Know & Tel: Galleries in Hong Kong
Check out these top galleries and exhibitions around town.
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Established in 2001, this gallery focuses on established and emerging artists from around the world. It not only holds exhibitions of paintings, photographs, installations and videos, but also performances by renowned artists. Next up is Chinese artist Huang Rui, who will be presenting his paintings created when he spent time in Japan in the 80s, from Mar 21 to Apr 30.
10 Chancery Lane, Central, 2810-0065, 10chancerylanegallery.com
Open since 2010, Above Second adds a slice of urban attitude to the city’s vibrant art scene by showing work from art schools or the streets. With a non-stop lineup of international artists in residencies, you’ll see everything from graffiti to graphic design, pop culture to street art. Check out “Lies and Light,” a solo exhibition by Spanish artist Javier Martin from Mar 25 to Apr 2.
9 First St., Sai Ying Pun, 3483-7950, above-second.com
AO Vertical Art Space
Launched in 2012, AO Vertical Art Space is the city’s first vertical flow gallery, which exhibits works in a spiraling stairwell from the third to 13th floors. The gallery mainly showcases photography works, such as by renowned Hong Kong streetscape photographer Ho Fan. Currently available is “Fortune,” an exhibition showing textured mural artworks by local artist Cheung Yee.
3-13/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip St., Chai Wan, 2976-0913, aovertical.com
Contemporary by Angela Li
Perhaps best known for introducing Chinese artists Chen Jiagang and Liao Yibai to the art world, CBAL boasts a lovely space and carefully curated exhibitions.
248 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 3571-8200, cbal.com.hk
De Sarthe Gallery
First established in Paris in 1977, De Sarthe Gallery was relocated to Hong Kong in 2010 to discover talents in Chinese and international contemporary art. While representing artists worldwide and without focusing on their origin, the gallery now represents a new generation of Chinese contemporary artists, including Zhou Wendou, who is presenting “ADHD,” his first solo show in Hong Kong from Mar 22 to Apr 23.
8/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House St., Central, 2167-8896, desarthe.com
Standing for Exhibition Centre, EC Gallery commits itself to showing emerging young talents in Hong Kong and China. If you’ve ever wanted to see quirky, conceptual pieces, new media art, or fresh new approaches to traditional mediums such as Chinese ink, this is the place.
72A Hollywood Rd., Central, 2519-6178, galleryec.com
Edouard Malingue Gallery
French art dealer Edouard Malingue’s gallery opened in 2010 with an exhibition of Picasso’s works. Flash forward six years, it has moved to a larger and brighter space on Des Voeux Road Central. EM mainly shows a wide range of international contemporary art, but also represents several Hong Kong-based artists such as Ko Sin-tung and João Vasco Paiva.
6/F, 33 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2810-0317, edouardmalingue.com
Galerie du Monde
Galerie du Monde is one of the oldest galleries in Hong Kong, established in 1974. It specializes in modern and contemporary works by Chinese artists. The gallery is also a champion of up-and-coming talents, known for innovative exhibits that cross mediums: from sculpture to photography, paper media to canvas. Currently it’s hosting “A Path to Life,” a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Li Yonggeng until Apr 19.
Room 108, 1/F, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell St., Central, 2525-0529, galeriedumonde.com
Open since 2012, the Hong Kong branch of French gallery Galerie Perrotin has been working with young artists like street artist JR and graffiti artist KAWS, as well as big names like fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Coming up, the gallery will be presenting modernistic works by South Korean painter Park Seo-bo from Mar 21 to Apr 30.
17/F, 50 Connaught Rd. Central, 3758-2180, perrotin.com
Established in 2008 and representing contemporary works from international and local figures, Gallery Exit acts as a platform that seeks to foster artists’ growth over the long term. Represented artists include immersive installation creator Nadim Abbas, photographer Chen Wei, and more.
3/F, Blue Box Factory Building, 25 Hing Wo St., Aberdeen, 2541-1299, galleryexit.com
Hanart TZ Gallery
One of the oldest galleries in Hong Kong, Hanart TZ celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014 with a string of exhibitions by leading contemporary Chinese artists. As specialists in the genre, Hanart has exhibited works in oil, ink, print, sculpture, photography and video by internationally recognized mainland, Taiwanese and Hong Kong artists. Catch the “Kung Fu in Africa: Golden Age Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana” exhibition from now till Apr 16.
Room 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2526-9019, hanart.com
Karin Weber Gallery
The gallery organizes exhibitions of established and rising international artists. In its beginnings, KW gave regular spotlight to artists from Burma, but recently the gallery’s repertoire ranges from local to East Asian artists. It carries a comprehensive selection of works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, gouache, ink on paper and mixed media. Their upcoming exhibition, “Fay Ku: Arcadia,” opens on Mar 16 through Apr 21.
20 Aberdeen St., Central, 2544-5004, karinwebergallery.com
Founded in 2012 by curator Amandine Hervey, Mur Nomade is a curatorial office and gallery based in Aberdeen. The gallery holds regular exhibitions mainly showing work from local contemporary artists, as well as many site-specific shows all across Hong Kong. Regular exhibitors include Claire Lee and Sarah Lai Cheuk-wah. Currently presenting glass and installation works by emerging local artist Jovial Yeung through Apr 2.
