The best art galleries in Hong Kong
Aishonanzuka is one of the few galleries in Hong Kong that specialises in Japanese art. A collaboration between Japanese galleries Aisho Miura Arts and Nanzuka, Aishonanzuka features contemporary art by established and emerging artists from Japan who challenge norms by creating art that is both original and impactful. Expect names like Hajime Sorayama and Nobuyoshi Araki to grace the walls of this gallery.
Opened in 2010, Above Second is the only gallery in Hong Kong that focuses on urban art, featuring illustrations, graffiti art, comic book-style artworks, pop culture-influenced works and street art from some of the best international and local talent. Previous exhibitions include big names like Pure Evil and Alec Monopoly as well as local artists such as Parent’s Parents and Kristopher Ho.
This gallery specialises in international street art and aims to show street art is more than just graffiti; rather it’s something that reflects cities’ transformations and human evolution. Always on the lookout for new contemporary talent – whatever the nationality and culture – you can find refreshing and edgy works by street artists from around the globe at Artyze.
Founded in 2011 by Boris Vervoordt in Belgium, as part of the Axel Vervoordt Company, this gallery celebrates contemporary art with a special interest in artists that explore the concept of the void, processes of creation and the relationship between space and time. Working mostly with living contemporary artists, both local and international, the gallery also publishes monographs on their represented artists.
After establishing its original location in Mayfair, London, Ben Brown Fine Arts set up its second branch in Hong Kong in 2009. The first Western gallery to open in the art hub that is the Pedder Building, Ben Brown has welcomed an impressive list of international artists to our SAR for solo exhibitions, including the likes of Ron Arad, Miquel Barceló, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne and Vik Muniz. The gallery has also presented exhibits by important modern artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Pablo Picasso.
Located in Sheung Wan, The Cat Street Gallery shows a regular rotation of contemporary and modern art, as well as educational exhibitions and showcases. The spot started out as a platform to provide Australian artists a stronger presence in Hong Kong with names like Emma Hack and Andrew Taylor exhibiting early on. Now the gallery displays the best of the best from all over the world.
This American fine art gallery is the institution’s only Asian outpost – having relocated from Shanghai to Hong Kong – and is one of the newest editions to Central’s art gallery complex H Queen’s. Known for its extensive contemporary art collections, and occupying two whole floors, expect a wide range of international masterpieces all year-round by the likes of Michaël Borremans and Wolfgang Tillman.
Founded by French art dealer Edouard Malingue in 2010, this gallery is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established international contemporary artists. After debuting in 2010 with the largest solo exhibition ever of works by Pablo Picasso in Hong Kong, the gallery has hosted numerous solo shows of other notable artists including minimalist Scottish painter Callum Innes, French conceptual artist Laurent Grasso, Chinese painter Yuan Yuan and Cuban collective Los Carpinteros.
Established in 1974, Galerie du Monde mainly focuses on contemporary Chinese art and artists. Promoting emerging talents from mainland China, this Central gallery focuses on work on canvas and paper, sculpture and photographic works. Aside from exhibitions, the art space also offers art-related services such as custom framing and the restoration of works of art on canvas and on paper.
Opened in November 1983, Hanart TZ is dedicated to introducing and promoting emerging contemporary Chinese artists. The space provides a platform for the established artists of greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the international Chinese diaspora.
Established in 2014, La Galerie strives to be a bridge between East and West and to showcase Asian and western artists such as André Villers and Wang Wusheng. Since photographic works tend to have more than one copy, photographs at La Galerie are more affordable than the average painting. Budding collectors can start here and own the same masterpieces as those in museums.
Located in the Pedder Building, this is Massimo De Carlo’s third international gallery. While his other spaces focus on European and American artists, the Hong Kong outpost has a focus on creatives from the Greater China region, with exhibitons that aim to create a dialogue between globally established contemporary artists, emerging talents and classical masters from the 1950s and 60s.
Originally founded by Gilles Dyan in Paris in 1994, Opera Gallery has established more than 10 locations around the world including sites in London, Geneva and New York. Hong Kong's Opera Gallery is unqiuely spread over three floors – some exhibitions take over the whole space, but they also have multiple shows running at the same time. The gallery is also one of the few in town to open daily.
One of the newest galleries on this list, opening in 2016, Over The Influence is an intimate gallery in Central dedicated to showcasing international contemporary art. The gallery has a strong focus on art that's radical and influential, whether in form or its message. A diverse range of contemporary art has been displayed here, with mediums ranging from street art and paintings to sculptures.
Pearl Lam is a high-profile figure in Chinese contemporary art. For more than two decades, the Hong Kong-born gallerist has showcased artists who challenge cultural perceptions and stimulate a creative dialogue between the East and the West. With successful galleries in Shanghai and Singapore, Lam is known for her cunning knack to identify and collect trailblazers.
Sin Sin Man is a designer and personality with a great love for art – and it's this enthusiasm that personifies her Sai Street gallery, which she launched in 2003. Inspired by Indonesian culture and its way of fusing art with daily life, this gallery focuses on the works of innovative artists from the island nation, as well as 'spiritual and inspiring' pieces by other contemporary international talents.
Tang Contemporary Art first opened its doors in Bangkok in 1997, and its gallery in Hong Kong became its second international branch. Committed to exhibiting contemporary Chinese art and encouraging dialogues between Chinese artists, international artists, curators and collectors.
Situated on Connaught Road, the renowned White Cube is an oasis providing escape from the bustling noise and crowds in Central.Its gallery in Hong Kong is the first outside of London and have hosted a wide variety of exhibitions including big names like Damien Hirst and Rachel Kneebone since opening in 2012. Spanning over two floors and 6000 sq ft, there’s no limit to the types of artworks presented here, especially innovative installations.
The best art galleries in Hong Kong
This Aberdeen gallery has been for around more than a decade now and specialises in both Western and Chinese contemporary and modern art. Founder Dominique Perregaux originally opened the progressive gallery back in 2003 off Shin Hing Street in Central before he opened a Tokyo space in 2010. Not limited to a single genre, visit this space for everything from Buddists sculptures and cartoon-style paintings to stunning photos.
With a primary focus on contemporary photography and image-based works, Blindspot Gallery is one of the largest gallery spaces in Hong Kong, located in the booming art neighbourhood that is Wong Chuk Hang. Representing and celebrating emerging and established local artists, the gallery also occasionally hosts exhibitions by artists from around East Asia.
This huge multi-purpose art space in Aberdeen is curated by French photographer and art collector Lalie Choffel and sports a wonderfully eclectic vibe. As soon as you enter, you catch sight of the Cabinet of Curiosities, a boutique showcasing unique decorative objects like taxidermied animals and African masks, sourced by Choffel on her travels. The space presents a wide variety of art and artists from Hong Kong and Europe, and even hosts the occasional palm reading session.
Originally founded in Paris in 1997, Hong Kong’s de Sarthe Gallery is an impressive 9,820 sq ft art space that represents and exhibits a diverse spectrum of international artists, from important French impressionists to Asian and Western contemporary artists, as well as emerging talents too. The team at de Sarthe really knows how to utilise the space and present some incredibly innovative exhibitions.
Located by Aberdeen Harbour in Tin Wan and founded by Stephen Cheng, Empty Gallery is a one-of-a-kind 3,000sq ft space. How come? Namely because it’s almost pitch black, like a cinema. Subverting the typical ‘white cube’ concept of art galleries, this art space aims to present immersive and interactive exhibitions that can lead to full-sensory experiences. Get ready to experience art at a whole new level.
This is the place to go if you're looking to update yourself with who's who in the local emerging arts scene. Gallery Exit was first set up in Soho before moving to this more obscure location in Tin Wan in 2008, long before the district became a fashionable arts hub. It has a reputation for showcasing young artists from Hong Kong as well as from the Mainland. Talents who have graced the space include Kwan Sheung-chi, Luke Ching and Nadim Abbas.
Originally established in Shanghai in 2016, Longmen Art projects’ new branch in Hong Kong is all about utilising its position in the international art market to celebrate all things modern and contemporary in Asian art. Boasting a spacious venue coupled with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush forestry of the Southside, prepare to view artworks in, literally, a whole new light.
Mur Nomade is a non-profit gallery which displays a wide variety of art that encourages inter-cultural exchanges. The gallery hosts different artistic programmes such as collaborative projects, performances, workshops and residencies. By doing so, it hopes to stimulate a new wave of creative experimentation.
Designed by acclaimed Chinese artist and architect Ai Wei Wei, Pékin Fine Arts' Hong Kong space represents a desire to further develop the organisation's role in promoting Asian artists globally. The gallery has played a significant part in putting new artists on the map.
Founded by mother-son duo Anna Maria and Fabio in 1985, Rossi & Rossi showcases both classical and contemporary Asian art. Works from India, the Himalayas and South East Asia can be found here, but the pair's strongest passion is Tibetan art, both traditional and contemporary.
The best art galleries in Hong Kong
Its ‘vertical flow’ layout makes Asia One’s Vertical Art Space one of the most unique galleries in Hong Kong. The gallery mainly showcases photography by artists from Hong Kong and other Asian countries laid out over ten flights of stairs. The stairwell is home to a private collection of over 100 pieces of art, including photographs, paintings and sculptures.
