Hong Kong Art Week is only ten days away and will be the busiest and greatest yet. With so many fabulous art events in town, it can be overwhelming to choose where to go. Here is my personal day-by-day guide to some of the events you should not miss. And before the week starts, do watch ‘Velvet Buzzsaw” in Netflix for a macabre and comedic view of the art world that will get you in the mood.
Enjoy the week of art!
*Please note that many of these events may require RSVP and an Art Basel/Art Central VIP card. Click on the image for further information.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
Kick off the art week early! The Nature Conservancy organizes a preview reception for their fundraising Gala Dinner featuring artworks including two of my favorite Asian artists Lee Bae and Yang Yongliang as well as Puerta Roja’s Fernando Prats. Prat’s Affatus 1 at auction is the first time the artist created one of his Bird Paitings in front of an Audience at Asia Society Hong Kong Center. To view Sotheby’s auction e-catalogue click here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
The exhibition understands opera and related issues such as “staging” and “operatic environment” broadly, as terms describing the synthetic landscapes imagined and generated in our world today. Equally, the animal spirit connects the still very present ancient beliefs with a highly futuristic fear of new forms of irrationality and intelligence colonising our future.
Yukaloo by James Turrell marks the artist’s first installation at an institution in Hong Kong. Associated with the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, Turrell has dedicated his practice to what he has deemed perceptual art, investigating the materiality of light and the sensorial experience of space, colour, and perception.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
I met Juan Ford, an Australian/Spanish artist in Taipei a few years ago and have been following his work since. Galerie du Monde presents a solo exhibition showcasing his hyper-realist paintings exploring the elements of nature and science. Don’t miss the artists mesmerizing works.
Founded by Douglas So, F11 is one of Hong Kong’s few and newest private museums. If you haven’t visited yet, this is a good opportunity to discover this historic Art Deco building from the 1930’s. F11 organises a guided tour of ‘Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn’.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Duddell’s Opening of Elightening Times
Li Shurui and Wang Guangle
Continuing their trend to invite private collectors to share their art, Duddell’s presents two artists’ journeys into the changing states of light and colour. The works are from the collection of John Dodelande, one of the most important collectors and defenders of young Chinese art.
ART FAIR WEEK
Art Gallery Night by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
6 – 8 pm
Across Town. Click here for a map of participating galleries and look for the pink moon.
Puerta Roja participates with Visions in Motion exploring the concept of movement through abstraction.
One of the highlights of Hong Kong relative to other Art Basel locations it’s the myriad of wonderful galleries in the city. See the artist’s work in curated exhibitions before the fairs begin. My tip: escape the crowds going to Pedder Building and HQueen’s which you can visit at a quieter time later in the week and discover wonderful galleries in Soho and Sheung Wan.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
If you are looking for a cozy and intimate speakeasy after you gallery hoop in Central and Soho, you’ll love one of my friend’s whisky bar on the stairs walking up to Hollywood road, next to PMQ. They are offering all Art Basel and Art Central VIPs a complimentary cocktail on Art Night and 15% off throughout the fair.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
M+ | VIP Breakfast and Tour
Art Basel Private View (By invitation only):
For more information on opening hours click here.
Beyond the big global power houses, there are galleries that I believe have consistently brought outstanding booths year on year: Silverlens (Philippines), Kukje (Korea), Nara Roesler (Brazil) and 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong). Looking forward to see if OMR (Mexico) tops their outstanding creative booth from last year.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Talk and Breakfast
Yes…. I do pick these two artists every year as I truly love their work. This year is even more special as it is the 40th anniversary of the Stars Group exhibition. Huang Rui and Wang Keping, founders of the Chinese avant-garde movement from the 60’s, are joined in this talk by Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist, Liu Heung Shing.
Early Days: The Chinese Art Market in the 1990s
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Sovereign Art Foundation Pig Parade Unveiling and Children’s Workshops
Art Central is known for giving families and children a very warm welcome! Throughout the fair children’s workshop will be taking place at the Sovereign Art Foundation booth. The Pig Parade public art project will also be unveiled presenting pigs made by artists such as Miao Xiao Chun, Stanley Wong and Frog King… and yes! the Puerta Roja team will also be doing one! This will be followed by the exhibitions at Henderson’s properties at several other high-profile locations. The pigs are for sale with proceeds supporting the charities activities.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Even if Friday was a long night, it is worth getting up early on Saturday. Escape the weekend crowds at the art fairs and continue discovering those galleries you didn’t have time to see during Art Night on Monday. Many Hong Kong galleries will showcase beautiful exhibitions that will give you a deeper insight into the works you saw at the fair.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Asia Society Hong Kong Art Center
6 – 10 pm
Tickets available here.
Address: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
IT’S A WRAP!!!!! If you still have some energy left, Asia Society’s yearly party with live music, free flow drinks and and a nostalgic theme: “Hong Kong in the 1960s” is the perfect way to finish your week.