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Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art

By Sophie Pettit 27 February 2015
This month it’s all about art as the city gears up to host a line up of events which bring the very best of local and international talent to your doorstep. From paintings and photography to films and graffiti, there is a world of art to explore at your fingertips. Here is our pick of ones not to miss. Enjoy.

Hong Kong Arts Festival

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Hong Kong Arts Festival 180x100In its 43rd year, the Festival presents over 130 exciting performances from top international artists and ensembles in six weeks. All genres of the performing arts are well represented including concerts, ballets, operas, and drama by leading international orchestras, performers, and artists in world-class venues. From jazz and opera to ballet and flamenco, it’s all here for the taking. When: Now through March 29 Visit the event site for this year's line up and ticket information check the official site.

Flowers, Coffee, and Destiny: A Joint Exhibition of Lithographs by Salvador Dali and Bernard Buffet

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Flowser, Coffee and destiny 180x100An exhibition of modern masters that feature over 20 lithographs by legendary surrealist Salvador Dali and French expressionist Bernard Buffet. The exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to see the complete set of Salvador Dali's The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, a portfolio of 12 colour lithographs created in 1967. It also features Buffet's collection of lithographs of flowers and still life created during the 70's and 80's. When: March 5 – 22 Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, March 6 - 22, 11am to 7pm; Sunday, by appointment Where: ZZHK Gallery, 3 Wa Lane, Sheung Wan How Much: Free admission For more information click here.

Jacky Tsai East West

In his first solo show in Hong Kong, London-based contemporary Shanghainese artist Jacky Tsai creates Western pop art using traditional Chinese crafts to create his own Chinese contemporary pop art, inspired by his love of Eastern and Western culture. Renowned for designing the Floral Skull prints for Alexander McQueen’s collections, Tsai demonstrates his ability to create a balance between the two cultures in his playful artwork, where superheroes mingle with Bruce Lee in sweeping Chinese landscapes. When: March 5 – April 11 Where:The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road How Much: Free admission For more information click here.

Hong Kong Stories

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Hong Kong Stories 180x120Take a glimpse into Hong Kong past and present through the lenses of two iconic street photographers, Ho Fan and Michael Wolf. See the hustle and bustle of 1950’s and 60’s Hong Kong with Ho’s vintage photographs and go off the beaten track with Wolf as he hunts down traces of human activity in modern day Hong Kong. When: March 7 - 28 Where: Michael Wolf’s Studio, Block A, 5/F, Unit A04, Kailey Industrial Building, 12 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan How Much: Free admission For more information email Sarah at [email protected].   [button color="white" size="small" link="" target="blank" ]Go Behind The Scenes With Localiiz [/button]

Aries and Imagined Geographies

Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is hosting two exhibitions this March. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) alumnus and international artist Jason Hackenwerth presents his giant installation Aries, which is made from hundreds of colourful balloons and will be suspended from the hotel lobby ceiling. The hotel will also house Imagined Geographies, an exclusive exhibition featuring nine paintings and photographs by Chris Huen Sin Kan, Gabriel Leung, Ivy Ma, and Lulu Ngie. which present interpretations of landscape. When: March 9 – 19 Where: Clipper Lounge, Mezzanine Floor, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central How Much: No admission fee for Aries, however guests wishing to see the Imagined Geographies exhibit need to make a reservation at Clipper Lounge and book a table for dining. Please contact +852 2825 4007 or [email protected] For more information click here.

HKwalls Street Art Festival

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - HkWalls 180x100The talented team of local and internationals artists from not-for-profit HKwalls return for a second year to transform the streets of Sheung Wan and Stanley Market into a giant gallery of street graffiti. Catch them in action throughout March. When: March 14 – 15 (Sheung Wan) March 20 – 21 (Stanley Market) Where: Sheung Wan / Stanley Market How Much: Free to watch (donate your dollars or your wall) For more information click here.   [button color="white" size="small" link="" target="blank" ]Go Behind The Scenes With Localiiz[/button]

Big Era 1960's

Who would have thought a load of old stamps could become a work of art? Born and bred Hong Kong artist and collector, Ng Lung Wai invites you to see his portraits of famous people from the 1960's, all composed of authentic vintage items from the 60's, including more than 20,000 European stickpin badges and thousands of Hong Kong generic stamps. Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Mao Zedong make guest appearances. When: March 11 – 17

March 11, 5:30pm - 8pm March 12 to 16, 10am - 8pm March 17, 10am - 6pm The artist will be present at 4pm - 6pm during the exhibition period.

Where: Outdoor Open Space, Comix Home Base, Mallory Street, Wan Chai How Much: Free admission For more information email Big Era at [email protected].   [button color="white" size="small" link=" https://www.localiiz.comseeing-the-bigger-picture-2/" target="blank" ]Go Behind The Scenes With Localiiz[/button]

Asia Contemporary Art Show

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Hong Kong Contemporary Art Show 180x100The Asia Contemporary Art Show returns with an exciting line-up of over 100 exhibiting galleries from 18 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. This is the largest show in Asia in terms of the number of artworks on sale and offers over 3,000 stunning pieces from Asia and beyond. All the works can now be viewed and bought online, so the show goes on even after the doors close. When: March 12 - 15 Where: The Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 40th to 44th floors How Much: Standard tickets: $180, VIP tickets: $260 For more information click here.

Alec Monopoly Solo Exhibition

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Alec Monopoly 180x100The mystery man behind those Rich Uncle Pennybags dotted around the city is about to take Hong Kong’s gallery-scene on a run for its money with his new Solo Exhibition. Catch Alec Monopoly as he brings several iconic characters, including Monopoly Man, Richie Rich, and Scrooge to Hong Kong, along with a few surprises just for us. When: March 13 – April 18 Where: Above Second, 9 First Street, Sai Ying Pun How Much: Free admission For more information click here.   [button color="white" size="small" link="" target="blank" ]EXCLUSIVE: Read Alec Monopoly's Guest Post[/button]

NEW: Art Central

150227 - Hong Kong Welcomes a Month of Art - Art Central 180x100This exciting new art fair is popping up in the waterfront to bring you the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries from across the globe. Launched by the founders of ART HK, the fair coincides with Art Basel Hong Kong and will showcase works from 77 international galleries housed in a purpose-built tent located on the city's new Central Harbourfront, a 10-minute walk from where Art Basel takes place. When: March 14 - 16 Where: The new Central Harbourfront How Much: Adult $50 - $200. Discount ‘Buy One Get One Free’ if purchased before March 13. For more information click here.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Asia’s premier art event returns for its third year to bring a wide range of works from 250 galleries in six exhibition sectors featuring a broad range of artworks including paintings, photography, film and video, and sculptures. Art Basel aims to create an international meeting place for the art world, presenting galleries from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Africa. When: March 15 - 17 Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How Much: Vernissage $850, weekday ticket $250, weekend ticket $300, two and four-day tickets also available. For more information click here.

'Bleu' and 'Plugs'

1150303 toof contemporary - bleu plugsFrench artist Vanessa Franklin showcases two series of her work (Bleu and Plugs) in her first exhibition in Hong Kong, which explores female identity, sexuality and her relation to the women she portrays. In the series Bleu, the artist twists the stereotypes of fashion and luxury by transforming a cheap and practical object into an elegant outfit. Meanwhile in Plugs, she teasingly juxtaposes woman and power sockets, creating a strong symbolic connection between the object and subject to convey a multi‐layered message. When: March 15 – May 17 Where: toof (contemporary), 3rd Floor, Unit 11, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau How Much: Free admission For more information click here.

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.