The 1400 sq ft Artify Gallery's flexible and design-award winning interior encourages creative use of the space. They display contemporary print and paper art by emerging creatives from the Asia and Europe.
Established in 2007, Blue Lotus Gallery is an independent gallery with a focus on photography and works on paper by Hong Kong artists. Sarah Greene, the gallery’s founder, is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our city's cultural identity through a series of exhibitions, fairs and consultancy projects. Blue Lotus is the place to be to view Hong Kong from different types of creative perspectives.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Para/Site is one of the most important independent art institutions in Asia and continues to build on its success with countless free showcases for both emerging and established contemporary artists. Founded by seven artists as an artist-run space, Para/Site was Hong Kong's first space for the expression of contemporary local art – particularly relevant at a time when the city was preparing for the handover. They produce exhibitions, publications and educational projects with an aim of forging a citical understanding of local and international forces in Hong Kong art and civil society.
The best art galleries in Hong Kong
The 1a Space Gallery is located in the Cattle Depot Artist Village, a repurposed slaughterhouse which is now home to both local and international visual art. Founded by a non-profit organisation dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of works, the 1a Space has been one of the largest and most influential exhibition spaces in Hong Kong since opening in 1998.
Found in Tsuen Wan's industrial district-turned art hub, Art Experience Gallery has been one of Hong Kong’s major platform for up-and-coming artists since establishing in 2010. With a large open space of 2500 sq ft and 15 foot ceilings, there’s no limit to the projects and installations exhibited at this gallery, showcasing the creative imagination of different artists from Hong Kong and around the world.
Local artists Clara and Gum founded art space C&G in 2007, with a clear vision of using their art as a medium to respond to socio-political issues in Hong Kong. Concerned with the ecology of local art, the duo have also launched educational programmes and interactive public projects to engage greater cultural and artistic dialogues amongst artists in Hong Kong, as well as with other cities. Past projects include burning rituals and soaking of art.
Irene Flanhardt set up her eponymous art space in November 2011 to connect with the faous Lantau Island fishing village Tai O and its inhabitants. The gallery showcases oil paintings, photographs, sculptures, contemporary paper cut-outs and prints, as well as an eclectic range of other artworks.
Specialising in Chinese and international contemporary art, Geneyclee Gallery has been bringing Hongkongers new exhibitions every month without fail, from Nikhil Patel’s innovative fabric canvas paintings to a show featuring artists discovered on Instagram. Pop along to this art space and acquaint yourself with a diverse range of gifted talents pushing the boundaries of creativity.
With a massive stylish campus built in 2010, this design school focuses on fashion, products, communications and interior design. This gallery is a 600sq m exhibition space that's open to the public, showing a wide range of art and design from innovative typography to stunning photography. Check the opening hours though, as they vary for each exhibition.
A hybrid between a retail mall and an art museum, K11 is a unique platform showing pioneering artwork created by Hong Kong artists. Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2008, the art mall collaborates with the non-profit K11 Art Foundation to bring innovative projects and out-of-the-box exhibitions by our local creative talents to a wide audeince.
Lumenvisum is a non-profit art organisation dedicated to all things photography. Founded by four veteran photographers in 2007, the gallery is an open platform to encourage cultural and educational exchange between artists and art lovers. Lumenvisum has since collaborated with more than 60 local artists, including the likes of Yau Leung, So Hing Keung and Joseph Fung.
In the lead up to the grand opening of M+, Hong Kong's pioneering contemporary art museum, M+ Pavilion was opened in 2016 to serve as a platform to showcase the city's growing modern art community. Inside the sleek reflective architecture are a host of thematic shows curated by M+ exhibitions, as well as independent exhibitions created by local talents. These showcases at pavilion provide an interesting insight into what to expect at the leading Asian art museum.
Beginning its life on the slopes of Central's Old Bailey Street, it now occupies a whopping 10,000 sq ft space in east Kowloon's industrial area of San Po Kong. The gallery frequently focuses on fine art from yuonger creatives who hail from Hong Kong and beyond, with six to 10 exhibitions held every year. It also participates in art fairs both local and abroad.
Originally launched in 2004, in 2013 Osage reopened in its present location Kwun Tong venue, an impressive warehouse space. Having gon from strength to strength, the Osage Group now has various offshoots with a presence in Beijing and Shanghai. Promotin emerging and mid-career local artists, you can find some cracking exhibitions at this gallery, such as works from Wilson Shieh, Au Hoi-lam and Leung Mee-ping.