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13 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong this November

A smorgasbord of art is on offer in the city’s galleries this month, with everything from a British artist who creates sculptures out of bird parts of birds to the celebration of a late great master of the Korean art movement Dansaekhwa. It’s a busy month, so make sure you don’t miss these 12 outstanding art shows.

‘Limited Edition | Édition Limitée’

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‘Flowers #4 – Orange’ (1989) by Keith Haring. Image courtesy of Fabrik Gallery and the artist’s estate.

When: Through 30 November 2016

Here is your chance to snap up pieces by some of the contemporary art world’s heavy hitters—limited-edition prints by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn are currently on display at Fabrik Gallery. Owning a masterpiece has never been easier.

Fabrik Gallery, 1102, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, fabrik-gallery.com

‘Precised Fictitiousness’

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‘Bamboo No. 10’ (2014) by Wu Didi. Image courtesy of Contemporary by Angela Li and the artist.

When: Through 3 December 2016

On show at this solo exhibition of Beijing-based artist Wu Didi are nine oil paintings in the Chinese painting realist style of gongbi in which meticulous extra-fine brushstrokes are used to create highly detailed paintings. In her Still Life – Bamboo series, hyper-realistic bamboos are bent into different geometrical shapes and float on the canvas. The real becomes the unreal.

Contemporary by Angela Li, G/F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, cbal.com.hk


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‘Flail’ (2013) by Kate MccGwire. Image courtesy of Galerie Huit and the artist.

When: Through 9 December 2016

British artist Kate MccGwire is renowned for using bits and bobs naturally discarded by birds—think feathers, quills and bones—to create installations, wall mounts and sketches. She takes inspiration from a childhood raised on England’s Norfolk Broads and now lives and works on a barge in London. ‘Secrete’ is a great introduction to the artist with some of the artist’s early installations as well as more recent mixed media sculptures.

Galerie Huit Shop 2, G/F-1/F, SOHO 189 Art Lane, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, galeriehuit.com.hk

Maria Taniguchi

Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin and the artist.

When: Through 21 December 2016

Philippines-based artist Maria Taniguchi will showcase one installation and six of her famous brick paintings in her first Hong Kong solo exhibition. Taniguchi’s brick paintings are created painstakingly over time, much like real brickwork, and together evoke the unmatched pieces of a structure. “The bricks depict the concrete architectural form of the wall, yet slyly slipping from these very surfaces,” says the artist.

Galerie Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kongperrotin.com


Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin and the artist.

When: Through December 21 2016

Galerie Perrotin is celebrating the late great Dansaekhwa master Chung Chang-Sup with a solo exhibition centred on his renowned Meditation series. (Dansaekhwa was an artistic movement in 1970s Korea in which artists manipulated the conventional materials of painting.) In this series, Chung uses self-made traditional mulberry bark paper. The zenith of Chung’s experimental phase with colours is marked by the two six-panelled canvases, in ultramarine-blue and vermillion-red, hung on the gallery’s main wall.

Where: Galerie Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kongperrotin.com

‘Du Song’

‘Trunk (PC1513)’ (2015) by Tony Du. Image courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts and the artist.

When: 17 November 2016–7 January 2017

British artist Tony Bevan will show a new series of tree paintings which focus on the trunk of a wind-bent juniper tree. Why you might ask? Well, Bevan was struck by a photograph of a juniper tree on El Hierro in the Canary Islands, Spain, which he first saw two decades ago; since that time the photograph has been pinned to his studio and just now has manifested in this intensive new series.

Ben Brown Fine Arts, 301, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central,  +852 2522 9600, benbrownfinearts.com

‘The Assembly: Cumulative Practices in Contemporary Art’

Image courtesy of Opera Gallery.

