Hong Kong's thriving galleries are complemented by the city's non-profit art spaces and museums, which mount a host of fresh, thought-provoking shows

1. Love Long: Robert Indiana and Asia at Asia Society

Placing works by legendary American Pop artist Robert Indiana alongside pieces by artists and artist collectives from Asia—Kutluğ Ataman, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Chim-Pom, He An, Candy Factory Projects, Hung Keung, Charwei Tsai, and Xu Bing—this exhibition at Asia Society offers a remarkable cross-cultural investigation of language, words and images—and reveals the expressive power of art.                                                   

February 7–July 15, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, +852 2103 9511, asiasociety.org

2. (In)tangible Reminiscence at CHAT

During Art Basel, the non-profit Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT) is holding a group show titled (In)tangible Reminiscence at The Annex in Central. Featuring newly commissioned works by Iwasaki Takahiro, Yeondoo Jung and Sarah Lai, the exhibition explores the personal and collective memories of Hong Kong’s textile and fashion industry, using fabric and garments to look at the city’s past and present.

March 24–April 22, The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, mill6chat.org

3. Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour at M+ Pavilion

Hong Kong multidisciplinary artist Samson Young debuted his Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour at the 57th Venice Biennale last year. Now it is presented at the M+ Pavilion. Curated by Ying Kwok and conceived as “an album unfolding in space to be experienced in person,” the show reframes charity singles from the 1980s—purpose-made recordings for charitable causes—as transformative events of political and historical relevance.

Young repurposes pop hits such as We Are the World and Do They Know It’s Christmas through a series of sculptures, objects, videos, sound-installations and site-specific pieces, creating a unique audio-visual experience.

February 9–May 6. M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2200 0217, westkowloon.hk

4. The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia at Liang Yi Museum

With a showcase of 94 artefacts ranging from paintings and manuscripts to glass and ceramics, Liang Yi Museum presents the most comprehensive exhibition of the colour blue in Persian art and history ever held in Hong Kong.

This show is a remarkable collaboration between a private Hong Kong museum and international institutions, with most of the pieces coming from major museums worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, the David Collection in Denmark and the Freer and Sackler Gallery Archives in the US. Several Hong Kong collectors have also generously loaned objects to the show.            

March 24–June 20, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2806 8280, liangyimuseum.com

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5. Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation

To coincide with Art Basel, K11 Art Foundation is hosting a group exhibition exploring geometry, the power of human imagination and the rise of artistic movements in the USA, Japan and China in the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition is spread across two different venues and features 40 works, including pieces by Bali-based Ashley Bickerton, Japanese Pop artist Keiichi Tanaami and Hong Kong’s very own Trevor Yeung. 

March 27–April 22, G/F, Cosco Tower, 33 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan and Chi Art Space, 8/F, New World Tower 2, 16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central, k11artfoundation.org

6. Christopher Wool: Highlights from the Hill Art Collection hosted by the Hill Art Foundation

Thirteen major works by acclaimed American artist Christopher Wool are on display in this show, which is being hosted by the Hill Art Foundation. This is quite the treat for Hongkongers, as it is the very first public exhibition hosted by the organisation, which is the brainchild of renowned collectors J. Tomilson Hill and Janine W. Hill. This September, the couple plans to open a permanent exhibition and education space in New York.

March 27–April 8, Atrium, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, hqueens.com.hk

7. A beast, a god, and a line at Para Site

Curated by Cosmin Costinas, Para Site’s exhibition during art week first debuted at the Dhaka Art Summit in February where it saw artists from South and Southeast Asia, as well as a handful of Hong Kong artists, address issues such as politicised religion, nationalism, the unfinished processes of decolonisation and resurgent Indigenous identities. After it closes in Hong Kong, the exhibition will travel to Myanmar.

March 17–May 20, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, +852 2517 4620, para-site.org.hk


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