Art in March

The art world focuses on Hong Kong in March with three exhibitions bringing thousands of art pieces from emerging and established artists mainly from across Asia.

One man’s art though is another’s trash and you’ll wonder exactly what the attraction of some pieces are – but there’s enough variety that you’ll probably find a few things to discus and enjoy.

Art Central
A contemporary art fair at the Central Harbourfront from 20-25 March 2017 with exhibitors showcasing new talent alongside some of the most established galleries from across Asia and the globe.

Art Central
Date: 20-25 March, 2017
Venue: Central Habourfront
Tickets: $500, $230 from HKTicketing
More info:
20 March: 5-9pm
21 & 22 March: Noon–5pm
23 March: Noon–9pm
24 March: Noon-7pm
25 March: 11am-7pm

Art Basel
Many of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries will exhibit paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists.

Art Basel
Date: 22–25 March 2017
Venue: HK Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $850, $650, $450, $350, $250 from HKTicketing
More info:
22 March: 5-9pm
23 March: 1-8pm
24 March: 1–9pm
25 March: 11am–6pm

Asia Contemporary Art Show
Artworks from Asia and the world at the 10th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, March 17-20 at the Conrad Hong Kong. Browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography by artists from around the world.

Asia Contemporary Art Show
Date: 17-20 March, 2017
Venue: 40/F-43/F, Conrad Hong Kong
Tickets: $220
More info:
18 March: Noon–9pm (5- 9pm Friday ART Night)
19 March: Noon–8pm
20 March: Noon–6pm

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Belgium Week Brings Vibrant Culture to Hong Kong

belgium-hkAn eclectic introduction to modern Belgium culture is perhaps the best description for Belgium Week which runs from the 12-19 November and showcases a diverse range of artists including Filip Jordens, Jacques Brel, Peter Lenaerts, DJ Maxime Firket, Yves Ullens de Schooten, Harold Ancart, Sophie Whettnall, Belgian comics and gastronomy.

The weeks events launch with DJ Maxime Firket at Kee Club on the 12 November. On Sunday one of the more interesting performances is Filip Jordens Homage a Brel where he performs a repetoire of the legendary singer-songwriter and actor Jacques Brel songs at Ping Pong Gintonería in Sai Ying Pun, tickets are $500.

The most unusual event is sound artist Peter Lenaerts MicroSleepDub ‘residency’ at Wing in Chai Wan from the 17-27 November. MicroSleepDub is about micro sound, architecture and urbanism. It’s a durational performance built around a sound composition for dub plates where Lenaerts listens and looks for sounds that are too quiet, too vague, or too low to be heard normally. Using a microphone as a microscope, he zooms in and amplifies these neglected, underexposed and discarded sounds. MicroSleepDub is an all night performance, where listening and sleeping are both encouraged. Entry is free, but registration is required.

andy-wauman-gutterdust-8-580x433A series of art exhibitions at the Kee Club and Artone will showcase established and new artists from Belgium whose artworks reflect Belgium as a country; rich in culture and artistic expression. Exhibition curator Emilie Rolin Jacquemyns commented that “I wanted to showcase a wide spectrum of artists that could really give a deeper feeling of Belgium. Each time I look at their artwork, there is a part of our culture, history and way of life that I see. Light is at the core of all their work, everything is subtle, minimalist and perfect. To me, there is a calming sense that unite all these pieces, and a sense of brightness, an expression of colour, that brings Belgium closer to home for me here in Hong Kong.”

Artists exhibiting at the KEE Club include:
Harold Ancart: born in Brussels but now lives and works in New York, he will be presenting an untitled piece. Using space and repetition for his architectural installations and works on paper, his work is often minimalist with recurring motifs of parrots, the jungle and palm trees.

Ann Veronica Janssens: an artist who uses distribution of light, colour, and reflective surfaces to reveal the instability of perception of time and space. She will showcase her art piece named Magic Mirror.

Sophie Whettnall: lives and works in Brussels and focuses on light but also has an eye for its absence, as well as landscape – a frequent theme in her work, uses raw and natural elements to reflect contradictory concepts and perceptions and will be exhibiting Border Lines #26.

Poetic Views
Date: 11am-11pm, 14-18 November, 2016
Venue: KEE Club
Tickets: Free

Photographer Yves Ullens de Schooten who will be showcasing The Theatre of Lights using abstract photography as his medium to express emotion and energy brought by light and colour at ArtOne.

Matières et contrast (Materials and Contrast)
Date: 10am-9pm, 12-19 November, 2016
Venue: Artone
Tickets: Free

In addition to the KEE and ArtOne exhibitions, Michel Mouffe has a solo show at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Andy Wauman, a solo show at Art Statements, Wong Chuk Hang. There is also an exhibition of photography, by Jean-Pierre RuelleHong Kong and Islands at the Lightstage Gallery, Sheung Wan.

