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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Wen, Form Colour Action at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
13 March–13 September 2019 Lee Wen Form Colour Action Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Peri, Quarters 四伏 at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
23 May–12 September 2019 Peter Peri Quarters 四伏 Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Takashi Murakami, MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
1 June–1 September 2019 Takashi Murakami MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Raimund Girke, The Silent Balance at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
15 June–28 September 2019 Raimund Girke The Silent Balance Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Elements of Transcendence at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
15 June–9 September 2019 Group Exhibition Elements of Transcendence Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Pang Tao, Revelation 啟示 at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
21 June–12 September 2019 Pang Tao Revelation 啟示 Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Departures 啟程 at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
22 June–30 September 2019 Group Exhibition Departures 啟程 Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bicycle Thieves at Para Site, Hong Kong
29 June–1 September 2019 Group Exhibition Bicycle Thieves Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Forms of Ink at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
11 July–2 September 2019 Group Exhibition Forms of Ink Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Out for Summer at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
12 July–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Out for Summer Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ±8 - A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics at Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
12 July–8 September 2019 Group Exhibition ±8 - A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics Taka Ishii Gallery, Shop
Contemporary art exhibition, Wing Po So, de Sarthe Artist Residency x Wing Po So at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
17 July–7 September 2019 Wing Po So de Sarthe Artist Residency x Wing Po So de Sarthe, de Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, MADSAKI, If I Had a Dream 假如我有一個夢 at Perrotin, Hong Kong
17 July–7 September 2019 MADSAKI If I Had a Dream 假如我有一個夢 Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Kohei Nawa, Recent Works at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
18 July–29 August 2019 Kohei Nawa Recent Works Pace Gallery, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, #8ARTISTS at A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
8 August–8 September 2019 Group Show #8ARTISTS A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Women + Ink | China + Hong Kong 女性 + 水墨 | 中國 + 香港 at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
15 August–6 September 2019 Group Exhibition Women + Ink | China + Hong Kong 女性 + 水墨 | 中國 + 香港 Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Koloa: Women, Art, and Textiles at Para Site, Hong Kong
16 August–15 September 2019 Koloa: Women, Art, and Textiles Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Jonas Burgert, Ein Klang Lang at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
22 August–25 September 2019 Jonas Burgert Ein Klang Lang Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Hans Arp, Arp: Master of 20th Century Sculpture at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
4 September–9 November 2019 Hans Arp Arp: Master of 20th Century Sculpture Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Philip-Lorca diCorcia at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
10 September–12 October 2019 Philip-Lorca diCorcia Philip-Lorca diCorcia David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Yu, Fingerprints: Boundaries of Time and Truth 指印:時間與真實的邊界 at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
12 September–9 November 2019 Zhang Yu Fingerprints: Boundaries of Time and Truth 指印:時間與真實的邊界 Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, José Parlá, Textures of Memory at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
19 September–6 November 2019 José Parlá Textures of Memory Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, COSMIC WONDER, Harmonic Meditation at Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
21 September–10 November 2019 COSMIC WONDER Harmonic Meditation Taka Ishii Gallery, Shop

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Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Lam Tung Pang and Abby Chen Ocula Conversation Lam Tung Pang and Abby Chen

Born in Hong Kong in 1978, Lam Tung Pang is known for his paintings and drawings on plywood, along with site-specific installations, sound works, and videos that embody relationships between humans, nature, and the built environment. In the large-scale painting Centuries of Hong Kong (2011), for instance, which is housed at the Legislative Council...

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem 6 Apr 2019 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

Although Art Basel in Hong Kong is the youngest of the Art Basel fairs, and a relative newcomer to the international art fair circuit, it has now become a major attraction for collectors and galleries from around the world. The seventh edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong saw thousands of art courtesans and benefactors kick off the week with a string...

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019 Ocula Photolog Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019 31 March 2019

'Art Basel reinforces its ongoing commitment to showcasing exceptional art from Asia and the Asia Pacific, with over half of the participating galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. The main sector of the show features 196 of the world's leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawings, installation,...

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Johnson Chang Ocula Conversation Johnson Chang

Johnson Chang, gallerist and curator, is a pioneer of the Hong Kong art scene. Through the establishment of Hanart TZ Gallery in 1983, Chang created a platform for new art from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, redefining the market with his organisation of China's New Art, Post-1989, held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1993. Over 200 works by...

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Ben Brown Ocula Conversation Ben Brown

After years of repetitive reference to Hong Kong as a 'cultural desert', the arrival of the city's first contemporary art fair between 14 and 18 May 2008, Art HK 08, under the direction of Magnus Renfrew, marked a new turn. Sales turnover for Sotheby's in Hong Kong grew from USD 88 million in 2000, to USD 340 million in 2007, situating it as the...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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LOV-LOV SHOP: LIN JINGJING Related Press LOV-LOV SHOP: LIN JINGJING Art Asia Pacific : 1 July 2019

Among today's tech entrepreneurs, there is a widespread fundamental belief that things can be made better, easier, more convenient if consumers adopt the right pieces of technology. Hungry? Tap on your phone's screen and a meal will come to you. Need a ride? Do the same. Swipe right at the suitable instant, and you may end up in happy matrimony.

