Header image courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery
World-class galleries and local platforms have transformed Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen into irreplaceable neighbourhoods within Hong Kong’s vibrant art scene. Whether you are looking to advance your creative learning or casually enjoy the influential nature of art, check out our gallery-hopping guide to have your cultural appetite sated.
Established in 2020, Art Projects Gallery is an artistic jewel that has continually attracted regional artists and international masters with a background in Asian contemporary fine arts, providing global exposure to local and international collectors.
From oil paintings to photography and calligraphy, the gallery’s exquisite collection has captured countless stylistic breakthroughs in subject matter, technique, and medium. Notable exhibitions include “Pink and Yellow” by Amsterdam-based artist Peter Orsag and “Frenetic City” by photographer Zhou HanShun, which captures city-dwellers arrayed against the sinuous labyrinth of Hong Kong’s asphalt jungle.
Art Projects Gallery, Unit A2, 14/F, Vita Tower, 29 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Another artistic gem to put on the list, Lucie Chang Fine Arts excites visitors with its gorgeous mosaic of styles. Founded in 2011, the gallery has represented an extensive roster of artists worldwide, including well-known names like Frank Vigneron, Aruta Soup, and Qin Feng. In its years-long commitment to reviving classical sensibilities in the contemporary art scene, it extensively covers traditional and radical artworks.
Special exhibitions include “Sweet Secret” by Tokyo-based artist Yasumasa Yonehara (Yone), in which collaged, mirror images of female models are used to depict strong sexual tension on the canvas of human skin, and graffiti-style calligraphic pieces by Tsang Tsou-choi, who was widely known as the “King of Kowloon.”
Lucie Chang Fine Arts, Unit C, 12/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Don’t be fooled by its name—Blindspot Gallery is definitely not short-sighted. Devoted to presenting photography and image-based artworks, it features a diverse range of creatives from Hong Kong and nearby regions, as well as a fair share of other international names.
Its exhibitions, bearing engaging and poetic names, promise bold, forthright visions with a sincere attitude, such as “Is the World Your Friend?,” “Not Everything is About You,” and “In the Name of Moon, I’ll Punish You,” fashioning an exciting creative space laced with self-reflection and the intimate depth of human emotions.
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
A pioneer in championing Indonesian art, Sin Sin Fine Art collects contemporary artworks with a particular focus on the spiritual and inspiring. Untethered from the commercial agenda, its well-lauded inventory is compiled of extraordinary range of mediums, including lacquers, sculptures, paintings, and ceramics.
Sin Sin Fine Art never abstains from supporting new possibilities of artistic expression. Believing that art should be inescapable from daily life, the art space also holds social clubs with medications, meet-ups, and workshops to further the constructive dialogue between our everyday life and the world of art.
Sin Sin Fine Art, Unit A, 4/F, Kin Teck Industrial Building, 26 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Hong Kong’s art scene would not be as robust without de Sarthe Gallery. Founded in Paris in 1977, de Sarthe has established an international presence in modern and post-war art as a pioneering platform for Asian contemporary art. In 2017, it opened its Hong Kong premises in Wong Chuk Hang, continuing its decades-long dedication to the modern arts scene alongside a batch of forward-thinking, boundary-pushing artworks.
With a diversity of artworks—from multimedia and sculptures to paintings and installations—de Sarthe redirects our attention to the complexities of human creativity. Notable exhibitions include “Phone Died” by Zhong Wei, who studied how social media has substantially taken root in our lives through an explosive visual cacophony, and “Take Off” by Lin Jing-jing, who recreated an imaginary airport in the gallery space.
de Sarthe Gallery, 20/F, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Founded in 1985 in London, Rossi & Rossi is filled with Asian contemporary antiques and artworks of a dazzling variety, adopting an interactive approach to further dialogue across cultures, genres, and nationalities. In addition to Hollywood Road, Rossi & Rossi Wong Chuk Hang also bears the gallery’s long-standing trademark in its sleek, elegant façade.
