Must-See Art Guide: Hong Kong

This week's guide includes Alex Prager, Shi Qing, Yoshitomo Nara, and more.

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Installation view. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.
Installation view. Courtesy of White Cube.
Leung Chi Wo and Sara Wong, Nun With Hands Behind Her Back (2014). Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery.
Simon Birch, The Sky Was Aquamarine, Stroked with Clouds. She Could Smell the Grass and Taste the Scent of Small, Crushed Flowers (2015). Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts.
Alex Prager, Untitled (2014). Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.
He Chongyue, The Exempted #32 (2014). Courtesy of Contemporary By Angela Li.
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (2012)
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.
Gregor Hildebrandt, Coming by Hazard (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin.
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nastri Segnaletic (2008–2011). Courtesy of Simon Lee.
Qin Tufen, Diffuse 1. Courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries.
Dinh Q. Lê, We Were Once Warriors Fusion Maia – Da Nang. Courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.
Yoshitomo Nara, Cosmic Eyes (2007). Courtesy of Pace Gallery Hong Kong.

Going to Hong Kong next week? You’re in luck. The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival is here. Coinciding with newbie Art Basel Hong Kong, now in its third year, this is the place to be. As you use public transportation to get around from event to event, take a moment to appreciate the installation by the K11 Art Foundation, which is partnering with Andrea Rosen Gallery to present Felix González-Torres’s billboard Untitled (1995) in tram shelters and transportation hubs, as well as in the K11 Art Mall throughout the entire city. This is a historically significant moment for the artist as his work is being shown for the first time in Hong Kong.

Another significant event is for self-taught artist Alex Prager, who is holding her debut exhibition in the city at Lehmann Maupin. Her first show this year, showcasing five new, large-scale photographs, is not one to miss. However, if you can’t wait until next week, head over to White Cube to see the galley’s first foray into Chinese art, with an exhibition featuring two mainland Chinese artists Shi Qing and Jiang Zhi, ending this Saturday. This is a chance to see two artists from similar backgrounds with very different styles.

If you’re not arriving in the city until the fair opens, there are plenty of gallery openings that are taking place next week. From Alex Prager at Lehman Maupin and Yoshitomo Nara’s second show at Pace Gallery to Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto at Simon Lee Gallery, there’s plenty to see and do in this populous city.

Whether you live here or are just visiting for the month-long festival, be sure to make time to see these exciting shows.


Exhibition:  “Horizon

When: January 15–March 7, 2015

Where: Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: Shi Qing: Unsettled” and “Jiang Zhi: The Sight”

When: February 4–March 7, 2015

Where: White Cube, 50 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: Museum of the Lost

When: March 7–May 2, 2015

Where: Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong


Exhibition: SIMON BIRCH: The Inevitable

When: March 12–April 29, 2015

Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts, 301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central Hong Kong


Exhibition:  “Alex Prager

When: March 12–May 16, 2015 (Opening Reception: March 12, 2015)

Where: Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: “Rudolf Stingel”

When: March 12–May 9, 2015

Where: Gagosian Gallery, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong



When: March 12–April 25, 2015

Where: Galerie Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong


Exhibition: Michelangelo Pistoletto: Partitura in nero

When: March 13–April 25, 2015 (Opening Reception: March 12, 2015)

Where: Simon Lee, 12 Pedder Street, 304, 3/F The Pedder Building, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: Perfection by Chance – A Yi Pai Exhibition

When: March 13–May 10, 2015 (Opening Reception: March 12, 2015)

Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 12 Pedder Street Central, 6/F, Pedder Building, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: Black and White Cats” and “TROPICANA MIGRATION

When: March 13–April 25, 2015 and March 12–April 18, 2015

Where: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong


Exhibition: stars

When: March 13–April 25, 2015 (Opening Reception: March 12, 2015)

Where: Pace Gallery Hong Kong, 15C Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong

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