Cover Rose (2020) by Yue Minjun. (Photo: the artist and Tang Contemporary)

March’s art exhibitions feature local and international artists who push the boundaries of art for passion, including Picasso’s muse Françoise Gilot, and Yayoi Kusama

Get your culture fix as we're listing the best art exhibitions to see this month—including Hong Kong painter Stephen Wong Chun-hei’s online show, Alisan Fine Arts' photo exhibition that celebrates International Women's Day, and more.

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Editor's note: Social distancing rules are currently in force for various businesses and venues in Hong Kong, please make sure you follow the latest government guidelines and be responsible when participating in public events. All the events mentioned in the article are still happening on the date of original publication, please refer to the event organisers’ official websites and social media platforms for the latest information.

1. Hauser & Wirth: William Kentridge

South African artist William Kentridge’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong features his 2020 film Sibyl, which he created by filming his drawings, making changes and filming them again, demonstrating the technique for which he is best known. The show also features a six-metre-wide triptych, in which silhouetted figures form a procession against a collage of maps of Africa and historical documents, as well as tapestries and sculptures.

From March 17 to April 30, 2022. 15-16/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Find out more at hauserwirth.com

2. Flowers Gallery: I Am in Training, Don’t Kiss Me

Hong Kong artist Lau Hiu-tung’s first solo exhibition is named after and inspired by French surrealist photographer Claude Cahun’s 1927 self-portrait, which explores the relationship between gender and performance. Expanding Cahun’s idea to modern gym culture, Lau explores gender tropes and representation. The gallery space is transformed into a “gym”, where a performance artist will present some of her works alongside Lau’s gym-inspired pieces.

Until March 18, 2022. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at flowersgallery.com. Viewings by appointment only.

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3. Rossi & Rossi: Two Manifestos

Iranian sculptor Siah Armajani was exiled to the US in 1960 for his pro-democratic political activities. Karachi-born conceptual artist, sculptor, writer and curator Rasheed Araeen left his engineering job in Pakistan in 1964 for a career in art in London. Both artists are known for bridging art and political activism, and their joint Hong Kong exhibition both showcases their seminal works and compares their journeys to the west.

From March 19 to May 14, 2022. 11/F, M Place, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at rossirossi.com. Viewings by appointment only.

4. Ben Brown: Ghosts of Empires

Curated by Ghanaian American cultural critic Larry Ossei-Mensah, this group exhibition features 12 contemporary multidisciplinary artists from the African and Asian diasporas whose works explore slavery, colonialism, sovereignty, trade and imperialism.

From March 22 to May 14, 2022. 201, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at benbrownfinearts.com

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5. Pace Gallery

Paris-born, New York-based contemporary artist Jules de Balincourt is known for his use of saturated colours to create atmospheric utopias and dystopias. The Hong Kong show will feature 12 recent works, 11 of which were created just this year. They reflect his latest musings on dystopia, cityscapes and nature.

From March 18 to April 28, 2022. H Queen's, 80, 12/F Queen's Road Central, Central. Find out more at pacegallery.com

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6. Alisan Fine Arts Aberdeen: Through the Lenses

This group exhibition celebrates International Women’s Day by featuring four photographers from different cultures and backgrounds, including New York-based photographer Cai Wen-You, who explores generational gaps, Hanzhou photographer Chu Chu, who also specialises in calligraphy, Los Angeles-born photographer Barbara Edelstein, whose work reflects her fascination with leaves, and Taiwanese photographer Isa Ho, who prints surrealist images on aluminium boards.

From March 26 to May 31, 2022. Alisan Fine Arts Aberdeen, 2305, Hing Wai Industrial Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road. Find out more at alisan.com.hk

7. LGDR Asia: Eternal Seasons

LGDR Asia, a new partnership between two New York galleries—Lévy Gorvy and Salon 94—and dealer Amalia Dayan, begins with the second edition of the Eternal Seasons series, which opened last March at Lévy Gorvy. This new edition presents western and Asian works from the 20th and 21st centuries that depict the natural world and the cosmos. The featured canonical figures include Françoise Gilot, the French painter of the post-World War II school who became Picasso’s muse and lover, and Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese contemporary artist who lived voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital for 41 years.

Until April 30, 2022. 2 Ice House Street, Central. Find out more at https://lgdr.com. Viewings by appointment only.

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8. Tang Contemporary: Smile at the Flower Sermon

Considered part of the Chinese cynical realist art movement, contemporary Chinese oil painter Yue Minjun likes depicting himself frozen in laughter to mock the absurdity of socio-political developments. This first collaboration with Tang Contemporary marks the artist’s return after a ten-year hiatus, and features more than 20 works from his Laughter series and the new Flower series, created since the start of the pandemic.

From March 24 to April 30, 2022. 10/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Find out more at tangcontemporary.com

9. Woaw Gallery: Gentle Creatures

Inspired by his childhood, British artist Felix Treadwell enjoys painting fictional characters, animals and fantastical creatures in his soft-rendered paintings. However, these apparently light-hearted subjects carry a darker meaning, as he reflects on adolescent vulnerability and conformity in his work. His first solo show in Hong Kong presents recent pieces which depict grown-up characters in their daily job routines and hobbies, making a comment on how far we have evolved since prehistoric times and exploring subjects such as fragility, mortality and loneliness.

Until March 17, 2022. Woaw Gallery, 9 Queen’s Road Central. Find out more at woawgallery.com

10. Bonhams Hong Kong: Stephen Wong Chun Hei: MacLehose Trail

Hong Kong painter Stephen Wong Chun-hei’s passion for hiking inspired him to capture the 100km MacLehose trail—the city’s most famous hiking route—in watercolour and acrylic paintings. The project took him six months to complete after he quit his job last September, and the online interactive exhibition features more than 40 works, which will be revealed one by one during March alongside an introduction by the artist, as if viewers are on a hike with him.

From March 10 to 31, 2022. Online viewing only. Find out more at bonhams.com

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