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Arts 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In March 2020

10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In March 2020

10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In March 2020
Manolo Valdés, Cabeza con Mariposas (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Opera Gallery)
By Oliver Giles
By Oliver Giles
March 02, 2020
Local street art and dramatic photographs of African wildlife are just two of the highlights of this month's exhibitions

Blindspot Gallery: Anonymous Society of Magick

Chen Wei, Mushroom (2016). (Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery)
Chen Wei, Mushroom (2016). (Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery)

Ying Kwok—who curated Samson Young’s acclaimed exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and the Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun in 2018, among many others—is behind this group show. Featured are works by Chen Wei, Hao Jingban, Lam Tung-pang, Wang Tuo and Trevor Yeung—five artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China who have all used either photography or video in their work. 

April 14 to May 30. 15/F Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. blindspotgallery.com

Gallery Exit: Chow Chun-fai

Chow Chun-fai, Full Bean Light (2020). (Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Exit)
Chow Chun-fai, Full Bean Light (2020). (Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Exit)

A giant of Hong Kong’s art scene, Chow Chun-fai is most famous for his paintings of scenes from films that—removed from their original context—can be read as snappy comments on the city today. This show features a new body of work: oil paintings of street scenes around the city.

March 14 to May 16. 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, 2541 1299. galleryexit.com

Blue Lotus Gallery: Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt, Wasteland with Elephant (2015). (© Nick Brandt, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery)
Nick Brandt, Wasteland with Elephant (2015). (© Nick Brandt, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery)

The destruction of Kenya’s natural environment is shown in devastating detail in English photographer Nick Brandt’s series Inherit the Dust. Brandt travelled around the country photographing portraits of animals, which he then turned into life-size prints that are glued onto large panels and strategically placed around towns and cities—spaces where wildlife used to roam. The final images show these panels in situ, surrounded by pollution.

March 15 to April 22. G/F, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan. bluelotus-gallery.com

Lehmann Maupin: Nari Ward and Robin Rhode

Nari Ward, Power Wall-Power People (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin)
Nari Ward, Power Wall-Power People (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin)

This exhibition is the first joint show of work by Jamaica-born, New York-based artist Nari Ward and South Africa-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode, who both explore politics, history and identity in their work. 

Ward is best known for his sculptural installations made from found objects such as baby strollers, television sets, bottles and shopping carts that tackle big social and political questions about race, poverty and consumerism, while Rhode works in photography, video and sculpture. 

April 3 to May 16. 407, 4/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2530 0025. lehmannmaupin.com

Mihn Gallery: Lousy Lounge

A Lousy work on Aberdeen Street. (Courtesy of the artist and Mihn Gallery)
A Lousy work on Aberdeen Street. (Courtesy of the artist and Mihn Gallery)

Hong Kong street artist Lousy—best known for his signature tag of a square divided into two kissing figures, which he's spray-painted on walls around the city—is taking over Mihn Club in Sheung Wan from March 18 to 20. 

The show, Lousy Lounge, will feature an immersive, site-specific installation that combines large paintings on canvas with "bombing", a street-art term that describes covering surfaces with paint or other materials. Lousy will also release a series of limited-edition prints at the show. 

March 18 to 20. 4/F, 279 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan. mihn.hk

Alisan Fine Arts: Ineffable Garden

Barbara Edelstein, Reflections • Nature: Lotus (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Alisan Fine Arts)
Barbara Edelstein, Reflections • Nature: Lotus (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Alisan Fine Arts)

Works by ink painter Zhang Jian-jun and American multimedia artist Barbara Edelstein are on show at the Alisan Fine Arts' Central gallery. The husband and wife make work individually, but both are inspired by the natural world, in particular water and plants.

March 16 to May 9. 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 1091. alisan.com.hk

Rossi & Rossi: Rasheed Araeen

Rasheed Araeen, OPUS MD1 (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi)
Rasheed Araeen, OPUS MD1 (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi)

An artist, activist, writer, editor and curator, 84-year-old Rasheed Araeen was a pioneer of minimalist sculpture in the 1960s before he branched out in the 1970s to make performances, photographs, paintings and sculptures that questioned the Eurocentrism of the British art world. Since then, Karachi-born, London-based Araeen has been an advocate for minority artists in the UK, especially those from Asia and Africa, and continued to make his own work, which has been exhibited around the world.

Until April 4. 3C Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 3575 9417. rossirossi.com

Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

An installation view of Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong. (© The artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery)
An installation view of Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong. (© The artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery)

Mexican artist Bosco Sodi spent two weeks in Hong Kong late last year making a new series of work specifically for Axel Vervoordt Gallery in city. The paintings are all abstract explorations of the colour turquoise, inspired both by Sodi's time in the city and his interest in A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, a 12-metre-long painting featuring deep blues completed by Wang Ximeng in 1113. Also on show is a group of sculptures shaped from raw earth that Sodi has dug from the ground around his studio in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Until March 28. Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 21/F Coda Designer Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road. axelvervoordtgallery.com

Soluna Fine Art: Obangsaek: Indigo

Park Yoon-Kyung, AAGMPR: Six Definitions of Love (2017). (Courtesy of the artist and Soluna Fine Art)
Park Yoon-Kyung, AAGMPR: Six Definitions of Love (2017). (Courtesy of the artist and Soluna Fine Art)

Eight artists from South Korea who use indigo in their work are featured in this group exhibition, which explores the significance of the colour to Korean culture. The artists taking part are Choi Myoung Young, Choi Sun, Jang Young-Sook, Kim Woo Young, Kim Yongchul, Lee Kyouhong, Park Jisook and Park Yoon-Kyung. 

Until March 28. Soluna Fine Art, G/F, 52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2955 5166. solunafineart.com

Opera Gallery: Manolo Valdés

Manolo Valdés, Cabeza con Mariposas (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Opera Gallery)
Manolo Valdés, Cabeza con Mariposas (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Opera Gallery)

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pompidou Centre in Paris are just two of the many international institutions that have collected works by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés, whose work spans drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Much of his art features powerful women from history and mythology—fitting, seeing as March is women's history month. 

March 1—31. Opera Gallery, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central. operagallery.com

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Arts Art Exhibitions In Hong Kong blindspot gallery gallery exit chow chun-fai lehmann maupin nari ward robin rhode lousy mihn gallery alisan fine arts rossi & rossi rasheed araeen axel vervoordt gallery soluna fine art opera gallery

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