You can probably gather from my regular art posts that I enjoy exploring the art landscape in Hong Kong… and May will be a very busy month! Lots of great exhibitions are coming up, I don’t think I’ll be able to visit all of them. I made a shortlist of what I will try to visit, so let me share it with you:
Quotidian Pakistan at You Wu Studio (May 2-11, 2014)
This exhibition will show the everyday life in Pakistan – something that I’m not familiar with at all. I don’t know what to expect, but it says on the website that the work will highlight every day life, people working, worshipping and playing. Contrary to what is often in the news, the photos will show laughter, curiosity and kindness. In addition to the photo exhibition, a number of side events will be organised including music performances, school tours and talks. All profit from the exhibition will be donated to a local charity in Pakistan. The photos were taken by Mi Zhou, who lived and worked in Pakistan between 2011 and 2013. She is originally from Shanghai and is now living in Hong Kong.
Yu Wu Studio, 17 Shing Wong Street, Central
Art Gallery Night (May 13, 2014)
In anticipation of Art Basel several galleries will open their doors for a long night (until 10.30pm) of free openings, talks and special events. The list of participating member galleries is long, personally I’m keen to visit Karin Weber Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Pearl Lam Galleries, Simon Lee Gallery, Sundaram Tagore Gallery and The Cat Street Gallery. Entrance is free and no tickets or prior registration is required.
Art Basel (May 15–18, 2014)
This is the premiere of a successful art event – Art Basel is coming to Hong Kong. It will feature emerging talents as well as established artists from both Asia and the West. The show will feature more than 2,000 artists and showcase paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and video works from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC), Wan Chai
Asia Contemporary Art Show (May 15-18, 2014)
This show runs parallel to the Art Basel event – so it will be a big art weekend for art lovers. The Asia Contemporary Art Show is now in its fourth year and will present 3,000 works by 400 artists. The show will open with an invitation-only VIP Collectors Preview on Thursday May 15th and runs through to Sunday evening May 18th on five floors at the Conrad Hong Kong.
40th-44th floors at Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Chai Wan Mei (May 16-17, 2014)
Chai Wan is a district in Hong Kong with a thriving creative community, holding a two day art event to coincide with Art Basel. The event will run across 30 art and creative spaces and feature works from 60 artists and designers.
In Search Of Nostalgia at island6 (until May 18, 2014)
Nostalgia is a bittersweet emotion – however the overall effect does make life seem more meaningful. When one speaks contemplatively of the past, they usually become more optimistic and inspired about the future.
G/F, No. 1 New Street, Sheung Wan
La Dolce Vita & Humanity Fabrik Contemporary Art (until May 24, 2014)
Two exhibitions by Italian artist Athos Faccincani and Spaniard Josè Molina will run side by side: “La Dolce Vita” by Athos Faccincani features exuberant landscapes while “Humanity” by Josè Molina comprises fascinating paintings, which he created between 2007 and 2013.
1102 Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong