We're listing the 10 best art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this November

November’s art exhibitions present both ancient pieces and new works. From the Botticelli and His Times exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art to Takis's show at White Cube, here's what not to miss.

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1. The Hong Kong Museum of Art: Botticelli and His Times

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Above Adoration of the Child and Angels, ca. 1500, by Sandro Botticelli and workshop (© Photographic Department, The Uffizi Galleries - By permission of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy)

The Uffizi Gallery––a historic museum in Florence, Italy––has lent the Hong Kong Museum of Art 42 paintings by Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and his contemporaries. Highlights of this first major collaboration between the two cities’ galleries include Adoration of the Magi (1474-1475), the work that shot Botticelli into fame as a painter, and Portrait of a Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci) (ca. 1480-1485), featuring the model who also appeared as the goddess in Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

Works by Botticelli's teacher Lippi and his companions who joined him in painting the Sistine Chapel are also presented in this exhibition.
Until February 2021. 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Find out more at hk.art.museum

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2. White Cube: Takis

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Above Installation view of Insidos Light and Signals (1966-1981) (© the artist. Photo © White Cube Jon Lowe)

Self-taught Greek artist Panayiotis Vassilakis (1925-2019), who is known as Takis, is famous for his kinetic sculptures and public art.

Following his exhibitions at Tate Modern and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, this show at White Cube, Takis's first in Asia, highlights his signature use of magnetics in his art.

His antenna-like sculpture series, Signals, which he started in 1954 after moving to Paris, are rod-like towers that oscillate or vibrate in response to any movement in the exhibition space. These works reference manmade and natural antennae that interact with their surroundings.
From Nov 21 to February 27, 2021. 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at whitecube.com

3. Soluna Fine Art: Ocean Rhapsody

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Above Kim Duck Yong, Scholar's Accroutement (2020) (Courtesy of Soluna Fine Art and the artist)

In Korean artist Kim Duck Yong’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Kim celebrates his heritage through his contemporary take on traditional media. Sixteen paintings are made with mother of pearl, all of them depicting ocean scenes. For these works, the artist imagined being a scholar gazing out of the window at the ocean.

Until December 17. G/F, 52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Find out more at solunafineart.com

4. Novalis Contemporary Art Design Gallery: Nosy

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Above Valentina Loffredo, Nosy 3 (Courtesy of Valentina Loffredo and Novalis Contemporary Art Design)

Co-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong, Italian visual artist Valentina Loffredo’s multi-media project––which involves the use of photographs, sculptural objects, installations and a limited edition of unique artist book––reaches beyond the gallery walls. She is placing sculptures of noses around Hong Kong as a visual illustration of the saying "to stick your nose into other people's business". Through these apparently playful sculptures, Loffredo expresses her concerns over privacy in an age that highly relies on the digital media.
November 7-30. G/F, 5 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Find out more at novalisartdesign.com

5. Galerie du Monde: Adia Millett: A Matter of Time

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Above Adia Millett, Projection, Not Reflection_Acrylic (2020) (Courtesy of Galerie du Monde and the artist)

California-based artist Adia Millett plays with abstract, geometric shapes to make art that explores themes such as identity and memory from the perspective of a black woman. She works in multiple media including installation, sculpture, embroidery, textiles and photography, and has had her work exhibited at major institutions such as MOMA PS1 and the Studio Museum in New York.
November 19 to January 10. 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at galeriedumonde.com

6. Alisan Fine Arts: Wei Ligang: Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers

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Above Wei Ligang, Mid-Summer Pavilion (2019) (Courtesy of Alisan Fine Arts and the artist)

Artist Wei Ligang puts a modern spin on classical Chinese painting in his latest series of 15 works, many of which feature the subjects he is most famous for: flowers and birds. Some of Wei’s more abstract pieces are also exhibited, showcasing his years-long exploration of abstraction through his invented Chinese calligraphic script.
Until January 2, 2021. 21/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at alisan.com.hk

7. Rossi & Rossi: Elisa Sighicelli: Stone Talk

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Above Elisa Sighicelli, Untitled 9161 (Courtesy of Rossi & Rossi)

Italian artist Elisa Sighicelli’s first solo show in Asia features a selection of photographs that scrutinise overlooked details of museum interiors and artworks from institution collections. These experimental images are printed on unusual materials such as stone, marble and satin, restoring and exploring photographs’ physicality in a world saturated with virtual images.
Until November 21. 6 Yip Fat Street, 3/F Yally Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at rossirossi.com

8. Villepin: Second School of Paris

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Above Chez Margot, Golfe-Juan, March 3, 1962. Joan Mitchell, Patricia Matisse, May Zao, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Pierre Matisse, and Zao Wou-Ki. Rights reserved.

Villepin’s latest exhibition celebrates the École de Paris movement, which encompasses artists who worked in the French capital in the first half of the 20th century, ensuring that Europe remained an important centre for art even as the abstract expressionist movement gained momentum in the US. Among the artists included in the exhibition are Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, Pablo Picasso and Zao Wou-ki.
November 12 to April 2021. 53-55 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at villepin.art

9. Hauser & Wirth: Takesada Matsutani

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Above Takesada Matsutani, Puffed up (2020) (Courtesy of Marc Domag and the artist)

A key member of the Gutai Art Association—the radical group that redefined art in post-war Japan by experimenting with unusual materials—Takesada Matsutani is most famous for his use of vinyl glue, which he employs to create bulbous, sensual forms reminiscent of human curves.
Since he moved to France in 1966, Matsutani has also worked extensively with graphite, building up individual strokes into vast expanses of metallic black graphite on mural-size paper. This exhibition includes new multimedia paintings, works on paper and a site-specific installation.
Until February 2021.16-15/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong. Find out more at hauserwirth.com

10. Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Jaromír Novotný: Just a Narrow Range of Possible Things

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Above Jaromír Novotný, Untitled (2020) (Courtesy of the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery)

Czech artist Jaromír Novotný creates his distinctive pieces by pulling acrylic-painted polyester organza over wooden stretchers; the result is a semi-translucent material that reveals the frame beneath and the stitching of the canvas, encouraging viewers to look beyond the surface of things and see what lies beneath.
Novotný sometimes also inserts thread and paper behind the organza, adding to his works’ tactility and depth.
Until November 7. 21/F, Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com

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