As the pace slows down in the aftermath of Hong Kong Art Week, now’s your chance to check out these worthwhile art exhibitions that opened during all the delirium: from an important collectors’ showcase of Chinese contemporary art to a survey of seminal feminist art, to a collection of lusciously coloured large canvases that will transport you to a dream world where time stops.

1
Samson Young: Instrumentation

While Hong Kong sound artist and composer Samson Young’s whimsical musical bumper car piece at Art Basel Hong Kong is still fresh in your minds, the artist is presenting another exhibition at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre that features two pieces that were previously exhibited abroad. Extending from an original piece shown at a Guggenheim Museum group show titled “One Hand Clapping” last year that explored realities beyond logical reason, Samson Young’s current work “Possible Music #1.5 (feat. NESS & Stephan Moore) fills a room with complex sounds created using impossible instruments that defy the laws of physics — made possible only through imagination and computer algorithm. In “Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th,” a continuation of his ongoing series, Young invited Flora Sinfonie Orchester in Cologne to perform the Tchaikovsky symphony in a muted fashion, leaving only the ambient noises produced by the physical act of playing and conducting, and revealing the violent nature of actively muting something.

Address
Exhibition Hall & Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 3101 2770 / 3101 2734
Start Date
March 23, 2019
End Date
April 14, 2019
2
Neo Rauch: Propaganda

The German artist Neo Rauch’s first show in Hong Kong is a fabulous spectacle of 15 new surreal, figurative works. With eight large scale canvases that almost stretch to the ceiling at David Zwirner’s gallery space, and seven smaller pieces, “Propaganda” makes for a visually stunning stroll. Painted with an almost retro yet dreamy, timeless aesthetic — particularly in his use of sumptuous earthy and pop colours as well as in the look and garb of his characters — Rauch has always received varied speculation for the ambiguity in his work, to which, he simply responds, “My ideal viewer is someone who can enjoy it as an abstract painting… as paint on canvas.”

Address
David Zwirner Hong Kong, 5–6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 2119 5900
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 4, 2019
3
Louise Bourgeois: My Own Voice Wakes Me Up

The late Louise Bourgeois is perhaps best known for her large scale sculptures and installations that do not shy away from topics of sensuality, or making sense of the chaos in her internal life — they’re of towering spiders, of women arched in hysteria, of cages exploiting voyeurism. You won’t find those here at this Hauser & Wirth exhibition, but instead, it’s a deep and intimate exploration into her self-psychoanalysis, focusing on the final two decades of her life. The show is curated by Bourgeois’ longtime friend and assistant Jerry Gorovoy, now President of The Easton Foundation, the artist’s estate, featuring fabric sculptures, hand poses, topiary sculptures, gouaches and her rarely exhibited holograms.

Address
Hauser & Wirth, 15-16/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 3958 7188
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 11, 2019
4
Louise Bourgeois: My Own Voice Wakes Me Up

The late Louise Bourgeois is perhaps best known for her large scale sculptures and installations that do not shy away from topics of sensuality, or making sense of the chaos in her internal life — they’re of towering spiders, of women arched in hysteria, of cages exploiting voyeurism. You won’t find those here at this Hauser & Wirth exhibition, but instead, it’s a deep and intimate exploration into her self-psychoanalysis, focusing on the final two decades of her life. The show is curated by Bourgeois’ longtime friend and assistant Jerry Gorovoy, now President of The Easton Foundation, the artist’s estate, featuring fabric sculptures, hand poses, topiary sculptures, gouaches and her rarely exhibited holograms.

Address
Hauser & Wirth, 15-16/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone
+852 3958 7188
Start Date
March 26, 2019
End Date
May 11, 2019
5
Liu Bolin: New Change

The invisible man returns. Following the artist’s exhibition hosted by Ruinart at Art Basel last year, Liu’s been busy exhibiting at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, and is now showcasing his works from the past five years at Over the Influence gallery. He is known for his unique body painting that camouflages himself in quotidian environments — an ‘anonymous’ method of speaking out against political injustices all over the world. This latest series of works features unique locations such as a strangely abundant Pyongyang supermarket, and a backdrop of flags from the 193 UN countries.

Address
Over the Influence, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Start Date
March 29, 2019
End Date
April 27, 2019
6
Liu Bolin: New Change

The invisible man returns. Following the artist’s exhibition hosted by Ruinart at Art Basel last year, Liu’s been busy exhibiting at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, and is now showcasing his works from the past five years at Over the Influence gallery. He is known for his unique body painting that camouflages himself in quotidian environments — an ‘anonymous’ method of speaking out against political injustices all over the world. This latest series of works features unique locations such as a strangely abundant Pyongyang supermarket, and a backdrop of flags from the 193 UN countries.

Address
Over the Influence, 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Start Date
March 29, 2019
End Date
April 27, 2019
7
Chris Huen Sin-kan: Tall trees - and the things I might have forgotten

The dazzling paintings by Chris Huen Sin-kan adorn the walls of Gallery Exit this month, continuing his exploration of the quotidian in Hong Kong with vivid colour and light — you can barely tell that some of the work is inspired in part by the aftermath of last year’s devastating typhoon Mangkhut, which destroyed the greenery along Huen’s home in Yuen Long. In fact, he saw the resultant levelling of the trees as nature, in a way, embracing humankind, revealing the profound and changing relationship we have towards nature dependent on scale and proximity.

Address
EXIT, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Website
Phone
+852 2541 1299
Start Date
March 29, 2019
End Date
May 4, 2019
Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.