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Hong Kong Art Guide

With a host of exciting contemporary art spaces, Hong Kong continues to be identified as a global super art city. The city's stellar selection of galleries, which includes art world heavy hitters like Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Lévy Gorvy, speaks for the art scene's quality. Many of these spaces are located in Hong Kong's Central district, in the Pedder Building and the William Lim-designed H Queen's building, which opened in 2017.

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Pedder Building Galleries

In the Pedder Building, Gagosian joins other international galleries like Pearl Lam Galleries, Simon Lee Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, and Massimo De Carlo, along with Hanart TZ Gallery. The latter is directed by Johnson Chang, who is largely accredited with igniting the city's art market. Chang founded Hanart TZ in 1983, a decade prior to his famed organisation of the group exhibition China's New Art, Post-1989 at the Hong Kong Arts Center in 1993, which contributed to the explosion of interest in Chinese contemporary art.

Asia Art Archive and Asia Society Hong Kong

In 2000, Chang co-founded Asia Art Archive with Claire Hsu, enabling comprehensive access to art historical material of the Asia-Pacific region. The Archive also hosts extensive public programming, including talks, performances, and exhibitions, while its library offers a site of quiet refuge above the bustling neighbourhood of Sheung Wan.

Nestled on the hillside near Hong Kong Park is Asia Society Hong Kong Center, an educational non-profit organisation dedicated to generating understanding of countries and cultures across Asia. A site for seminars, lectures, cultural programmes, and films, Asia Society also hosts an array of art exhibitions in its Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed space, ranging from presentations of work by late Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun (A Story of Light, 12 March–9 June 2019), to those of renowned American artist James Turrell (Yukaloo, 12 March–9 June 2019).

Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen Galleries

Beyond the city centre, Hong Kong Island's outlying neighbourhoods are home to some of the city's most exciting spaces. One of these neighbourhoods is Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District, which has attracted a number of galleries in recent years due to its large, airy industrial spaces—a feature that saw Belgian Axel Vervoordt Gallery move from its Central Entertainment Building to a two-level space in the dynamic cultural hub in 2019. Other spaces in this area include Blindspot Gallery, which predominantly represents emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China, including Isaac Chong Wai, Lam Tung Pang, Chen Wei, and Leung Chi Wo. Founded in Paris in 1977, de Sarthe Gallery opened its 10,000-square-foot space in the area in 2017, showcasing a combination European masters and young international artists.

Para Site, Videotage, M+ and more

On the other side of the island, in Quarry Bay, lies Para Site. Founded in 1996, this non-profit organisation is one of Asia's oldest, most active independent art institutions. Acting as an educational platform, the exhibition site also produces publications and public programmes that contribute to the region's critical discourse.

Founded a decade earlier than Para Site is Videotage, a non-profit organisation that began as an artist collective comprising May Fung, Ellen Pau, Wong Chi-fai, and Comyn Mo before establishing itself as a platform for the promotion, creation, and exhibition of new media art. The space has held a fundamental role in the development and preservation of the city's legacy of video art, running exchange programmes and residencies for local and international artists while building an extensive archive both online and offline.

A series of new contemporary art museums and spaces have been added to the mix in recent years, with M+—scheduled for completion by March 2020—looming at the throne. Its Pavilion space, which has been open since September 2016, has showcased an impressive line-up of exhibitions that are now complemented by high-profile presentations at the city's latest multi-million-dollar restoration project, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, an ex-prison complex that includes the cutting-edge JC Contemporary, where exhibitions by international artists such as Takashi Murakami attract impressive footfall.

Across the harbour, the Jordan-based hotel-cum-workspace Eaton HK has become the it crowd's latest hub, with its retro interior inflecting a combination of Memphis design and old Hong Kong while playing host to Eaton Workshop—a 'modern day community center and laboratory' that supports grassroots activism and artistic practice with an exciting programme of events and activities. Also this side of the harbour, in Tsuen Wan, is the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, another impressive restoration project that has seen the revival of The Mills of Nan Fung Textiles, a building that belonged to the city's once-thriving textile industry. The centre's primary aim is to regenerate this legacy by showcasing a variety of curated programmes that engage contemporary art, design, science, heritage, community, and craftsmanship.


Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
11 September–31 October 2020
Marnie Weber

The Sea Witch and Other Stories

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Marnie Weber, The Sea Witch and Other Stories, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (11 September–31 October 2020). Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.
The Sea Witch and Other Stories
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
10 September–17 October 2020
William Eggleston
David Zwirner, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: William Eggleston, David Zwirner, Hong Kong (10 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy David Zwirner.
William Eggleston
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
5 September–17 October 2020
Ren Sihong

Enlightenment

Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Ren Sihong, Enlightenment, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong (5 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong.
Enlightenment
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
5 September–7 November 2020
Jaromír Novotný
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Jaromír Novotný
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
4 September–15 October 2020
Group Exhibition

Bloom of Joy

Pace Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Bloom of Joy, Pace Gallery, Hong Kong (4 September–15 October 2020). © James Turrell. Courtesy Pace Gallery.
Bloom of Joy
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
29 August–10 October 2020
Group Exhibition

A Botanical Garden at Hanart

Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: A Botanical Garden at Hanart, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (29 August–10 October 2020). Courtesy Hanart TZ Gallery. Photo: Kitmin Lee
A Botanical Garden at Hanart
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
20 August–27 September 2020
Tianzhuo Chen

Recollection Pierces the Heart

Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Chen Tianzhuo, Recollection Pierces the Heart, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong (20 August–27 September 2020). Courtesy Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong.
Recollection Pierces the Heart
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
8 August–31 October 2020
Stephen King

Synchronicity

Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Stephen King, Remarkable Morning (2018). Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, bright white matt paper. 76 x 100 cm. Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts. 
Synchronicity
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
24 July–27 September 2020
Group Exhibition

¡Viva México!

SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group show, ¡Viva México!, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong (24 July–27 September 2020). Courtesy of SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong. Photo: Anthony Kar-Long Fan.
¡Viva México!
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 July–30 November 2020
Curated by John Tain

Crafting Communities

Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Crafting Communities, Asia Art Archive (16 July–31 October 2020). Courtesy Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. Photo: Kitmin Lee. 
Crafting Communities
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
4 July–16 October 2020
Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse

Alchemist(s)

Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder St, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Alchemist(s)
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 June–30 September 2020
Lorna Simpson

Special Characters

Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Lorna Simpson, Special Characters, Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong (16 June–30 September 2020). © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Kitmin Lee.
Special Characters
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
25 May–27 September 2020
Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson and Pratchaya Phinthong

My Body Holds Its Shape

Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Exhibition view: My Body Holds Its Shape, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (25 May–27 September 2020). Courtesy Tai Kwun Contemporary.
My Body Holds Its Shape
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
26 March–27 September 2020
Bernar Venet

ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition

de Sarthe, de Sarthe, Hong Kong View Exhibition
ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
24 September–7 November 2020
Group Exhibition

Desert Painters of Australia: Two Generations

Gagosian, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Anooralya–My Story (1991) (detail). Synthetic polymer on linen. 121.5 x 213 cm. © Emily Kame Kngwarreye / Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2020.
Desert Painters of Australia: Two Generations
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
26 September–21 November 2020
Henry Shum

Vortices

Empty Gallery, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Vortices
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
3 October 2020–2 January 2021
Wei Ligang

Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers

Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Wei Ligang, Jade Island (2020). Chinese ink and acrylic on rice paper, 97.7 x 181 cm. Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts. 
Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
29 October 2020–11 February 2021
Takesada Matsutani
Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong View Exhibition
Takesada Matsutani, Floating inside (2020) (detail). Vinyl adhesive, acrylic, graphite pencil on canvas. 138 x 168 x 8 cm.© Takesada Matsutani. Courtesy Takesada Matsutani and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Marc Domage.
Takesada Matsutani

