What used to be Art Week has now turned into more of an Art Month here in Hong Kong with not just Art Basel as the main highlight for many, there are numerous local art fairs and event. Here are some of the many art related things to see and do in Hong Kong this month!
Asia Contemporary Art Show (March 17th - 20th)
ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW
March 17 - 20, 2017
Conrad Hotel, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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Art Central (March 21st -25th)
In its third edition, Art Central, staged on the Hong Kong waterfront, runs from Tuesday, 21 March to Saturday, 25 March 2017 (VIP Preview / First Night Monday, 20 March).
The Fair, featuring more than 100 international galleries across its Central and Rise sectors, will showcase emerging and established artists from Asia and the globe. Seventy-five percent of the participating galleries hail from the Asia-Pacific region, and will exhibit works of exceptional quality and diverse mediums. The content driven Fair programme serves as a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, artistic experimentation and creative discovery. The exciting line-up includes immersive performances, talks, site-specific installations, moving image, VR and digital works, presented in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable art organisations.
FAIR PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:
PERFORMANCE X 4A
Specially selected performances throughout the week of the Fair, presented in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney:
- Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat – The artist will produce interpretative portraits of Fair visitors for two hours each day.
- Anida Yoeu Ali, The Red Chador: Ban Me! – A socially conscious and charged performance taking place amid the Fair crowd, addressing various on-going political debates.
- Amrita Hepi, This ____May Not Protect You But At Times It’s Enough To Know It Exists – A 20-minute, transformative performance emphasising physicality and spatial awareness.
- Enoch Cheng, Fair Gestures – An eight-hour choreography piece inspired by Fair movements.
- Uji Handoko Eko Saputro aka Hahan, Speculative Entertainment No.1 Hong Kong Edition –An interactive auction that invites Fair visitors to join in a direct selling performance.
Six large-scale installations united by their tactile characteristics and use of distinct raw materials, curated by emerging Hong Kong curator Jims Lam Chi Hang:
- Simon Pericich, !!!ALL TOGETHER NOW!!! (2017) (MARS Gallery, Melbourne) - A site-specific installation made from local garbage bags and glitter, a dystopic interpretation of the commercial art landscape.
- Yu Youhan, Mosaic (2017) (Rén Space, Shanghai) - An experimental mosaic installation resulting from a synthesis of the latest technology and traditional paper works, exploring the inherent characteristics of an age-old medium.
- Santi Wangchuan, My local way of life (2016) (Yeo Workshop, Singapore) - A monumental installation composed of rope, thread and fibre, a unique interpretation of Buddhist worship culture of the E-sarn region in Thailand.
- Hannah Quinlivan, Estuary (2017) (.M Contemporary, Sydney) - An installation comprised of anodized aluminium wire and nylon, on which the artist will continue to develop its concept as a performance, capturing ephemeral movements with salt.
- Tang Jie, Stone Story, (2015) (Line Gallery, Beijing) - A mechanical installation using stones and a drum, embodying the artist’s yearning for the natural landscape amidst the hectic metropolis, narrating a story of peace and serenity.
- Glen Hayward, Everyday People (2017) (PAULNACHE, Grisborne) - Questioning the notion of collective versus individual identity through a presentation of scattered nails, cigarettes and snails sculpted from wood.
TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY
A series of discussions on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary practices of contemporary art, presented in partnership with Asia Society Hong Kong Center:
- i) Art and the City: A Conversation between Contemporary Artists from Hong Kong
Panelists: Andio Lai, Adrian Wong and Magdalene Wong. Moderated by Dominique Chan
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Time: 14:00 – 15:00
- ii) Cultural Leadership in the 21stCentury
Panelists: Tim Reeve, Tina Colayco, Maud Page. Moderated by Yifawn Lee
Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017. Time: 14:00 – 15:00
iii) Scatter in Time
Speaker: Rashid Rana. Moderated by Boon Hui Tan
Date: Friday, 24 March 2017. Time: 12:30 – 13:30
- iv) Stillness and Light: In Conversation with Hiroshi Sugimoto
Speaker: Hiroshi Sugimoto. Moderated by Elaine W. Ng
Date: Friday, 24 March 2017. Time: 14:00 – 15:00
- v) TheDimensions of a Needle: A Conversation with Kimsooja
Speaker: Kimsooja. Moderated by Kim Machan
Date: Friday, 24 March 2017. Time: 15:30 – 16:30
- vi) A Journey from East to West: A Retrospective Conversation with Hon Chi Fun
Speaker: Hon Chi Fun. Moderated by Professor Frank Vigneron
Date: Saturday, 25 March 2017. Time: 13:30 – 14:30
vii) Performance Art Central: From Politics to the Poetics
Panelists: Anida Yoeu Ali, Enoch Cheng, Tobias Gutmann, Amrita Hepi, Uji Handoko Eko Saputro aka Hahan. Moderated by Mikala Tai.
Date: Saturday, 25 March2017. Time: 15:00 – 16:00
In addition, there will be partner highlights, F&B outlets and of course lots and lots of galleries with great art!
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Wednesday, 22 March
3:45pm - 5:00pm
the UpperHouse presents : Up Close with Nadja Swarovski / Yana Peel / Simon de Pury
To start off the upcoming array of art events this March, The Upper House will hold a panel discussion welcoming Nadja Swarovski - Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, Yana Peel – CEO of Serpentine Galleries andSimon de Pury - Art Auctioneer, Curator and Chairman of de-pury.com for an inspiring talk of the pivotal role the late Zaha Hadid played in blurring the lines between art and design.
