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A comprehensive round-up of the best art exhibitions to visit this month

A revolving-door list of current art exhibitions in Hong Kong; updated monthly for your convenience. Keep this page bookmarked!

An empty Sunday afternoon? Need recommendations for a first- (or second-, or third-) date activity? Yearning for some artistic inspiration? Pencil down a list of your favourites from our round-up of the best art exhibitions in the city — and make a day out of it.

Rules and regulation in light of COVID-19 restrictions are ever-changing. As usual, please contact the galleries prior to visiting.

TEKNOLUST: OBJECTOPHILIC FUTURES

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Image courtesy of Woaw Gallery

When: Through 24 November 

Like a scene plucked straight out of Blade Runner, Woaw Gallery’s latest exhibition, TEKNOLUST: OBJECTOPHILIC FUTURES, feels like a warning; a cautionary tale of what could come. Will come. 

Curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler and Melanie Ouyang Lum, the exhibition opens with Stephen Neidich’s The so-called blush response (2021); a set of kinetic curtains that animate at will, obscuring then revealing then obscuring once more what lays beyond. From female human-android sculptures emerging from the gallery floor to EPOCH’s REPLICANTS, a full-scale, digital replication of Queen’s Road Central, prophesising the future of the neighbourhood as one devoid of humanity, the multi-artist showcase examines many, many “What If?” theses. TEKNOLUST: OBJECTOPHILIC FUTURES is a neo-noir musing upon a world where human, machine and digital realities coincide — then, flourish. Or disintegrate into dust. Whichever robotic shoe fits. 

Woaw Gallery, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2765 2799 

Carnaby Fair x The Stallery: SUB9TURE

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The Plumber King 4. Oil on art paper with white colour frame. 52 x 42.5cm (Image courtesy of artist and The Stallery)

When: 20 November 2021 – 13 February 2022 

The Stallery plays host to Hong Kong’s first ‘CAP-ART’ exhibition in collaboration with Carnaby Fair, showcasing seven local Hong Kong artists’ capsule collections including those of The Stallery’s own Ernest Chang, Plumber King and DaddyBoy®️. Works showcased will include digital installations, large-scale displays and interactive experiences, with all artists involved collaborating with Carnaby Fair to imprint their pieces onto caps, t-shirts and NFTs. All proceeds from the exhibition donated to V Cycle, a Hong Kong social enterprise that supports poverty alleviation and COVID-19 stress relief.

Beyond the gallery exhibition, the façade of The Stallery will also become canvas to a large-scale, cross-generational collaborative graffiti-jamming project for Mr. Yim (The Plumber King) and BOMS.

The Stallery WCH, G/F, 82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2771 3800 

Love in the Dream

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Image courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

When: Through 22 January 2022 

A celebration of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery’s 20th anniversary, “Love in the Dream” is a sweeping 44-artist showcase, with the exhibition itself segmented into groupings of artwork thematically, salon-style. Sections include works built from resin, a dedication to Southeast Asian artists, photography and a solo partition for Hong Kong’s iconic Frog King Kwok — also featured in the toilet. 

“The Love in the Dream exhibition is truly a love story to reflect 20 years of passion and connection through art,” says gallery founder Katie de Tilly. “Art is made by one soul, and a gallery is there to make the dreams come true for the artist, to connect their work with other souls.” 

10 Chancery Lane Gallery, G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, Soho, Central, Hong Kong 

Yang Bodu & Zhao Zhao: perspective parallel

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Zhaou, THE WORLD. Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 250 x 15cm (Image courtesy of artist Zhao Zhao and THE SHOPHOUSE)

When: Through 21 November 

A collaborative exhibition between THE SHOPHOUSE, MINE PROJECT and Qiong Jiu Tang, “perspective parallel” is a collective exhibition between Yang Bodu and Zhao Zhao, the couple’s first-ever joint feature. The title of exhibition nods at the couple’s daily routine; a communal experience of shared time, shared space and shared professions as artists. Bodu’s paintings are connected by similar points of obscurity, from one jet-black stripe to another jet-black column in a separate painting; a theme that acts as portals throughout the artist’s oeuvre. Zhao’s paintings, on the other hand, posits questions asked since time immemorial: What is “THE WORLD”? Zhao’s answer: A fully abstract series that neither answers nor posits; instead, leaves the viewer wondering if the point of reference are microbial cells, floating grains of sand or the entire galaxy from the point of view of an omniscient narrator. 

