In the summer heat, there’s no better way to cool off than to hit a nice, air-conditioned gallery while upping your arts appreciation game. Culture vultures will love the mythical tales and fantasy-inspired art pieces in our favourite shows this month. Here are five art exhibitions in Hong Kong to put at the top of your list for June.
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Light of the Troposphere by Pan Jian
Chinese artist Pan Jian explores shadows and darkness in this haunting exhibition of silhouetted forest landscapes. The traditional oil painter puts a contemporary spin on a classical subject, reimagining real-life landscapes on the canvas in a simplified form, with contrasting shades and hues lending them a dreamlike quality.
June 15-July 15, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0065, 10chancerylanegallery.com
Passing Through by Fury
Parisian Cyberpunk artist Fury showcases her Alice in Wonderland-inspired work in Passing Through. The collection of 60 original silkscreen prints are presented on different surfaces, from mirrors to plexiglass to canvas, and they narrate the story of a young girl, Alice. Playing with concepts of space and time, this unconventional series is a must for fairytale and art fans alike.
June 3–August 31, agnès b. Galerie Boutique, Shop 119, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, asia.agnesb.com
Meme by Fung Ming Chip
An examination of philosophy and history, Fung Ming Chip’s latest exhibition looks at the language of imagery and iconography that shapes our understanding of the world, with a particular focus on Chinese characters. This multimedia exhibition uses large-scale sculpture, ink, engravings and stop-motion animation, forming an intriguing commentary on how we use language and respond to visual stimulus.
June 1-30, Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 0529, galeriedumonde.com
Ovid in Exile by Rachel Kneebone
Calling all mythology fans: this one’s for you. Rachel Kneebone’s modern take on classical art explores metamorphosis through the literary legends of Ancient Rome. The porcelain sculptures and fluid pencil sketches in Ovid in Exile draw on surrealist themes, as she translates the poems of Ovid’s Metamorphoses into art. Both playful and beautiful, this international exhibition was critically acclaimed in London, so make sure to catch it while it’s in town.
May 27–August 19, White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2592 2000, whitecube.com
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The Afterlife of Rosy Leavers by Angela Su
In her first solo exhibition with Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong artist Angela Su showcases videos, drawings, and embroidery pieces in a multimedia exhibition exploring mental illness and social autonomy. Weaving together two narratives—one external, looking at societal and political structures, and the other internal, bringing the viewer inside the self—Su opens a dialogue with the viewer in this reflective exhibition.
May 20-June 30, Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2517 6238, blindspotgallery.com
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