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No Gender Without Violence Related Press No Gender Without Violence Frieze : 1 June 2019

'At last. Something beautiful you can truly own.' Copywriter Michael Ginsberg's winning words for the Jaguar account on the advertising agency television show Mad Men (2007–15) echoed a sentiment that the luxury car industry had traded on campaign after campaign: their polished curves of steel would be more reliable, more serving – fundamentally, a...

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Material World: Para Site Director Cosmin Costinas' Textiles Collection Related Press Material World: Para Site Director Cosmin Costinas' Textiles Collection Hong Kong Tatler : 8 April 2019

'Oh, I'm getting all excited now,' Cosmin Costinas exclaims as he flings open a wardrobe in his apartment, revealing hundreds of brightly coloured, intricately patterned textiles stacked on top of each other. 'I think I have over a thousand,' he adds, opening a second cupboard packed with fabrics and gesturing at the reams of material draped around...

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Hong Kong: Asia's Cultural Capital? Related Press Hong Kong: Asia's Cultural Capital? The Business Times : 5 April 2019

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO, when curator Tobias Berger arrived in Hong Kong, there were only two or three contemporary art galleries. Today, there are well over 100, including several renowned international galleries such as David Zwirner, Pace Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Gagosian, each representing the biggest contemporary names.

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Art Basel 2019: Why Hong Kong is a lightning rod for luxury art in Asia Related Press Art Basel 2019: Why Hong Kong is a lightning rod for luxury art in Asia South China Morning Post : 30 March 2019

Worldwide art sales grew 6 per cent to US$67.4 billion in 2018, according to the latest Global Art market report.Auction houses, an important point of sale in the art ecosystem, also report strong growth in line with the trends outlined in the report produced by Art Basel and UBS, an international bank.And 2018 was the best year in the history of...

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Your Guide to the Best Shows in Hong Kong Related Press Your Guide to the Best Shows in Hong Kong Frieze : 28 March 2019

Exit StrategiesH Queen's1 March – 30 AprilCurator David Chan eschews the standard gallery-going experience in his latest project, 'Exit Strategies', by situating installation, video, sculpture, photography and sound works in unusual public sites throughout the 17-storey high-rise H Queen's, itself a culture hub.

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Art Basel’s Asian Art Gets to Hong Kong via New York and Los Angeles Related Press Art Basel’s Asian Art Gets to Hong Kong via New York and Los Angeles The New York Times : 27 March 2019

There you are in Hong Kong, making your way through the convention center and this newest iteration of Art Basel. Ah! There's a group of bamboo and rattan sculptures by Sopheap Pich, the Cambodian artist, inspired by trees in his homeland. And there, at the same booth, a new map — she'd call it a cartographic work — by Tiffany Chung,...

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When in Hong Kong Related Press When in Hong Kong ArtReview Asia : 26 March 2019

Performing Society: The Violence of Gender at Tai Kwun ContemporaryFor some time, Art Basel Hong Kong, together with a growing slurry of commercial galleries and a sliver of not-for-profits, was the only game in town at this time of year. Now Tai Kwun Contemporary, which launched last year, has arrived, turning that sliver of not-for-profits into...

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27–31 Mar 2019 Art Central 2019
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15–17 Dec 2017 INK ASIA 2017
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About Hong Kong

For many years, Hong Kong was afflicted with the reputation of being a 'cultural desert'—an image that could not be further from the truth. This is especially so today, with a host of exciting contemporary art spaces joining the city's league of high-profile galleries in recent years, extending its identity as an art market hotspot, as accentuated by the arrival of Art Basel in Hong Kong in March each year.

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.

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.

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).

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.

West of Wong Chuk Hang lies Aberdeen, one of Hong Kong's original fishing ports and where two of the city's most exciting galleries reside. On the 18th and 19th floors of the Grand Marine Centre, viewers entering Empty Gallery will discover a dark, maze-like space containing hypnotic new media works around each corner. Directed by Alexander Lau, the black-cube space is a welcome antidote to the traditional gallery experience, and provides complete immersion with each show's run. Equally experimental are its public events, which range from raves to listening sessions. Just a few streets away is Gallery Exit, where walls play host to works by predominantly Hong Kong artists crossing the boundaries of media, including Nadim Abbas, Chris Huen Sin Kan, and Oscar Chan Yik Long.

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. Each year, arts professionals from across the globe attend Para Site's International Conference, which seeks to generate debate around current topics in exhibition-making.

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.

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