The fifth annual Hong Kong Art Week (HKAW) has kicked off, which means that the city’s twice-yearly art fever (the other occasion being Art Basel in March) is in full swing yet again. Hosted by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), the theme of this year’s Art Week is “ARTROPOLIS,” and offers a full roster of events around the city taking place in over 50 member galleries.
Promoting a grassroots approach to the art scene, HKAW places an emphasis on engaging with art aficionados aged 5 to 105. In lieu of this cultural extravaganza, here’s six galleries that are hosting world-class artists during HKAW that you can’t miss out on.
Make sure to also check out the panoply of free, art-related events happening around Hong Kong online here.
Hanart TZ Gallery
One of China's most acclaimed contemporary artists, Fang Lijun, is showcasing his new works in the solo exhibition titled "This All Too Human World." The name reflects on the preoccupation in Fang's body of work on the manmade world and the social ties that bind us, as well as his musings on the inevitable process of ageing. On display are a collection of small canvases that Fang returned to over and over again over the course of 3-4 years, as well as several, more ambitious large-scale paintings. Ends 2 December.
Hanart TZ Gallery
401 Pedder Building
12 Pedder St, Central
10 Chancery Lane
In celebration of his 70th birthday, this gallery has been taken over by the inimitable Kwok Mang Ho, better known as Hong Kong's Frog King. Decidedly more toned-down than his previous exhibitions in the space, the current showcase focuses on the more calligraphic leanings of Kwok's early career in the '70s, as well as ink-filled sketchbooks from his time spent living in New York. Kwok's experiments with different mediums are also present, with chopping boards and toilet paper rolls alike falling victim to his brush. Don't miss the Frog King's special performance there 24 November at 7.30pm. Ends 25 November.
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
G/F, 10 Chancery Lane
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing, Blindspot Gallery is hosting a retrospective of Hong Kong photographer Yau Leung. Titled "Hong Kong Stories 1960s," the exhibition gathers a number of original gelatin silver prints hand-printed by the artist – who has been hailed by The Telegraph as "the Chinese Henri Cartier-Bresson" – and depicts a sweetly nostalgic Hong Kong from the cheongsam-wearing '60s to the economically affluent '90s while never losing sight of the humanity of his found subjects. From 28 November to 6 January 2018.
15/F, Po Chai Industrial Bldg
28 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang
Over the Influence
Alexandre Farto, a.k.a. Vhils, has become one of the most acclaimed street artists working today, and is instantly recognisable for his reductionist style where he chips away at walls to create an image, rather than adding paint to it. The artist will be hosting a solo exhibition at Over the Influence titled "Remains," which features pieces developed in, and inspired by Hong Kong. From 1 December until January 5.
Vhils will also be opening up his brand new Wong Chuk Hang studio to the public on HKAW's Art Day at South Island. More details here.
Over The Influence
1/F, 159-163 Hollywood Rd
Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary by Angela Li
Irreverently blending classical and Communist Chinese art styles with modern Western pop culture, Shanghainese artist Jacky Tsai's work is currently highly sought after in the art world and beyond, having completed collaborations with the likes of Lane Crawford, Shanghai Tang and Dream Cruises. Contemporary by Angela Li will be exhibiting his recent works at an exhibition titled "Human Nature," where Tsai is presenting new takes on the likes of Star Wars and DC Comics characters as rendered using traditional Chinese techniques such as lacquer carvings, Suzhou embroidery, porcelain and screen prints. From 22 November until 18 December.
Contemporary by Angela Li
G/F, 248 Hollywood Rd
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup can screen prints need no introduction, having defined much of art history for the past half-century. They form the centerpiece of the "pop... in art" exhibition at the recently opened Sansiao Gallery, which features the prints of a number of artists who were at one point associated with the pop art movement of the 20th century. Ends December 15.
Room 104-5, Wilson House
19-27 Wyndham St, Central