Local Talent: 7 Must-See Exhibitions At Hong Kong's Homegrown Galleries
There’s more to Hong Kong’s art scene than the celebrated shows at big international galleries. Here’s our pick of upcoming exhibitions at Hong Kong’s most influential homegrown galleries.
Screaming Books and Xiao Xu
To launch Galerie Ora-Ora’s new exhibition space in H Queen’s, the gallery is hosting a literature-themed show that includes the works of eight contemporary Chinese artists, including Halley Cheng, Peng Wei and Xu Lei. To coincide with Art Basel, the gallery is presenting a show of paintings by Xiao Xu.
Screaming Books will exhibit from March 1–17, and Xiao Xu will run from March 26–May 12
Galerie Ora-Ora, 17/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2851 1171, ora-ora.com
Galerie du Monde
Michael Müller: An Exhibition as a Copy
Known for its roster of contemporary artists from China and Taiwan, this year Galerie du Monde is branching out and hosting a solo show of new works by German artist Michael Müller. Comprised of paintings and sculptures, this show explores Müller’s interests in archaeology, anthropology and ancient traditions.
Michael Müller: An Exhibition as a Copy will exhibit from March 8–April 21
Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 0529, galeriedumonde.com
Parkview Art specialises in abstract art and with this exhibition presents the works of eight prominent Chinese abstract artists: Mao Lizi, Ma Kelu, Ma Shuqing, Yuan Zuo, Tan Ping, Meng Luding, Feng Lianghong and Li Di. The brain behind the show is revered academic and curator Peng Feng, who has previously curated the Chinese pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Beijing Abstract will exhibit from March 26–May 12
Parkview Art, Upper G/F, Sunrise House, 27 Old Bailey Street, Central, +852 2413 0025, parkviewarthk.com
Laurent Martin “Lo”: Zhu Qi
The only gallery in Asia whose focus is on showcasing work by Spanish and Latin American artists, Puerta Roja is hosting a show of new work by Laurent Martin “Lo”, who lives and works in Spain and whose gravity-defying bamboo sculptures are influenced by his extensive travels. This exhibition features aerial sculptures inspired by Hong Kong and the city’s iconic junk boats.
Laurent Martin “Lo”: Zhu Qi will exhibit from February 28–May 5.
Puerta Roja, 1/F Soho 189 Art Lane, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, +852 2803 0332, puerta-roja.com
Kwai Fung Hin
Ai Xuan is known as “Master Ai” in China, but internationally he’s overshadowed by his half-brother, Ai Weiwei. While his brother has tapped into the zeitgeist with his conceptual and politically-charged art, Ai Xuan has always turned to history for inspiration and is famous for his realist paintings of Tibetan nomads.
Ai Xuan will exhibit from March 27–April 28
Kwai Fung Hin, G/F, 20 Ice House Street, Central, +852 2580 0055, kwaifunghin.com
Jes Fan and Xavier Cha
Artists who blur the boundaries between different art forms are in the spotlight at Empty Gallery, which is presenting two solo shows side-by- side in its Aberdeen space. Jes Fan was born in Hong Kong and Xavier Cha hails from Los Angeles, but they’re connected by the ways in which they use their mixed media art to explore the human body, cosmetics and plastic surgery.
Jes Fan and Xavier Cha will exhibit from March 27–June 2
Empty Gallery,18 & 19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan, +852 2563 3396, theemptygallery.com
Alisan Fine Arts
Wang Tiande and When Less Is More
Celebrated calligrapher Wang Tiande will unveil new works at Alisan Fine Arts in Central. Like Wang’s previous works, many of these are painted using incense sticks in lieu of a paintbrush, with some also featuring burn marks from lit incense. In its Aberdeen gallery, Alisan Fine Arts will host a group show featuring the works of Fung Ming-chip, Kan Tai- keung, Shao Yan, Fabienne Verider and Zhang Yu.
Wang Tiande will exhibit from March 26–May 5
Alisan Fine Arts, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central , +852 2526 1091, alisan.com.hk
When Less Is More will exhibit from February 10– April 7
Alisan Fine Arts, 2305 Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen, +852 2526 1099, alisan.com.hk