Cover Four Diamond Ping Red Yellow Black (2003) by Robert Indiana. Artwork © 2021 Star of Hope Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

February’s art exhibitions reference key trends from the past and explore contemporary themes.

1. Axel Vervoordt: Cafés

Venetian painter Ida Barbarigo was known for her paintings of chairs, some of which look like actual seats, but others of which resemble human skeletons and demons. Twenty-two pieces from the late 1960s and 1970s have recently been restored and are being revealed to the public for the first time at this exhibition.

Until March 12, 2022. 21F Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com/gallery

2. Simon Lee Gallery: Greyscale

This group exhibition is a contemporary experiment in the Renaissance “grisaille” technique, a painting method executed entirely in shades of grey, usually used to imitate the look of sculptures. The works on display reference genres including traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings and photography.

Until March 12, 2022. 304, 3F The Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street. Find out more at simonleegallery.com

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3. de Sarthe: In the Flow of Becoming

Chinese artist Wang Xin, who is also a certified hypnotist, likes exploring colour and big ideas about artificial intelligence in her work.

Until March 12, 2022. 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at desarthe.com

4. Blindspot Gallery: New Beginnings

The group exhibition features works by artists based in different cities—including British painter Paul Barlow, Japanese artist Osamu Kobayashi and Hong Kong multimedia artist Andrew Luk—whose works take the form of a flat “painterly surface” made to hang upright on a wall.

15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at blindspotgallery.com

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5. Art/Home: When Parallel Worlds Collide

US-trained artist Celia Ko and UK-trained artist Carol Ho both paint portraits. But moving away from people portraits or typical still life objects, Ko now indulges in the idea of painting la nature morte, the Still Life of items in bubble wraps; Ho showcases works from her new series Modernism Stuck My Head: kitsch, cyberpunk, manga-style self-portraits that reflect on the objectification of a person in the modern age.

From February 17 to March 3, 2022. G/F, 23 New Market Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at arthomehk.com

6. Parallel Space: Wild Things

Hong Kong abstract artists Kanny Yeung and Laura Zhang explore the relationship between humans and nature in their recent oil paintings. Both draw inspiration from their experiences of living in a city that is surrounded by nature, and from the conflict between urban development and environmental conservation.

From February 3 to 17, 2022. Parallel Space, 202 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Find out more at parallelspacehk.com

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7. Ben Brown Fine Arts: Robert Indiana

The pioneering US artist is best known for his monosyllabic word sculptures in which he used language, colour and form to explore personal history and American identity. This Hong Kong exhibition, co-organised with the artist’s long-time exclusive partner the Morgan Art Foundation, features sculptures and rare paintings from his 2006 Ginkgo Ài series, that reflected his interest in Eastern cultures.

Until March 8, 2022. 201, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at benbrownfinearts.com

8. 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 has been transformed into a “gym”, where, apart from showcasing Lau's gym-inspired pieces, a performance artist will present some of her works.

From February 18 to March 18. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at flowersgallery.com

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9. Square Street Gallery: 8 Minutes from the Sun

Hong Kong photographer Stephanie Teng’s solo exhibition captures her encounters with nature, which she considers peaceful and contemplative experiences. The show features works created between 2019 and 2021, and combines photography and installation. Through abstract images that hint at the moon, waves and cosmic elements, Teng invites visitors to explore their senses and their own experiences of nature.

Until February 22, 2022. 21 Square Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at instagram.com/squarestreetgallery/?hl=en

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10. White Cube: ….)( of, a clearing

Welsh artist, sculptor and filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans’s exhibition features new installations, sculptures, paintings and sound work that draw on key moments of modernism, which is known for using new imagery, techniques and materials for a more acute representation of modern societies. A highlight is the After Stella neon sculptures, which reference American artist Frank Stella’s Black Paintings: suspended panels of neon lights form semi-transparent veils which both obscure and reveal other works in the exhibition.

Until March 26, 2022. White Cube, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central. Find out more at whitecube.com

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.

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