Culture vultures rejoice, because Hong Kong is home to a wide range of art galleries, displaying everything from classic works of art to photographic prints, to the latest in contemporary trends. In recent years, the city has earned itself a position as a firm fixture on the international art circuit – with prestigious annual art fairs taking up residence, and a whole host of galleries representing the best in international and local talent. Spoiled for choice? We’ve put together a list of the best to help you narrow it down.
Ben Brown Fine Arts
The eponymous gallery was opened by former Sotheby’s director Ben Brown, with a focus on showcasing the works of contemporary artists. With prestigious addresses in London’s Mayfair and Hong Kong’s Pedder Building, Ben Brown Fine Arts has hosted exhibitions by notable artists including Gavin Turk, Vik Muniz, and conceptual photographer Candida Hofer, who captures the interiors of iconic and historic spaces.
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Unit 301, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, (+852) 2522 9600
The Haven is an exhibition, screening, and events space operated by bespoke travel agency Jacada Travel. The space has played host to numerous landscape and wildlife photographers and conservationists, including freediver and activist Hanli Prinsloo’s underwater photography exhibition and acclaimed National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski. Be sure to check The Haven’s website for upcoming exhibitions.
The Haven, 29/F, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2110 0537
Spread across nearly 6,000 square-feet of prime real estate in the heart of Central, White Cube’s Hong Kong gallery has been bringing international artists to the city since opening its doors in 2012. Notable exhibitors include Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley. The gallery is closed every Sunday and Monday, so be sure to plan a visit around its opening hours.
White Cube, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, (+852) 2592 2000
AO Vertical Art Space
This arts space is one of the most unconventional in the city, and one we’d advise wearing comfortable shoes to. Spread across the stairwell from the first to 14th floors of a commercial building, AO Vertical Art Space displays privately collected artworks in a unique setting that allows you to view the pieces from an entirely new perspective.
AO Art Space, 1-14/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan, (+852) 2976 0913
One of the galleries that make up the burgeoning arts hub in Wong Chuk Hang, this contemporary gallery initially focused on photography, but has since branched out to display video art, installations, and more. Focusing on emerging and established artists in Hong Kong, Blindspot Gallery hosts frequent group and solo exhibitions.
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, (+852) 2517 6238
Ahead of the long-awaited opening of M+, the M+ Pavilion welcomed visitors through its doors in 2016. An architectural feat, the building itself is a work of art, and well worth visiting for the exteriors alone. It continues to host art exhibitions, seminars, and events, and current exhibitors include Danh Vo, whose works were showcased at White Cube in 2016.
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, (+852) 2200 0217
Situated on the edge of the Mid-Levels escalators, Art Supermarket looks to bring art to people from every which direction. Swapping the conventional sparse white walls for a bright space filled to the brim with works by local and international contemporary artists, it’s also a great place to source pieces to brighten up your own home.
Art Supermarket, G/F, 5 Staunton Street, Central, (+852) 9422 6120
Blue Lotus Gallery
Blue Lotus Gallery is an independent art gallery and consultancy. Showcasing local and international artists (primarily photographers), it looks to highlight and explore cultural identity. It also stocks numerous prints and books by exhibiting artists. The Chai Wan gallery is by appointment only, so be sure to reach out before planning a visit.
Blue Lotus Gallery, Unit 1606, Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, (+852) 6100 1295
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