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.
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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