5 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In December


December 5, 2017 | BY Isabel Wong

This month, between up-and-coming artists coming together to collaborate and British artist Damien Hirst's return to Hong Kong, the city's art community is definitely in for a treat.

See also: 10 Hong Kong Events You Can’t Miss In December

Scroll down to check out the Tatler-approved list of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to see this month:

Hung Fai and Wai Pong Yu, Same Line Twice 13, 138 cm (width) x 70 cm (height), pigmented ink and ball point pen on paper, 2017. (Image: Courtesy of Grotto Fine Art)

Hung Fai and Wai Pong-Yu: Same Line Twice

Hung Fai and Wai Pong-Yu—who have completely different artistic styles—have come together to bring us the collaborative exhibition, Same Line Twice. Not only does the Hong Kong artistic duo share the same birthday, they also studied in the same school of fine arts and have previously exhibited in the same gallery.

For this collaboration, Hung Fai uses a ruler to draw straight lines while Wai Pong-Yu draws freehand unpredictable and unplanned lines. The duo use their lines to disrupt space and address the question: what happens when their conflicts and coherences collide on the same piece of paper?

Same Line Twice is on until December 16 at Grotto Fine Art, 2/F, 31C-D Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2121 2270, grottofineart.com

5 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In December
Vhils, Vanish 5 (2016), signed, quink, bleach, screen print ink, paper. (Image: Courtesy of Over The Influence)

Vhils: Remains

Remains is Portuguese artist Vhils’ first solo gallery exhibition in Hong Kong featuring a new body of work developed in, and inspired by, Hong Kong. Through this exhibition, Vhils shares the stories of urbanites who breathe vitality into our densely populated concrete jungle.

Taking cues from advertisements collected in Hong Kong streets and from photographs of the urban landscape, Vhils presents a multilayered view of the city experience through carved wooden doors, acid-etched metal plates, Styrofoam dioramas, and hand-carved billboards.

Remains is on until January 5, 2018, at Over The Influence, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road Central, +852 2617 9829, vhils.com

See also: Off The Wall: Vhils And The Art Of Urban Identity

Zhang Jin, The Sun (2017), ink on paper, 70 x 140 cm. (Image: Courtesy of China Union International Culture)

Zhang Jin: Flow of Ink – Zhang Jin Contemporary Ink Exhibition

The inaugural show at China Union International Culture’s newly refurbished 4,000 square foot exhibition space in Wong Chuk Hang, Flow of Ink features around 70 recent pieces by renowned Chinese contemporary ink artist Zhang Jin, whose works depict the simplicity and naturalness of Taoism.

Born in 1958 in Beijing, Zhang's works are the perfect combination of traditionalism and modernism. The artist is often praised as one of the pioneers of Chinese contemporary ink art due to his avant-garde, minimalist and freehand style.

Flow of Ink is on from December 12 until January 10, 2018, at China Union International Culture Exhibition Hall, 12/F Cheung Tak Industrial Building, 30 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 2761 3866, chinaunionic.com

5 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In December
MIT IV (2013), Alejandro Guijarro, c-type print. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)

Alejandro Guijarro: Remnants

Making his Hong Kong solo debut, Madrid-based artist Alejandro Guijarro has prepared two significant bodies of work for the occasion— Momentum, his acclaimed series of photographs documenting blackboards in world-renowned quantum physics laboratories.

The second is Lead, a new collection that reveals the "invisibles” within great paintings by the Old Masters. The exhibition features a selection of key monochrome pieces from both series, making it a stunning introduction to Guijarro’s oeuvre.

Remnants is on until January 5, 2018, at Galerie Huit, 2/F, KT336, 334 – 336 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, +852 2803 2089, galeriehuit.com.hk

Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded (1993 – 1999), glass, painted steel, silicone, monofilament, shark, and formaldehyde solution, dimensions variable. (Image: Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery)

Damien Hirst: Visual Candy and Natural History

Damien Hirst returns to Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong with his most ambitious and complex project to date. Expect to see pickled sharks and pickled oven-ready turkey, and the joyful, colourful abstractions of his Visual Candy paintings.

Currently living and working between in London and Devon in the UK, Damien is the mastermind behind a number of controversial artworks, including a baby’s skull studded with 8,000 diamonds that stirred a global debate.

Visual Candy and Natural HIstory is on until January 13, 2018, at Gagosian Gallery, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, +852 2151 0555, gagosian.com

Related Stories

10 Events for Your Christmas Calendar

December 7, 2016 | BY Rebecca Cairns

Art Talk: Is Mherck Dela Cruz The Terry Richardson Of Hong Kong?

December 2, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

10 Hong Kong Events You Can’t Miss In December

December 1, 2017 | BY Cherry Lai

Eco Warriors: Laura Derry Southwood Of EcoDrive Hong Kong

September 21, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

3 Coffee Table Books That Are Sure To Spark Conversation

September 20, 2018 | BY Melissa Twigg

Dee Poon: 5 Female Artists To Watch

September 19, 2018 | BY Dee Poon