Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this week
For David Zwirner’s inaugural exhibition, the newest addition to art gallery complex H Queen’s, the new venue presents works by prominent Belgian painter Michaël Borremans. Subverting imageries of innocent new-borns into unsettling, the collection features still-lifes of toddlers playing or engaging in mysterious acts with their bodies covered in blood. The uncomfortable atmosphere evoked is further exaggerated by a gloomy, nostalgic backdrop.
Love Toy Story, The Incredibles, Msters Inc. and all things related to Pixar? This exihibition is one for you. In collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios and as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment, the world-renowned studios takes Hong Kong on a journey through its 30 years of history from Toy Story to the most recent Coco, and view an impression collection of hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, as well as digital media, and see how they transformed into the resulting films. With the theme of friendship and family, see how the artists convey emotions of love and sadness and everything in between of the character through various shapes, colours and lines.
Inspired by newspaper clippings and paper scraps, Singaporean artist Heman Chong put together layers of cropped images and texts from the Abstracts from The Straits Times, the national paper of Singapore, to question the blurring line between seemingly contradictory ideas, gradually fostered by the media; fact and fiction, appearance and reality, secrets and lies.
Beijing-based artist Lu Song’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong Combre is a reference to the remote and rural territory that lies beyond the coast or the city. With key themes of purity and mystery, romanticism and eroticism, discipline and mysticism, the artist aims to create a refuge of the mind through his acrylic landscape paintings featuring dark green leaves, water and flowers, allowing viewers to contemplate and find inner peace.
Transforming stones into unique artworks, Japanese sculptor and painter Izumi Kato returns to Hong Kong with a new exhibition. The collection features his signature human figurative designs created with irregularly-shaped granite pieces selected near his coastal studio, highlighting the power of natural aesthetics. Some of Izumi’s recent paintings are also showcased alongside.
Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of Stars may still be closed for renovation but the stars are still shining bright with the help of this six-month long exhibition featuring the works of Yuen Tai-yung. Also known as the godfather of Hong Kong movie posters, Yuen’s is renowned for his caricatures and contribution to local film posters and is unveiling a series of 24 celebrity caraictures including Bruce Lee, Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung. Pop over the TST and relive old movie magic.
Held every three years, the poster triennial brings together outstanding works by talented designers from all over the world and are selected based on careful deliberation by five internationally-renowned designers. Split into four major categories: Ideology, Promotion of Cultural Events, Commercial and Advertising, and Thematic, be inspired and amazed by the collection of aesthetically-pleasing and thought-provoking artworks in the form of posters.
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?