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
A Night of Nature, Art & Wine
Sotheby’s & The Nature Conservancy
6.30 – 7.30 pm
+852 2803 0332
5/F Pacific Place One, 88 Queen’s way
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
Para Site Opening An Opera For Animals
Curated by Cosmin Costinas and Claire Shea
7 – 9 pm
22/F, 6/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
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.
A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun and Yukaloo by James Turrell
From 6 pm, tour: 6.45 pm
Music Performance by Miss Violet Ng Hoi Yan: 7.30 pm
limited first-come-first-served basis
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
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
Juan Ford BLANK
Galerie du Monde
108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central
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.
F11 Foto Museum VIP Guided Tour
Access with Art Basel Private View VIP card
11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley
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
5 – 7 pm
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
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
A little “Whisky and Words” after gallery hopping
Whisky and Words
G/F, 7 Shin Hing Street, Central
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
Art Central | Puerta Roja Booth C01
VIP Private Preview: 2 – 5 pm
First Night: 5 – 9 pm
9 Lung Wo Road, Central Harbour Front
Art Central promises to be the best so far. Presenting both blue-chip artists as well as emerging talent, the fair provides a broader spectrum of works in a more intimate environment. Don’t miss the great masters’ works presented by Hyundai (Korea) and Galeria Cayon (Madrid), paintings by Wu Kuan Te at Art Porters (Singapore) and intriguing photography by Cecilia Avendano at Isabel Croxatto’s (Chile). Also, Anila Quayyum Agha magical works at Sundaram Tagore (Hong Kong) and the playful but deep works by Li Hongbo at Angela Li’s (Hong Kong). Plan to have lunch at Art Central which offers much better food choices and atmosphere than the convention centre. Have a glass of champagne and some food at the outdoor terrace. The newest street food selection includes one of my favourite Sheung Wan eateries Mean Noodles.
Art in Resonance | The Peninsula Hotels Reception
7 pm – onwards
Access with Art Basel VIP card
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
The grand celebration to launch ‘Art in Resonance’, a new multi-year contemporary art program across The Peninsula Hotels worldwide.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
M+ | VIP Breakfast and Tour
Guided VIP tour of Noguchi for Danh Vō: Counterpoint
10 – 11.30 am
Access with Art Basel VIP card, M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District.
(Free shuttle service between Wan Chai and West Kowloon Cultural District)
Yes… M+ opening is still one year away… and most Hong Kongers would have seen the exhibition… but the show is much more appreciated with a guided tour. For those coming from abroad, this is an opportunity to have an early taste of the exhibitions to come in this long awaited museum.
Art Basel Private View (By invitation only):
Wednesday, March 27 | 2 – 8 pm
For more information on opening hours click here
Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
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.
5th Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration
6 – 9 pm
Guest curator: Ling Min
Collectors: Guan Yi, Lu Xun, Zheng Hao, Fei Dawei, Gao Minglu
4-5/F, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre
2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Born in 1977, the Hong Kong Arts Centre was founded as the first non-government institution to support the arts. They keep up with the changing pace of Hong Kong’s art scene with the fifth edition of the ‘Collector’s Contemporary Collaboration’ series. Exhibtions provide an opportunity for the public to view private collections, on this ocassion focusing on private collections in China.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
In pieces and parts by Heidi Voet Performance
Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT)
Shuttle buses provided from Art Basel to Chat at 10:30 am and other several times. Detailed info at Art Basel VIP desk.
CHAT is the newest arrival to the Hong Kong art scene. With its grand opening on the 16th of March after years of planning and restoration, they aim to make their mark during the week with In Pieces and Parts, a performance conceived by the Taipei-based Belgian artist Heidi Voet. 70 performers across gender, race, physique and sexuality will present Voet’s costumes, which are reproduced from the artist’s entire wardrobe. It’s a bit out of the way but worth it if you want to see something new!
Talk and Breakfast
10 Chancery Lane
Access with Art Basel Private View VIP card
+852 2573 1869
Level 13, China Club, 1A Des Voeux Road, Central
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
Art Asia Pacific at 25
Panelists: Chang Tsong Zung, Dr. Claire Roberts, Uli Sigg, Karen Smith
Moderator: Antony Dapiran
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Auditorium L1, Room N101B, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
For those that have not yet heard Uli Sigg talk, this is an absolute must. The panel tackles a pragmatic theme: before China became the commercial juggernaut of today, what was it like to buy, sell, and export the latest contemporary art in mainland China during the 1990s?
BMW Art Journey | Cocktail reception
8.30 pm – Midnight
By invitation / Art Basel VIP card. Register at click here
The Chinese Library, 1/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central
Finish your day by discovering the magic of Tai Kwun by night! BMW and Art Basel are hosting a cocktail reception celebrating their global joint art initiative. The new shortlist of artists will be selected as well as showing a glimpse in Zac Langdon-Pole’s project Sutures of the Sky, with a special performance by DJ Cassy presented by Perlon Records.
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Sovereign Art Foundation Pig Parade Unveiling and Children’s Workshops
Art Central Booth D24
26.03 – 31.03
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.
South Island Art Day
South Island Cultural District
10 am – 2 pm
Several locations. Click here
for map for venue listing and exhibition details. Look for the pink triangle.
Explore galleries and artists studios across the South Island Cultural District. Don’t miss the work by one of my favorite Korean artists and Asia Society Asian Art Awards Honoree Kimsooja at Infinitive Mutability at Axel-vervoordt, an impressive show by Rossi and Rossi Oltre la Pittura including works by Enrico Castellani and Lucio Fontana and an artist tour at 11 am ofSaan Dung Gei by Lam Tung Pang at Blindspot.
Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Night
(the non-vip-open-for-all coolest party)
7 – 10 pm
Capacity limited. First come first served.
Tai Kwun, Prison Yard, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
The best addition to Hong Kong heritage and art scene for years you must visit Tai Kwun during the week. Contemporary Artists’ Night celebrates the two current art exhibitionsPerforming Society: The Violence of Gender and Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close. In addition to the exhibitions, the evening will present special music performances by David Boring, Kritbangkok & Yen Tech, and Fotanlaiki & Boys’ Choir along with new art installations by Hong Kong artists Angela Su and Leelee Chan.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
9 am – 12 pm
Across Town. Several locations. Click here for a map of participating galleries and look for the pink sun
Puerta Roja presents Visions in Motion.
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