This Sheung Wan space is the pioneer that first exhibited street art in a gallery setting in Hong Kong. May Wong founded the space in 2010 back when Hollywood Road was still saturated with portraits of Chairman Mao. “I saw a lack of diversity in Hong Kong and Chinese contemporary art,” Wong tells us. “That’s why I decided to open up Above Second.” It was Wong’s love for graphic design and illustration that helped drive the gallery towards the genre. Over the years, the space has featured prominent street artists like D*Face, Pure Evil and, most recently, Switzerland’s Nevercrew. If you’re on the lookout for the latest underground talent, Above Second is the place to go.
Hong Kong is home to many renowned art galleries as well as a hub for up-and-coming independent art spaces. And street art, in particular, has slowly been making its way from dark alleyways and onto the walls of major institutions. We round up the game-changing galleries that have been welcoming urban art into their venues and transforming the genre.