April’s exhibitions bring art powerhouses from around the world to Hong Kong––here's what not to miss:

1. Lévy Gorvy: Eternal Seasons

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Above Vincent Van Gogh, View of a Park in Paris (1886) (Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy)

Themed around the four seasons, this exhibition features masterpieces from across 150 years of art history. The list of works includes pieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Odilon Redon, Raoul Dufy and Henri le Sidaner, many of which are being shown for the first time in Asia.

This show will be followed by the second presentation, opening on April 28, that focuses on postwar and contemporary artists, including Zao Wou-ki and Takashi Murakami.

Until May 31. Lévy Gorvy, Ground Floor, 2 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at levygorvy.com

See also: Artworks By Van Gogh, Yayoi Kusama And More Will Be On Display In Hong Kong From March 2021

2. Hauser & Wirth: Jack Whitten

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Above Jack Whitten, Windows Of The Mind: A Monument Dedicated To The Power Of Painting! (1995) (Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

American abstract artist Jack Whitten was celebrated for the innovative methods he used to apply paint to canvas, and the many ways in which his work explored his experiences of living as a Black man in America. 

His bold, experimental work blurs the boundaries between mechanical automation and personal expression, as well as sculpture and painting.

This show—his first solo exhibition in Asia—features rarely seen paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the 1960s through 2010s.

Until July 31. 16-15/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at hauserandwirth.com

3. David Zwirner: James Welling: Metamorphosis

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Above James Welling Lavender Mist, (2014) (© James Welling. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner)

American photographer James Welling was a pioneer in the 1970s when he, then just a student, began taking black-and-white photographs of aluminium foil. These early works marked a shift in the history of photography, encouraging artists to think about how they can make images for the camera, rather than simply taking photos of what was around them. 

The solo exhibition is Welling’s first presentation in Hong Kong or China. It offers an overview of his career from the 1980s and explores the tension between abstraction and figuration in his photographs.

Until May 5. 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at davidzwirner.com.hk

4. Pace: Signs

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'Signs' installed at Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, March 4–April 24, 2021. from left: Qiu Xiaofei, Snow House 2, 2020, #77264; Qiu Xiaofei, Snow House 1, 2020, #77263. format of photography: digital, name of photographer: Louise Lo, date of photography: 3/3/2021
Above Exhibition view: Qiu Xiaofei, Pace Gallery, Hong Kong. (©Qiu Xiaofei. Courtesy of: Pace Gallery. Photography: Louise Lo)

The group exhibition gathers paintings and drawings made during the early stage of the pandemic by China-based artists from Pace’s roster, including Li Songsong and Mao Yan. It showcases the creative responses of these artists to the pandemic and their reflections on the forces that shape civilisations.

During the pandemic some of these artists changed their practice: Mao Yan, for example, started making ink-on-paper works alongside his more famous oil paintings. 

Until April 24. 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at pacegallery.com

5. Perrotin: Laurent Grasso

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