Whether you're into photography or fashion, check out this wonderful array of art exhibitions in Hong Kong.
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Catch these art exhibitions in Hong Kong in 2019
A Pop Up Show by Jonathan Jay Lee
Until 18 April
In celebration of Arts Month, Chez Trente is thrilled to introduce a pop up show by Hong Kong-based/Taiwanese-American artist Jonathan Jay Lee from now until 18 April. Having worked with Marvel Comics, Mercedesm San Miguel, Lamborghini and more, this award-winning illustrator won’t disappoint with his fabulous collection of illustrations of Hong Kong.
A Pop Up Show by Jonathan Jay Lee, Chez Trente, 6 Chung Wo Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 中環蘇豪中和里6號
MADE IN HOME KONG Photo Exhibition
Until 31 March
Hong Kong is the city we live in, the place we call home. Partnering up with lifestyle brand Home Kong, Bamboo Scenes is excited to present a special photo exhibition MADE IN HOME KONG, featuring the gallery’s favourite Hong Kong-based photographers, to celebrate the city’s vibrant characters. There will also be a launch block party with Locofama and BlackSalt on 16 March – while the exhibition will remain up throughout the month of April – so don’t miss out the chance to meet these amazing creative talents.
Read our interview with Madelon de Grave from Bamboo Scenes.
MADE IN HOME KONG Photo Exhibition, Bamboo Scenes, 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 西營盤福壽里13號
Art Central Hong Kong 2019
Until 31 March
Returning for its fifth edition from 27 March to 31 March, Art Central will present a diverse range of emerging talent alongside established art world favourites. With over a hundred leading galleries from twenty two countries, and more than thirty exhibitors making their Art Central debut, it’s going to one of the most exciting art exhibitions in Hong Kong. Also, look out for their large-scale installations, performance, as well as outdoors restaurants, live music and bespoke cocktails.
Art Central Hong Kong 2019, Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong, 中環龍和道9號海濱活動空間
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
29 March – 31 March
Taking place at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 29 March to 31 March, Art Basel Hong Kong features a great number of premier galleries from Asia and beyond. The three-day exhibition also aims to offer an in-depth observation of the region’s diversity through both historical material and provoking artwork by both established and emerging artists.
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 香港灣仔博覽道一號香港會議展覽中心
Martin Lever presents Streets
29 March – 1 April
The collection by Martin “Li Wah” Lever, titled Streets, features twelve new colourful characters on the art world, all inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic street-life. From street markets to back alleys across town, Street encapsulates the pulsating heart and soul of Hong Kong, and depicts the city’s human core with powerful expressive imagery and a subtle touch of humour. Street will launch at the Asia Contemporary Art Show at Conrad Hotel from 29 March to 1 April.
Martin Lever presents Streets, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 香港島金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場
A Body of Work – A Solo Exhibition by Stephanie Teng
Until 7 April
Hong Kong-based photographer Stephanie Teng is excited to present A Body of Work at Eaton HK until 7 April. Frustrated at the lack of representation of body shapes in mainstream media, Teng wishes to explore and defy conventional stereotypes, as well as dismantle the oppression that society has imposed on women. Using photography as a form of therapy and empowerment, A Body of Work is definitely one of the art exhibitions in Hong Kong that we won’t miss.
A Body of Work – A Solo Exhibition by Stephanie Teng, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 彌敦道380號香港逸東酒店4樓
KAWS: ALONG THE WAY
Until 14 April
KAWS has to be one of the most anticipated art exhibitions in Hong Kong in 2019. The exhibition at PMQ will be curated thematically and chronologically with KAWS’ brilliant works from 2008 to the present including highlights like the CHUM and Companion series. To take things up a notch, there will also be larger-than-life sculptures, multiple paintings and pieces taking over both indoor and outdoor spaces of PMQ. If you fancy bold colours, personalised iconographies and humourous cartooning, this one is for you. Plus don’t miss KAWS Holiday at Hong Kong Central Harbourfront until 14 April.
KAWS: ALONG THE WAY, Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環鴨巴甸街35號元創方
Wang Xiao Bo: My Humanistic Philosophy
Until 14 April
Dedicated to promoting Chinese contemporary art across the globe, Art Futures Group joins Art Futures Gallery to present My Humanistic Philosophy, showcasing ten hyperrealist works of Wang Xiao Bo. Wang reflects on the human psyche through figurative representation of his subjects and delves deep into the relationship between his own life and society. The Searching for Light series is the artist’s reflection on childhood, from the lens of a father who sees his younger self in his own children. This definitely one of the most inspiring art exhibitions in Hong Kong: catch it from 26 March to 14 April at ELEMENTS.