THE SHOPHOUSE, 4 Second Lane, Tai Hang, Hong Kong 

skin in the game

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Javier Martin, ‘Blindness, Inner sunrise’, 2021. Collage on wood, acrylic, oil colour and neon light. 60 x 70 x 5.5cm (Image courtesy of artist and Gallery HZ)

When: Through 16 December 

From mixed-media paintings by Ewa Budka, Javier Martin and Ewelina Skowrońska to photography by Chong-Il Woo, Gallery HZ and Arta’s group exhibition “skin in the game” brings together pieces that thematically represent the complexities of womanhood in today’s increasingly ambiguous world, especially with regard to gender, gender expression and gendered expectations. 

“I adore the exploration of inner and outer beauty, the waves of emotions, human connections, and sexuality which these artists bring into artworks,” says Natalia Mota, founder of Arta. “Perhaps due to my background in fashion and life-long love for art, it was inevitable to create an exhibition that connects both worlds. What is also very important is equality to tell stories from different points of view by female and male eyes, by artists who work all around the world. We are all different and we wanted to show contrasting perspectives and ideas.” 

Gallery HZ, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2623 3008

Sharon Lee, Wai Kit Lam and Linda Norris: Wish You Well

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Sharon Lee, Wish You Well, 2021. Polaroid. (Image courtesy of artist and Karin Weber Gallery)

When: Through 18 December 

Karin Weber Gallery’s ‘Wish You Well’ exhibition is a celebration of neither painting nor installation, instead, focuses attention on an “often underestimated” medium: that of the A6 square-footage of a postcard. Sharon Lee’s body of work, for which this exhibition is named after, is inspired by postcards of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden, while Wai Kit Lam and Linda Norris presents their submissions from the “Root & Branch” project, where postcard-sized collages and paintings thematically linked through inclusions of wood and trees delve into notions of identity and heritage.

Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 5004 

Jonas Wood

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Jonas Wood, Yellow Flower with Lines 2, 2021. Oil and acrylic on linen, 106.7 x 91.4cm (Image courtesy of artist and Gagosian)

When: 23 November – 15 January, 2022 

Jonas Wood’s plant-focused oeuvre makes its way to Hong Kong for the very first time with this solo exhibition at the Gagosian gallery, featuring ten new paintings of flowers, fruits and houseplants rendered on black backgrounds alongside two series of related drawings including Yellow Flower with Lines 2 (2021). Originally from the East Coast, Wood’s interest in flora manifested upon his move to Los Angeles in 2003, where lush, verdant growth reflect the artist’s immediate environment at home as well as his then-new chosen home’s cultural identity. 

Gagosian, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2151 0555 

Georg Karl Pfahler 

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Georg Karl Pfahler, Espan Nr. 19, 1975. Acrylic on canvas, 170 x 170 x 5cm (Image courtesy of artist and Simon Lee Gallery)

When: Through 8 January 2022 

Designated as Georg Karl Pfahler’s first solo exhibition in Asia, this showcase predates the exhibition’s later, more comprehensive showing in Spring 2022 in the gallery’s London chapter. Here, Pfahler’s work from 1965 to 1975 is exhibited, beginning first with the artist’s Tex and Metro series in the early ‘60s to his later Ost-West Transit and Espan series that defined his work through the ‘70s. Known as one of the first “hard-edged painters”, Pfahler’s signature traces through abstract geometric shapes and crisp colour-blocking; an exploration of colour, shape and space that defined the artist’s entire life’s work. 

