The blue-chips aren’t the only ones who’ll be bringing out their best for Hong Kong Art Week. Aside from Art Basel and Art Central, you’ll find a feast of fringe exhibitions and perhaps a few hidden gems at galleries, cultural spaces and pop-ups all across town this month.
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In collaboration with non-profit MILL6 Foundation, which commemorates the city’s historic textile industry. US-based duo Aziz + Cucher shows four large tapestries woven on a digital loom while Hongkonger Morgan Wong displays various pieces including “Time Needle”, an ongoing performance in which he grinds a steel rod into a needle-—over the course of his entire lifetime.
March 10–April 2. MILL6 Foundation, The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, +852 3979 2301. mill6.org.hk
An Exposition, Not an Exhibition
Artist-composer Ari Benjamin Meyers debuts his experimental art institution Kunsthalle for Music. Together with Hong Kong’s Spring Workshop and Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Meyers asks why the audiences for visual arts and music are so different—and then tries to bring the two together. Performances across different art spaces will seek to blur the lines between art and melody.
March 11–April 1. Various venues including Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, +852 2110 4370. springworkshop.org
Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
The Asia Society presents a group show by 11 Hong Kong artists, focusing on their relationship with the city. The show combines existing works within the gallery with new commissions in the centre’s outdoor area, examining the pressures of living in a stressful, frantic city.
March 12–July 9. Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, +852 2103 9511. asiasociety.org/hong-kong
Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture
The brand new M+ Pavilion gets its third outing in this pop culture exhibition examining changing attitudes to gender identity in Hong Kong, all filtered through the lens of fame. Icons such as Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Anthony Wong have changed public perceptions of gender and androgyny: M+ investigates how.
March 17–21. M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon. westkowloon.hk/en/mplus
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs
Fresh from a run at Manila’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, this travelling exhibition at Para Site examines the effects of globalisation and Asia’s rise, as societies find themselves fearfully searching for new direction and meaning. Artist Ho Siu-Kee performs at the opening reception on March 17.
March 18–Jun 11. Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, +852 2517 4620. para-site.org.hk
Blindspot Gallery hosts Chinese artist Jiang Pengyi’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. “Away from Disgrace” features three new series which interrogate the potential of photography, while “The Sun Matched with the Sea” takes found erotic images and physically warps them, playing out the dynamics of power and domination that went into their making.
March 18–May 6. Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 2517 6238. blindspotgallery.com
The K11 Art Foundation partners with legendary New York contemporary art institution MoMA PS1 for this show. Curated by PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach and chief curator Peter Eleey, it explores how we use the internet in China and in the West, and how the two intersect and interact.
March 20–April 30. K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Cosco Tower, G/F, 33 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan. k11artfoundation.org
Masters of Design
Auction house Sotheby’s holds a selling exhibition of design furniture. On display is a series of works from the 20th-century greats who redefined furniture, including architect Pierre Jeanneret and modern architecture pioneer and urban planning master Le Corbusier—Jeanneret’s cousin.
March 20–25. Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2524 8121. sothebys.com
Duddell’s x Biennale of Sydney: Abstraction of the World
Duddell’s collaborates with the 2018 Biennale of Sydney in an exhibition curated by the Biennale’s artistic director Mami Kataoka. Three artists from Australia, Thailand and South Korea explore their differing perceptions of cosmic space and natural phenomena—light and dark, water and fire—in all their abstract glory.
March 20–July 10. Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 9191. duddells.co
Hangzhou-based artist Xue Feng combines Chinese landscape painting with experimental Western modernism, resulting in vivid, intricate canvases which bridge the two traditions and forge something wholly unique: a commentary on nature, space and how humans interact with them.
March 23–April 29. Gallery EXIT, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, +852 2541 1299. galleryexit.com
This article appears in the Hong Kong Tatler Art Basel Guide 2017.
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