Current Exhibitions In Hong Kong

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Contemporary art exhibition, Marnie Weber, The Sea Witch and Other Stories at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
11 September–31 October 2020 Marnie Weber The Sea Witch and Other Stories Simon Lee Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, William Eggleston, William Eggleston at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
10 September–17 October 2020 William Eggleston David Zwirner, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ren Sihong, Enlightenment at Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
5 September–17 October 2020 Ren Sihong Enlightenment Whitestone Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Jaromír Novotný, Jaromír Novotný at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
5 September–7 November 2020 Jaromír Novotný Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bloom of Joy at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
4 September–15 October 2020 Group Exhibition Bloom of Joy Pace Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Botanical Garden at Hanart at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
29 August–10 October 2020 Group Exhibition A Botanical Garden at Hanart Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Tianzhuo Chen, Recollection Pierces the Heart at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
20 August–27 September 2020 Tianzhuo Chen Recollection Pierces the Heart Tang Contemporary Art, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Stephen King, Synchronicity at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
8 August–31 October 2020 Stephen King Synchronicity Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong KongAberdeen
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ¡Viva México! at SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
24 July–27 September 2020 Group Exhibition ¡Viva México! SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong KongSHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Curated by John Tain, Crafting Communities at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
16 July–30 November 2020 Curated by John Tain Crafting Communities Asia Art Archive, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse, Alchemist(s) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
4 July–16 October 2020 Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse Alchemist(s) Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder St, Hong KongPedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Lorna Simpson, Special Characters at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
16 June–30 September 2020 Lorna Simpson Special Characters Hauser & Wirth, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson and Pratchaya Phinthong, My Body Holds Its Shape at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
25 May–27 September 2020 Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson and Pratchaya Phinthong My Body Holds Its Shape Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernar Venet, ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
26 March–27 September 2020 Bernar Venet ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition de Sarthe, de Sarthe, Hong Kongde Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Desert Painters of Australia: Two Generations at Gagosian, Hong Kong
24 September–7 November 2020 Group Exhibition Desert Painters of Australia: Two Generations Gagosian, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Henry Shum, Vortices at Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
26 September–21 November 2020 Henry Shum Vortices Empty Gallery, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Wei Ligang, Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
3 October 2020–2 January 2021 Wei Ligang Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong KongCentral, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Takesada Matsutani, Takesada Matsutani at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
29 October 2020–11 February 2021 Takesada Matsutani Hauser & Wirth, Hong KongHong Kong

Ocula Member Galleries In Hong Kong

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A2Z Art Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong A2Z Art Gallery Paris, Hong Kong
Alisan Fine Arts contemporary art gallery in Central, Hong Kong Alisan Fine Arts Hong Kong
Alisan Fine Arts contemporary art gallery in Aberdeen Alisan Fine Arts Hong Kong
Axel Vervoordt Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, Hong Kong
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
de Sarthe contemporary art gallery in de Sarthe, Hong Kong de Sarthe Beijing, Hong Kong
Empty Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Empty Gallery Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Gagosian Athens, New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Hong Kong
Hanart TZ Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, London, Seoul
Leo Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Leo Gallery Shanghai, Hong Kong
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Lévy Gorvy New York, London, Hong Kong, Zurich
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in H Queen's, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery contemporary art gallery in SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo, Hong Kong
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York
Sundaram Tagore Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, Hong Kong, Singapore
Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok
Whitestone Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Whitestone Gallery Taipei, Hong Kong

Contemporary Institutions In Hong Kong

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Asia Art Archive contemporary art institution in Hong Kong Asia Art Archive Hong Kong
Duddell's contemporary art institution in Hong Kong Duddell's Hong Kong
Para Site contemporary art institution in Hong Kong Para Site Hong Kong
Spring Workshop contemporary art institution in Hong Kong Spring Workshop Hong Kong

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