From glowing installations to visceral paintings to heartrending photographs from homegrown talent, these are the best, must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong this December.

1
Bamboo Scenes 1st Anniversary Exhibition

Bamboo Scenes launched a year ago in an effort to bring together the most luminary Hong Kong-based photographers with work that celebrates the vibrant city. They’re back with a one-day-only anniversary exhibition. Check out the new gallery wall at Locofama with never previously exhibited works in the Bamboo Scenes collection, plus works by four new artists, Jeremy Cheung, Carlos Sun, Kevin Mak and May James. There’ll be wines, organic bites and live DJ, making for a fun way to while away a Sunday afternoon. Pay-by-donation at the door, with all proceeds going to charity ImpactHK.

Address
Bamboo Scenes Gallery at Locofama, 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Website
Start Date
December 2, 2018
End Date
December 2, 2018
2
Toby Ziegler: Your Mother

Rounding off this year is the solo show of London-based painter Toby Ziegler, who was influenced by 17th Century painter Georges de la Tour in his latest body of work. You find echoes of mirrored compositions of a seated female figure, and thus continues the running motif in his works that hold a careful balance between abstraction and figurative work, working through a territory of unease and unsureness.

Address
Unit 304, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2801 6252
Start Date
October 31, 2018
End Date
January 4, 2019
3
David Zwirner: Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback

This group exhibition at David Zwirner gallery brings together historically significant works by the four surnamed artists: Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, John McCracken and Fred Sandback — the most significant of which may just be the scene-stealing Flavin, a “barrier” of fluorescent lights that bisects the gallery space while bathing it in pink glow. Whether it’s planks, heavy set slabs, lines outlining space, or indeed, hypnotic glowing pieces, this exhibition is sure to capture the imagination (and your IG feeds).

Address
5–6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2119 5900
Start Date
November 15, 2018
End Date
December 21, 2018
4
Chi Chien: Past Continuous

Taiwanese artist Chi Chien explores dichotomies in time and dimensions in his work, and in this latest exhibition he dives deeper into the ambiguous relationships between past and present. Centring on the Japanese air raid attack on Hong kong on 8 December 1941, Chi’s collages on photographic works reconsider history by embedding a garden in what was once violence and destruction.

Address
Affinity Art Gallery, 1/F, 1 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Website
Start Date
November 15, 2018
End Date
January 12, 2019
5
Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint

What does a Japanese American sculptor and a Vietnamese Danish artist have in common? New at the M+ Pavilion, “Counterpoint” explores the similarities and contrasts between two artists Isamu Noguchi and Danh Vo, and offers a new reading connecting the works created by two artists who have taken on third culture identities. Spreading throughout the M+ Pavilion gallery and the surrounding outdoor spaces, this will be a fantastic way to soak up the glorious autumn Hong Kong weather while it lasts…

Address
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website
Start Date
November 16, 2018
End Date
April 22, 2019
6
Jin Meyerson: Before the beginning and after the end

Dizzying, cacophonous sceneries fill the gallery for Jin Meyerson’s solo presentation at Pearl Lam Galleries at Pedder Building. The Seoul-based, Korean American artist is fascinated by the frenetic pace of our digital-tinged present — plenty of fast fleeting moments that become indiscernible.

Address
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601-605 Pedder Building,12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2522 1428
Start Date
November 23, 2018
End Date
December 29, 2018
7
Nigel Cooke

A debut in Asia for Nigel Cooke, Pace Gallery brings the British artist’s newest body of work that interlaces memory and invention. His new paintings are his memories of visited landscapes, playfully and vibrantly infused with new conceptual thoughts — reflections of the artist’s “psychological landscape.”

Address
Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2608 5065
Start Date
November 23, 2018
End Date
January 4, 2019
8
Christian Lemmerz: Not I

For German-born artist Christian Lemmerz’s debut solo show in Hong Kong, Tang Contemporary Art curates a show centring on dichotomies of life and death, will and oppression, using classical art techniques as a lens for contemporary issues. From a robed, bronze figure echoing the personage of death himself, to a virtual reality exploring a recently crucified body questions existence and history. Grim topics are traversed with exquisite detail and beauty, particularly through Lemmerz’ sculptures, and are a must-visit for anyone who loves details in art.

Address
Tang Contemporary Art, 10/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2682 8289
Start Date
November 24, 2018
End Date
December 29, 2018
9
Hao Jingban: Uninvited Guests

Hao Jingban’s extensive research into Manchuria in the 30s and 40s has resolved in this exhibition of his three new video works. Hao weaves fictional and true narratives in video, featuring reenactments and live performance, to investigate the subjectivity of interpretation, power dynamics and border geopolitics that result from such a piece.

Address
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2517 6238
Start Date
November 27, 2018
End Date
January 12, 2019
10
Lv Shanchuan: Mystified

This spectacularly vibrant palette of thick oil and mixed media is one of two of Lv Shanchuan’s latest series of works — “Flowers” and “Skeleton.” Tipping a hat to classical art history where the two motifs are often paired, the Chinese artist experiments with weight and violence with something supposedly lightweight and flourishing such as a flower, and contrasting with depictions of decay and death.

Address
Contemporary by Angela Li, G/F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 3571 8200
Start Date
November 29, 2018
End Date
December 31, 2018
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.