo diary.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188

Carla Chan: To the end for the beginning, the heaviness of my heart

When: 6 February–9 March

This exhibition hosted by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Asian film and media arts incubator (IFVA) and the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong presents new pieces by Carla Chan. A Hong Kong native based in Berlin, Chan muses on the nature of the social circumstances of today with four monochrome installations, featuring iron powder and magnets, that function independently yet are connected in some way — how specifically, you’ll have to find out in person. 

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2802 0088

Playing it Straight [Postponed]

When: 14 February–1 March

Opening right in the thick of the season of romance, this experimental photography project investigates social attitudes towards sexual minorities in Hong Kong. Run by the independent artist-led gallery Hong Kong Arts Collective, the exhibition features works by Shawn Griffin, Leslie Montgomery and Rhody Chan, three multimedia artists who met in Hong Kong and continue to produce series of work centred on the queer community in the city. More information here

Hong Kong Arts Collective, 41 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Accidents: Part II

(Detail view; Image courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries)

When: Through 6 March

Continuing with the second part of the ‘Accidents’ exhibition series that opened at Pearl Lam’s Pedder Building gallery earlier in January, this show features a trio of artists whose work offers a potential of meaning beyond the artists’ original intents. The exhibition focuses on deviating from a set narrative and instead brings out the subconscious aspects of a piece into full light, emphasising a shifted focus on the viewer’s active participation in consuming art. Works range from sculptures by New York based Leonardo Drew, post-School of London painter Antony Micallef and Australian artist Dale Frank.

Pearl Lam Galleries, 9/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Otto Li and Timothy Zau: Portraiture 

(Detail view; Image courtesy of Sansiao Gallery)

When: 20 February – 12 March

Sansiao Gallery hosts this dual exhibition featuring modern portraiture by Otto Li and TImothy Zau. Li focuses predominantly on three-dimensional pieces, and here he reduces faces to a silhouette of codes by drawing with numbers — instead representing each facial feature with digital coordinates. Stripping down a human to something beyond skin, the idea is that what we see may not be what is truly before us. On the other end of the spectrum, Timothy Zau focuses on painting painstakingly realistic artworks based on anonymous selfies on social media. Recreating such images through oil on canvas poses an interesting irony, as the images had lifespans of mere seconds online, whilst the traditional media was made to last for centuries.

Sansiao Gallery, Room 104–5, Wilson House, 19-27 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

Juno Mak: The broken dreams we left behind…

When: Through 16 April

Hong Kong director, singer-songwriter and artist Juno Mak lends his eye to his first photography exhibition, held at the Leica Camera Hong Kong flagship in Causeway Bay. Focusing on forgotten places around Hong Kong, this is a chance to catch a glimpse of the locations and sentiments that have subconsciously informed his unique aesthetic for his music videos and films. A must-see for any fan of his work.

Leica Store Hong Kong Causeway Bay, G/F, No.12 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2385 0118

Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present

When: Through 29 March

A new gallery dedicated to traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans, Crafts on Peel presents its inaugural exhibition featuring a group show of six artists who have worked over the past year with traditional craftsmen. Jinna Neko, Dylan Kwok, Lawrence Ting, Anthony So, Singchin Lo and Joey Leung worked across fields of copperware, birdcage craft, bamboo framework, Cantonese porcelain and papier mache to create fresh new collaborative pieces that pay homage to heritage crafts in new and interesting ways.

Crafts on Peel, 11 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong

Peter Shire: Silhouettes, Soufflés & Succotash

(Image courtesy Over the Influence)

When: Through 7 March

Legendary LA-based artist Peter Shire lends a splash of colour and whimsy to Over the Influence gallery this month with new paintings, sculptures and design objects. The artist is recognised for his humorous and quirky form of expression, and for this show he explores a new series of neon paintings, works on paper, and never before seen ceramic and metal sculptures.

Over the Influence, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2617 9829

Liang Hao: Unfolding into the Expanse

(Detail view; Image courtesy 10 Chancery Lane Gallery)

When: Through 29 February

Beijing-based artist Liang Hao is presenting his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. His bright canvases are described as ‘clinical dreamscapes’. Seemingly airy and light with his use of colour and clean painting of people, hands and reflective paraphernalia, they also exude the slightly unsettling air of a cold laboratory. The paintings appear to be settings suspended in conceptual time and space, conveying an interesting dynamic between the abstract and tangible. Admire his uncanny technique through these selection of works curated by Tang Zehui.

10 Chancery Lane Gallery, 10 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0065

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