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Hong Kong: The Magical City of Art

Each city has a unique art scene, and no one will deny the importance and uniqueness of Hong Kong's presence in the global art world. Ever since the establishment of Art Basel Hong Kong, the city has become the must-go place for art appreciators not only during the art fair season in March but also anytime if they want to see art. From the lively night market, where you can encounter and enjoy exotic foods, to the world-class art galleries and institutions, where you can appreciate global art, these cultural content will satisfy your sensory system.

Hong Kong Tramway (HKT)

For not boasting a large geographic area, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated cities. As such, the city has long held a strong emphasis on providing residents with efficient means of public transportation. The Tramway, the city’s most efficient and fully-electric public transportation system, has been continually evolving to satisfy the demands of a growing population ever since it opened to public in 1904 under British rule. Since its inauguration, the Tramway has continued to grab tourist’s attention with its exotic appearance and is widely recognized as one the most iconic symbols of Hong Kong today. Featuring the world’s largest operational double-decker tram fleet, the Hong Kong Tramway is ready to take you on all of your art adventures throughout the city!

First Galleries in Hong Kong

Galerie du Monde

Founded in Hong Kong in 1974, Galerie du Monde has been specializing in modern and contemporary works by internationally established Chinese artists for 45 years. The gallery also nurtures and promotes emerging talent, presenting a varied program of solo and group exhibitions with a strong focus on works of art on canvas, paper, sculpture, photography and new media. To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014, Galerie du Monde introduced the GDM Project series to strengthen the gallery's support to a wider group of artists from different geographical regions, providing them the opportunity to exhibit outside of their areas.

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Juan Ford solo exhibition
2019, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Image courtesy of Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

First Galleries in Hong Kong    |    Galerie du Monde

The Early Years
Cheung Yee

As one of the founding members of the Circle Art Group and one of the first-generation sculptors from Hong Kong, Cheung possesses a strong personal style with a unique vocabulary, employing the framework of Modern Western art to containing traditional Chinese aesthetics and ancient cultural elements.

Crab General No 4

1985, Bronze, 51 x 58 x 60 cm (20.1 x 22.8 x 23.6 cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

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Hanart TZ Gallery

Hanart TZ Gallery has been a pioneer in exploring the Chinese cultural map for over 30 years and has represented and worked with numerous artists now internationally prominent. The gallery opened in November in 1983 with the mission of introducing new Chinese contemporary art both to the Asia region and globally. The gallery soon became a magnet for both established and emerging artists of greater China art world from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as well as the international diaspora. As such the Gallery has served as a vital link with the international art world; its role in landmark exhibitions, such as The Stars 10 Years (1989) and China’s New Art Post-1989 (1993, toured until 1998), and Power of the Word (1999, toured until 2002) are iconic.

Edge of Sea and Sky
Yeh Shih-Chiang

Yeh Shih-Chiang settled in Taiwan in 1949 after first visiting the island as an art student from Guangzhou. Yeh Shih-Chiang was not interested in becoming simply a follower of new Western trends, and at the same time he also was averse to being trapped within the confines of the national ‘guohua’ painting style. In a sense one could say he was avoiding the ideological impasse represented by the two sides of the Cold War. Ultimately he found his solution in a return to the pure and eternal realm of art, taking elements he found compelling from both modern and traditional languages as he developed his own painting practice.

White Sky, Green Sea

2002, Oil on canvas, 65 x 118 cm (25.6 x 46.5 inches)

Courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

First Galleries in Hong Kong    |    Hanart TZ Gallery

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Night Market

When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares, and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a famous street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the center of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie. Trinkets, teaware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade, and antiques are scrutinized and haggled over, while clay pot rice, seafood, noodles, and other treats are consumed with gusto. Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.

Pedder Building

Built in 1923, the Pedder Building is the last surviving pre-World War II building on Pedder Street in central Hong Kong. The Beaux-Arts style structure was designed by the famous Palmer and Turner Architects and has been a historic commercial landmark ever since its completion in 1924, which coincided with the opening of its neighboring buildings, the China Building and the Queen’s Theater. Until 2011, the Pedder Building regularly housed companies working in an array of industries, from fashion to factory production. Today, the Pedder Building is better known for its art, having become the city’s shining beacon and central hub for art galleries, hosting some of the world’s top international galleries, such as Gagosian, Massimo de Carlo, Pearl Lam Galleries and more. If you are looking for a one-stop-shop art experience of the highest quality and caliber, the Pedder Building is the definite go-to-place!

Pearl Lam Galleries

With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China. Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong and Shanghai collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows.

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Pang Tao solo exhibition

2019, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (Pedder Building)

Image courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries

Leonardo Drew Solo Exhibition

In this exhibition, the New York-based sculptor Leonardo Drew formally, materially, and conceptually furthers the visual vocabulary he has pioneered since the early 1990s. He uses raw, found, and recycled materials—often monochromatically painted and meticulously composed—to examine the causalities of urban life. For the past two years, Drew lived in China and immersed himself in Chinese culture in order to create this profound, site responsive new body of work.

Number 39C

2018, Porcelain and charcoal, 61 x 61 x 5.1 cm (24 x 24 x 2 inches)

Courtesy of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Pedder Building    |    Pearl Lam Galleries

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Simon Lee Gallery

Founded in Mayfair, London in 2002, Simon Lee Gallery represents artists of diverse generations whose practices range from sculpture and painting to video and photography and who share a broad interest in an exploration of the conceptual. Aiming to provide a significant international audience for its artists, the gallery also regularly punctuates its program with historical exhibitions and curated group shows, which present shifts in contemporary art practice and thought, whilst broadening the dialogue with artists outside of the gallery’s core program. These projects further the gallery’s commitment to a discourse on art and culture.

Garth Weiser Solo Exhibition

Weiser’s densely layered paintings celebrate and interrogate the possibilities of the genre. His unorthodox and exploratory approach to surface, dimensionality and perception has resulted in a body of work that is as engrossing and revealing, as it is imaginative. The artist constructs his paintings layer by layer, reliant primarily on oil paint, spraying and scratching into the canvas’ viscous surface to leave behind a collection of frenetic lines, curves and slashes. As a result of his distinct process, evocative in vigor of the highly charged manner spearheaded by Abstract Expressionists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, the artist has succeeded in blurring the line between painting and sculpture, using thick impasto to create genre-defying paintings.

Festi goer / namaste / pizzahog

2019, Oil and spray paint on canvas, 185.4 x 152.4 cm (73 x 60 inches)

Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London, New York, and Hong Kong

Pedder Building    |    Simon Lee Gallery

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