In early July, the Hong Kong Palace Museum became the city’s new destination for Chinese arts and culture.
As summer begins, Hong Kong continues to offer visitors a wealth of exhibitions to choose from. Prominent artists from all over the world – such as Nicolas Party, Adrian Ghenie, Zhang Xiaogang and Louise Bonnet – all brightening up the local art scene. They bring a wide range of works and styles from the Renaissance to the present day right to the audience’s doorstep.
So next time you’re wondering what to do in your free time, here are 10 exhibitions you won’t want to miss over the next few months.
Louise Bonnets Green tights (2022) | Oil on canvas, 213.4 x 365.8cm
in the rush – Louise Bonnet’s first solo exhibition in Asia – the up-and-coming Swiss artist examines bodily fluids as objects of social disgust. Through two groupings of three large canvases, she examines our sense of humiliation at our own bodies and how it seems to betray modern humans by leaking, sagging, or failing in various ways.
“I’m interested in shame and the body in my paintings, and bodily functions bring additional shame and embarrassment,” Bonnet said. Between beauty and ugliness, her grotesque, distorted figures challenge modern aesthetic and cultural conventions, provoking questions of sexuality and body shame.
To: August 6, 2022 | Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Address: 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Christopher Kus reverberation-21 (2011) | Mixed media on canvas, 99.5 x 150 cm
Illuminati Fine Art presents its exhibition duology, painting of reverberation by a British artist based in Hong Kong, Christopher Ku. Presenting more than 35 seminal works by the artist, created between 2002 and the present, representing Ku’s ongoing experiments with material and painting technique, while stimulating discourses on the dynamics between artistic production, symbolism and narrativity.
Although the first chapter is now complete, visitors can still explore the second – the title semantic construction – which runs from July 23rd to August 12th. The works illustrate the artist’s stylistic breakthrough – they capture the diversity of the artist’s psyche and creations throughout his decades of practice. With unregulated and abstract compositions, the pursuit of pure abstraction has allowed the artist to leave the material world and expand the painting techniques of the metaphysical world.
To: August 12, 2022 | Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sundays and holidays
Address: 31-33 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Pre-registration is required – firstname.lastname@example.org / +852 2889 6992
Tseng Chien-yings Strange Fruit (2022) | Colors on paper, ink, mineral mineral pigments, gold foil, silver foil, sulfide silver leaves, 180 x 90 x 3.5 cm
Gallery du Monde
A unique exhibition on LGBTQ, declining features artworks by 11 contemporary artists from eight nationalities and seven countries, more than half of whom are debuting in Asia. Unlike most LGBTQ+ exhibitions that focus on pride and visibility, declining raises questions about the transition from homosexuality to mainstream culture and allows viewers to rethink queer stories and futures.
Inspired by astrology, the title refers to the retrograde motion of planets, when they move completely off the main road. Such planets are explorers who travel the heavenly byways in search of something unavailable on the high street – much like the participating artists who envision queerness beyond the grand narrative.
To: August 13, 2022 | Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm
Address: Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
June Hos web | Linocut, 30 x 21 cm
Karen Weber gallery
in the Goodbye HelloA solo presentation of new prints by Hong Kong artist June Ho, the artist tells the story of her city through scenes of daily life and cultural icons – beyond the skyscrapers of Victoria Harbor and the bustling scenery of Mongkok.
A graduate of the Fine Arts Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ho composes collages and prints that showcase intricate brushwork, detailed settings and vibrant color palettes. Inspired by her personal experiences, her works often depict the complex feelings of insecurity, fear, and connection associated with her origins.
To: August 13, 2022 | Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm
Address: Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central
Li Nings Tucker’s lab 2 (2022) | Oil linocut and paper collage on canvas, 40 x 60 cm
meaning go home in the Hakka dialect, the Welcome Jon Looka The theme of the exhibition revolves around a fictional village of the same name in a future world created by Li Ning. Through a range of media – such as mixed media prints, pencil on paper/canvas, ceramics and video – the Chinese artist takes the audience into this dystopian sci-fi landscape.
Li’s work has always been narrative in nature, her paintings full of metaphorical images and symbols. Stylistically, they take up elements of popular culture such as film, manga and animation as well as myths and legends from all over the world.
