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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
24 July–27 September 2020
Group Exhibition

¡Viva México!

SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery View Exhibition
Vista Panoramica, Panoramic View, Mexico, D.F. Editorial Mexico, S.A. Greeting cards created by Fischgrund. Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
¡Viva México!
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
8 July–13 August 2020

Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition

Tang Contemporary Art View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong (8 July–13 August 2020). Courtesy Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong.
Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
7 July–10 September 2020
Pierre Soulages

Outrenoir

Lévy Gorvy View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Pierre Soulages, Outrenoir, Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong (7 July–10 September 2020). Courtesy Lévy Gorvy. Photo: Kitmin Lee.
Outrenoir
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
4 July–15 August 2020
Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse

Alchemist(s)

Pearl Lam Galleries View Exhibition
Alchemist(s)
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
4 July–29 August 2020
Gary Simmons

Dancing in Darkness

Simon Lee Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Gary Simmons, Dancing in Darkness, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (4 July–29 August 2020). Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery. 
Dancing in Darkness
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
26 June–15 August 2020
Group Exhibition

be/longing

Lehmann Maupin View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, be/longing, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (26 June– 15 August 2020). Courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Elden Cheung.
be/longing
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
20 June–8 August 2020
Group Exhibition

Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture

Perrotin View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
20 June–19 September 2020
Bae Bien-U

Memories of Wandering - Small-format works from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.

Axel Vervoordt Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Bae Bien-U, Memories of Wandering - Small-format works from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s., Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong (20 June–19 September 2020). Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.
Memories of Wandering - Small-format works from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 June–30 September 2020
Lorna Simpson

Special Characters

Hauser & Wirth 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
11 June–3 September 2020
Group Exhibition

Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art

Alisan Fine Arts View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (11 June–3 September 2020). Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts. 
Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
25 May–13 September 2020
Group Exhibition

They Do Not Understand Each Other 言語不通

Tai Kwun Contemporary View Exhibition
Tsubasa Kato, They do not understand each other (2014). Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Photo: Keiichi Sakakura. Courtesy Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong.
They Do Not Understand Each Other 言語不通
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
16 May–30 August 2020

Garden of Six Seasons

Para Site View Exhibition
Garden of Six Seasons
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
26 March–27 September 2020
Bernar Venet

ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition

de Sarthe View Exhibition
ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Hong Kong
13 February–5 September 2020
Bosco Sodi

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

Axel Vervoordt Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong (13 February–5 September 2020). © Courtesy the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery.
A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
10 September–17 October 2020
William Eggleston
David Zwirner View Exhibition
William Eggleston, Untitled (c. 1973–1978) (detail). Courtesy David Zwirner.
William Eggleston
Upcoming Exhibition | Hong Kong
11 September–31 October 2020
Marnie Weber
Simon Lee Gallery View Exhibition
Marnie Weber, Wisdom of the Owl (2019). Collaged archival elements, and encaustic wax on a framed wooden panel. 52.1 x 41.9 x 6.3 cm. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.
Marnie Weber

Current Exhibitions In Hong Kong

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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 GallerySHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
8 July–13 August 2020 Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition Tang Contemporary ArtHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Soulages, Outrenoir at Lévy Gorvy, Hong Kong
7 July–10 September 2020 Pierre Soulages Outrenoir Lévy GorvyHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse, Alchemist(s) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
4 July–15 August 2020 Alan Kwan, Ni Zhiqi, Peter Peri, Thukral & Tagra, Sara Tse Alchemist(s) Pearl Lam GalleriesPedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Gary Simmons, Dancing in Darkness at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
4 July–29 August 2020 Gary Simmons Dancing in Darkness Simon Lee GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, be/longing at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
26 June–15 August 2020 Group Exhibition be/longing Lehmann MaupinHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture at Perrotin, Hong Kong
20 June–8 August 2020 Group Exhibition Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture PerrotinHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bae Bien-U, Memories of Wandering - Small-format works from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
20 June–19 September 2020 Bae Bien-U Memories of Wandering - Small-format works from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Axel Vervoordt GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Lorna Simpson, Special Characters at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
16 June–30 September 2020 Lorna Simpson Special Characters Hauser & WirthHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
11 June–3 September 2020 Group Exhibition Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art Alisan Fine ArtsCentral, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, They Do Not Understand Each Other 言語不通 at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
25 May–13 September 2020 Group Exhibition They Do Not Understand Each Other 言語不通 Tai Kwun ContemporaryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Garden of Six Seasons at Para Site, Hong Kong
16 May–30 August 2020 Garden of Six Seasons Para SiteHong 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 Sarthede Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bosco Sodi, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
13 February–5 September 2020 Bosco Sodi A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains Axel Vervoordt GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, William Eggleston, William Eggleston at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
10 September–17 October 2020 William Eggleston David ZwirnerHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Marnie Weber, Marnie Weber at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
11 September–31 October 2020 Marnie Weber Simon Lee GalleryHong 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
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Galerie du Monde contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Galerie du Monde 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, 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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