Header image courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries
Aside from being an international finance and business centre, Hong Kong is also a creative hub for talented artists from all over the world to converge, to inspire, and to be inspired. While there are only a few months left in 2023, the city’s spark of creativity is far from fizzled out. Here’s a list of art shows and exhibitions happening in Hong Kong in October that are definitely worth a visit—or two, if they have you captivated.
Norio Imai’s solo exhibition in Hong Kong marks the Japanese artist’s first showcase outside of his home country, displaying a captivating narrative on the materiality and immateriality of time through a variety of medium. At “Time Scape,” immerse yourself in 15 thought-provoking pieces, including vintage photographs and videos from the 1970s and 1980s as well as a new installation called “The Video Age.” Imai has a visionary way of conveying the movement of time in ordinary scenes of everyday life, exploring the economic and social changes in Japan as the country evolves.
When: 2 September–4 November
Where: Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 21/F, Coda Designer Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road
If you are looking for an exhibition with a taste of Hong Kong, visit Yeung Tong-lung and Sze Yuen’s second joint exhibition, “Twice II: Of Seeing.” Hong Kong is a place that both artists are proud to call home, and while their styles and preferred medium may differ, the pieces they create are filled with notes of love and affection for our city. Yeung’s colourful depictions of everyday life in Hong Kong are in contrast with Sze’s charcoal and oil paintings portraying the city with shadowy tones, in an enchanting conversation-like showcase.
When: 2 September–28 October
Where: Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
While we are on the topic of cityscapes, Francesco Lietti’s exhibition, aptly named “Beyond the Mirage,” displays the charismatic cacophony of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. The Italian painter is known for his admiration of the city’s energy, and his acrylic and oil paintings reflect that with the use of bright colours in a blocky, abstract manner, giving his work a light-hearted quality that possesses the pizazz of caricatures. Lietti’s works has a subtle hint of adventure and exploration that will fascinate you, accentuating the city’s dynamic harbour views in an unparalleled light, sending you on an endless journey of inspiration.
When: 29 September–19 November
Where: Wyndham Social, G/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
To many, art is a form of introspection, free expression, and reflection of growth, and this is also true for accomplished artists Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, and Su Xiaobai. “A Diary of States of Mind,” on show at Pearl Lam Galleries, expresses their impressions of the creative mind through textured paintings, powerful “living” sculptures, and continuously evolving pieces, inviting viewers to explore the possibilities and complexities of the mind with them. Walking through the winding halls is reminiscent of a quiet meditation, evoking rumination and deep thought.
When: 21 September–2 November
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 601–605 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
Based in Hong Kong and New York, Cici Wu is collaborating with Empty Gallery for a second solo exhibition, “Belonging and Difference.” Showcasing different mixed media, the exhibition focuses on the sentiments of (and of not) belonging. At the centre of the exhibit is an eponymous film produced in collaboration with Beijing-based artist Yuan Yuan. In an attempt to blur geographical boundaries, the film blends scenes shot in New York’s Chinatown, Hong Kong, and Beijing, highlighting the feeling of confusion that comes with locating and relocating one’s place in the world.
When: 3 September–11 November
Where: Empty Gallery, 18/F–19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan
“多次元 Tokyo”—or “Multidimensional Tokyo”—gathers four promising Japanese artists, Jun Inagawa, Teppei Kaneuji, Daisuke Yokota, and Kenta Cobayashi, at Wamono Art, showcasing a multitude of works across different media, including conceptual art, dimensional prints on aluminium plates, photography, and more. Many displayed pieces involve more than one technique, with unique processes such as combining music and sculpture, using technology on photography for added layers, and even printing abstract images in three dimensions to make the beholder of the artworks feel like time, space, and the five senses are one.
When: 14 October–2 December
Where: Wamono Art, WerkRaum, Unit A, 10/F, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang