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How To… Banish Post-Basel Blues

April 04, 2016

Art All Year

Art March may have hung up her creative cape, but that’s no reason to go cultural cold turkey in April. If you’ve got a mean case of the post-Basel blues, wipe away those tears and let LUXE show you where to look for the finest art Hong Kong has to offer year round. From community hubs to off-beat galls, we’ve got you covered...

In need of another quick-stat contempo fix? You’ll find everything you need at Asia Art Archive, home to a top notch collection of accessible, definitive works from across the region. Don’t miss the celebratory 15 Invitations for 15 Years marking the organisation's 15th anniversary with a stellar showcase of rotating exhibs and performances by the likes of Marysia Lewandowska, Inti Guerrero and Shilpa Gupta.

If that floats your boat, then hold on tight for the ride at Asia Society, a region-promoting NPO housed in the old Victoria Barracks. Nestled in a bed of natural beauty, these four former British military buildings now play host to year-round programmes dedicated to strengthening partnerships across Asia and in the US, with a special emphasis on exploring Asia’s representation via lectures, discussions and film screenings. On the radar this month is Shahzia Sikander’s Apparatus of Power, an exploration of Hong Kong’s colonial complexity and its position within the global maritime trade.

Or, why not add a little gallery gallop to your city shenanigans? Steal away from the shops for a peek into one of the many art galleries scattered throughout Sheung Wan and Central, like 10 Chancery Lane for global emerging talent. Or, sweep into the Pedder Building for a hotbed of exhibits including big daddy Ben Brown showcasing major names (including Candida Höfer’s latest spread, Memory chronicling the splendour of St Petersburg), Sino heavyweights at Hanart TZ and multidisciplinary mavens at Pearl Lam.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the crafty capers continue across the harbour in Kowloon’s many studio-studded enclaves, where you can invest in local art at its very source…

Get up close and personal with a trip to the industri-cool Fo Tan nabe where 70 non-commerical young guns work their craft in studios strewn across seven or so mid-rise blocks, including the likes of star sculptor Danny Lee and painter Christopher Ku. Or, get art-venturous at JCCAC, a village of 140 artists and organisations specialising in visual arts where you can peruse a jumble of Chinese and Western painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and glass, multimedia installation, as well as performances.

Got time for one more? You’ll find larger art groups and cultural bodies frolicking around century-old slaughterhouse turned vibrant art vill, Cattle Depot. Home to more than 20 art groups since its 2001 refurb, five blocks of red-brick cottages showcase a host of local and international works, as well as concerts and theatrical performances by the likes of On and On Theatre Workshop and nonprofit visual art org 1a Space. Sm-Art!

Asia Art Archive / 11/F / Hollywood Centre / 233 Hollywood Rd / Sheung Wan / +852 2844 1112 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat /

Asia Society /
9 Justice Dr / Admiralty / +852 2103 9511 / 11am-6pm Tue-Sun /

Ben Brown /
303 Pedder Bldg / 12 Pedder St / Central / +852 2522 9600 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat /

Hanart TZ /
401 Pedder Bldg / 12 Pedder St / Central / +852 2526 9019 / 10am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat /

Pearl Lam /
601-605 Pedder Bldg / 12 Pedder St / Central / +852 2522 1428 /

Cattle Depot
/ 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd / Ma Tau Kok / Kowloon / +852 2848 6230

Fo Tan /

30 Pak Tin St / Shek Kip Mei / Kowloon / +852 2353 1311 / 10am-10pm daily /

Photos © Lenneth Kag & NapCoffee