Wang Xiao Bo: My Humanistic Philosophy, 1/F Water Zone ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, 九龍尖沙咀柯士甸道西一號
Douce d’Ivry Solo Exhibition
Until 15 April
From now until 15 April, Douce d’Ivry will be having her first solo photography exhibition at Château Zoobeetle. Inspired by Jean Paul Goude and Wong Kar-wai, Douce’s work is a blend of fashion and street photography representing the city’s dreamy and colourful multifaceted soul.
Douce d’Ivry Solo Exhibition, Château Zoobeetle, 38 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 上環西街38號
David Kim Whittaker Exhibition
Until 25 April
Starting from 25 March, Opera Gallery will be showcasing twelve paintings by British artist David Kim Whittaker. As a self-taught artist whose paintings are inspired by gender dysphoria and the personal struggle, the works beautifully express the dual states of inner and outer calm and conflict, as well as strength and fragility, the conscious and the subconscious, the masculine and the feminine.
Want more? Read our interview with Sharlane Foo from Opera Gallery.
David Kim Whittaker Exhibition, Opera Gallery, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 香港中環雲咸街52號
Propaganda – Neo Rauch Solo Exhibition
Until 4 May
Featuring fifteen new paintings by himself, including large-scale canvases and smaller, more intimately scaled works, German artist Neo Rauch will be having his debut solo exhibition at David Zwirner from 26 March to 4 May. Most known for his visually stimulating compositions that blend the traditions of figurative painting and surrealism, the works reflect the artist’s exploration of figuration, dreamlike imagery and ambiguous. Definitely one of the art exhibitions in Hong Kong to look out for in 2019.
Propaganda – Neo Rauch Solo Exhibition, David Zwirner, 5/F-6/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2523 8001, 中環皇后大道中80號H Queen’s 7樓及8樓
In relation: Performance | Sculpture | Painting – A Solo Exhibition by Bernar Venet
Until 18 May
Crafted by French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet, In relation: Performance | Sculpture | Painting is a new site-specific performance and solo exhibition at the de Sarthe Gallery. Following the 1995 showing of Venet’s work at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the display of his seven monumental sculptures along the harbour in 2012, this will make his third exhibition in the bustling city and we can’t wait.
In relation: Performance | Sculpture | Painting – A Solo Exhibition by Bernar Venet, de Sarthe, 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 黃竹坑黃竹坑道21號環匯廣場20樓
delete – A Solo Exhibition by Tishan Hsu
Until 25 May
New York and Shanghai-based artist Tishan Hsu will be having his first solo exhibition in Asia titled delete. After researching into his own family history, Hsu stumbled upon a collection of family photo albums which survived partially intact during China’s revolutionary years. He then re-presents this archive to a multi-layered process of digital manipulation and re-photography. Running until 25 May, catch a glimpse of the retransformed mirage-like landscapes (and the virtuality of history) at the Empty Gallery.
delete – A Solo Exhibition by Tishan Hsu, Empty Gallery, 18/F & 19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong, 田灣漁豐街3號大洋中心18及19樓
Figure and Form Photo Exhibition – A New Perspective by Tyler Jackson
Until 31 May
Photographers, are you looking to check out art exhibitions in Hong Kong? Using the technique of exposing 120mm film multiple times, photographer Tyler Jackson’s images highlight the structure of the human figure. Running until 31 May, Le Meridien Cyberport will showcase eighteen inspiring photographs of Jackson, which are dedicated to celebrating the strength and elegance of the human body through an alternative lens.
Figure and Form Photo Exhibition – A New Perspective by Tyler Jackson, Le Meridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong, 數碼港道100號
François Olislaeger Exhibition – Une fleur par jour project: A botanical therapy
Until 30 June
Running until 30 June, Belgian cartoonist turned artist François Olislaeger will have his Une Fleur Par Jour (A Flower A Day) project exhibited at agnès b. Galerie Boutique. Inspired by his love for heavenly flowers, he reinterprets the emerging blossoms, the variation of gestures and movement from each unique bloom, with soft watercolours and a sense of artistic freedom.
François Olislaeger Exhibition – Une fleur par jour project: A botanical therapy, agnès b. Galerie Boutique ‐ Shop 119, K11 Shopping Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 香港尖沙咀河內道18號