Until: 08/20/2022 | Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
Address: 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Blue Box Factory Building, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Pre-registration is required – email@example.com / +852 2541 1299
Derek Aylwards animal shelter (2022) | Acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 182.9 cm
About the influence
The American figurative painter Derek Aylward is known for his imagery that can be described as contemporary folklore. He combines humanoid characters commonly portrayed with animal or otherworldly qualities – peppered with mid-21st century superheroes and cartoons, and with a Cubist-Expressionist twist.
The title of the exhibition animal shelter, can’t help but recall the 1978 American comedy of the same name. The film is about frat brothers causing trouble and challenging authority with edgy and tasteless humor. Like the film, its themes involve an unruly cast of characters, rendered in a style associated with defiance, but with that simple and nostalgic folk art flair.
Whether it’s vignettes or crowded scenes, he distills a dichotomy in Animal House’s paintings that both harnesses the energy of the frenzied figures and busy palettes, while also distilling the works in a way that offers contemplation.
To: August 27, 2022 | Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m
Address: G/F and 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central
Irving Penns Black and White Fashion with Handbag (Jean Patchett) | Gelatin silver print laid down on paper, depiction, 42.5 × 39.4 cm
chewing gum vPace Gallery’s 5th installment in the exhibition series, features a curated selection of artists from diverse regional and cultural backgrounds, cultivating a dialogue between paintings, sculptures and photographs created between the mid-20th century and the present.
Key works by leading names in the Western and Asian contemporary art scene will be on display – including Zhang Xiaogang, Mao Yan, Irving Penn and Kiki Smith. Irving Penn, for example, was a celebrated American photographer. One of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years, he was known for his trademark style of elegant, aesthetic simplicity.
Until: September 1, 2022 | Tues-Sat, 11 a.m.-6 p.m
Address: 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Nicolas party Red wood (2022) | Soft pastel on linen, 135 x 145 x 3.2cm
Hauser & Wirt
Swiss artist Nicolas Party is a figurative painter – known for depicting landscapes, portraits and still lifes across a range of media. In his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong Red wood considers five elements of the material world as a starting point – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Comprised of 13 new pastel landscapes and portraits created for this show, they illuminate nature’s complex connections with humanity.
Growing up in Switzerland means that Party is interested in nature. In the midst of the current climate crisis, Party presents wildfires and l’heure mauve (purple twilight, the moment of transition between day and evening) through various pastel tones. He invites the viewer to think about nature and its relationship to the environment.
Until: 09/24/2022 | Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m
Address: 16-15/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Francis Bacon Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (1984) | Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 63.5cm
Through The loss of human face? exhibition, the Villepin Gallery shows how the human face is represented – whether in figurative or abstract representations. Twenty works by five Western and Eastern artists – including Francis Bacon, Adrian Ghenie, Zeng Fanzhi, George Condo and Yukimasa Ida – are on display in a converted gallery space.
For example, the works of 20th-century British figurative painter Francis Bacon distort the faces of his subjects and reveal their inner psychology. Looking east, Zeng’s mask Series depicts social tensions and anxieties observed by the artist in modern China.
Together these artists contribute to the global understanding of what humanity means. Through their diversity and different backgrounds, they reveal their intense passion in their own unique visions.
Until: October 2022 | Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday 11am-6pm
Address: 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Pre-registration is required: https://www.villepinart.com/collector/book-a-tour/villepin
Wong Hau-kweis lion rock | Ink and color on paper, 102 x 210cm
art space k
Serenity • Hong Kong is a solo exhibition of 23 works by contemporary local artist Wong Hau-kwei. By depicting urban and natural landscapes in Hong Kong, the artist hopes to bring a new sense of peace and tranquility to the pandemic-ravaged city.
Fusing the traditional artistic expression of ink with contemporary art, Wong develops a distinctive style and becomes one of the representative figures in the Hong Kong contemporary ink painting scene. Emphasizing the contrast between black and white, emptiness and fullness in the expression of light and color, his works break the boundary between China and the West with a sense of urbanity he experienced in his hometown.
To: October 23, 2022 | Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-7 p.m
Address: G105-106, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong