Add a bit of art and culture to your week and discover a plethora of incredible art at one of the city’s art galleries. From local and international talents to photography and street art, find works by established and up-and-coming artists at the best art galleries in Hong Kong. For a taste of the avant garde, there are many new indepedent art spaces that have popped up all over the city and fanstasitc museums to satifsy your culture fix. Not sure where to start? Check out our pick of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong this week for inspiration.
The best art galleries in Hong Kong
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, Alec Monopoly, as well as local artists such as Parent’s Parents and Kristopher Ho.
Founded in 2011 by Boris Vervoordt in Antwerp, 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.
Following its first location in Mayfair, London, Ben Brown Fine Arts set up its second branch in Hong Kong in 2009. It’s the first Western gallery to open in the hub that is the Pedder Building, and has welcomed an impressive list of international artists 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 has a regular rotation of a range of contemporary and modern art, as well as educational exhibitions and showcases. Starting out as a platform for Australian artists to have a stronger presence in Hong Kong, with names like Emma Hack and Andrew Taylor exhibiting here, the gallery now displays the best of the best modern art from all over the world.
Founded by French art dealer Edouard Malingue in 2010, this gallery is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established contemporary artists from around the world. After debuting in 2010 with the largest solo exhibition of 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 the Mainland, this Central gallery showcases canvases, paper, sculpture and photographic works. Aside from exhibitions, the art space also offers art-related services such as custom framing and restoration of works of art on canvas and on paper.
Opened in November 1983, Hanart TZ has a strong mission of introducing and promoting emerging contemporary Chinese artists. The space provides a platform for established artists of greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the international Chinese diaspora.
Art Basel Hong Kong has bcome one of the biggest art events in the region, so, why not coincide your gallery opening with the event? That's exactly what Massimo De Carlo, the man behind the namesake galleries in Italy and England, did in 2016. His first site opened in Milan in 1987, and the third in his stable is located in our own Pedder Building. While his overseas 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, she 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 ability to curate 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. Tang is committed to exhibiting contemporary Chinese art and to encourage dialogues between Chinese artists, international artists, curators and collectors.
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, Aishonanzuka 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's both original and impactful.
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 of booming art hub of Wong Chuk Hang. Representing and celebrating mainly emerging and established local artists, the gallery also occasionally hosts exhibitions by artists from around the region.
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 taxidermy animals and African masks, sourced by Choffel on her travels. The space presents a wide variety of arts and artists from Hong Kong and Europe, and even hosts the occasional palm reading session.
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.
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, and by doing so, hopes to stimulate a new wave of creative experimentation.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sham Shui Po may be most famous for its knick-knack stalls and giant electronics market, but local gallery Things That Can Happen is about art, not commodities. In Things, exhibitions and projects by contemporary local and international artists are located in an apartment that functions as the gallery. A unique space in the city, following a recent renovation, Things is expected to offer an even more welcoming art space for visitors to hit up around the weekend.