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.
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.
Bamboo Scenes 1st Anniversary Exhibition
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.
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).
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.
Chi Chien: Past Continuous
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...
Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Hao Jingban: Uninvited Guests
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.