Room 1606, 16/F, Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Rd., Aberdeen, murnomade.com
With three locations across Beijing, Shanghai and in Hong Kong, Osage Gallery is widely recognized as one of the main cultural movers and shakers in the region, in its work promoting art and education across Asia. It regularly hosts exhibitions and pioneering projects that address local issues and helps others appreciate and build relationships between different cultures. From now until Mar 29, the gallery is presenting works by Filipino artist Roberto Chabet.
4/F, Union Hing Yip Factory Building, 20 Hing Yip St., Kwun Tong, 2793-4817, osagegallery.com
Puerta Roja was established by art dealer Adriana Alvarez-Nichol to promote Latin American and Spanish art and artists to the Hong Kong audience, representing talent such as digital artist Miguel Chevalier and Argentinian surrealist painter Martha Zuik. Drawings, etchings, glasswork and sculptures are all featured here.
Shop 3, 1/F, SoHo 189 Art Lane, 189 Queen’s Rd. West, Sheung Wan, 2803-0332, puerta-roja.com
Para Site Art Space
Founded in 1996 as the city’s first artist-run art space, Para Site is a cutting-edge visual arts organization that produces, exhibits and communicates high-quality local and international contemporary art. It’s widely considered to show some of the most thought-provoking work in the city, and currently hosts art residency programs for visiting artists and curators to engage with the local and regional art scene. Their upcoming exhibition “Afterwork,” available between Mar 19 and May 29, showcases works by domestic workers in Hong Kong, exploring issues of class, race, labor and migration.
22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Rd., Quarry Bay, 2517-4620, para-site.org.hk
Parkview Art Hong Kong
Located at the former space of renowned local gallery Schoeni Art, Parkview Art Gallery is a new artistic venture of the Parkview Group headed by its chairman, George Wong. A staunch supporter of Chinese art, the gallery presents premium exhibitions of group and individual artists who make regular appearances in international art fairs, and particularly showcases modern European art and works by regional greats.
Shop 6, UG/F, Sunrise House, 27 Old Bailey St., Central, 2413-0068, parkviewarthk.com
Sin Sin Fine Art
One of the longstanding galleries in Hong Kong, Sin Sin is named after founding director Sin Sin Man. The gallery represents and promotes Chinese and Southeast Asian artists and photographers, with a focus on Chinese, Indonesian and Thai art. It has two locations right across the street from each other on Sai Street. Sin Sin will be presenting an exhibition on our relationships with nature and humanity called “day2day” from Mar 24 to May 24.
53-54 Sai St., Sheung Wan, 2858-5072, sinsin.com.hk
The Cat Street Gallery
Showcasing contemporary and modern art in a variety of mediums, Cat Street exhibits emerging and established artists from around the world. Recently the gallery has been focusing on young emerging artists from the city, exhibiting edgy drawings and paintings from artists such as Vanessa Wong and Bosco Law. The gallery will be moving to a new location at 50 Tung Street, fortunately still in Sheung Wan, from April 1 onward.
222 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2291-0006, thecatstreetgallery.com
The Empty Gallery
Founded by art lover and patron Stephen Cheng, the 3,000-square-foot space is located in Aberdeen, and was designed with Zen sensibilities in mind: the whole gallery is decorated a minimalist black color, aimed at hosting various visual arts, music, dance, and performance art by artists from across the globe. Now featured in the all-black interior is “Ancestor Bone Hug,” an exhibition by Indian-American artist Amit Desai.
19/F, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung St., Aberdeen, theemptygallery.com
Since its inception in 1993, White Cube has been exhibiting works of some of the most sought after contemporary artists around the world. The gallery has three branches, two in London and one in Central, Hong Kong. Coming up soon is “I Cried Because I Love You,” contemporary art heavyweight Tracey Emin’s first ever solo exhibition in Greater China.
50 Connaught Rd., Central, 2592-2000
Yallay Gallery opened in early 2013 in Wong Chuk Hang. Where much of the local art scene was fascinated in the mid-noughties on the first generation of contemporary Chinese artists, Yallay’s founder Jean Marc Decrop decided instead to play host to the newer crop of artists from China, and go off the beaten path in search of talent from Indonesia, South Asia and the Middle East. It is one of the first galleries in Asia to showcase Arab, Iranian and Turkish contemporary art, including its current exhibition “Reign of Winter” by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh available until Apr 2.
Unit 3C, Yally Building, 6 Yip Fat St., Wong Chuk Hang, 3575-9417
Initially branching off of design consultancy 2b Square, YY9 Gallery has since moved from its Happy Valley location to Chai Wan, and now to its latest location in Quarry Bay to join with the 2b Square design gallery. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, it continues to shine light on works—particularly on art objects and paintings—by local artists.
Unit 1702, Eastern Harbour Centre, 28 Hoi Chak St., Quarry Bay, 2574-3730, 2bsquare.com
Zee Stone Gallery
Zee Stone, established in 1991, exhibits a wide range of contemporary artists from mainland China, using both ink and color on paper and oil on canvas. The gallery’s exhibitions reflect the rich diversity of contemporary Chinese art, including abstract landscapes, realistic portraits, paintings on rice paper by traditionally trained Chinese masters and new work by a younger generation in acrylic and mixed media.
302, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2810-5895, zeestone.com