7 commercial art galleries in Hong Kong still open
From traditional paintings to fine art photography, Hong Kong has a wealth of art spaces which thankfully are still welcoming visitors in this time of Covid.
With public art spaces temporarily closed, many of us have had to resort to virtual museums and art galleries in place. But I get it, as trendy as it is right now, the Metaverse isn’t for everyone. Luckily in Hong Kong, only government-owned galleries are subject to closure, which means we still have the luxury of visiting commercial art galleries in person. If you’re the type to indulge in the physical presence of great works of art, hurry now – because who knows what rules and regulations the government will put in place next?
Commercial Art Galleries in Hong Kong to Visit
With six locations around the world, White Cube established its second location in Hong Kong in 2012, a testament to the importance of contemporary art to the city. Throughout its 10 years of operation it has represented major UK and international artists such as Gilbert & George, Harland Miller and Antony Gormley.
Until March 26, White Cube presents the work of Welsh conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans, who explores how ideas can be communicated through form. Using installation, sculpture, painting and sound in his exhibition titled “….)(of, a clearing”, Evans plays with themes of doubt and ambiguity to open up new realms of experience.
white cube50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2592 2000
Focused on promoting Chinese and Southeast Asian artists, Tang Contemporary was first established in Bangkok and now has branches in Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul. The art gallery featured works by artists Ai Wei Wei, Huang Yongping, and Shen Yuan.
From March 24 to April 30, the Hong Kong site will feature the works of contemporary Chinese artist Yue Minjun in a solo exhibition entitled “Smile at the Flower Sermon”. Visitors will be able to see Yue’s signature exaggerated smiley faces, which propelled him to superstardom, as well as his new works of painted smiles and flowers.
Note that Tang Contemporary is open by appointment only, and visitors must follow gallery rules upon entering. Visitors must wear masks at all times and are limited to two people per group. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Contemporary Tang10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2682 8289
Contemporary by Angela Li
Founded in 2008, Contemporary by Angela Li is dedicated to promoting contemporary and avant-garde artists in Hong Kong, China and around the world.
At the moment, the gallery is holding a solo exhibition of the works of famous Hong Kong artist, Professor Kurt Chan Yuk Keung. A prominent figure in the local art scene since the 1990s, Chan’s latest work merges Chinese calligraphy with the style of cold abstraction, deconstructing the structure of Chinese characters. The exhibition runs until April 26.
Contemporary by Angela LiG/F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3571 8200
Located in Wong Chuk Hang with a 10,000 square foot space, de Sarthe showcases contemporary Asian art that pushes the boundaries. In addition to renowned artists, the gallery is dedicated to supporting artists from the emerging art scene with its open studio residency deSAR.
From March 26 to May 7, the gallery presents the fifth solo exhibition of contemporary Beijing and New York artist Lin Jingjing. Entitled “Ailleurs”, the exhibition presents Lin’s mixed media work on canvas that challenges the boundaries between reality and unreality.
Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, de Sarthe is open by appointment only. Visitors can contact Zola Shao at [email protected] for more information.
from Sarthe20/F, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8896
For 50 years, Galerie du Monde has specialized in modern and contemporary works by established and emerging Chinese artists. It has exhibited the works of Asia-based designers like Cheung Yee, Chou Lu Yun and Hu Chi Chung in the past.
Until April 2, visitors can see German artist Michael Müller’s three-chapter series of solo exhibitions at the gallery. “Drei biographische Versuche”, which translates to “Three Biographical Attempts”, reveals the artist’s journey of self-discovery, self-formation and acceptance of change over the last three decades of his career.
World Gallery108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 0529
The Paris 1839 Gallery
One of the first art spaces to specialize in photography, La Galerie Paris 1839 covers all aspects of the discipline, from fine art photography to selected press photographs. It has been the crossroads of the Western and local art scene since its inception, when it presented the works of French artist Vincent Fournier in Hong Kong.
Today, the gallery is paying homage to his debut with a solo exhibition of new works by Fournier in “Space Utopia,” which runs through March 26. In this exhibition, the artist and photographer explores the spirit of nostalgia and futurism, transforming his trip to Iceland into an artistic adventure.
The Paris 1839 GalleryG/F, 74 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2540 4777
Rossi & Rossi
With two exhibition spaces in Hong Kong, Rossi & Rossi specializes in classical Himalayan, post-war and contemporary Asian and European art. The gallery was founded in 1985 in London and counts among its clients prominent private collectors and museums from all over the world.
Currently in its Hollywood Road space, Rossi & Rossi presents the works of Kesang Lamdark, born in Dharamsala to Tibetan parents and raised in Switzerland. In his self-titled solo exhibition, Lamdark uses melted plastic, beer cans, light boxes and other non-traditional materials to illustrate his ongoing dialogue with his Tibetan heritage in a multicultural environment. The exhibition runs until April 9.
Rossi & Rossi195 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2730 2877