Month: March 2018

South Island Art Day on March 29

The South Island Cultural District (SICD) galleries and artist studios will open their doors on March 29 as part of the Art Basel HK and Art Central VIP programmes, an event that is also open to the general public with free admission. Following highly successful South Island Art Days over the past four years, the SICD is expecting more than 2,000 local and international art lovers to attend the event, held at Hong Kong’s new destination for contemporary art. Art Day Programme Indoor Exhibitions and Performances  SICD promises an exciting, varied programme including art exhibitions in 17 spaces, giving visitors the opportunity to attend openings, interact with local and international artists, experience contemporary art and performances by Yeung Siu Fong and JonOne, and enjoy free food and drink from our local partners. Outdoor Installations SICD will also run an outdoor installation programme featuring works by Christy Chow, Loiix Fung, Valéry Grancher and David Boyce. Art World Forum This year SICD again partners with the Art World Forum to host a series of talks at L’Hotel South from 10am …

Wolfgang Tillmans

By Diana d’Arenberg Parmanand Although his photographs had graced the pages of magazines like iD and Interview magazine, for a couple of decades it was at nightclub Berghain’s Panorama Bar in Berlin that the work of Wolfgang Tillmans really seared itself on my mind. The work in question, Phillip III (1993), depicted a man exposing his anus with his hand. The Panorama Bar, known for its hedonism, where music, dance and sex dissolve into one another and clubbers can party the night away with complete abandon and without judgement, was the perfect venue for his work. What struck me wasn’t that the work was confrontational or provocative – Robert Mapplethorpe paved the way for works of this nature in the late 1970s and 80s, drawing the sting from homoerotic art. Instead it was the unapologetic directness of the work, the raw honesty and frankness of it, that impressed me most. Throughout his three-decade career photographing a diversity of subjects, Tillmans’ has demonstrated a commitment to exploring and depicting truth, blurring the boundaries between art and documentary photography. Music and clubbing …

Leo Gallery Presents: Tan Ping at Art Basel Hong Kong

Mar 26 – Apr 30 Leo Gallery Hong Kong is delighted to present Tan Ping’s solo exhibition Seaming and Regenerating: From Zurich to Art Basel Hong Kong, curated by Huang Du. Tan Ping is widely recognised as one of the most influential contemporary artists of his generation and a central figure among Chinese abstract painters. In 2016, Tan was invited to start his Overspreading series at the Helmhaus Zürich museum in Switzerland. He believes that when he creates one of his paintings, it generates a unique, site-specific bond between the work and its environment. He conveys such a powerful connection through a striking visual language: that is, extending his brushstroke beyond the physical boundaries of the canvas, and breaking through onto the wall. He also questions whether or not separating his works from their original context causes uncertainties about their presence. One year later, in 2017, Tan took his investigation into the relationship between his works and their exhibition space a step further by detaching his previous works from the museum and bringing them to Leo Gallery Hong …

David Zwirner: Wolfgang Tillmans’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong | Book Signing with the artist on 28 March

Opening Reception: 26 March, 6-8pm Book Signing: 28 March, 2-4pm, RSVP to evelyn@davidzwirner.com David Zwirner is pleased to present Wolfgang Tillmans’s first exhibition in Hong Kong at its newly opened gallery in H Queen’s, Central. Following the artist’s solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2017), Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2017), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2017), and most recently his first show in Africa at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimedias in Kinshasa (2018), this presentation will feature a broad selection of works that respond to their surroundings and simultaneously embody a self-contained environment. Including many new photographs not publicly shown before, the exhibition will juxtapose pictures of friendship and affection with views and angles of the world at large. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue designed in close collaboration with Tillmans and published by David Zwirner Books. A special book signing with the artist will be hosted on 28 March from 2-4PM at the gallery.  Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity …

After the Deluge

A site-specific project by Kingsley Ng and Stephanie Cheung. By Tessa Moldan. Standing in the dark belly of Hong Kong’s oldest floodwater storage tank is without doubt one of the more powerful ways in which to contemplate the impact of rapid development on the city. Such was the experience granted by Kingsley Ng’s site-specific project after the deluge (January 1–31, 2018) in Sham Shui Po, which provided viewers with an all-encompassing experience consisting of undulating fabrics weaved through the tank’s pillars, illuminated against the dark with UV light and set to a minimal soundscape created by Angus Lee. The multi-disciplinary performance called attention to the monumental nature of the tank, which was inaugurated in 2004 as a means of coping with severe flooding in the area as a result of land reclamation. Although it bears Ng’s name, this was a collaborative project, curated by Stephanie Cheung, involving disparate elements coming together as a vast, layered experience that reminds viewers of their scale against the great forces of nature and the passage of time. Wearing headsets …