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, 304, The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6252 

Damien Hirst: His Own Worst Enemy

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Damien Hirst The Severed Head of Medusa 2008 Bronze 35.5 x 46 x 55.5 cm | 14 x 18 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo © Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

When: 24 November 2021 – 8 January 2022 

“His Own Worst Enemy” features sculptures from Damien Hirst’s Venice installation Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (2017) — as well as a series of new paintings entitled The RevelationsTreasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (2017), in development for over a decade, weaves a tale of an incredible archaeological excavation from an ancient shipwreck, with found treasures verging on whimsy and the fantastical, including a black-bronze sculpture of The Severed Head of Medusa (2008). 

White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2592 2000 

Isa Genzken

Isa Genzken, Untitled, 2012
Wrapping paper, wallpaper, perspex, adhesive tape, lacquer, colour prints, mirror, and framed black and white print
108 3/8 x 164 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches
275.4 x 418.5 x 12 cm
© Isa Genzken / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
(Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne)

When: 20 October – 18 December 

If you’ve found yourself in the vicinity of Victoria Dockside and K11 MUSEA in recent months, you’d undoubtedly have walked past one of Isa Genzken’s most recognisable works: Rose II, standing ever blooming, ever larger than life. Coinciding with the 8.5-metre-tall sculpture’s tenure in Hong Kong, Isa Genzken’s key works from the past decade — including the “tower” and “column” sculptures and the Schauspieler (Actors) series — will be on display for the artist’s first solo presentation in greater China. 

David Zwirner, 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2119 5900 

Living with Botero 

Woman in the Bathroom, Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 2002 (Courtesy of artist and Ora-Ora)

When: Through 2 January, 2022

Now, here’s an invitation you don’t receive often. Renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero is inviting Hong Kong into his apartment in New York. Or, if you must know, a faithful, intimate recreation of the space, holding court at Ora-Ora’s new Tai Kwun gallery space as the venue for the artist’s oeuvre — most of which he’s lived with and count among his personal favourites. Highlights include Botero’s artistic dialogue with Van Gogh, also entitled Sunflowers (oil on canvas, 1977) and Woman in the Bathroom (oil on canvas, 2002), voluptuous and mischievous. The latter is one of the paintings previously hung in the artist’s own home. 

Ora-Ora, Shop 105-107, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8735 

Gregor Hildebrandt: Behind My Back, in Front of My Eyes

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White flower pointing up (Alphaville), 2021
Audiotape, acrylic on canvas
49 x 49 cm
Photo: Ringo Cheung
(Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin)

When: Through 20 November 

Gregor Hildebrandt’s preferred medium of choice is a technique named “Sound Paper,” or “Tönendes Papier,” as it was first coined by inventor Fritz Pfleumer in 1928 in reference to magnetic tape used to tape audio; then, the kinds of paper coiled in cassette tapes several decades later. Hildebrandt, however, uses the medium to produce silence. Capturing a recorded melody on empty tapes, Hildebrandt then uses the treated audio cassette tape as “paint”; thus, “sticking” music to canvas in what he calls “rip-off paintings.” From the graphic motifs of White flower pointing up (Alphaville) to the multi-coloured Sur le comédien, Hildebrant manufactures a silent soundscape rife with memories, yet amputated from its latent musicality. 

Perrotin Hong Kong, 807, K11 ATELIER, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3758 2180

Poetic Heritage 

Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Passage III: Project Another Country, 2009, Cardboard boxes, wood pallets, photographs. Installation view of ‘Poetic Heritage’, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2021. Courtesy of artists. Photography by Kwan Sheung Chi.

When: 2 September – 21 November 

Questions of heritage, generally, most likely, come with implications of tradition; of heirlooms. Of things and lore and customs someone from generations past thought was worth keeping. Poetic Heritage — a joint exhibition borne out of Tai Kwun Contemporary’s open call for curatorial proposals — ruminates on precisely this; on the how, the why and, then, the why not. Six chosen artists and artist groups intentionally chose debris and objects — think reclaimed granite, wood pallets and cardboard boxes — otherwise unsavoury and headed for the landfill as materials that hold evidence of the past. As evidence of stories untold and forgotten.

Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Joey Wong
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