On the heels of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover, a number of the summer art shows reflect on the SAR's image of itself and explore the evolution of the city pre- and post-1997, while others delve into notions of time and modernity.

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Swipe through for the Tatler-approved list of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to check out this July:

In Search of Miss Ruthless

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Kristina Wong, 'Fannie Wong Former Miss Chinatown 2nd, Runner Up: Chinese New Year Parade', 2012, Photograph

(Photo: Courtesy of Kristina Wong)

Curated by Hera Chan and David Xu Borgonjon, In Search of Miss Ruthless explores how the beauty pageant mirrors Hong Kong’s image of itself, as well as the city’s representation on the world stage.

Previously unexhibited works by 23 artists will explore the story of the fictional Miss Ruthless, a public persona from the future, and interpret pageantry as it relates to a society’s values and its beauty ideals.

July 2–September 10, Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 25174620, ruthless.international

Composing Stories with Fragments of Time

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Photo: Courtesy of Karin Weber Gallery

Karin Weber Gallery’s summer show revolves around a letter written twenty years ago, by an anonymous Hong Kong emigrant to Australia in anticipation of Hong Kong’s return to China on July 1, 1997.

The letter was presented to eight Hong Kong artists in an invitation for their responses, and the exhibition amalgamates their diverse personal stories that reflect different generations, backgrounds and creative fields.

June 29-August 12, Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 5004, karinwebergallery.com

One Second Ago

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Handiwirman Saputra, ‘Luardalam dan Tuturkarena’, 2016, Acrylic on canvas with neon installation in glass case

(Photo: Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery)

The group exhibition explores notions of time and temporality, probing into the “teetering sense of balance” that is broken and created at each new second in time.

Bringing together five international artists—Handiwirman Saputra from Indonesia, Jeremy Everett from the USA, Phillip Lai from Malaysia/UK, and Tao Hui and He Yida from China—it seeks to remind the audience to appreciate every moment in our everyday lives, because no single second will ever be repeated.

July 10-August 26, Edouard Malingue Gallery, 6/F, 33 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0317, edouardmalingue.com

Sui Jianguo

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Sui Jianguo, 'Earthly Force', 1995, Stone and welding steel (Photo: Courtesy of Pace Gallery)

Sui Jianguo’s solo exhibition at Pace Gallery presents a number of paper and sculpture works in the Chinese artist’s first return to Hong Kong in nine years. A pioneer and leading figure in Chinese contemporary conceptual sculpture, Sui has been exploring the artistic process and concepts of form, space-time and Chinese modernity through his craft for nearly forty years.

The exhibition will feature multiple paper works created in 2017, as well as Earthly Force, one of his best-known early sculpture works from 1994

July 7-August 24, Pace Hong Kong, 15C Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2608 5065, pacegallery.com

Desiring—Post 97 HK Ink Art

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Fang Zhaoling, 'Hong Kong's Return to the Motherland', 1997, Chinese ink and colour (Photo: Courtesy of Alisan Fines Arts)

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Desiring—Post 97 HK Ink Art explores the evolution of ink art in pre- and post-handover Hong Kong.

The exhibition showcases ink works from 10 local artists across generations and genres, highlighting the role of Hong Kong artists in the development of contemporary ink art on the international art scene.

July 6-August 31, Alisan Fine Arts, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, alisan.com.hk

See also: 5 Global Exhibitions To See This Summer

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