Drawing from its expertise in classical and contemporary Himalayan arts, the high-end collection also highlights art from lesser-known places, such as Nepal, Iran, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan, synthesising their distinctive elements in its well-designed space.
Rossi & Rossi Wong Chuk Hang, 11/F, M Place, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Continue your grand tour at Ben Brown Fine Arts, which features contemporary art such as German photography, Italian paintings, and several other significant trends. Its varied artistic inventory has been fruitfully interspersed with well-known masters and unsung gems. In Hong Kong, the gallery has shown several notable big names, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential contemporary artists, and the photographic works of Tseng Kwong-chi, which are also on public view at M+.
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Unit 201, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
Founded in January 2011, Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong has been supporting boundary-pushing visions of contemporary artists worldwide, laced with a particular focus on voidness, creation, and the experience of space and time. Holding close ties with the Gutai, its publishing arm actively collaborates with academics like Reiko Tomii and Shoichi Hirai to consolidate research on this radical avant-garde movement.
As its first overseas venue, the Hong Kong outpost has successfully staked out a significant spot in our city’s vibrant art scene. Unlike mainstream galleries, its exhibitions are rich with the complex language of space, both visual or spatial.
Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong, 21/F, Coda Designer Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Hidden away in an industrial building, Pékin Fine Arts is an invaluable addition to our diversified art scene. Founded in Beijing in 2005, the gallery opened its Hong Kong premises in 2012, representing artists worldwide with a focus on Asian talents.
Pekin Fine Arts mounts exhibitions across disciplines, from oil on canvas and ceramics to photographs and sculptures. Among many notable exhibitions are “My China” by Robin Moyer, whose photographs capture several turning points in modern Chinese history, and “Under the Sky” by Zhang Da-li, one of China’s most well-known graffiti artists.
Pékin Fine Arts, 16/F, Union Industrial Building, 48 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
For those looking for an extraordinary, immersive art experience, Empty Gallery has a lot to offer. Subverting the conventional white-walled design, this uncommon gallery pioneers a “pitch-black” approach devoted to blurring the boundaries between art, music, and films. Although visitors are surrounded in total darkness, your vision is not in the least bit constrained—the display gains intense visibility from the floor lamp casting plumes of light from underneath, fleshing out even minuscule details.
As though you are watching art in a cinema, visitors can take in installations, paintings, multimedia, and a whole range of artworks at this gallery. Previous exhibitions include installations by multimedia artist Tishan Hsu, whose works are detailed in The New York Times for its ahead-of-the-curve vision and use of innovative materials.
Empty Gallery, 19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Aberdeen
Established in 2008, Gallery Exit showcases progressive and ambitious artworks across genres that stretch the limits of creative expressions. With an eye for youthful promise, the platform mainly spotlights emerging talents from Hong Kong and neighbouring regions.
Under the banner of Gallery Exit, several artists have made their way towards an established international presence. One such example is Kwan Sheung-chi, who found market recognition from collectors outside Hong Kong, and Nadim Abbas, who became internationally recognised after the gallery mounted its exhibition in New York City.
Gallery Exit, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen
Main route (Purple):
From Wong Chuk Hang Station (Exit B), walk along Nam Long Shan Road and turn into Heung Yip Road. Carry on and head into Yip Fat Street to visit Ben Brown Fine Arts. Return to Nam Long Shan Road, and go to Wong Chuk Hang Road.
Option 1 (Red):
Go left and visit Art Projects Gallery, Blindspot Gallery, Sin Sin Fine Art, and de Sarthe Gallery.
Option 2 (Red):
Go right and visit Pékin Fine Arts, Rossi & Rossi Wong Chuk Hang, Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong, and Lucie Chang Fine Arts.
Go to Aberdeen (Black):
Go to Heung Yip Road and take minibus 51B and alight at the bridge on Aberdeen Praya Road. Walk to Empty Gallery and Gallery Exit.