In addition to spotlights on Lalan at Sotheby’s, an homage to abstract serenity and wacky, vibrant scenes tinged with colonial history — it’s also our last chance to see many of the landmark exhibitions that opened during Art Week in March. Here are the best exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this month.

1
Women + Ink, China + HK

Opened on the same day as South Island Art Day in March, “Women + Ink” at Alisan Fine Art Aberdeen centres on four emerging women artists from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong: Zhang Yirong, Qiao Yuan, Hui Hoi-kiu and CC Ling Pui-sze. From fine floral and landscape paintings of tradition to ink installations, this exhibition offers further space for feminine viewpoints in the contemporary Chinese art world to shine. Gallery is open by appointment only. (Image courtesy the artist Hui Hoi-kiu and Alisan Fine Arts)

Address
Alisan Fine Arts (Aberdeen), Unit 2305, Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2526 1099
Start Date
March 29, 2019
End Date
June 1, 2019
2
Pieter Hugo: Africa to China

South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s first solo show in Hong Kong juxtaposes faces from Beijing with those from South Africa, Cape Town and Rwanda. Known for his brutally frank images of Afrikaners in South Africa’s post-apartheid era against devastated landscapes, Hugo also directs his lens at the fleeting moments of intimacy found within acquaintances and hotel employees in Beijing during his previous two artist residencies. Offering private glimpses into the ordinary and sometimes disturbing, the delicacy he provides through his lens has earned his works comparisons with Dutch Old Master paintings. (Image courtesy the artist and Pékin Fine Arts)

Address
Pékin Fine Arts (Hong Kong), 16/F, Union Industrial Building, 48 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2177 6190
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 29, 2019
3
Lalan: Endless Dance

Lalan, perhaps more easily recognisable as abstract artist Zao Wou-ki’s first wife, has been gaining rather belated momentum for her enduring spirit and aesthetic sensibility, blending music and dance with art — a regard that is only expanding following a new auction record achieved just in April. Sotheby’s is showcasing a solo selling exhibition just in time for Le French May, showing oil paintings and works on paper from her three major creative periods. (Image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Address
Sotheby’s Hong Kong S|2 Gallery, 5/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2822 5566
Start Date
May 3, 2019
End Date
May 18, 2019
4
Yoan Capote: Territorial Waters

Growing up on the island that is Cuba, Yoan Capote’s art is fuelled by an obsession with the sea and the world beyond. At his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Capote’s iconic “fishhook paintings” will dress the walls — at once slightly menacing, with thousands of tiny fishhooks puncturing each canvas, yet mesmerising with the landscapes of rhythmic waters and dusky hues. Two suspended curved canvases help to create a 360-degree immersive seascape. (Image courtesy the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts)

Address
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, Unit 303, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2522 9600
Start Date
March 25, 2019
End Date
May 17, 2019
5
Bernar Venet: In Relation - Performance / Sculpture / Painting

French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet exhibits for the third time in Hong Kong, following his debut here in 1995 and a second show in 2012. Working with de Sarthe Gallery, the artist has created site specific works that explore the relationships between line and material, form and force, and order and organic patterns, as seen from his mammoth imprints on the gallery walls. As the artist proudly states, it’s work that “simultaneously involves the mediums of Performance, Sculpture and Painting.” (Image courtesy the artist and De Sarthe Gallery)

Address
De Sarthe Gallery, 20/F, Global Trade Square, No. 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2167 8896
Start Date
March 25, 2019
End Date
May 18, 2019
6
Tishan Hsu: Delete / Cici Wu: Unfinished Return

A dual exhibition takes place at Aberdeen’s black box gallery: both opening with a rave during Hong Kong art week in March. Tishan Hsu’s first solo show in Asia looks at research into her own family history during China’s revolutionary years, and how digital manipulation can render images to become at once intimate and anonymous. New York-based Cici Wu’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong centres on the story of Yu Man-hon — an autistic boy who crossed the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border in 2000 and disappeared. With a series of light sculptures and a new film, Wu explores the effects of luminescence and pedestrian spaces to form our memories and emotions. (Image courtesy the artist Cici Wu and Empty Gallery)

Address
19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2563 3396
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 25, 2019
7
Gagosian: Cézanne, Morandi, and Sanyu

Returning to Hong Kong following a show at Hauser & Wirth last year, artist Zeng Fanzhi curates this unique group show at Gagosian featuring artists that have become his muses throughout the years. (Paul Cezanne, “Fleurs dans un pots d’olives,” 1880-1882, oil on canvas, 68 x 57 cm; Image courtesy Gagosian)

Address
Gagosian, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2151 0555
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 11, 2019
8
Lee Kyouhong: Breathing of Light

Korean artist Lee Kyouhong has created seven new mixed media works that explore the material and metaphorical qualities of glass. It’s all about working with the contours of light: dreamy, reflective and mesmerising surfaces and textures juxtapose harmony and chaos, possessing what the artist calls “movement in stillness” and “the state of emptiness.” (Image courtesy the artist and Soluna Fine Art)

Address
Soluna Fine Art, G/F, 52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2955 5166
Start Date
April 26, 2019
End Date
May 27, 2019
9
Qin Qi: Fragrance of the Night

“Fragrance of the Night,” translated from the popular 1940s Chinese song Ye Lai Xiang, is Chinese contemporary artist Qin Qi’s vivid foray into colonial history, exotic, imagined lands and absurd situations. (Image courtesy the artist and Tang Contemporary)

Address
Tang Contemporary, 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2682 8289
Start Date
April 26, 2019
End Date
May 20, 2019
10
Daam

“Daam” (“淡”) is a versatile word in many East Asian languages — and in the context of this group show of Korean artists, it refers to stillness and serenity, relating to a sense of Korean identity and philosophy. This show at Whitestone Gallery exhibits three generations of Korean artists from the 1960s, 1980s and the 2000s — all united by the essence of “daam.” (Image courtesy Whitestone Gallery)

Address
Whitestone Gallery, 7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2523 8001
Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
May 19, 2019
Evelyn Lok
Deputy 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.