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Present Projects
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Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this month

All the coolest art shows you should be heading to in the city

By Jenny Leung
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Whether it's street photography spots or world-class art galleries, Hong Kong is a city that's bursting with incredible art by both local and international talents. To narrow things down and help you be well on your way to true culture vulture status, here are some of the best art shows to visit around town this month.

RECOMMENDED: Find out more about the local art scene in one of Hong Kong's coolest neighbourhoods, or learn about the art of traditional calligraphy with master Au Yeung Cheong.

Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this month

K11 Musea
K11 Musea
Photograph: Courtesy K11 Musea

K11 Musea Art Karnival

Art K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui

Get ready for a colourful wave of all-things-art as K11 Musea brings a multitude of exhibitions, new installations, art tours, and workshops to Tsim Sha Tsui.

A highlight of the celebration is Rose II, an 8.5 metre-tall steel rose installation created by influential German contemporary artist Isa Genzken, which will stand by the promenade against the scenic Victoria Harbour. Just a few steps away from the installation, Rose's Allure is a giant nose sculpture inspired by classical Greek relics where visitors who spend $1,500 or above at K11 Musea can pluck a rose from the sculpture, and scan the leaf of the rose to unlock a specially created Rosy Petal Instagram filter.

Inside K11 Musea, guests can also experience performances by the Steinway & Sons Spirio, the world’s finest self-playing piano; visit The Power of the Letters pop-up exhibition by Edgar Plans; feast on art-inspired gastronomic delights from participating restaurants; and join workshops at the K11 Kulture Academy which includes everything from floristry and embroidery to graffiti and making your own pair of personalised sneakers!

Present Projects
Present Projects
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Only a Joke Can Save Us

Art Present Projects, Sham Shui Po

Only A Joke Can Save Us is a group exhibition featuring nine international artists including Bo Choy, Hu Rui, Cyrus Hung, Kensuke Koike, Kieran Leach, Mak Ying Tung 2, Yan Xinyue, Pow Martinez and Yu Cheng-ta. Looking at the power and nature of humour through art, each piece of artwork aims to elicit laughter from its audience while offering comfort in times of uncertainty. From the familiar to the absurd, expect to chuckle and giggle away at everything from ridiculed political figures to playful Instagram filters and a ‘durian pharmaceutical.’

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hi flora fauna
hi flora fauna
Photograph: Courtesy Art Promotion Office

Hi! Flora, Fauna

Art Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Central

Hi! Flora, Fauna is an exciting art project held at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens from now until June 30. Featuring 17 artists and art groups, the project investigates the relationship between human and nature through a variety of music performances, creative workshops, and various art mediums such as paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations, and much more. The artworks are scattered around the garden grounds, inviting visitors to go on an artistic journey inspired by the history, cultural significance, and natural surroundings of the garden. Click here to view a map guide to the artworks featured.

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Ben Brown Fine Arts
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Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What is a Head?

Art Ben Brown Fine Arts, Aberdeen

Open from May 15 to July 3, Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What is a Head? is an exhibition that explores both the physical and innermost representations of the human head. The exhibit brings together two renowned British painters, who share the same fascination for creating art with the 'head' despite coming from different generations.  

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Crafts on Peel
Crafts on Peel
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Creations Enlivened: Metal

Art Crafts on Peel, Central

Creations Enlivened: Metal is an exhibition featuring stunning metalwork collections produced by traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans from Hong Kong and Japan. From brass to copper, silver to iron, the show uses various metals to present different modern-day objects crafted with traditional metal techniques.  

David Zwirner The Real World
David Zwirner The Real World
Photograph: Courtesy DianaThater and David Zwirner

The Real World

Art David Zwirner, Central

The Real World is a group exhibition that showcases artists with major influences within New York and LA's art scenes, including Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Raymond Pettibon, Jason Rhoades, Diana Thater, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lisa Yuskavage. Through various media, from paintings to sculptures to installations from the 1990s and early 2000s, the artists look at the relationship between art and everyday life while addressing social issues such as identity, sexuality, consumerism, and more.

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