Month: March 2017

Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture

From March 17 to May 21 M+, Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, presents Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Cultureat the M+ Pavilion, a permanent space on the West Kowloon site that will host the museum’s exhibitions until the M+ building opens in late 2019. Including more than 90 works, Ambiguously Yours offers a fresh perspective on Hong Kong popular culture from the 80s and 90s by examining it as a platform for avant-garde experimentation in the representation of gender identities. Focusing on androgyny, camp and gender ambiguity, this multi-layered exhibition presents the work of pioneers in costume design, music, film and print media, proposing a dynamic interplay between popular culture and the fields of art, design and the moving image through the M+ collection. A series of programmes includes talks, guided tours, pop-up performances and a teachers’ event. Some of them have limited capacity and require advance enrolment online, with places available on a first-come, first-served basis. Date: 17/3–21/5/2017 Opening Hours:  11am–6pm, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays M+ Pavilion, …

Adrian Wong

The Tiger Returns to the Mountain By Charlotte Chang Reconstituting a Palimpsest of Hong Kong History Chinese-American artist Adrian Wong’s site-specific installation The Tiger Returns to the Mountain, presented at chi art space by the K11 Art Foundation, takes the former Tiger Balm Garden as its locus of imagination in deconstructing Hong Kong’s cultural history. The historic garden, on whose site a luxury residential complex now stands, is a palimpsest of Hong Kong’s cultural history — a site whose every reincarnation throughout the previous decades, whether as private residence, theme park or repository of psychedelic statuary, has effaced its own past while leaving indelible marks, tracing the city’s existence from colonial times to the present. The title alludes to a Chinese expression that means “allowing someone dangerous to roam again”, but the titular tiger’s identity is left ambiguous. As viewers navigate the large-scale work, which mixes multi-sensory and Chinese architectural elements, they are invited to consider this question while engaging with Hong Kong’s layered history from different vantage points. Artomity: How does the installation take advantage of chi art space’s …

Ben Brown Fine Arts

Heinz Mack Structures Monday, March 20, 2017 6 – 8 pm  Ben Brown Fine Arts is honoured to present HEINZ MACK: Structures, the revolutionary artist’s second solo show at the Hong Kong gallery. The exhibition, which will run concurrently with Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, includes paintings, works on paper and reliefs from the artist’s renowned ZERO period to the present, examining his lifelong interest in light, colour, form, vibration and sensory perception. Mack made his initial impact on post-war discourse with the ZERO movement, founded with Otto Piene in 1957 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and later joined by Günther Uecker in 1961. ZERO was a blank slate for these young German artists, recovering from the ravages of World War II. They strove to challenge and transgress the traditional dictums of art making, transport art into new spaces and dissolve boundaries between nature, art and technology, all with an optimistic enthusiasm and an unrestricted aesthetic. The ZERO movement gained momentum internationally and grew to include artists such as Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Piero Manzoni and Jesús Rafael Soto, …

Kick off Art Week with Pokras Lampas’ Solo Calligraffiti Show Open Your Eyes Opera Gallery, March 16 – April 5

Opera Gallery is thrilled to present Open Your Eyes, the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by contemporary calligraffiti artist Pokras Lampas. It starts with a highly anticipated exhibition opening in the Central gallery, followed by a live performance at the Art Central fair and an artist talk during a Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) Art Brunch. Lampas, one of the most distinguished modern calligraphy artists, was born in September 1991 in Korolyov, Russia. He started creating graffiti in 2008 and soon after was inspired by the calligraffiti movement, turning his focus to street calligraphy. He was later invited by Niels Shoe Meulman to become an official calligraffiti ambassador while also working on his own style, known as calligrafuturism. Since then he has gained global recognition, with more than 150,000 social-media and numerous international exhibitions and high-profile brand collaborations, as well as unique performances at international fashion weeks. Lampas has integrated digital projection and virtual reality into his work, constantly challenging the boundaries of traditional calligraphy. His work’s most striking feature is its relentless ability …

Art Central returns to the Central Harbourfront Hong Kong on March 21-25 [preview and first night March 20].

Now in its third edition, Art Central is a place of discovery and a platform for high-quality works by established names to be exhibited alongside cutting-edge works by emerging artists. Staged within a 108,000 sqft architect-designed structure, the strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental films and performances, and engaging panel discussions, as well as food from some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries. One of the most anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar, Art Central has firmly established itself as an unmissable event during Hong Kong Art Week. Ticketing information Tickets are available in advance or on the door: www.ticketflap.com/artcentral Save 20% on general entry and concession tickets by using the code ARTOMITY17* Opening hours VIP preview (by invitation only)   Monday, March 20, 3 – 5pm First night  Monday, March 20, 5 – 9pm General opening hours Tuesday, March 21, 12 – 5pm Wednesday, March 22, 12 – 5pm Thursday, March 23, 12 – 9pm Friday, March 24, 12 – 7pm Saturday, March 25, 11am – 7pm artcentralhongkong.com …

