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Hong Kong Art Guide

With a host of exciting contemporary art spaces, Hong Kong continues to be identified as a global super art city. The city's stellar selection of galleries, which includes art world heavy hitters like Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Lévy Gorvy, speaks for the art scene's quality. Many of these spaces are located in Hong Kong's Central district, in the Pedder Building and the William Lim-designed H Queen's building, which opened in 2017.

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Pedder Building Galleries

In the Pedder Building, Gagosian joins other international galleries like Pearl Lam Galleries, Simon Lee Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, and Massimo De Carlo, along with Hanart TZ Gallery. The latter is directed by Johnson Chang, who is largely accredited with igniting the city's art market. Chang founded Hanart TZ in 1983, a decade prior to his famed organisation of the group exhibition China's New Art, Post-1989 at the Hong Kong Arts Center in 1993, which contributed to the explosion of interest in Chinese contemporary art.

Asia Art Archive and Asia Society Hong Kong

In 2000, Chang co-founded Asia Art Archive with Claire Hsu, enabling comprehensive access to art historical material of the Asia-Pacific region. The Archive also hosts extensive public programming, including talks, performances, and exhibitions, while its library offers a site of quiet refuge above the bustling neighbourhood of Sheung Wan.

Nestled on the hillside near Hong Kong Park is Asia Society Hong Kong Center, an educational non-profit organisation dedicated to generating understanding of countries and cultures across Asia. A site for seminars, lectures, cultural programmes, and films, Asia Society also hosts an array of art exhibitions in its Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed space, ranging from presentations of work by late Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun (A Story of Light, 12 March–9 June 2019), to those of renowned American artist James Turrell (Yukaloo, 12 March–9 June 2019).

Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen Galleries

Beyond the city centre, Hong Kong Island's outlying neighbourhoods are home to some of the city's most exciting spaces. One of these neighbourhoods is Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District, which has attracted a number of galleries in recent years due to its large, airy industrial spaces—a feature that saw Belgian Axel Vervoordt Gallery move from its Central Entertainment Building to a two-level space in the dynamic cultural hub in 2019. Other spaces in this area include Blindspot Gallery, which predominantly represents emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China, including Isaac Chong Wai, Lam Tung Pang, Chen Wei, and Leung Chi Wo. Founded in Paris in 1977, de Sarthe Gallery opened its 10,000-square-foot space in the area in 2017, showcasing a combination European masters and young international artists.

Para Site, Videotage, M+ and more

On the other side of the island, in Quarry Bay, lies Para Site. Founded in 1996, this non-profit organisation is one of Asia's oldest, most active independent art institutions. Acting as an educational platform, the exhibition site also produces publications and public programmes that contribute to the region's critical discourse.

Founded a decade earlier than Para Site is Videotage, a non-profit organisation that began as an artist collective comprising May Fung, Ellen Pau, Wong Chi-fai, and Comyn Mo before establishing itself as a platform for the promotion, creation, and exhibition of new media art. The space has held a fundamental role in the development and preservation of the city's legacy of video art, running exchange programmes and residencies for local and international artists while building an extensive archive both online and offline.

A series of new contemporary art museums and spaces have been added to the mix in recent years, with M+—scheduled for completion by March 2020—looming at the throne. Its Pavilion space, which has been open since September 2016, has showcased an impressive line-up of exhibitions that are now complemented by high-profile presentations at the city's latest multi-million-dollar restoration project, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, an ex-prison complex that includes the cutting-edge JC Contemporary, where exhibitions by international artists such as Takashi Murakami attract impressive footfall.

Across the harbour, the Jordan-based hotel-cum-workspace Eaton HK has become the it crowd's latest hub, with its retro interior inflecting a combination of Memphis design and old Hong Kong while playing host to Eaton Workshop—a 'modern day community center and laboratory' that supports grassroots activism and artistic practice with an exciting programme of events and activities. Also this side of the harbour, in Tsuen Wan, is the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, another impressive restoration project that has seen the revival of The Mills of Nan Fung Textiles, a building that belonged to the city's once-thriving textile industry. The centre's primary aim is to regenerate this legacy by showcasing a variety of curated programmes that engage contemporary art, design, science, heritage, community, and craftsmanship.


Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
22 May–19 July 2020
Group Exhibition

Design + Contemporary Art in Ukiyo-e

SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery View Exhibition

N. S. Harsha, Shy Monkey -Twilight- (2017). Woodblock print on washi paper. 31.7 x 22 cm .© N. S. Harsha. Courtesy The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints. Makoto Wada, Marilyn Monroe (1979). 30.3 x 23.6 cm. © Wada Makoto. Courtesy The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints.

Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 May–30 August 2020

Garden of Six Seasons

Para Site View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
14 May–30 June 2020
Duan Yifan

Yi

Leo Gallery View Exhibition
Duan Yifan, Industrial Cake II (2018) (detail). 168 x 150 cm. Courtesy Leo Gallery. 
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
11 April–27 June 2020
Andrew Luk, Chu Teh-Chun

Shifting Landscapes

de Sarthe View Exhibition
Installation view of Shifting Landscapes
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
4 April–4 July 2020
Group Exhibition

Art Basel Pop-Up Exhibition: Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting

Alisan Fine Arts View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Art Basel Pop-Up Exhibition: Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting, Alisan Fine Arts (4 April–4 July 2020). Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts. 
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
3 April–18 June 2020
Robin Rhode & Nari Ward

Power Wall

Lehmann Maupin View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Robin Rhode & Nari Ward, Power Wall, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (3 April–18 June 2020). Courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Owen Wong. 

Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
26 March–27 September 2020
Bernar Venet

ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition

de Sarthe View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
25 March–30 May 2020
Tu Hongtao
Lévy Gorvy View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Tu Hongtao, Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong (25 March–30 May 2020). Courtesy Lévy Gorvy.
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 March–2 June 2020
Zhang JianJun & Barbara Edelstein

Ineffable Garden

Alisan Fine Arts View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Zhang Jian-Jun & Barbara Edelstein, Ineffable Garden, Alisan Central (16 March–9 May 2020). Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts. 
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
5 March–31 May 2020
Group Exhibition

3E14

Galerie du Monde View Exhibition
Exhibition view: 3E14, Galerie Du Monde, Hong Kong (5 March–18 April 2020). Courtesy Galerie Du Monde. 
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
13 February–5 September 2020
Bosco Sodi

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

Axel Vervoordt Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong (13 February–5 September 2020). © Courtesy the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery.
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
31 January–30 May 2020
Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Antony Micallef

Accidents [Part II]

Pearl Lam Galleries View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
17 January–30 May 2020
Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul

Accidents [Part I]

Pearl Lam Galleries View Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
28 May–30 June 2020
He Duoling

Thunder Afar

Tang Contemporary Art View Exhibition

Current Exhibitions In Hong Kong

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Design + Contemporary Art in Ukiyo-e at SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
22 May–19 July 2020 Group Exhibition Design + Contemporary Art in Ukiyo-e SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Garden of Six Seasons at Para Site, Hong Kong
16 May–30 August 2020 Garden of Six Seasons Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Duan Yifan, Yi at Leo Gallery, Hong Kong
14 May–30 June 2020 Duan Yifan Yi Leo Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Andrew Luk, Chu Teh-Chun, Shifting Landscapes at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
11 April–27 June 2020 Andrew Luk, Chu Teh-Chun Shifting Landscapes de Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Art Basel Pop-Up Exhibition: Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
4 April–4 July 2020 Group Exhibition Art Basel Pop-Up Exhibition: Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Robin Rhode & Nari Ward, Power Wall at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
3 April–18 June 2020 Robin Rhode & Nari Ward Power Wall Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernar Venet, ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
26 March–27 September 2020 Bernar Venet ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition de Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Tu Hongtao, Tu Hongtao at Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong
25 March–30 May 2020 Tu Hongtao Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang JianJun & Barbara Edelstein, Ineffable Garden at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
16 March–2 June 2020 Zhang JianJun & Barbara Edelstein Ineffable Garden Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 3E14 at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
5 March–31 May 2020 Group Exhibition 3E14 Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
13 February–5 September 2020 Bosco Sodi A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Antony Micallef, Accidents [Part II] at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
31 January–30 May 2020 Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Antony Micallef Accidents [Part II] Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Accidents [Part I] at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
17 January–30 May 2020 Zong-De An, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Su Xiaobai, Kim Tschang-Yeul Accidents [Part I] Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, He Duoling, Thunder Afar at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
28 May–30 June 2020 He Duoling Thunder Afar Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

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