5 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In February
How does an artsy date sound this February? From an outdoor park full of sculptures by world-renowned artists to nostalgic pieces that flip through Hong Kong's history book, there's no shortage of fun and artistic places to see this month:
1/5 Leung Chi Wo: Something There and Never There
Linking his own life to the history of the city, the solo exhibitions of Hong Kong artist Leung Chi Wo are centred around the tumultuous year of 1967 in Hong Kong. At the exhibition, Leung constructs parallel worlds that connect seemingly irrelevant events, characters and objects together. By using different mediums to present his works, Leung demonstrates that history is full of ambivalence, absurdity and ambiguities.
Something There and Never There runs until March 10 at Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen; +852 2517 6238; blindspotgallery.com
2/5 Han Jingpeng: Disturbed Emotion
Being a famous figure is not glamorous all the time, and Han Jinpeng’s video artworks reveal it all. With the renowned paintings captured in classic frames, artist Han Jinpeng re-created the artworks with himself as the famous figures, portraying scenarios such as Pope Innocent X dozing on his throne after two sleepless nights, the milkmaid being embarrassingly disheveled due to the wind, and Bacchus feeling sick because he is allergic to alcohol.
Disturbed Emotion runs until March 13 at Leo Gallery, 189 Queen’s Road West; +852 2803 2333; leogallery.com.cn
3/5 Clare Woods: Rehumanised
Making her debut in Asia, Clare Woods was originally trained as a sculptor but has been pursuing her painting practice as an exploration of physical form through the materiality of painting for over 15 years. Taking a closer look at Woods’ oil paintings, one will be intrigued by the large swirls fighting their way through the murky backgrounds and the never-resolved shapes in the paintings.
Rehumanised runs from February 9 until March 17 at Simon Lee Gallery, 304, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central; +852 2801 6252; simonleegallery.com
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4/5 Liang Ban: Diary of a Pioneer
Making his solo debut in Hong Kong, Liang Bing questions a conventional understanding of culture with his surrealist and humourous approach to his artistic endeavours. Liang Ban works across video, installation, photography, and painting to excavate the essence of subcultures, generic imagers, fictional legends and other information pulled from a universal consciousness. He often uses the information he comes across to produce poetic and dramatic creations that connect with personal or socio-political tragedy.
Diary of a Pioneer runs until March 17 at de Sarthe Gallery, 20/F, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong; +852 2167 8896; desarthe.com
5/5 Harbour Arts Sculpture Park
Curated by Fumio Nanjo, director of Mori Art Museum, and Tim Marlow, artistic director at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Central and Wan Chai harbourfront will be transformed into a sculpture park next month when works by 18 international and local artists are placed in Tamar Park and public areas outside the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
The full selection of artworks is being finalised but the Park will already impress with artworks by Mark Wallinger, Yayoi Kusama, Antony Gormley, and new works by Rasheed Araeen and local artist Morgan Wong.
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park runs from February 22 to April 11 at the Central and Wan Chai harbourfront.
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