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7 art shows not to miss in Hong Kong this November 2023

By Ashley Siu 10 November 2023

Header images by Lok Cheng. Courtesy of M+, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, aptly named the “Pearl of the East,” is known for its bright lights, even after dark. This city’s art scene does not shy far away from its nickname. Hong Kong continues to shine as a beacon for artists and art enthusiasts alike, with a blend of international and home-grown talent on display in galleries and museums. With exhibitions ranging from contemporary masterpieces to thought-provoking installations, immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s vibrant tapestry of creativity as we explore seven must-see art shows that will leave you in awe this November 2023.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hong Kong Palace Museum and The National Gallery, London
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“Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London”

Only a handful of works become timeless masterpieces. The “Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London” exhibition at the Hong Kong Palace Museum features some of the finest works by 50 artists over 400 years of Western art history. It’s the first showcase of London’s National Gallery’s prestigious collection in Hong Kong so prepare to be amazed and moved by the genius of these classical pieces of art!

When: 22 November–11 April 2024

Where: Gallery 9, Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Kowloon

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“The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Titian and the Venetian Renaissance from the Uffizi”

If you’ve been dreaming about gazing at art from the Venetian Renaissance but don’t have the opportunity to leave the city, you are in luck! Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Uffizi Gallery, the “Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Titian and the Venetian Renaissance from the Uffizi” exhibition is a ticket to Venice and a trip back in time to an age of artistic revolutions.

Marvel at vibrant masterpieces by Titian and other renowned Venetian artists—many of which have never been displayed in Asia before—as well as emerging Venetian-inspired pieces by artists Leung Chi-wo and Chan Kwan-lok.

When: Now till 28 February 2024

Where: The Special Gallery, 2/F, Hong Kong Museum Of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Perrotin
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“Shame of Intimacy”

This intriguing exhibition showcases the works of Chinese artist Xie Qi, comprising paintings of naked bodies modelled after the artist’s friends. Xie explores the complicated relationship between shame and intimacy—two feelings located at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum—while drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese painting and philosophy. Her distinct style combines an almost dreamy quality with meticulous detail, encouraging viewers to reflect on the relationship between conflicting emotions and human existence. “Shame of Intimacy” promises to be a captivating and immersive experience into the artist’s imaginative world.

When: Now till 2 December

Where: Perrotin, Shop 807, K11 Atelier Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: Para Site
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“Offerings for Escalante”

Offerings for Escalante” is an exhibition featuring all-new commissions by artist duo Enzo Camacho and Ami Lien from the Philippines and the United States, respectively. It is dedicated to the problems of land justice and food sovereignty on Negros Island, Philippines, where the sugar industry has historically dominated. Expressing the idea of destruction through a variety of medium, including sculptures, installations, and multimedia pieces, the show beckons us to rethink our relationship with nature and to push for sustainable cohabitation strategies. Visitors can also look forward to lectures, discussions, and paper-making workshops that explore the connections between Hong Kong and the Philippines.

When: Now till 8 February 2024

Where: Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

Photo: Whitestone Gallery
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“Baby Blue”

Paying homage to the curiosity and creativity of our inner child, Sebastian Chaumeton’s work is on display at Whitestone Gallery. “Baby Blue” showcases Chaumeton’s self-exploration, resulting in various pieces including paintings, sculptures, and installations, with innocent and child-like characters all in hues of blue. At the heart of the exhibition, the artist’s ceramics simultaneously represent a distant past as well as Chaumeton’s own history. Through a skilful blend of realism and abstraction, the exhibition invites visitors to embark on a trip down memory lane while tapping into their own playful imaginations.

When: Now till 25 December

Where: Whitestone Gallery, 7/F–8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Photo: Dan Leung. Courtesy of M+, Hong Kong
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“Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China”

Have you ever felt like experiencing the glitz and glam of China’s art and fashion scene during the 1980s and 1990s? Look no further than “Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China,” now on show at M+. The exhibition will transport you back to post-Cold War China. In her lifetime, Madame Song (her full name was Song Huai-kuei) was a well-known figure in Chinese society, and she dominated the circles of Chinese literature, art, film, and fashion. This event is a display of her life’s work as an artist of multiple pursuits and personas, and explores her influence on Chinese society as it evolved from an isolated nation into an international leader. The general admission tickets are priced at $140, with concession and member discounts available.

When: Now till 14 April 2024

Where: West Gallery, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: Courtesy of Alisan Fine Arts and Lin Guocheng
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“A Dance of Landscapes and Civilisation”

If you consider the division between nature and human civilisation, you might be surprised by how much the two intersect. By contrasting the style of Western classical sketching and the technique of Chinese ink painting, Lin Guocheng’s two series, “Landscape” and “Civilisation,” mirror these complex interactions. “A Dance of Landscapes and Civilisations” displays several of Lin’s large-scale ink paintings that depict people in diverse environments, and capture contemplative moments of everyday life. Take a stroll through the vibrant space that lives in-between.

When: Now till 9 December

Where: Alisan Fine Arts Central, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

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Ashley Siu

Writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ashley has always been captivated by the city and how its bustling heart coexists with flora and fauna. While writing is her passion, you might also find her relaxing with a cosy video game, feeding horses at a local riding school, or checking out climbing gyms in the city.

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