Cover Unmissable art exhibitions to see this January. (Sam Francis, Blue Ball, (1962) Courtesy of Alisan Fine Arts)

The new year commences with shows that reset art genres and enhance cultural connectedness. Here's what not to miss this January:

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Karin Weber Gallery: Now Showing

This group show featuring 11 local artists celebrates the power of cinema. Each artist has selected one film that is especially meaningful to them and made a work inspired by it. The films reflect the technological advancement and social changes that have taken place during these artists’ lives.

Accompanying this exhibition are talks with participating artists and professionals from the local film industry, who will discuss their creative processes.

Until February 6. 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at karinwebergallery.com

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Flowers Gallery: Self

New York-based Chinese artist Shen Wei is famous for making intimate self-portraits. In this solo show, his first in Hong Kong, he presents recent video and photography works that explore identity, memory and sexuality.

Among the pieces on show are Self-portrait (Bent), which features his nude body in a bridge pose, and Broken Sleeve, inspired by the myth of “the passion of the cut sleeve”, the tale of the Chinese Emperor Ai of Han cutting off his robe in order not to wake his sleeping lover.

Until February 27. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Find out more at flowersgallery.com

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Tai Kwun: Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy

Curated by Roberto Gotti, an expert on Italian swordsmanship, and Hing Chao, founder of the Hong Kong Culture Festival and a prominent advocate for Chinese martial art, this multidimensional exhibition presents more than 50 historic swords and pole arms, as well as 16th-century martial arts manuscripts and books.

The show offers a glimpse into Chinese and Italian warrior and sword traditions from the early modern era to the 21st century, when there has been a resurgence of interest in swordsmanship in both countries.

Until March 7. 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at taikwun.hk

Editor's Note: As of January 6, 2021, Tai Kwun: Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy has been suspended until further notice. Please further to taikwun.hk for the latest updates.

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de Sarthe: Double Fly Awkward Pay

Nine-artist collective Double Fly Art Center make paintings, performances and sculptures that critique society and, specifically, the art world. A highlight of this show is double love & flied currency, a group of two- and three-dimensional paintings that were formerly one continuous 33-metre-long work. The gallery switches between normal and ultraviolet lights to show bank notes hidden in the work, signifying the mysterious ways in which dealers and collectors value artworks.

Until February 20. 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at desarthe.com

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Hong Kong Museum of Art: Honouring Tradition and Heritage: Min Chiu Society at Sixty

The art collectors from the Min Chiu Society have been a key promoter and educator of Chinese art in Hong Kong. Their eclectic collection includes Chinese paintings and calligraphy, ceramics, jade, glass, lacquer wares, carvings in bamboo and wood, furniture, textiles as well as China Trade arts.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary this year, the society displays 300 antiques and artworks sourced from Chinese imperial courts and literati across generations.

Until April 28. 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Find out more at hk.art.museum

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Alisan Fine Arts: Celebrating a Friendship: Walasse Ting and Sam Francis

American abstract painter Sam Francis and Chinese diaspora Walasse Ting, who has been working with Alisan Fine Arts since the early days, co-present a joint exhibition at the gallery’s 40th anniversary. Ting and Francis met during the 1950s in New York, where Abstractionism had an influence on their art.

The show displays 18 works on paper created between the 1960s to the 1990s that spotlight their friendship and the changes Abstractionism had on them.

Until March 20. 21/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at alisan.com.hk

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David Zwirner: Raoul De Keyser

David Zwirner commences its new season with the Belgium painter’s (1930-2012) first solo show in China. De Keyser, a member of the New Vision movement developed in the 1920s from the principles of the Bauhaus, is known for using simple shapes, gestures and painterly marks to convey strong emotions. By exploring the interaction between colour and form in minimalist representations, he injected the everyday experience and landscapes with heightened sensibility.

The exhibition features paintings from throughout his five-decade career.

Until March 6. 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at davidzwirner.com

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WMA Space: Unruly Visions

The LGBTQ+ photo exhibition is curated by Tse Ka-Man, New York based photographer, video artist, and educator, who led the Photography as Witness, Memory, Activism, and Recognition photography workshop from 2019 to 2020.

Focusing on gender and LGBTQ issues through a diasporic lens, the show brings together nine emerging LGBTQ+ image makers in Hong Kong. Each has their own take on subjects such as same-sex marriage, techniques of colouring or the involvement with other medium such as dance.

January 22 to February 26. WMA Space, 8/F Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at hkipf.org.hk

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Blindspot Gallery: Yeung Tong Lung: Daily Practice

In collaboration with independent bookstore Art & Culture Outreach, the solo exhibition showcases Yeung’s practice that spans four decades and myriad styles.

The Fujian painter deals with everyday street scenes, old buildings, ordinary people, back alleys, parks or plants commonly seen in Hong Kong. His intimate observation of people, nature and things reveals the blind spot of the common daily perceptions of ourselves and offers a chance of self-discovery.

January 19 to March 6. Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at blindspotgallery.com

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Simon Lee Gallery: Alex Hubbard

Born in Toledo, LA artist Alex Hubbard applies traditional techniques to pour, pull and drip industrial materials such as resin, urethane, oil and wax across the canvas. Yet his method is inventive. Through the spontaneous layering that forms an array of compositional and chemical combinations, Hubbard explores chance happenings.

Lately, he also experiments with UV painting, presenting underlying prints of machinery and everyday items in an abstract way.

January 15 to March 13. 304, 3/F, The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at simonleegallery.com

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