10 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong in July 2021

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Here is a list of the must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong this month. (Courtesy of the artist and Over the Influence. Photo: the artist)
By Zabrina Lo

By Zabrina Lo

July 06, 2021

Hong Kong’s must-see July art exhibitions transcend time boundaries to explore identities and cities of the past, present and future.

Pearl Lam Gallery_Zanele Muholi b.  1972, Bester, New York, 2019, Framed gelatin silver print, Edition 1: 8 (Courtesy of the artist and Muholi Arts Projects (BaMu))
Zanele Muholi b. 1972, Bester, New York, 2019, Framed gelatin silver print, Edition 1: 8 (Courtesy of the artist and Muholi Arts Projects (BaMu))

After her exhibition at Tate Modern in London, South Africa-based visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi presents the exhibition in Hong Kong, where she presents more than 50 autobiographical and very personal portraits. Muholi has celebrated the life of the lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex black communities of South Africa through his work since the early 2000s. In this exhibition, Muholi explores, in his own words, “the journey, the ‘self-image and the possibilities of a black person in today’s global society’ through a series of works she began producing in 2012.

Until August 15th. Pearl Lam Galleries, 6 / F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Learn more at pearllam.com

Greg Bogin, olé, 2021. Acrylic and urethane on canvas.  78.7 x 217.2 cm.  31 x 85 ½ x 2 in.  (Courtesy of the artist and Over the Influence. Photo: the artist)
Greg Bogin, olé, 2021. Acrylic and urethane on canvas. 78.7 x 217.2 cm. 31 x 85 ½ x 2 in. (Courtesy of the artist and Over the Influence. Photo: the artist)

American abstract painter Greg Bogin’s first art exhibition in Hong Kong features works he created especially for the city. Bogin’s style is a combination of minimalism and pop, and he’s known for incorporating cutouts on custom-shaped canvases in gradient shapes of colors. He calls this the “holes in the works, so viewers can see the wall or parts of the perimeter that are missing.” By intentionally creating simple shapes with ambiguous meanings, Bogin plays with the viewer’s desire to add meaning to shapes or symbols.

Until August 12. G / F and 1 / F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central. Learn more at overtheinfluence.com

A silver incense burner (koro) Tsuneaki Japan Meiji period Silver, shakudo and copper (Courtesy of the Liang Yi museum)
A silver incense burner (koro) Tsuneaki Japan Meiji period Silver, shakudo and copper (Courtesy of the Liang Yi museum)

Selected from the permanent collection of Hong Kong’s largest private museum, this new exhibit features 150 sets of historic silverware, including heirlooms, trophies and furniture, produced between the 18th and 20th centuries. It showcases the design and craftsmanship of various brands and types of silver metal, some of which are even gold in color, and explores the lineages of generations of goldsmiths.

From June 16. 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Learn more at liangyimuseum.com

See also: Liang Yi Museum Launches Liang Yi Arts Corridor, New Cultural Solidarity Initiative

2020 06 08 HK 22.303522, 114.180368, Cheung Ho Keung Edward, Pigment and watercolor on wood, 122 x 198 cm, 2021
2020 06 08 HK 22.303522, 114.180368, Cheung Ho Keung Edward, Pigment and watercolor on wood, 122 x 198 cm, 2021

The pandemic has, to some extent, frozen time as activities and events in the city have stalled. This group exhibition, curated by Leung Shiu Kee Eric, presents the works of seven Hong Kong artists who, of varying styles and practices, explore the understanding of time, memories and history. For example, artist Cheung Ho Keung imagines himself in the future as he “looks back” at present-day Hong Kong and paints illusory historical sites.

From July 2 to August 7. G / F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Learn more at cbal.com.hk/art

Gu Mei (Carrie Koo Mei) (b. 1929) Dark landscape, undated Ink and color on paper 75 x 186 cm.  (Courtesy of the MK Lau Collection)
Gu Mei (Carrie Koo Mei) (b. 1929) Dark landscape, undated Ink and color on paper 75 x 186 cm. (Courtesy of the MK Lau Collection)

The MK Lau Collection, owned by magnate Victor Lo, is one of Asia’s most comprehensive private collections of 19th and 20th century Chinese brush and ink paintings and calligraphy, as well as oil paintings. contemporary ink. Co-curated by art historian Catherine Maudsley, this exhibition features 36 works from the MK Lau Collection by 13 Hong Kong ink artists, including pioneer painter Lui Shou-kwan.