Bar Lounge, Café Gray Deluxe, Level 49
The Upper House
These events have limited availability and are strictly by invitation only (so lucky if you've got an invitation).
Seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
South Island Art Day (March 23rd)
On 23rd March, the South Island Art Day as part of the Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central VIP Program will happen; an exciting event that brings more than 3,000 art lovers to 24 art spaces on Hong Kong’s South Side each year. This time a full Art Talk program will be organized by the Art World Forum. HKWalls will also take place in Wong Chuk Hang and participate in the Art Day. More info here
Harbour Art Fair (March 24th - 26th)
Harbour City on Kowloon side, is the largest shopping complex in Hong Kong. In March, the art month of Hong Kong, Harbour City will present the Harbour Art Fair – a new hotel art fair focusing on contemporary artworks from Korean galleries – at the 5-star Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel from 24 to 26 March 2017. A promising line-up of galleries at the Hotel will be accompanied by art talks and special art exhibitions will take place in the shopping mall from 7 to 28 March 2017 as an extension of the Fair.
Preview: 24th March 12 noon - 8pm
Public days: 25th-26th March 12 noon - 8pm
Venue: 7/F Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Art Basel (March 23rd - 25th)
During Art Basel's show in Hong Kong, local organisationPara Site will be offering daily guided tours for the public. Founded in 1996, Para Site is one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society. The one-hour tours covering both Halls 1 and 3 will be free of charge (Admission ticket is not included) and conducted in Cantonese, English or Mandarin.
March 23 - 25, 2017
Booth P4, Bookstores and Institutions Area on Level 1 Concourse
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Interested parties are encouraged to sign up by email at email@example.com before 5pm, March 20th, or at the Para Site Booth (P4) on Level 1 Concourse.
To help us work on your request efficiently, please let us know your preferences upon registration:
1. Preferred date and time
2. Hall 1 OR Hall 3
3. Language preference
4. Number of people attending
and please leave your contact information with name/company name, mobile number or email address.
For full schedule, see here
More on Art Basel here
In addition, the city is bustling with exhibitions at various different art galleries and centers. Among them notice these ones:
Final Exhibition at ArtisTree
ZAHA HADID: There Should Be No End to Experimentation will run from 17 March - 6 April 2017 at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place.
This is the First Exhibition of Early Paintings and Drawings by the Late Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Featuring Cutting-Edge Tech Offerings with Four Unique Virtual Reality Experiences.
Partnering with London’s Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design, Swire Properties is proud to present this exhibition as the closing programme for ArtisTree, the arts space in the heart of the city’s Taikoo Place before it is relocated to a new address.
Location: ArtisTree, 1F One Island East, Taikoo Place
Dates: 17 March – 6 April 2017
Tickets Admission is free
Hong Kong Art Gallery Night and Art Brunch
Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) is organising an ‘Art Gallery Night’ on 20 March 2017, 6pm-8pm, followed by an ‘Art Brunch’ on 24 March, 9am-12pm, across member galleries.
On Art Gallery Night, participating member galleries of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association shall remain open until 8pm, with galleries organising free special events and exhibitions such as performances or cocktail receptions for the whole community to enjoy. This event provides a great opportunity for local and overseas visitors to the city to mix and mingle with fellow art lovers and enthusiasts.
The events are free and open to the public, no tickets or registration required. Please find the list of participating galleries across the different art districts in Hong Kong below, or click here for a downloadable map.
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Affinity for Art
Alisan Fine Arts (Central)
Art Experience Gallery
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Ben Brown Fine Arts
de Sarthe Gallery
Edouard Malingue Gallery
Galerie du Monde
Hanart TZ Gallery
Karin Weber Gallery
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
Massimo De Carlo
Over The Influence
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pearl Lam Galleries SOHO
Pekin Fine Arts
The Cat Street Gallery
Whitestone Gallery Hollywood
Also have a look at Hong Kong Art Gallery Association's website for other related events of its member galleries.
Also consider these events from Asia Art Archive (AAA)
Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit organisation initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region. With one of the most valuable collections of material on art freely available from its website and onsite library, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programmes.
Asia Art Archive
11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 2844 1112 | Website: http://www.aaa.org.hk
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Modern Asian Art Spring Sales 2017
This spring, Sotheby’s will present a series of significant Modern works by Asian artists from the 19th through 21th centuries including Long Chin-San, Léonard Foujita, Lin Fengmian, Sanyu, Wu Dayu, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun, Wu Guanzhong, Dongfang Group artists, Wang Huaiqing and Xu Jiang, among others. Spanning oil paintings, works on paper, photographs and mixed media, 123 lots will be offered across three auctions, totalling approximately HK$200million / US$26million.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Spring Sales 2017 will take place on 2–3 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 185 lots with a total estimate of approximately HK$70 million / US$8.9 million* will be offered in the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale (2 April) and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Day Sale (3 April).
April 2nd - Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale (Public Exhibition: 31 March – 2 April)
April 3rd - Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Day Sale (Public Exhibition: 31 March – 2 April)
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
Featured Image: Credit Style by Asia, from Asia Contemporary Art Show March 2017 edition, courtesy Gallery Nadie Fine Art from Malaysia. Room 4018 at the Conrad Hotel