Art Basel may be the main event, but there’s plenty more for art devotees to see and do in Hong Kong this month, and the months ahead.
M+ Pavillion, West Kowloon Cultural District
From now until April 22
The eighth exhibition at Hong Kong’s museum for 20th- and 21st-century visual culture presents a unique dialogue between noted Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi and Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo. It features a wide range of drawings, objects and sculptures by Noguchi as well as selected pieces produced by Vo in the past eight years.
From now until March 31
Hong Kong’s annual street-art festival welcomes local and international artists to realise their visions on exterior walls just a stone’s throw from Art Basel in the vibrant district of Wan Chai. Besides a front-row seat to live painting, visitors can enjoy pop-up exhibitions, workshops and special events throughout the week.
Centre of Heritage, Arts & Textile
From now until June 30
The inaugural exhibition at the Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT) at The Mills in Tsuen Wan, which celebrates its grand opening on March 16, showcases works and performances by 17 contemporary artists and collectives from Asia. In keeping with the centre’s mission and home at former cotton mills, textiles are woven throughout the works to signify the experiences of textile labourers in the era of globalisation.
Hart Hall, H Queen’s
March 27-April 12
The groundbreaking contemporary-art series — known for establishing a powerful discourse around art, feminism and power — makes its Asia debut, featuring Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer and three more of the seven seminal female artists who participated in the original project in 1983. Also featured are Astrid Klein and Kara Walker, presenting compelling messages about today’s social, political and cultural environments.
The fifth staging of the second major fair of Hong Kong’s so-called Art Week welcomes 32 first-time exhibitors to its ranks of 107 international galleries. With 75 percent hailing from Asia-Pacific, expect a range of high-quality contemporary art from established and emerging artists in the region. Check the website for the full programme of talks, performances, partnerships and curatorial projects.
Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre
From now until April 22
In an effort to understand the phenomenon of contemporary art in mainland China, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and curator Ling Min of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts explore the habits and interests of two distinct groups of Chinese collectors: those who are artists themselves and those with their own art spaces or museums. Featured collectors include Guan Yi and Zheng Hao.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Honouring artists and art professionalsmaking significant contributions to thecontemporary arts in Asia, this gala celebration hosted by the Asia Society is also a chance for major artists, gallerists and collectors from around the world to reunite and reconnect. Past honorees include Zeng Fanzhi, Takashi Murakami and Park Seo-Bo.
Wong Chuk Hang and Tin Wan Districts
The South Island Cultural District welcomes art lovers to its growing gallery hub, with 16 local art spaces throwing open their doors for a variety of special events and exhibitions. Another 10 local and international artists have also contributed outdoor installations, while prestigious speakers will discuss art-related topics during the Art World Forum.
Conrad Hong Kong
March 29-April 1
Now in its 14th year, the longest-running hotel art fair in Asia returns to the Conrad Hong Kong with a wide-ranging array of art and art-related programmes. Highlights include a series of Artist Dialogues that enable artists and art enthusiasts to connect with one another as well as more than 2,000 works by artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, South Korea, the UK and more.