LOVE ART AT THE PENINSULA PRESENTS “BRIGHT IDEA”

by Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, in conversation with Tim Marlow from Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts   Free admission. Online registration is required: ticketflap.com/love-art Monday, 20 March 2017 6.30 – 8 pm  (Doors open at 6pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis) Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (MTR Station: HKU Exit C1) The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts partners with The Peninsula Hong Kong for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with one of the leading figures of British conceptual art. Both as a hugely influential artist in his own right and as an esteemed teacher, Sir Michael Craig-Martin is celebrated for his time as a tutor at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, between 1974 and 1988, and between 1994 and 2000, when he taught an emerging generation of artists who went on to become known as the Young British Artists or YBAs. This group included some of the biggest names in contemporary art today – Damien Hirst, Julien Opie, Sarah …

SOHO 189 Art Lane Second Anniversary Party

SOHO 189 Art Lane is thrilled to celebrate its second anniversary with an exclusive evening for art enthusiasts. The galleries housed in the eponymous building, Galerie Huit, Leo Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries SOHO and Puerta Roja, will present exclusive previews including special live performances and unveil new site-specific installations. Since its launch in 2015, SOHO 189 Art Lane has become established as one of the most exciting, diverse art destinations in Hong Kong. Located five minutes’ walk from Central, SOHO 189 Art Lane fuses exhibitions of the highest international standard with the buzz of the eclectic, constantly changing Sheung Wan neighbourhood. With an annual roster of curated shows, internationally recognised artists and programmes of performances, films and art, SOHO 189 Art Lane continues to engage the art community locally and beyond. On this special occasion, the four galleries will present an inspirational, diverse selection of four solo shows by accomplished international artists from China, India and Venezuela. All the works will be showcased in Hong Kong for the first time. Galerie Huit presents the solo …

Howard Hodgkin

In the Pink Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong Jan 19 – Mar 11, 2017 By Diana d’Arenberg Parmanand I never interviewed Howard Hodgkin, who passed away on March 9 aged 84. The artist didn’t like to talk about his paintings, or attempt to explain them into relevance, although for the purpose of this review I’m going to do just that. Hodgkin’s paintings aren’t about narrative or words. He didn’t paint figuratively, nor was his work grounded in the conceptual or the ideological. What he did was more transcendent. He brought the interior world of memory and emotion to life with colour, making that which can’t be articulated tangible and physical through paint. One of the UK’s most celebrated painters, Hodgkin’s career spanned 50 years and included winning the Turner Prize in 1985 and representing Britain at the 1984 Venice Biennale. But In the Pink, his first and only exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong, from January 19 to March 11 – featuring 23 paintings, mostly small in size, that play with varied formal elements – was suggestive …

[Call for Entries] 2017 Art Next Expo and International Artists Awards

Art Next Expo 2017 is calling for entries for its exhibition and International Artists Awards, to be held from Oct 6 to 9, 2017 at PMQ, Central. Formerly known as New Art Wave, Art Next was established in 2015 to provide a platform for young and emerging artists from around the world to showcase their talents to the art community, including collectors, critics, scholars and art lovers in Hong Kong and further afield. Artists are invited to submit their works, which will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Finalists will showcase their works at Art Next Expo 2017, and will qualify for the International Artists Awards. The submission deadline is April 30, 2017. The first edition of Art Next Expo took place in August 2015 in Macau, receiving more than 2,000 entries from artists from mainland China, Argentina, Malaysia, Germany, South Korea, the United States, the Czech Republic, Macau, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Indonesia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Poland, Georgia, Switzerland and Japan. From among them, 100 artists were selected to …

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang

Director: Kevin Macdonald Cast: Ian Buruma, Cai Guo Qiang, Cai Wen You, Cai Wen Hao, Ben Davis, Jeffrey Deitch, Phil Grucci, Thomas Krens, Tatsumi  Masatoshi, Orville Schell, Jennifer Wen Ma, Hong Hong Wu, Zhang Yimou US, 76 minutes By Margot Mottaz Connecting the Earth to the rest of the universe was Cai Guo Qiang’s childhood dream. When he finally realised it in 2015 after 20 years and three failed attempts, a majestic 500-metre ladder of gold light ascended into the night sky over the Huiyu Island harbour, not far from Cai’s hometown in Fujian province. A touching gift to his ailing 100-year-old grandmother, who watched the spectacle unfold on FaceTime, Sky Ladder is a striking metaphor for Cai’s artistic ambitions. The eponymous documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Wendi Murdoch, offers a captivating look into Cai’s life and work, heavily premised on the shock of the Cultural Revolution, which Cai experienced as a little boy, and his move to Japan and later New York. Narrated by the artist himself, his close friends and family, as well as prominent scholars of …