Galleries in Hong Kong have been rather slow in showcasing African art, favouring instead artists from around Asia or celebrity artists from Europe and the US. Nonetheless, always forward-looking and on trend, the city has recently welcomed a series of events with African artists. Art Basel Hong Kong, for instance, organised its first panel talk specifically on Africa, “In (and out of) Frame: Africa in Perspective”, in its Salon section this year.

 

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Large international galleries with outposts in Hong Kong led the way earlier this year with White Cube displaying new paintings by Michael Armitage in January and Lehmann Maupin opening a solo show by Wangechi Mutu in May. Both artists were born in Kenya and live abroad, in London and New York respectively.

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This month, Lucie Chang Fine Arts has partnered with Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery to present “Bridges”, a group exhibition celebrating the unique culture and talent of Zimbabwe through the work of three emerging artists, Tafadzwa Gwetai, Anthony Bumhira and Franklyn Dzingai.