The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend
Back again in time for the likes of Art Central and Art Basel Hong Kong in March, this year’s Absolut Art Bar is popping up at Potato Head with an exciting new installation by Portuguese-born, Hong Kong-based artist João Vasco Paiva.Entitled ‘Room Service’, Paiva’s work takes inspiration from the asethetics of Terrence Malick’s 1998 Pacific War film A Thin Red Line and Hindi vernacular architecture to present the artist’s idea of a retreat from the urban environment and a melding of the city and nature.Consider the lofty concept over cocktails designed by Paiva in collaboration with Potato Head mixologist Kamil Foltanto such as the Paddy Button, pictured above, a mix of Absolut Elyx vodka, HavaClub seven-years rum, Sichuan pepper-infused maple syrup, smoke and peat bitters. While doing so, relax to the sounds of the specially curated music programme, which features a series of live acoustic sets followed by DJ performances later in the evening.
Early paintings and drawings by the late great Zaha Hadid are on display for all Hongkongers to enjoy this March. The Iraqi-born British architect and visionary, who was known for her curved and geometric architecture, was responsible for the aquatic centre for the London Olympics and the Guangzhou Opera House. The exhibition features paintings, calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that provide an unqiue insight into Hadid's thoughts and ideas.
Japanese-American artist Tomokazu Matsuyama debuts in Hong Kong with an extensive exhibition featuring more than 50 works that is representative of his artistic development over the years. Surrounding themes of mythology and fictional tableaux, the body of work is a reflection of Tomokazu's own bicultural identity, merging Eastern cultural history with Western motifs. Viewers also can't miss his new life-sized mirrored sculpture titled “The Old Dragoons of 1850.
Sonar, Barcelona’s legendary festival celebrating music, creativity and technology arrives in Hong Kong bringing an exciting lineup of the hottest artists and DJs. Taking place across six stages in the Hong Kong Science Park, established artists like DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson and Dave Clarke and emerging talents alike bring on their electrifying performances and experimental electronica for this one-day-only music fest. Also don’t miss all the awesome tech-centric workshops and interactive VR installations around the park.
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.