10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In July 2020
1/10 M+ Pavilion: Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders
M+ is bringing Shirley Tse’s exhibition from the Venice Biennale, where she represented Hong Kong last year, to its exhibition space on the West Kowloon harbourfront. Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based Tse has made a career of exploring the limits of materials through sculpture; in this show, she manipulates wood, plastic, metal and more using mechanical and digital technologies. Tse has also created new site-specific installations for the M+ Pavilion.
Until October 4. M+ Pavilion, Art Park, West Kowloon. Find out more at westkowloon.hk
2/10 Lehmann Maupin: Be/longing
Lehmann Maupin’s first exhibition since the reopening of its Hong Kong gallery showcases Puerto Rican painter Angel Otero, Swiss sculptor Heidi Bucher, South Korean ink painter Suh Se Ok and American photographer Catherine Opie. The Covid-19 pandemic inspired the exhibition title, which references the yearning for belonging, companionship and community that often arises in moments of isolation—a feeling that all of these artists have explored in different ways throughout their careers.
Until August 15. 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Find out more at lehmannmaupin.com
3/10 Karin Weber Gallery: Of All Things Cute
In this show, three Hong Kong artists—Chow Chun-fai, Joey Leung Ka-yin and Rosanna Li—together with Japanese artist Daisuke Teshima explore the aesthetic of cuteness. Much like Japanese anime illustrators, these artists often use superficially cute subjects to convey much deeper messages: they employ the visual appeal of their subjects to make statements about gender, politics or the human condition.
Until August 15. 20 Aberdeen Street, Central. Find out more at karinwebergallery.com
4/10 Lévy Gorvy: Pierre Soulages: Outrenoir
French painter Pierre Soulages celebrates his 101st birthday this year. He is one of only a handful of living artists to have been given a retrospective in the Louvre, with a show that opened last December. This exhibition at Lévy Gorvy marks his debut in Hong Kong and features his signature black paintings, made using thick brushstrokes and gouging and scraping patterns in slick, tar-like surfaces. He describes the effect of light being reflected from these dark surfaces as “outrenoir”—beyond black.
Until September 10. G/F, 2 Ice House Street, Central. Find out more at levygorvy.com
5/10 Tai Kwun: They Do Not Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its Shape
The former Central Police Station is hosting two major art exhibitions. They Do Not Understand Each Other features works from the collections of the Osaka’s National Museum of Art and the Singapore Art Museum made by 19 artists who explore cultural and language barriers in their work. Simultaneously, My Body Holds Its Shape shows newly commissioned works by five artists, including Filipino artist, dancer and choreographer Eisa Jocson, who is performing on site.
Until September 20. Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Find out more at taikwun.hk
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6/10 Asia Society Hong Kong Center: Next Act Contemporary Art From Hong Kong
This exhibition is part of a series of events marking the 30thanniversary of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and features ten local artists who are interested in Hong Kong’s collective memory and culture. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks and several screenings of artist Cici Wu’s film Unfinished Return of Yu Man-hon.
Until September 27. Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. Find out more at asiasociety.org
7/10 Alisan Fine Arts: Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration Of Hong Kong Arts
Twenty-eight local artists from across several generations explore the city’s past and present in this show. Among those featured are the late New Ink Movement pioneer Lui Shou-Kwan and Irene Chou, multi-media artist Kum Chi-Keung—most famous for making birdcages using bamboo and steel—and Rosanna Li who sculpts plump ceramic figures. The artworks, many of which have been made this year, reflect both the city’s rich history and its current contemporary art boom.
The exhibition will be complimented with a series of talks throughout the summer. The second talk on July 21 will highlight the innovation, diversity and achievements of Hong Kong female artists over the past decades.
Until September 3. 21/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Find out more at alisan.com.hk
8/10 Para Site: Garden of Six Seasons
A precursor to the upcoming Kathmandu Triennale, which is being curated by Para Site’s executive director and curator Cosmin Costinas, Garden of Six Seasons brings together more than 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition is named after an English-style garden built in Kathmandu by the Nepalese king a century ago, and the six seasons that historically defined the city’s climate. Borrowing the manmade landscape as a metaphor, the show, which is being held at Para Site in Quarry Bay and Soho House in Sheung Wan, examines how people map, document and shape the world. Looking beyond dominant media such as Nepalese paubha painting and ink painting in East Asia, the exhibition showcases the range of artistic styles thriving today.
Until August 30. Para Site, 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay and Soho House, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan. Find out more at parasite.art
9/10 Perrotin: Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture
Ten artists explore the means of representing themselves at Perrotin’s first group exhibition—focusing on contemporary portraiture—in the gallery’s new Victoria Dockside location. Portraits used to be the primary way of recording the appearance of a person before cameras were invented. Today, the art of portraying the self goes abstract and psychological, and artists are experimenting with various artistic forms, including sculpture. Among the various international artists featured are Takashi Murakami, whose alter ego Mr. DOB evolves in shape and colours, and Japanese Superflat movement artist Mr., who reflects on social anxiety before and after the 2011 nuclear explosion in Fukushima.
Until August 8. Perrotin, Atelier, K11, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Find out more at perrotin.com
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10/10 Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Bae Bien-u: Memories Of Wandering
South Korean photographer Bae Bien-U has been taking pictures with traditional analog techniques since the 1970s, when photography wasn’t considered as fine art in his country. Reminiscent of ink art or calligraphy, his works are known for presenting meditative landscapes. This exhibition presents a series of 16 of his intimate, small hand-printed works taken in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, which capture the relationship between men and nature.
Until September 19. 21F Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com
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