After months of anticipation, Hong Kong’s art week is finally upon us. Exhibitions have been announced, gallerists are arriving in town from far and wide and artists (and their celebrity fans) have booked out all of the city’s hotel rooms for the next two weeks. All the action will be centred around Art Basel at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre but, in case you want to escape and stretch your legs, we’ve rounded up four of the most exciting exhibitions and events happening elsewhere in the city.
Inside China (March 11-May 3)
K11 Art Foundation and Palais de Tokyo jointly presented this multi-artist exhibition at the Parisian museum last year, and the show is reprised, and then some, at the K11 Art Foundation pop-up space in Cosco Tower. The original show features works by emerging artists both French and Chinese, including Cheng Ran, Edwin Lo and Renaud Jerez, while the Hong Kong edition brings in extra pieces from Mathis Collins and Jonathan Martin.
Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival (March 14-15)
This will be the fourth edition of the annual arts event Chai Wan Mei, which sees artistic and cultural centres in the area open their doors for two days of installations, exhibitions, artist talks, performances, video screenings and all-round creative revelry. This year, French artist Didier Faustino will be performing at Chai Wan Nites party on the 14th, which is locally famous as one of the best nights of the whole art week.
Same Old, Brand New by Cao Fei on the International Commerce Centre (March 13-17)
Renowned Chinese artist Cao Fei has created a brand-new video installation specifically for Hong Kong’s 490-metre-tall International Commerce Centre, which will be played on the building’s façade for five days in March. In her signature playful manner, Fei has incorporated images from video games including Pac-Man and Tetris into the piece, which is guaranteed to entertain Hong Kong’s younger art aficionados. The video will be played at 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:10pm, 9:00pm and 9:50pm on each of the five days. You can catch the show from the Convention Centre or pretty much anywhere else along the Central harbourfront.
Boat by Zhu Jinshi at The Rotunda, Exchange Square (March 9-31)
Pearl Lam Galleries has partnered with Hongkong Land to display the massive installation Boat by Zhu Jinshi, a suspended sculpture made from bamboo, cotton and over 10,000 sheets of rice paper. Boat is 18-metres long and seven-metres high, but its surprisingly delicate structure makes it a thought-provoking piece, especially in this normally corporate setting. This is the first time that a large-scale installation by Zhu Jinshi has been exhibited in Hong Kong.