March is Arts Month in Hong Kong — the best time to witness the city’s take on contemporary art. Here are 7 exhibits to see if you’re traveling to Hong Kong this month.
‘AMBIGUOUSLY YOURS: GENDER IN HONG KONG POPULAR CULTURE’ | M+ PAVILION 17 March – 21 May 2017
Venue: West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
M+ will present Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture, an exhibition that examines film, popular music, fashion, photography and print media as a platform for challenging prevailing attitudes to gender. Through over 90 works, ‘Ambiguously Yours’ explores representations of gender ambiguity and androgyny from the 1980s to today from the work of influential artists such as Leslie Cheung, Denise Ho and Anthony Wong to propose a dynamic dialogue between popular media and the fields of art, design, and moving image.
DUDDELL’S X BIENNALE OF SYDNEY: ABSTRACTION OF THE WORLD | DUDDELL’S 20 March – 10 July 2017
Venue: Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
Duddell’s will collaborate with the Biennale of Sydney to present an exhibition curated by Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney 2018. Duddell’s x Biennale of Sydney will showcase works by three contemporary artists from the Asia Pacific region – Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), George Tjungurrayi (Australia), and Haegue Yang (South Korea) – connecting the visitors with cosmic space and natural phenomena in the world through a selection of abstract works. The exhibition follows a series of Duddell’s co-presented arts programmes, with institutions including Beijing’s UCCA (2014), London’s ICA (2015) and the Dallas Museum of Art (2016).
FIFTH MOON | GALERIE DU MONDE
16 March – 23 April 2017
Venue: 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
In tandem with an art historical presentation of early works by the Fifth Moon Group at Art Basel, Galerie du Monde will host an ambitious exhibition focusing on the Fifth Moon Group inside the gallery space in Central Hong Kong. Illustrating the development of the movement through works from the 70s onwards, the exhibition will feature celebrated Fifth Moon artists including Fong Chung-Ray (b. 1933, Henan, China), Hu Chi-Chung (b. 1927 – 2012, Zhejiang, China), Liu Kuo-Sung (b.1932, Anhui, China) and Chen Ting-Shih (b. 1913 – 2002, Fujian, China).
REUNIONS: A COLLECTOR’S JOURNEY | LIANG YI MUSEUM
21 March 2017 – February 2018
Venue: 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Inspired by the three movements of Beethoven’s Les Adieux, or Piano Sonata No. 26, Das Lebewohl (The Farewell), Abwesenheit (The Absence) and Das Wiedersehen (The Return), Liang Yi Museum’s March 2017 exhibition explores the relevance of themes of loss, absence and return to building a collection. Housed in Hong Kong’s largest private museum and focusing on nearly 110 highlight pieces of Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, Reunions examines the collection from a personal perspective, shedding light on the arduous, time-consuming journeys of objects across continents and over hundreds of years.
A COMMUNION OF BEADS: KIM TSCHANG-YEUL SOLO EXHIBITION | PEARL LAM GALLERIES, PEDDER BUILDING
21 March – 10 May 2017
Venue: 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Pearl Lam Galleries will present its first solo exhibition by post-war Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul (b. 1929, Maengsan, Korea). Kim is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Korea’s modern art history and is renowned for his “waterdrop” paintings. The exhibition will feature pieces from this signature series from the 1970s through to the present, which reflect his personal experiences, such as poverty, love, wars, and pain. Through the continued act of painting water drops, Kim is able to erase traumatic memories of the tragedy of the Korean War (1950–53). The exhibition will be curated by Sunhee Kim, who is the current director of Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum in Jeju, Korea and the former director of the Daegu Art Museum, Korea.
BREAD, CIRCUSES & WIFI | PEARL LAM GALLERIES, SOHO 189
21 March – May 2017
Venue: 1, SOHO 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
‘Bread, Circuses & Wifi’ is a project by artists Thukral & Tagra, which refers to ‘panem et circuses’, a Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as spectacular games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining political power. Applying this logic to critique the new art economy, Thukral and Tagra probe the very authority that curates entertainment in spectacular and repeated regular intervals. The work will explore and propose connections between Bread, Circuses and WiFi.
“Mastering Colour” by Carlos Cruz-Diez | PUERTO ROJA
18 March- 25 May 2017
Venue: 1/F SOHO 189 Art Lane, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong
KongPuerta Roja, the pioneering gallery introducing the best of Latin American art to the region for the past 6 years, will present the first gallery show in Hong Kong by 20th Century master Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Hailed as one of the founders of the Op Art and Kinetic movement, Cruz-Diez’s work has been well appreciated in the Asia Pacific region since the 1980s with significant works exhibited in South Korea and China. The exhibition will run in conjunction with the Hong Kong art week Soho 189 Art Lane Annual event on March 18 until May 25 with a special project of Le French May programme.