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Art Basel Hong Kong: a guide

Words by Quintessentially

30 May 2022

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As the official concierge partner, we have insider scoop on the happenings around town.

Quintessentially is proud to be the official concierge partner for Art Basel Hong Kong. Don't miss a beat – here are our listings of the must-sees around town.

Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures

WHEN
NOW – 3 SEPT
WHERE
WHITE CUBE HONG KONG 50 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL

‘Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures’, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by German artist Georg Baselitz that give new and haunting form to his lifelong quest to unite abstraction and figuration in an inextricable dance. A nude female form based loosely on Baselitz’s wife Elke, whom he’s depicted throughout his career and now conjures from memory, is a central motif in each work.

Contrasting Confluences: Clément Denis, Fabien Verschaere, Karen Shiozawa

WHEN
NOW – 30 JUNE
WHERE
WHITESTONE GALLERY 7-8/F, H QUEEN’S
80 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL

‘Contrasting Confluences’, featuring French artists Clément Denis and Fabien Verschaere, and Japanese artist Karen Shiozawa, is an associated project of the Le French May Arts Festival 2022. The exhibition showcases a selection of acrylic, oil and watercolor works, spanning a variety of approaches from abstraction to figuration, each offering nuanced ways of looking at, interpreting, and representing the world, while exploring values of symbols and identities of individuals.

Double Vision

WHEN
NOW – 12 JUNE
WHERE
TAI KWUN
10 HOLLYWOOD ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG

Toying with doubles, the exhibition Double Vision explores the concepts of déjà vu and parallax, considering how seemingly superficial differences may reveal much more than expected. While some works are doubled serially or thematically, with subtle slippages and variations, some other artists in the exhibition have works that gesture towards memory and the murky everyday lines between truth, perception, and fiction. Double Vision seeks to define a distinctive spatial and temporal experience, with the exhibition prompting reflection on sensorial awareness and the contemporary production of reality.

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Weigh All Tears

WHEN
NOW – 7 JUNE
WHERE
HAUSER & WIRTH
15-16/F, H QUEEN’S 80 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL

In work made over the past five decades, William Kentridge has parsed and questioned the historical record – responding to the past as it ineluctably shapes our present – and in doing so, has created a world that mirrors and shadows our own. Through film, performance, theatre, drawing, sculpture, painting, and printmaking, Kentridge seeks to make sense of the world and the construction of meaning; his work brings viewers into awareness of how they see the world and navigate their way to more conscious seeing and knowing.

The exhibition takes its title from a new 6-metre-wide triptych of the same name, where silhouetted figures form a procession against a collage of maps of Africa and archival documents. ‘Weigh All Tears’ is a phrase that cycles through Kentridge’s work, one of an evolving miscellany of phrases that recur in his work. They are ‘unsolved riddles, phrases which hover at the edge of making sense.... fragments of sentences which sit in a drawer of phrases used in other work over the years. On occasion they get taken out and sorted through.’

31 Women Artists Hong Kong

WHEN
NOW – 20 AUGUST
WHERE
10 CHANCERY LANE GALLERY CENTRAL

‘31 Women Exhibition’ was a 1943 exhibition organized by Peggy Guggenheim in her new gallery, Art of this Century, in New York City. One of the first exhibitions dedicated to the works of women, the show was a breakthrough. 31 Women Artists – Hong Kong Exhibition is not intended to be a feminist exhibition: ideally, there would be no need for all-women exhibitions, yet it seems meaningful today to acknowledge the practice of female Hong Kong artists and to show the extraordinary vitality of their work. Mixing different generations of artists working in diverse contexts and engaged in various practices, this 2022 exhibition aims above all at celebrating the right to be truly oneself.

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Wang Gongyi Solo Exhibition

WHEN
NOW – 4 JUNE
WHERE
GALERIE DU MONDE
108 RUTTONJEE CENTRE 11 DUDDELL STREET CENTRAL

Following solo exhibitions ‘Memories of West Lake’ in 2017 and ‘Leaves of Grass’ in 2019 — Galerie du Monde is bringing Wang Gongyi to Hong Kong for the third time, debuting Wang Gongyi’s new paintings inspired by the dualities of softness and wildness of nature based on her observations of the forest landscapes in Portland and Lake Tahoe.

Wang Gongyi’s works are in many important institutions and collections internationally, including: Ashmolean Museum, UK; China Academy of Art; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Portland Art Museum, US; The National People’s Congress, China; The National Art Museum of China; Shanghai Art Museum, China; USC Pacific Asia Museum, US; and Zhejiang Art Museum, China, among others. In 2022, Wang Gongyi’s works are being featured in Centre Pompidou’s ‘Women Artists of the 20th Century’ program.

Simultaneous

WHEN
NOW – 2 JULY
WHERE
DE SARTHE
20/F GLOBAL TRADE SQUARE 21 WONG CHUK HANG ROAD

de Sarthe presents artist Xin Yunpeng’s third solo exhibition ‘Simultaneous’ with the gallery, featuring a new body of installation and video works. The exhibition focuses on the intertextual juxtaposition of visual space and time. Through the artworks, the artist reconstructs his personal memory and evokes collective resonance under a site-specific context.

Xin Yunpeng’s Simultaneous (2022) comprises 12 parabolic photography lights facing each other in a circle. The lights are programmed to flash consecutively every second in a counterclockwise sequence. Owing to their close proximity and the highly uneven ratio of light to space, it becomes challenging for the naked eye to distinguish which light is emitting the flash and which ones are simply reflecting off of the other. Through this process, Xin Yunpeng is able to create a sense of directionless confusion using ready- made objects while generating tension in the surrounding atmosphere.

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Woo Kukwon Solo Exhibition – Carnival

WHEN
NOW – 11 JUNE
WHERE
TANG CONTEMPORARY ART
10/F, H QUEEN’S 80 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL CENTRAL
Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong presents the solo exhibition of Woo Kukwon, a promising artist from Korea. The artist has worked on paintings and installations focusing on the growth of human self-consciousness from his debut exhibition ‘The Rainbow Connection’ (2009) to ‘I’m your father’ (2021), his last exhibition where he re-examined his father’s works from

the son’s point of view. In the current exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art, Woo explores his autobiographical growth and self-transformation through paintings depicting ancient Carnival ceremonies with iconic characters from fairytales and mythologies.

Scale Matters – Solo Exhibition by Angela Glajcar

WHEN
NOW – 4 JUNE
WHERE
KARIN WEBER GALLERY G/F, 20 ABERDEEN STREET SOHO

Karin Weber Gallery introduces ‘Scale Matters,’ the first Hong Kong solo presentation of new and selected works by renowned German sculpture artist Angela Glajcar.

Widely recognised for her ‘Terforations’ – a fictitious title coined from Latin ‘Terra’ and ‘perforations’ to suggest exploration of new territories – Glajcar interacts with thick sheets of paper or glass mesh to create her own breakthrough mindscapes.

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