10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In August 2020
- Asia Art Archive: Crafting CommunitiesAsia Art Archive: Crafting Communities
- Para Site: Garden of Six SeasonsPara Site: Garden of Six Seasons
- Tai Kwun: They Do Not Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its ShapeTai Kwun: They Do Not Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its Shape
- Asia Society: Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong KongAsia Society: Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
- M+ Pavilion: Shirley Tse: Stakes and HoldersM+ Pavilion: Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders
- Hauser & Wirth: Lorna SimpsonHauser & Wirth: Lorna Simpson
- Illuminati Fine Art: Anthem of CalamusIlluminati Fine Art: Anthem of Calamus
- Alisan Fine Arts: Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration Of Hong Kong ArtsAlisan Fine Arts: Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration Of Hong Kong Arts
- Perrotin: Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary PortraiturePerrotin: Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture
- Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Bae Bien-u: Memories Of WanderingAxel Vervoordt Gallery: Bae Bien-u: Memories Of Wandering
We're letting you know the must-see art shows and exhibitions for August, with both big names and rising stars in the spotlight this month
Asia Art Archive: Crafting Communities
This group exhibition at Asia Art Archive 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 exhibition reveals how Womanifesto made space for women artists in an art scene dominated by men.
Until October 31. 11/F, Tai Ping Shan, Hollywood Road, Hollywood Centre. Find out more at aaa.org.hk
Para Site: Garden of Six Seasons
A precursor to the upcoming Kathmandu Triennale, which is being curated by Para Site’s executive director and curator Cosmin Costinas, Garden of Six Seasons brings together more than 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition is named after an English-style garden built in Kathmandu by the Nepalese king a century ago, and the six seasons that historically defined the city’s climate.
Borrowing the manmade landscape as a metaphor, the show—which is taking place in both Para Site in Quarry Bay and Soho House in Sheung Wan—examines how people map, document and shape the world. Looking beyond dominant media such as Nepalese paubha painting and ink painting in East Asia, the exhibition showcases the range of artistic styles thriving today.
Until August 30. Para Site, 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay and Soho House, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan. Find out more at para-site.art.
Tai Kwun: They Do Not Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its Shape
The former Central Police Station is hosting two major new exhibitions. They Do Not Understand Each Other features works from the collections of Osaka’s National Museum of Art and the Singapore Art Museum made by 19 artists who explore cultural and language barriers in their work.
Simultaneously, My Body Holds Its Shape shows newly commissioned works by five artists, including Filipino artist, dancer and choreographer Eisa Jocson, who is performing on site.
Until September. Please note that Tai Kwun will be closed until August 4. Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Find out more at taikwun.hk
Asia Society: Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
This exhibition is part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and features ten local artists who are interested in Hong Kong’s collective memory and culture.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks and several screenings of artist Cici Wu’s film Unfinished Return of Yu Man Hon.
Until September 27. Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. Find out more at asiasociety.org
M+ Pavilion: Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders
M+ is bringing Shirley Tse’s exhibition from the Venice Biennale, where she represented Hong Kong last year, to its exhibition space on the West Kowloon harbourfront. Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based Tse has made a career of exploring the limits of materials through sculpture; in this show, she manipulates wood, plastic, metal and more using mechanical and digital technologies.
Tse has also created new site-specific installations for the M+ Pavilion.
Until October 4. M+ Pavilion, Art Park, West Kowloon. Find out more at westkowloon.hk
Hauser & Wirth: Lorna Simpson
Race, gender and identity are just a few of the themes that American artist Lorna Simpson explores in her work, in the form of photographs, films, drawings, sculptures and paintings.
It’s the latter—monumental canvases featuring icebergs and arctic landscapes—that take centre stage in Hong Kong this month.
From June 16—September. Hauser & Wirth, 15/F and 16/F H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central. Find out more at hauserwirth.com
Illuminati Fine Art: Anthem of Calamus
Contemporary ink artist Lam Tian Xing, most famous for painting lotuses, showcases more than 30 new works created over the past two years in this exhibition. For this first time in his career, he has painted the calamus plant, a grass traditionally used to prevent epidemics and evict demons in Chinese culture.
Blending western and eastern painting styles, Lam chose the subject to represent strength, health and energy, and to convey his support to Hong Kong and other regions in view of the ongoing pandemic.
Until September 19. 31-33 Hollywood Road, Central. Find out more at ifineart.net
Alisan Fine Arts: Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration Of Hong Kong Arts
Twenty-eight local artists from across several generations explore the city’s past and present in this show. Among those featured are the late New Ink Movement pioneer Lui Shou-Kwan and Irene Chou, multi-media artist Kum Chi-Keung—most famous for making birdcages using bamboo and steel—and Rosanna Li who sculpts plump ceramic figures.
The artworks, many of which have been made this year, reflect both the city’s rich history and its current contemporary art boom.
Until September 3. 21/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Find out more at alisan.com.hk
Perrotin: Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture
Ten artists explore the means of representing themselves at Perrotin’s first group exhibition—focusing on contemporary portraiture—in the gallery’s new Victoria Dockside location. Portraits used to be the primary way of recording the appearance of a person before cameras were invented.
Today, the art of portraying the self goes abstract and psychological, and artists are experimenting with various artistic forms, including sculpture. Among the various international artists featured are Takashi Murakami, whose alter ego Mr. DOB evolves in shape and colours, and Japanese Superflat movement artist Mr., who reflects on social anxiety before and after the 2011 nuclear explosion in Fukushima.
Until August 8. Perrotin, Atelier, K11, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Find out more at perrotin.com
Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Bae Bien-u: Memories Of Wandering
South Korean photographer Bae Bien-U has been taking pictures with traditional analog techniques since the 1970s, when photography wasn’t considered as fine art in his country. Reminiscent of ink art or calligraphy, his works are known for presenting meditative landscapes. This exhibition presents a series of 16 of his intimate, small hand-printed works taken in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, which capture the relationship between men and nature.
Until September 19. 21F Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com
All listings are based on information available at time of writing and may be subject to change. Please check galleries’ websites for the latest updates.