Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this week
A pioneer of modern abstract art in Taiwan, Hsiao Chin’s works largely consists of curved and straight bold lines and shapes and touches upon concepts surrounding Oriental spirituality with abstract symbolism and blankness. Presenting representative works in the 1960s, the collection is an unique insight into Chin’s career as well as the history of Chinese modern abstract art.
See Mongolia like you've never before, Hong Kong-based Swiss photographer Marc Progin takes viewers through the ages of Mongolian history. Capturing the beauty of its harsh winters to exploring the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle, be amazed by Progin's thousands of images he's taken and compiled since 1999 involving stunning shots of the Mongolian landscapes, animals and night scenery.
Massimo de Carlo is exhibiting the works of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei together for the first time. Taking a look at the friendship and relationship of the two renowned artists, the exhibition is shocasing Flexner's icoonic ink paintings alongisde previously unreleased body of work by Ai, which includes his series of New York’s paintings.
Following the success of Tsang Kin-wah's solo exhibition and the design collection showcase, M+ Pavilion is delving deep into local popular culture for its newest exhibition. Displaying more than 90 works that dates back from the 1960s, the show takes a look at how androgyny and genderfluidity has been dealt with and presented in popular culture over the years, the interplay between visual art, design and moving images, and its effect on contemporary popular culture.
The works of Carlos Cruz-Diez are showcased in Hong Kong for the first time. The Venezuelan painter and op artist has been a pioneer in creating visually stimulating pieces. Presenting new works as part of his celebrated Physichromie series, Cruz-Diez creates large-scale grid structures with vertical bands and geometric lines on canvas in contrasting colours. The viewer's perception of the pieces change as they move where colours dissolve and oscillates.
Following his month-long stay in Hong Kong earlier this year, popular cartoonist Joan Cornellà is presenting a brand new exhibition dedicated to his time in our metropolitan city. Best known for his dark and unsettling humour, the Spanish illustrator's satirical artworks often deals with themes of popular culture and society. The exhibition promises Hongkongers a glimpse of a darker side of our city's culture and a chance to see Hong Kong in a new light.
Local artist Veda Ng takes inspiration from a famous Chinese prose “The lotus remains pure, untouched by the slush” to create delicate watercolor paintings featuring scenes of ordinary children, flowers, and animals in their natural surroundings. Full of childlike wonder and curiosity, Ng’s paintings captures a certain nostalgia from her travels and experience living in the city while incorporating cultural motifs and symbolism in her canvases. Ng’s signature use of gold-leafing and embroidery can be seen in this series, highlighting her view on the importance of Asian culture and traditional techniques, these works encourage viewers to see the simplistic yet unassuming beauty of our daily lives as well as the importance of those feelings that make us feel at home.
Netherlands-born photographer Marcel Heijnen was immediately drawn to the cats guarding and prowling around local shops when he first moved to Hong Kong. Capturing the feline characters residing in shops in areas like Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, Heijnen captures not only gorgeous portraits of the cats but also provide an insight into Hong Kong’s traditional and dying trades such as dried fish and rice, and snapshots of the city's unique local culture. Presented by Blue Lotus Gallery, you can pick up copies of Heijnen’s photobook 'Hong Kong Shop Cats' at the exhibition, as well as limited edition prints.
Curated by Dai Zhuoqun, this exhibition presents eight new works from Huang Yishan’s recent series. Based on the historic Vimalakirti Sutra paintings and its concepts, Huang’s pieces relates to the idea of “dimension” of space, the “imitation” of images, and the “transformation” of structure. In other words, Huang breaks conventional painting structures and create new dimensions using illusions and layering. View how the artist creates scenes-within-scenes and paintings-within-paintings, and demonstrate pushing the boundaries of a two-dimensional plane.
Nockart Gallery will be presenting "High and Low", an exhibition displaying some of Euan MacLeod's latest artworks. A total of 10 paintings on canvas are shown during this time, showing the artist's depictions of China's magnificent Huangshan mountains. The paintings come following a trip to Anhui, China, in which the artist was captivated by the mountains. The paintings capture natural beauty and depict human figures in both real and fantasy forms.
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?