Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this week
A group exhibition organised together with the iconic Galerie Denise René from Paris demonstrating and celebrating the beauty of Op art and kinetic art, view both historical and more recent works by artists who have worked within the legacy of the historical movement into the 21st century and up-and-comers in the genre. Marvel at the artworks comprised of osculating colours and forms that invite the viewer to be an active participant.
French artist DanHôo, who is one of the top specialists in marouflage wall painting, presents his first solo exhibition with A2Z Art Gallery. Vigorously using mixed media and a plethora of different materials, DanHôo’s work represents the connection between emotions and psychologically induced feelings. He breaks down the fourth wall in every piece he makes, proving to be a thought-provoking, mind-bottling exhibition.
Paris-based artist Christophe Aguirre Schwarz, aka Zevs, returns to Hong Kong for the first time since 2009 for a new solo exhibition ‘Supreme même’. Zev’s work is notable through his deconstruction of trademark logos and global brands – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola, Google, among others. In the latest show, he explores the relationship between powerhouses Louis Vuitton and Supreme, a collaboration of conspicuous materialism and idealised beauty and wealth.
Making her solo exhibition debut in one of Tai Kwun’s inaugural contemporary art shows is So Wing-po, a local artist who, much like the former police compound, has history with the area we now call Soho. So, who grew up near Tai Kwun in her family’s Chinese pharmacy, dives into this past for her exhibition Six-Part Practice. Using Chinese medicinal herbs and minerals to create immersive sculptures and installations, join the Chinese University graduate in her exploration of the juxtaposition between the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the universe. Accompanied by textural works by acclaimed Hong Kong writer Dung Kai-cheung, this exhibition is a fascinating take on the history of Hong Kong.
Aesthetically rich and extremely moving, Jacada Travel’s underwater photo exhibition showcases an array of striking images that feature record-breaking freediver Hanli Prinsloo’s relationship with marine animals and life underwater. Dive into the world underwater while learning more about the environmental issues under the current social and political climate. Appointments only.
After loaning a dozen mummies to the Museum of History last summer, the British Museum returns with an exhibition showcasing luxury goods from 900 to 300 BC. This rare collection highlights more than 200 artefacts crafted by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Achaemenids and other lands eventually conquered by Alexander the Great. Visit the exhibition to learn how rich folk used to live it large.
Under the curation of renowned urban artist Alexandre Farto – aka Vhils – Pauline Foessel, the Annual Arts Exhibition between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries feature the works of 27 artists in Macao. The theme this year is “Alter Ego”, where six individuals exhibitions showcase and explore the interaction of people and the interconnected world, as well as the language within relationships and human communication. It’s well-worth making a ferry trip over.
See more things to do in Hong Kong this week
Want to plan ahead and fill up your calendar for the next seven days? Discover the biggest and best things to do in Hong Kong from Monday morning to Sunday evening with our ultimate list. From the latest restaurant openings and the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to pop-up events and free community classes, we’ve got you covered for the rest of the week. And if you're looking to get some fresh air after a long day at work, why not fit in a hike on a weeknight?