There’s plenty of world-class art to see in Hong Kong this summer—from oil paintings by 90-year-old French artist André Brasilier to futuristic sculptures by Kohei Nawa

1. Tai Kwun: Takashi Murakami

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Above Takashi Murakami at “Murakami vs Murakami” in JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun. (Photo: Alex Maeland)

Immerse yourself in the world of Takashi Murakami at Tai Kwun, where the revered Japanese artist's exuberant art covers every available wall and, sometimes, the floor.

The installation features a variety of media from Japanese ink Enso paintings to costume designs and short films. Tai Kwun is also screening Murakami’s feature-length film Jellyfish Eyes, and has opened a pop-up store in the gallery selling creations that Murakami has made exclusively for Tai Kwun.

We’d recommend wear your most eccentric (or at least your smartest) socks when you visit—otherwise you’ll have to borrow shoe covers to see the floor art.

Until September 1. Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central.

2. Perrotin: Madsaki

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Above MADSAKI, Untitled (inspired by Stephen Chow) (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Kaikai Kiki Co.)

Madsaki, one of many Japanese artists mentored by Takashi Murakami, is opening a solo exhibition at Perrotin. The pair’s influence on each other can clearly be seen in their work: Murakami has adopted spray-painting, which is Madsaki's preferred medium, and Madsaki adorns some of his canvases with Murakami-style flowers.

Madsaki’s Hong Kong exhibition features paintings of iconic moments from the city’s cinematic history, pulling scenes from In the Mood for Love, Infernal Affairs, Chungking Express, Kung Fu Hustle, and more.

July 17 to August 17. Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Rd Central, Central.

See also: 10 Global Exhibitions Worth Travelling For This Summer

3. Asia Society: To See the Forest and the Trees

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Above South Ho, Whiteness of Trees – XXIV (2018). (Courtesy of the artist)

This summer, Asia Society is launching a new arts and culture programme titled Hidden Forests, which is focused on celebrating Hong Kong’s ecology and biodiversity. The idea for the project was sparked after Typhoon Mangkhut last year, which felled countless trees around the city and led Asia Society’s team to reflect on the greenery that we sometimes overlook in day-to-day life.

July 6 to September 8. Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Dr, Admiralty.

4. Lehmann Maupin: Mandy El-Sayegh

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Above Mandy El-Sayegh, Painting (denzel) (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin)

Malaysian-born, London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh’s first solo exhibition in Asia, titled Dispersal, features drawings, paintings, sculptures and an installation.

Using written materials, scientific and biological diagrams and imagery from pop culture, El-Sayegh’s art imaginatively illustrates the way in which the human psyche captures, retains and interprets information from our environment and transforms it into personal thoughts and memories.

July 11 to August 24. Lehmann Maupin, 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central.

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5. Over the Influence: MeeNa Park

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Above MeeNa Park, Pink Scream (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery)

Continuing on from her 2005 and 2016 exhibitions of the same name, Korean artist MeeNa Park is opening her latest Scream exhibition at Over The Influence this month. The screaming figure in these new works was inspired by Edvard Munch’s The Scream, the Hollywood movie Scream, and cartoonist Charles Schulz’s character Charlie Brown.  

Many of the works feature recurring motifs, such as hearts and anime characters, but each canvas has its own unique narrative.

July 5 to August 9. Over the Influence, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central.

6. Hanart TZ: Sim Chi Yin

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Above Sim Chi Yin, Remnants #11 (2017). (Courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ)

Starting with her family’s history, artist Sim Chi Yin’s exhibition at Hanart TZ tells the story of the 12-year conflict in Singapore between the British Colonial government and the Malayan resistance forces from 1948 to 1960. The artist has previously been praised for her story-telling abilities and rigorous research—and these talents are on display in this series, which mixes historic record and Sim’s artistic interpretation of events. 

Accompanying this exhibition of photography, film, sound, text, archival material and performative readings will be a series of scholarly talks around the historical ideas and ideals of the time and their resonance today.

Until August 3. Hanart TZ Gallery, 401 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central.

7. Opera Gallery: André Brasilier

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Above André Brasilier, Courses au clair de lune (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Opera Gallery)

To coincide with his 90th birthday, André Brasilier has opened an exhibition of oil on canvas and watercolor paintings at Opera Gallery. Brasilier has been painting for 65 years, and this collection features works dating back to 1958 as well as 21 new works from 2018.

Brasilier’s work is influenced by many artistic movements, including abstraction and favism. The paintings on show in Hong Kong feature two of his greatest inspirations—his wife and muse, Chantal Brasilier, and horses.

Until July 28. Opera Gallery, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central.

See also: British Artist Harland Miller On The Power Of Words

8. Pace Gallery: Kohei Nawa

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Above Kohei Nawa, Throne (g/p_pyramid) (2019) (Photo: Nobutada Omote | Sandwich. © Kohei Nawa)

Featuring several of Kohei Nawa’s series, this exhibition at Pace in H Queen’s reveals the artist’s interest in the boundaries between virtual and physical spaces, the individual and the group, and the natural and artificial worlds.

Among the works on show are the Throne series, which explores Nawa’s concern that humans are beginning to blindly follow advanced technology, and the Particle series, a group of objects covered in diamond-like silicon carbide powder.

July 19 to August 29. Pace Gallery, H Queen's, 80, 12/F Queen's Road Central, Central.

9. Para Site: Bicycle Thieves

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Above Yunyu “Ayo” Shih, I’ll Take Care of You (2019). Exhibition view from “Mercurial Mercurial Boundaries Imagining Future Memory at Museum of National Taipei University of Education. (Courtesy of the artist and Para Site)

Drawing inspiration from the Italian neorealist film of the same name, Para Site’s latest exhibition reflects on the fine line between sharing and stealing. The show features works by a variety of artists, including Firenze Lai, Luke Ching Chin Wai and Stephanie Comilang.

June 29 to September 1. Para Site, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’sRoad, Quarry Bay.

10. Simon Lee Gallery: Out for Summer

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Above Hongwei, Panda Variation (2018). (Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art)

The three artists in this show—Qian Jiahua, Guo Hongwei, and Lin Yi-Hsuan—have very different styles, but they all produce warm, inviting paintings.

Featuring everything from paintings of playful pandas to more abstract works that reference South American and Taiwanese culture, this exhibition explores ideas of nostalgia, intimacy and tradition.

July 12 to September 7. Simon Lee Gallery, 304, 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central.

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