10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In September 2020
1/10 David Zwirner: William Eggleston
One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, William Eggleston used colour film in his art at a time when only black-and-white images were shown in museums—colour was relegated to holiday snapshots and commercial advertising. When he showed colour photography at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976, his show was condemned by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, but his poetic and almost sinister treatment of mundane subjects fascinated viewers.
This exhibition features photographs from the 1970s, many of which have never been exhibited before.
September 10-October 24. 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at davidzwirner.com.hk
2/10 White Cube: Virginia Overton: Alone in the Wilderness
Contemporary American sculptor Virginia Overton is known for using emotionally laden materials such as hair and wood to create installations, sculptures and photography. By using found objects in her art, Overton uncovers stories buried in materials and builds a new narrative for them.
This show, titled Alone in the Wilderness, is her first in Asia. It presents new sculptures made from aluminium advertising signs salvaged from high-rise buildings, and graphic compositions created from adhesive vinyl.
September 11-November 14. 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at whitecube.com
3/10 Simon Lee Gallery: Marnie Weber: The Sea Witch and Other Stories
Los Angeles-based artist Marnie Weber's videos, sculptures and performances depict folkloric realms filled with witches, spirits and mythical anthropomorphised forms. These dreamscapes delve into the subconscious and explore themes of sex, drugs and death.
The exhibition coincides with the Busan Biennial, where Weber is presenting a major installation that includes her new film, Song of the Sea Witch.
September 11-October 31. 304, 3F The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Hong Kong. Find out more at simonleegallery.com
4/10 F11 Foto Museum: Ilse Bing—Paris and Beyond
Nicknamed “the Queen of the Leica”, the late Ilse Bing was a pioneer of night photography and of using an electronic flash. Born in Germany in 1899, Bing enjoyed great success during her life: her works were included in the first modern photography exhibition held at the Louvre, in 1936, and in several shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Featuring more than 100 pieces, this show documents the height of her career in Paris, as well as her drastic spiritual evolution when she moved to New York during the Second World War.
Until September 30. 1 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. Find out more at f11.com
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5/10 Asia Art Archive: Crafting Communities
This exhibition explores the history of Womanifesto, a feminist biennial programme in Thailand active from 1997 to 2008. Curated by AAA’s head of research John Tain, the show reveals how Womanifesto made space for women artists in an art scene dominated by men and how contemporary artists can learn from traditional crafts.
Later this year, images and documents from Womanifesto’s history will be made available to the public on Asia Art Archive’s website, giving an even greater insight into the legacy of this innovative event.
Until November 30. 11/F Hollywood Centre 233 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong. Find out more at aaa.org.hk
6/10 CHAT: Sight Unseen–Forking Paths in the CHAT Collection
CHAT has hosted a number of exhibitions dedicated to textile art and craft by both local and international artists since its opening in March 2019. Accompanied by the launch of its online platform #CHATwithYou, this summer exhibition is the first show of works from CHAT's permanent collection.
The exhibition showcases works the centre has collected or commissioned since its opening, including Time Needle Series by Morgan Wong, Fabric of CHAT by Movana Chen, and parts of It’s the wall world by Japanese artist collective Chim↑Pom.
“My experience curating for the exhibition resonates with its title, Sight Unseen," says Weiwei Wang, CHAT’s curator. "It is a dialogue with an array of artworks, heritage objects and texts, which probes at the limit of imagination and finds ways to communicate with them."
Until 11 October. CHAT, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. Find out more at mill6chat.org
7/10 Massimo De Carlo: Love Power
This show features five new works that illustrate Jim Hodges's signature mix of materials, including glass, 24-karat gold leaf and metal chains that form abstract spider webs.
The artist's choice of materials is symbolic, such as when he uses thin and fragile gold to suggest strength, as gold can withstand extreme weather and won't decay. Conceived over two years, this body of work explores themes of truth and denial, and love and loss.
September 10-October 31. 3F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at massimodecarlo.com
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8/10 Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Jaromír Novotný: Just a Narrow Range of Possible Things
The Czech artist Jaromír Novotný creates his work by stretching acrylic-painted polyester organza on wooden frames, resulting in an almost translucent material that reveals the frame beneath, the stitching of the canvas and more.
The heightened sense of touch from the transparent textile invites one to ‘feel’ instead of ‘viewing’ the paintings. He remindes us that our dependence on sight may result in an illusion of things.
Until November 7. 21F Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com
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9/10 Ben Brown Fine Arts: Don’t Let Money Change You
Following his London and Hong Kong shows in 2017 and 2018, New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas introduces new work from his retroreflective series, created by hand-screen printing images of the Warholian grids of currencies onto retroreflective vinyl sheeting, the industrial material used to make road signs visible in the dark.
Only through illuminating the works with a beam of light can the latent imagery be fully revealed. As the viewers take a photo with a flash, they are invited to become the image maker and reflect on how ubiquitous fictional symbols affect larger systems of economics.
September 21-October 3. 2/F, The Factory, 202, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at benbrownfinearts.com
10/10 Sin Sin Fine Art: Steppe By Steppe (2010)
This exhibition features works by Hongkonger Wong Yankwai. Educated in France during the 1970s, the painter and photographer was one of the earliest waves of foreign-trained painters to return to his hometown, where he developed his contemporary art practice. He is best known for the vivid colours in his paintings, which he tries to keep free of social and historical context.
This exhibition, however, features 24 black-and-white photos taken from 2006 to 2010 in France and Inner Mongolia, which highlight the transience of time as viewers gaze afar into these remote lands and the bygone days.
September 4-October 24. Unit A, 4/F, Kin Teck Industrial Building, 26 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong. Find out more at sinsinfineart.com