Cover Day 1 by VV Franklin. Courtesy of the photographer and f22 foto space.

The New Year brings new art exhibitions that present thought-provoking ideas about reimagining traditional art and envisioning what the future holds for the art world.

1. f22 foto space: 21 Days

French photographer Vanessa Victoria Franklin, the co-founder of Boogie Woogie Photography, presents a series of intimate self-portraits reflecting her sense of loneliness and temporary loss of mobility during quarantine after returning to Hong Kong from France. Without her usual supply of props and models, she interacted with everyday items in the hotel room and made herself the subject. The resulting self-portraits reflect an inner dialogue expressed in an elegant visual language.

From January 7, 2022. f22 foto space, Shops BW11 and 13, The Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Find out more at f22.com

2. Simon Lee Gallery: Grayscale

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.

From January 28 to March 12, 2022. 304, 3/F The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Find out more at simonleegallery.com

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3. Crafts on Peel: Wood

The art space’s fourth exhibition showcases traditional wood craftsmanship skills in Asia, with traditional and contemporary artisans collaborating on artwork both aesthetic and functional. There is also a companion workshop where visitors can try their hand at the craft.

From January 22 to May 21, 2022. 11 Peel Street, Central. Find out more at www.craftsonpeel.com

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4. The Hong Kong Central Library: Ink Global

Ink Global organises an annual ink art exhibition that showcases the crème de la crème of the traditional Chinese art world. This year’s edition is bigger than ever, with 500 contemporary and 20th-century ink wash paintings, selected based on their level of difficulty and technique. There are paintings with both traditional themes such as portraits, flower and birds, landscape and animals, as well as contemporary Hong Kong subjects. The show also incorporates animation and augmented reality technology for an immersive experience.

Until January 21, 2022. Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Tin Hau. Find out more at www.hkpl.gov.hk

Please note that the Central Library will be temporarily closed from January 7 to 20 January, 2022 in view of the latest situation of COVID-19.

5. 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.

From January 8 to March 12, 2022. 21F, Coda Designer Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com

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6. Hauser & Wirth: Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years 1970-1983 and Wonderland

The American portrait photographer, most famous for the intimate image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken a few hours before the Beatles member was shot, is one of the leading photographic artists of our time. Leibovitz herself has selected the rarely seen images for this exhibition, which includes works from her early years that capture the cultural and political shifts of the 1970s and 1980s.

From January 6 to February 12. 16-15/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Find out more at hauserwirth.com

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7. David Zwirner: Josef Albers: Primary Colors

Influenced by the Bauhaus movement in Europe and American modern art, the late German painter Josef Albers was known for his experiments with colours and shapes. This—his first solo exhibition in China or Hong Kong—presents works that showcase his signature abstract style.

From January 18 to March 6. 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Find out more at davidzwirner.com.hk

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

Showcasing rarely seen oil, ink and watercolour paintings by the late Chinese French painter Zao Wou-Ki, who is famous for mixing eastern and western artistic traditions, this exhibition explores Zao’s artistic journey from his native China to the West and back.

Until May 22, 2022. 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central. Find out more at villepinart.com

9. Perrotin: Jean-Michel Othoniel

French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel specialises in handblown glass sculptures that take the form of both small- and large-scale jewellery, beads or bricks. His work explores topics such as travelling and history, and has been exhibited in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Miami and Hong Kong. This exhibition displays his Wild Knot, Necklace, Suspended Lovers and Precious Stonewall series.

From January 15 to February 26, 2022. Perrotin, K11 Atelier, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Find out more at perrotin.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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