For a full program of events see www.belgiumhk.com

Belgium Week
Date: 12-19 November, 2016
Venue: Various
Tickets: See individual events
More info: www.BelgiumHK.com

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Bowie/Collector

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Many people know of David Bowie through his music and films and his influence transcended music to shape the wider culture of our time. As well as being a talented artist, Bowie loved art and in a way that isn’t possible today, courtesy of social media and camera phones, took an active role in the art world both buying art at auction, meeting artists and sitting on the editorial board of renowned art magazine Modern Painters.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” David Bowie – NYTimes 1998 

The breadth and scope of Bowie’s personal art collection was revealed with the release of Sotheby’s online auction catalogue earlier this month. It features over 400 pieces including a ‘spin’ painting that Bowie created in collaboration with Damien Hirst, an altarpiece by Renaissance master Tintoretto, as well as works by 20th Century British Masters such as David Bomberg, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

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A selection of Bowie’s collected artworks are on display in Hong Kong ahead of next months Sotherby’s auction. For further information: www.sothebys.com/BowieCollector

Bowie/Collector – Hong Kong Preview
Date: 10am-6pm, 12-15 October, 2016
Venue: Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery,  5/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty
Tickets: Free

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Bruce Lee… Welcome to Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s favourite son Bruce Lee is welcoming arrivals to our wonderful home town at Chek Lap Kok courtesy of a series of awesome illustrations by Milton Wong.

The eleven 10 foot tall illustrations, set against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, feature Bruce Lee with his nunchaku in the film Game of Death.
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The exhibition, which runs until November, is organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation. All images by Milton Wong

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Annie Leibovitz – Women: New Portraits @ Kennedy Town – 31 May, 2016

Annie Leibovitz in Hong Kong to open her 'WOMEN: New Portraits' global exhibition

Opening this week in Kennedy Town is a ‘pop-up’ exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s photos entitled WOMEN: New Portraits. Leibovitz’s emphasis in the title… Except they’re not really new portraits most have appeared in the media over the last couple of years.

The pop-up exhibition space is the whole floor of an un-renovated industrial building in Kennedy Town, yet the mostly A3 size photos (printed on an office printer) are crammed together in four tight rows. The bottom less than a foot off the floor, making reflective study and appreciation of the photos hard. Far more interesting are the original Women’s photos from 1999 exhibited as a slideshow on three big screens.

Leibovitz’s is in Hong Kong for three days courtesy of the exhibition’s Swiss bank sponsor and in person she’s engaging and has anecdotes about each photo. It was sad though to hear her talk of considering her legacy and how people and history will view her photography as her current reference frame as to which photos she’ll exhibit and who/what she’ll shoot.

As someone who claims each photo tells a story, the tale the exhibition tells is of Leibovitz in need of a pay-cheque. There’s nothing wrong with that, but few of the ‘new’ photos would merit a second look without Leibovitz’s name and the well known status of the subjects. Further exemplified with her newly released photos of the Queen in Vanity Fair. That said the exhibition’s free and the original Women’s series is worth enjoying again.

Annie Leibovitz – WOMEN: New Portraits
Date: 10am-6pm, 3-26 June, 2016
Venue: 3/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town
Tickets: Free

Photography: Jayne Russell

Annie Leibovitz in Hong Kong to open her 'WOMEN: New Portraits' global exhibition

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Art Central Opening Night – 21 March, 2016

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Opening night at Art Central 2016, where big seems to be the ‘in’ theme. Extra large pictures, prints and sculptures/installations en vogue as many artists seem to want to overpower and intimidate by the pure size of their art rather than entrance and stimulate with inspiration.
Click on any photo for the full gallery

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BMW Art Journey 2016 Shortlist Announced

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A joint initiative between Art Basel and BMW, the BMW Art Journey gives an emerging artist the oppourtunity to develop new ideas and give focus and free reign to a journey of creativity. The inaugural winner in 2015 was Samson Young whose project “For Whom The Bell Tolls” explored the sound of a bell through history and location.
The three artist selected for the short list in Hong Kong are:

abigail-reynolds-finAbigail Reynolds: based in Cornwall, United Kingdom, Abigail Reynolds studied English Literature at Oxford University before pursuing Fine Art at Goldsmiths University. Her interest in books prompts her collages, sculptures, films and most recently, printmaking. The ideas driving Reynold’s work are based on reportage photography books, her interest in networks of association and how our sense of time is affected by technology. She has exhibited at art institutions and galleries in London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Eindhoven. In her presentation at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Reynolds incorporates a large-scale sculpture which will print her sourced images onto glass for the first time.

newsha-tavakolian-finNewsha Tavakolian: born in 1981, Newsha is a Tehran based photo-journalist and artist. Early in her career she produced photo documentaries in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan and Yemen and gained international recognition with work published in magazines and newspapers such as Time, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and the New York Times. Tavakolian’s exhibitions include Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, and Otto Gallery, Florence. In her photography installation for Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016 she documents the lives of nine Teheran residents combining wall size scenery with a large video screen and several photographs of varying sizes into an installation drawn from her forthcoming exhibition and book ‘Blank pages of an Iranian photo album’

alvin-zafraAlvin Zafra: born in 1978 in Quezon City, Philippines, Alvin graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in 2000 and won the Dominador Castaneda Award for Visual Essay. He’s exhibited at West Gallery, Quezon City, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. In his exhibition at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Zafra explores two different cities and their architectures. The drawings presented are based on photographs he took in the National Capital Region of the Philippines and in Hanover, Germany.

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Media X Mumm Harbour Party @ Art Central – 21 March, 2016

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Thunder, heavy rain, a soggy outfield… almost forgotten as the champagne flowed, the beats chilled and Tri’s Indonesian street food sustained at the Media X Mumm Harbour Party @ Art Central – 21 March, 2016
Click on any photo to access the full gallery.

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