Cover A.A. Murakami at Studio Swine. Courtesy of A.A. Murakami.

Don't miss these new Hong Kong art exhibitions that look at landscapes, people and nature in Hong Kong and around the world this December.

Don't miss these December exhibitions that reflect human history and our relationship with nature through photographs, paintings and installations.

1. Villepin: Zao Wou-Ki: The Eternal Return to China

Showcasing rarely seen oil, ink and watercolour paintings by the late Chinese French master painter Zao Wou-Ki, who is celebrated for his proficiency with both eastern and western artistic traditions, this exhibition explores Zao’s artistic journey from his native China around the world and back.

From December 1 to May 22, 2022. 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central, Central. Find out more at

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2. Flowers Gallery: Walking Backwards

Contemporary American painter Aleah Chapin is known for her unflinching nude portraits of older women, many of whom are relatives and friends. In her first solo exhibition in Asia, she presents new work that combines sketches and images of herself. The result is a series of images of a contorted human body against an abstract backdrop, in an exploration of how ageing is represented.

Until January 15, 2022. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at

3. Asia Society Hong Kong: Recovery, Resilience, Resurgence

Curated by the Photographic Heritage Foundation, this exhibition, which features works by the late photographers Hedda Morrison, Lee Fook Chee and Brian Brake, reflects livelihoods and cityscapes from 1940s postwar Hong Kong to the city’s rapid social changes in the 1950s and its resurgence in the 1960s.

From December 14 to March 6, 2022. 90 Justice Drive, Admiralty. Find out more at

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4. Simon Lee Gallery: Georg Karl Pfahler

The German artist is known for his abstract geometric painting style, influenced by the art informel movement, which was prevalent in 1940s and 1950s Europe. This show, Pfahler’s first solo exhibition in Asia, features works from 1965 to the 1970s, which showcase how his style changed from creating architecture-inspired shapes to more abstract patterns of colour.

Until January 8, 2022. 304, 3/F, The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street. Find out more at

5. Alisan Fine Arts: Lui Shou-kwan: Hong Kong Landscape

This is the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition of works by the pioneering ink painter Lui Shou-kwan, who advocated new practices without abandoning the traditions of the genre. This show contains 18 contemporary landscape paintings from the 1950s and 1960s created during Lui’s visits to well-known landmarks such as Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Lion Rock, where he captured the city’s changing seasons.

Until March 12, 2022. 21/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Find out more at

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6. Para Site: Noble Rot

Para Site celebrates its 25th anniversary with the group exhibition Noble Rot, featuring new commissions by 18 local artists who are participants in the inaugural programme 2046 Fermentation + Fellowships, a scheme to support emerging artists in realising their projects. Upon the gallery’s 25th year, the exhibition reflects the artists’ vision of the Hong Kong art scene’s next 25 years.

December 4, 2021 to February 20, 2022. 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay. Find out more at

7. Hong Kong Museum of Art: Touching: A Journey through Chinese Landscapes from the Xubaizhai Collection

Instead of depicting a realistic landscape or garden, Chinese landscape paintings are known for reflecting the artists’ temperament and aspirations as they create imaginary, often ethereal worlds. A total of 27 works from the Xubaizhai Chinese landscape collection are presented in this exhibition.

Until February 16, 2022. 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Find out more at

8. White Cube: His Own Worst Enemy

New paintings by British artist Damien Hirst appear alongside sculptures from his Venice show Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. The Hellenistic-style sculptures from the latter, some of which are created in the mould of Disney characters, transport viewers to an imaginary shipwreck, as Hirst reflects on the influence of mass culture.

Until January 8, 2022. 50 Connaught Road Central, Central. Find out more at

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9. CHAT: Spinning East Asia Series I: A Compass in Hand

This group exhibition features 15 prominent artist-designers who explore ideas focusing on East Asia through typographic designs, interactive and immersive installations, and multi-media works. The exhibition comes in two editions, and this first show addresses the historical, social and ideological interpretations of East Asia as reflected in textile designs influenced by various individual and collective forces.

Until February 27, 2022. CHAT, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan. Find out more at

10. Pearl Lam Galleries: A Thousand Layers of Stomach

A.A. Murakami, the London- and Tokyo-based duo behind Studio Swine, use digestion and metabolism as a metaphor for the human spirit and perseverance against adversity. Inspired by Metabolism, a post-war architectural movement that originated in Japan and was inspired by the idea of the rebirth of the built environment, the exhibition showcases installations and multi-media artworks that explore the relationship between nature, human and the built environment.

From December 9, 2021 to February 12, 2022. Pearl Lam Galleries, 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Find out more at


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