When: 17 November 2016–8 December 2016

A grand total of 16 contemporary artists join this group show of an eclectic mix of works covering both floors of the gallery. Expect the use of mass-produced objects or unconventional materials including matchsticks, coat hangers, charcoal, toys, candles, fishing nets, iron chains, glass, tights and paper. Artists on display are: David Mach, Joe Black, Michael Mapes, Chris Wood, Zhuang Hong-Yi, Federico Uribe, Suh Jeong-Min, Seo Young-Deok, Isabelle Scheltjens, Vincent Poole, Esther Naor, IIhwa Kim, Kim Dong Yoo, Nick Gentry, Emilio Cavallini and Bahk Seon Ghi.

Where: Opera Gallery, G/F–3/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, operagallery.com

Zhu Yiyong Solo Exhibition

‘The Realm of the Heart No. 41’ (2016) by Zhu Yiyong. Image courtesy of Galerie du Monde and the artist.

When: 18 November–30 December 2016

Galerie du Monde have championed Chongqing artist Zhu Yiyong’s for more than 20 years, and will now display more than 10 new works from Zhu’s 2016 series The Realm of the Heart, which tackles the rather daunting content of the crisis of human existence brought about by the destruction of the natural world. Expect a fully immersive experience, as Zhu will be painting the walls of the gallery for a week prior to the exhibition opening.

Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, galeriedumonde.com

‘Detached from Colour’

‘Reality Through Material’ (2015) by Zhu Jinshi. Image courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries and the artist.

When: 18 November 2016–11 January 2017

Beijing-based artist Zhu Jinshi will present some of his striking black-and-white abstract paintings and installations. On display is never-before-seen works from the ’80s and ’90s that were carefully chosen through long discussions between Zhu and Pearl Lam herself, as well as some of the artist’s work from 2015.

Pearl Lam Galleries, 601–605, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, pearllam.com

‘The Desire of the Other’

‘Clarivel with Black Blouse and White Ribbons’ by Mickalene Thomas. Image courtesy of Lehmann Maupin and the artist.

When: 18 November 2016–14 January 2017

New York-based Mickalene Thomas is known for her large-scale paintings that explore the female form with historical, political and pop-culture references. Her use of pattern and domestic spaces often references periods throughout the 1960s-’80s. Lehmann Maupin will showcase series of her recent paintings which present her skill in using different media—including oil and acrylic paint, enamel, silkscreen, rhinestones, and collage.

Lehmann Maupin, 4/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, lehmannmaupin.com

‘Where You Belong’

‘Tangerine’ (2016) by Eddie Peake. Image courtesy of White Cube and the artist.

When: 25 November 2016–7 January 2017

British artist Eddie Peake is bringing two new series of paintings, sculptures and installations to Hong Kong for his first exhibition in Asia. One series features spray-painted neon frames on canvas, while the other features a cartoon faun and a crystal ball. Bisecting the gallery is a wall with holes ripped through it.

White Cube, 50 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong, whitecube.com

Phillips Art and Design in Asia Preview

‘Abstraktes Bild’ by Gerhard Richter. Image courtesy of Phillips Hong Kong.

When: 24–28 November 2016

Eager art collectors can get a sneak preview of Phillips Hong Kong’s autumn sale (20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design in Asia) at the Connaught Room and the Chater Room at the Mandarin Oriental. Comprising a total of 50 lots, big names include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Zeng Fanzhi, Anish Kapoor, Adrian Ghenie and Michaël Borremans, Irving Penn, Nick Knight, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Bonham’s Auction Preview 

‘T.N.O.N. – I’ by KAWS. Image courtesy of Bonhams.

When: 17-21 November 2016

British auction house Bonhams is hosting a preview exhibition at its Pacific Place gallery, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to see works from two upcoming auctions titled Modern and Contemporary Art and Unplugged. The latter is a brand-new sale and will feature adventurous, thought-provoking pieces from the auction season. The preview exhibition will kick off with a cocktail event on 17 November from 6-8pm. 

Bonhams Pacific Place Gallery, Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2918 4321, bonhams.com 

Michael Alan Connelly
Head of Digital Content
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.
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