Until September 27. 1 Duddell Street, Central. Learn more at duddells.co

Flood (2018) by Christy Chow, (Courtesy the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts)
Flood (2018) by Christy Chow, (Courtesy the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts)

The use of pronouns is currently a topic of discussion around the world, with the Oxford English Dictionary now listing the pronoun “ze” as a gender-neutral alternative to “he” or “she”. Ze / Ro at Ben Brown Fine Arts, an exhibition curated by Hong Kong-based curator Shirky Chan and featuring five local female artists, references this pronoun and explores the female body, gender identity and belonging. . Among the works on display are paintings, embroidery, sculptures and video installations.

Until August 26. 202, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. Learn more at benbrownfinearts.com

See Also: 10 Places In Hong Kong To Learn About Local Heritage And Culture

Valentina Liernur: Juro Que (Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery)
Valentina Liernur: Juro Que (Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery)

Argentinian artist Valentina Liernur explores how materials can be used to achieve new effects in paintings. She often works in denim and gabardine and oscillates between abstraction and figuration to play with the striking quality of oil painting on unconventional canvases. This exhibition is his first exhibition with the gallery and his first presentation in Asia. He presents a new series in which she represents female figures in banal and everyday situations.

Until August 7. 304, 3 / F, The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Learn more at simonleegallery.com

Ping Kee Copperware in collaboration with Dimple Yuen and Ivan Chang, Alembic Copper Still, 2020 (Photo: courtesy Crafts on Peel)
Ping Kee Copperware in collaboration with Dimple Yuen and Ivan Chang, Alembic Copper Still, 2020 (Photo: courtesy Crafts on Peel)

This art exhibition – by Hong Kong’s only gallery dedicated to Asian crafts – focuses on metal. Contemporary artists and traditional artisans from Hong Kong and Japan have worked with metals such as copper, brass, silver, and galvanized iron to create pieces that combine traditional craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics. On display are perfume burners, doorknobs, sake cups, copper stills and musical instruments, as well as a selection of tools that artisans used to make the pieces.

Until July 24. 11, rue Peel, rue Peel, center. Learn more at craftsonpeel.com

See also: 5 artists who were inspired by Hong Kong

Lisa Yuskavage Big Marie, 1993 Oil on linen canvas 162.6 x 127 cm © Lisa Yuskavage (Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner)
Lisa Yuskavage Big Marie, 1993 Oil on linen canvas 162.6 x 127 cm © Lisa Yuskavage (Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner)

This exhibition brings together Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Raymond Pettibon, Jason Rhoades, Diana Thater, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Lisa Yuskavage, all from or based in the United States and who rocked the art scene in New York and Los Angeles in the 1990s and years. 2000. By incorporating unconventional subjects into their video installations, paintings and sculptures, they all address social concerns such as consumerism, gender, sexuality, identity and the destruction of the natural world.

Until July 31. 5-6 / F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Learn more at davidzwirner.com.hk

René Magritte (1898-1967) (Courtesy: © Center Pompidou, Mnam / Cci / Philippe Migeat / Dist. RMN-GP Copyright Artwork: © Adagp, Paris)
René Magritte (1898-1967) (Courtesy: © Center Pompidou, Mnam / Cci / Philippe Migeat / Dist. RMN-GP Copyright Artwork: © Adagp, Paris)

Over 100 pieces by surrealist masters such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Joan Miró and Man Ray were brought to Hong Kong from the Center Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition is part of the Le French May arts festival and was organized by Didier Ottinger, deputy director of the Center Pompidou. It explores how surrealist artists sought to delve into the subconscious and how various cultural and social movements influenced the movement.

Until September 15th. 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Learn more at hk.art.museum



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