With summer already at our doorstep, you could be forgiven for wanting to stay indoors with the air conditioning on full blast. Hong Kong still has a lot to offer during the summer months, if you can bear to be outside for longer than a few minutes. Visiting an art exhibition is a great idea, as you can languish inside as long as necessary whilst indulging in some culture. Here’s a list of some of the best exhibitions running in Hong Kong at the moment.
Based entirely on his love of Los Angeles, Alex Israel’s first exhibition in Hong Kong evokes the colorful and playful elements of a Californian summer. He often reproduces Hollywood imagery, celebrity culture and surfing in his artwork. This show in Hong Kong features a series of painting of waves and is housed in the Gagosian in Central, running until August.
Invoking the history of Southeast Asia, this collection aims to provide a retrospective glimpse at the history of the many nations that comprise the south east of Asia. The exhibition has plenty of architectural models, artworks, documents, and video, providing a detailed insight into the one of the most vibrant and interesting zones on Earth. The exhibition is in the M+ Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District and it runs until September.
The famous painter and printmaker has collated over 50 works in this enormous exhibition, which features some of his most important works as well as drawings showcasing the artistic process from start to finish. Interestingly, the exhibition details his time spent working on figurative work, displaying his break from the abstract expressionist movement. The exhibition runs until the end of July and is housed at Hauser and Wirth in Central.
The name might be unfamiliar but his work won’t be. Remember that photograph of Beyoncé in a garden, surrounded by flowers, and heavily pregnant with twins? This is the photographer. Apart from the now record-breaking photo, his work focuses upon neon lights, inspired by Hong Kong’s streets and skyline. The exhibition runs until July and is housed at Ben Brown Fine Arts in Central.
This exhibition features work from some of Hong Kong’s hottest up and coming artists. The exhibition is curated by Emily Ip and the group show features a mix of painting, photography, installations and video art. For those who are interested in Hong Kong’s freshest art scene, this show is a must. Housed at Ping Pong Gintonería in Sai Ying Pun, this one isn’t to be missed.
Billy Apple, hailing originally from New Zealand, was an influential player in the London Pop Art scene, working alongside David Hockney. After moving to New York, he collaborated with Andy Warhol on ‘The American Supermarket’. This retrospective features work from across six decades of his career, including paintings produced this year. The exhibition runs until the end of July and is housed in Yally Industrial Building in Wong Chuk Hang.