10 Must-See Art Exhibitions In Hong Kong In March 2021
1/10 Flowers Gallery: Interregnum
Scottish artist Ken Currie rose to fame in the 1980s as one of the New Glasgow Boys, a group of painters celebrated for their portrayal of Scotland’s working class. Currie is renowned in particular for his exploration of violence and sickness. The Covid-19 pandemic has partly inspired this exhibition, his first in Asia, though it also explores superstitions held by people living on Scotland’s remote islands.
March 18 to May 29. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Find out more at flowersgallery.com
2/10 Massimo de Carlo: Purple Skin
Beijing-based artist Lu Song is inspired by imaginary places and the natural world. His early works featured jungle foliage and water. Recently, he has focused on painting purple flowers, sometimes enlarging them to fill the whole canvas and using layer upon layer of paint as a reflection on the power
Until March 18. 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at massimodecarlo.com
3/10 Gagosian: Hong Kong Exchange
Pieces by some of Gagosian’s most famous artists have been gathered together in this group show. Highlights include a new painting by American artist Ed Rushca and a large-scale photograph of the HSBC Building in Hong Kong by German photographer Andreas Gursky. Also on show are one of Korean artist Nam June Paik’s famous robot sculptures, an oil painting by Cy Twombly and works by Takashi Murakami, Zeng Fanzhi and Jenny Saville, among others.
Until April 30. 301-302 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at gagosian.com
4/10 White Cube: Bruce Nauman: Presence/Absence
With a career that so far has spanned more than 50 years, 79-year-old Bruce Nauman is widely considered one of the most influential American artists alive. This show features five video installations made between 1999 and 2013, which reveal the artist’s interest in time, sound and the human body, as well as his willingness to perform for the camera, either in his studio or in the wilderness of his New Mexico ranch. It is his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
March 10 to May 8. 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at whitecube.com
5/10 Simon Lee Gallery: Hans-Peter Feldmann
The German artist enjoys modifying historic oil paintings and blurring distinctions between high and low cultures to create humourous and absurd outcomes. For instance, in A Story, he places three found paintings together where viewers can reinterpret the originally irrelevant subjects as a fable. This third solo exhibition in the Hong Kong space displays sculpture, photography, installation, collage, the appropriated image and found object from across Feldmann’s nearly five-decade career.
March 19 to May 8. 304, 3/F, The Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street, Hong Kong. Find out more at simonleegallery.com
6/10 Hong Kong Museum of Art: Art for Everyone
While the opening of museums remains uncertain in times of the pandemic, HKMoA makes art available anytime for free and for all. Its city-wide campaign displays 100 artwork images on over 260 billboards, digital displays and transport hubs, in public outdoor and indoor spaces. The artworks are selected from its four core collections: Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. Highlights include a Ming dynasty flask painted with dragons in underglaze blue.
March 23 to May 23. Around Hong Kong. Find out more at hk.art.museum
7/10 Over the Influence: It’s Never Over
New York-based artist Michael Kagan’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong presents the portraits of six F1 drivers: Prost, Senna, Lauda, Hamilton, Vettel and Schumacher. They are the top 10 in the world based on win statistics. Kagan toys with the concept of time and the idea of how newcomers to the race can still defeat record breakers of previous generations. In his paintings, Kagan references the drivers’ personal lives and inspires thoughts on how legends are remembered through images.
March 27 to May 8. G/F and 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at overtheinfluence.com
Editor's Note: Since publishing, the dates for this exhibition have been amended to April 3 to May 8, 2021.
8/10 Tomorrow Maybe Gallery: Manifest Ephemeral
Hong Kong-based French multidisciplinary artist Ophelia Jacarini, who herself is a ballerina, has always been captivated by body movements. In her new solo show Manifest Ephemeral, she captures choreography and the faltering movement of a dance performance by a culmination of printed photography, sculptural and video installation. The outcome is the images of her floating dress and her dancing self at different moments weaved together as one lasting moment or sequence. Jacarini won the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2018 and is the Inaugural Eaton HK Award Winner. “I don’t have the technology yet, but I’m hoping to create sculptures out of a moment in time for the next step. Imagine if moments can be presented as tangible sculptures,” Jacarini says of her photography artwork.
February 5 to March 18. 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Find out more at tomorrowmaybe.hk
9/10 The Stallery WCH: Bling Dynasty
Hong Kong-based American Chinese multi-discipinlary artist Ernest Chang was diagnosed with red-green colour-blindness, but this doesn’t stop him from exploring art. In his exhibition Bling Dynasty, his new works are created with techniques from Western and Chinese art and handicraft traditions, including silkscreen prints on plexiglass, resin and bronze sculptures, embroidery as well as calligraphy. Known for confronting contemporary mass culture and consumerism, Chang combines pop art with Tang and Han Dynasty painting iconography. One can find visual references from animations and games such as South Park, Rick and Morty and Family Guy. The resulting visual juxtaposition offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the domination of Chinese consumerism on the global marketplace.
From February 20 to April 4, 2021. G/F, 82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Find out more at thestallery.com
See also: How Artist Ernest Chang Blends Traditional Chinese Art and Contemporary Culture
10/10 Perrotin: Laurent Grasso
French artist Laurent Grasso is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with videos, paintings, sculptures and public installations. His art is concerned with heterogeneous temporalities, geographies and paranormal phenomena. By looking beyond common perception, Grasso offers viewers a new perspective on history and reality. His solo show in Hong Kong features his latest works from the “Studies in the Past” series as well as his recent “Future Herbarium” series, which are executed in the manner of 19th-century herbariums.
March 20 to April 24. K11, Atelier, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Find out more at perrotin.com