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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Revelations. Treasures 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
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
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
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
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