10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In April
Asia Society: A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun and Yukaloo by James Turrell
Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun—who passed away at the age of 96 in February—and American artist James Turrell are featured at the Asia Society. Hon is renowned for co-founding the Circle Art Group in the 1960s, a pioneering collective of artists hailed for bringing modern art to Hong Kong.
At this exhibition, more than 30 of Hon’s artworks—a mixture of paintings, prints and photographs made over a 40-year period—are on show, while the non-profit is also showcasing James Turrell’s Yukaloo, one of the artist’s famous immersive light installations.
Until June 9. Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2103 9511.asiasociety.org
Sprüth Magers: Eau de Cologne
Gallery Sprüth Magers, which has spaces in Berlin and Los Angeles, is temporarily taking over the ground floor of the H Queen’s building this month to host the latest installment of its series of Eau de Cologne exhibitions, which were devised to showcase the works of pioneering female artists. At this show, works by Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and more will be on display.
Until April 12. G/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. spruethmagers.com
Lévy Gorvy: Return To Nature
Lévy Gorvy's new exhibition space—its first outpost in Asia—is now open on the ground floor of St George’s Building in Central. Its inaugural exhibition is dedicated to Eastern and Western artists from the 19th century through to the present whose work is centred around tradition, nature and spirituality.
Artists featured include Zao Wou-ki, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Song Dong and many more.
March 26 to May 18. G/F, St. George's Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central. levygorvy.com
Gagosian: Cézanne, Morandi, and Sanyu
Leading Mainland Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi has curated this show at Gagosian, which brings together the works of three leading figures of the modernist movement—Paul Cézanne, Giorgio Morandi and Sanyu—for the first time ever.
Until May 11. 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2151 0555. gagosian.com
See also: In Conversation With Larry Gagosian & Zeng Fanzhi
Empty Gallery: Tishan Hsu and Cici Wu
In the 1980s, Chinese-American artist Tishan Hsu was pushing the envelope with cyberpunk art that explored how emerging technologies affected art and humanity. Then, in the following decade, he disappeared from the public eye, only to re-emerge last year with even more ambitious pieces.
This exhibition during Hong Kong art month features Hsu’s latest works, which were inspired by the artist’s research into his family history, some details of which were lost in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. Concurrently, Empty Gallery is also showing an exhibition of works by Beijing-born, New York-based artist Cici Wu.
March 26 to May 25. 18–19/F Grand Marine Centre, 3 Yue Fung St, Tin Wan, 2563 3396. emptygallery.com
10 Chancery Lane Gallery: Stars Will Forever Be Stars
In 1979, a group of self-taught artists in Mainland China named the Star Art Group staged an exhibition after being denied permission by the government.
The event was swiftly shut down by the police, but its impact has been undeniable. Kicking off celebrations of its 40th anniversary is this solo exhibition by sculptor Wang Keping, whose carved sculptures are the result of his deep fascination with wood.
March 19 to May 11. G/F 10 Chancery Lane, Soho, Central, 2810 0065. 10chancerylanegallery.com
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White Cube: David Altmejd
Decay is the theme that runs through all of Canadian sculptor David Altmejd’s art, much of which explores the human body in grotesque and gruesome detail. But, as Altmejd is keen to show, sometimes there’s beauty to be found in subjects we normally shy away from. In one of his sculptures, viewers peer inside a caved-in skull to glimpse hundreds of glistening, jewel-coloured crystals.
March 26 to May 18. 50 Connaught Road, Central, 2592 2000. whitecube.com
Para Site: An Opera For Animals
This sprawling and ambitious show explores links between opera and European colonialism, revealing that there is an almost perfect overlap in the golden age of opera and the era of European colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. On top of that, the show investigates how this celebration of rationalism and the "high art" of opera led to an intellectual separation between humans and the natural world, elevating humans above animals.
Among the artists featured in the show are South Korean artist Haegue Yang, pioneering Indonesian artist Heri Dono and Hong Kong’s own Trevor Yeung.
Until June 9. 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, 2517 4620. para-site.org.hk
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Lehmann Maupin: Erwin Wurm
Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is the contemporary art world’s court jester. Whether he’s making sculptures, taking photographs, directing videos or devising performances, Wurm approaches everything with the same cheeky sense of humour and, where possible, encourages viewers to take part in art-making.
Wurm may be best known for his one-minute sculptures, where he leaves a pile of props in a public space and encourages passers-by to choose an object, strike a pose and hold it for a full minute.
Until May 11. 4/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2530 0025. lehmannmaupin.com
Mine Project: Cutthroat Kitchen
This exhibition by young Mainland Chinese artist Zhang Zipiao is the inaugural show at Mine Project, a new 3,000-square-foot gallery inside The Hennessy opened by Hongkonger Winnie Yau.
Curated by Michael Xufu Huang, the exhibition features new still life paintings by Zhang of fruit and vegetables that have been chopped, sliced and diced.
“The texture of her work is amazing. You have to see it in person because the texture can’t be conveyed in a photo,” says Michael. “And I think this new series she’s making is really fantastic. Conceptually it’s very strong—it’s about rawness and exposure and taking risks.”
Until April 27. The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai.
See also: Mine Project Gallery Opens In Hong Kong With 'Cutthroat' Exhibition