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There’s so much going on in the next few months in the way of art events and even more in the months to follow! Take a look at our favourite arty goings on for the next few months!
Following the excitement generated in Seoul and Taipei, KAWS:HOLIDAY will be making its third stop in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Working with longtime collaborator AllRightsReserved, KAWS:HOLIDAY in Hong Kong is a 37-meters long, monumental COMPANION, signature character of KAWS. Built in the new grey colorway, in a relaxed and reclined position, the KAWS:HOLIDAY is the largest reclined sculptural by the artist to date. It will be shown at the end of March, coinciding with the annual “Hong Kong Arts Month”. KAWS:HOLIDAY welcomes all local and international collectors, travelers and art-lovers and invites them to relax and enjoy the moment.
Ms B’s Cakery
In a nod to Art Month, style icon and taste maker Bonnae Gokson, aka Ms B, showcases a vibrant mix of colours, a touch of contemporary art, and a plateful of enthralling flowers to celebrate creativity and imagination. This sweet confectionery will be the gift of choice for art fanatics, your loved ones and friends who appreciate everything aesthetics and precious in life. www.msbscakery.hk
Art Central will welcome 107 leading galleries from 22 countries, with over 30 exhibitors making their Art Central debut. The fair will feature a critically acclaimed five day programme including performance art, large scale installations and talks by some of the leading names in contemporary art today.
Art Basel, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, features premier galleries from Asia and beyond. The show provides an overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.
Until 21 April
Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close
This exhibition, co-produced by the art and heritage teams of Tai Kwun, explores the psychological and emotional dimensions of disease and contagion, particularly in relation to people and their ways of life. The exhibition encompasses both an art exhibition—curated by Ying Kwok and featuring local, regional, and international artists—as well as a heritage exhibition that addresses the historical context of the Plague, revealing how this relates to the past and present of Hong Kong.
Tai Kwun, Central
6 April – 7 July
Van Gogh Alive
An art experience like no other, transcend through time as you accompany Vincent van Gogh on a journey through Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created most of his timeless masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical music score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images will transform every wall, column, ceiling and floor. Adults and children will forge their own paths and find their own meaning as they wander through the galleries, exploring hidden nooks, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives.
1/F, FTLife Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay
Affordable Art Fair
Celebrating 20 years of making art accessible around the world and bringing art into the homes of art lovers, enthusiasts and collectors, the Affordable Art Fair returns to Hong Kong for its seventh edition in May. Kicking-off with an exciting array of fresh new artists, dynamic programming and interactive events, the fair promises a highly anticipated return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This year its awe-inspiring art programme includes talks, tours as well as the immersive Creative Hub focusing on expressive art and mental well-being with a host of imaginative activities that will cater to the entire family. Drawing on recent events which took the art world by storm, visitors can be part of ‘Shred it or Save it’, contribute to the fair’s wishing tree, join a blackout poetry workshop by The Family Development Centre, relax with mindful colouring or create their own centering stone.
The #ArtHappy Friday charity evening on 17 May continues the theme art and wellness, bringing people together with an evening of performance and interactive projects. Throughout its 20 years, the fair has been proud to create a platform that enriches the lives of individuals, families and communities through the joy of art.
To Wash Down the Culture…
From 1 to 31 March, six different limited-edition Art Basel cocktails will be available across the bars at Mrs. Pound, Foxglove and Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour.
Mrs. Pound’s first cocktail is based on one of her favourite fashion designers, Vivenne Westwood. A firm believer of sustainable fashion, Vivienne famously uses recyclable materials for her designs. Inspired by Vivienne’s conscious efforts, My Way (HK$130) is a cocktail that uses the elements of an entire grapefruit, coupled with Mrs. Pound’s homemade grapefruit jam, fresh grapefruit juice, Tanqueray Gin, lime juice and egg whites. The second cocktail, Say Cheese (HK$140), pays homage to Mrs. Pound’s days as a successful burlesque dancer. The cocktail features all-American Michter’s Rye Whiskey, blue cheese fat-washed Tio Pepe, Campari and black walnut bitters.
At Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, sip and savour the Flowers in the Snow (HK$160), an aesthetically mesmerising cocktail inspired by Robert Tracy’s mysterious painting that demonstrates how flowers rejuvenate the soul. The cocktail is made with marshmallow-infused gin, honey, cream, egg white, soda, and local jasmine tea, known to have antioxidants that help ensure a healthy heart and soul. The second cocktail, The Blossom (HK$160), is a tribute to Botany, showered with an array of edible flowers bursting with Vitamin C, in addition to Whitley Neill Quince Gin and London Essence Bitter Orange and Elderflower.
At Foxglove, guests will find themselves in the world of Frank Minza’s thrilling travels. His first cocktail, Goldmine (HK$160), is a reflection of his time as an exchange student in New York where he embraced the spirit of Prohibition. The smooth and elegant Goldmine is comprised of Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, Campari, Aperol, sweet vermouth, activated charcoal and mace tincture. The second cocktail is reminiscent of Frank’s exotic escape into the Brazilian Amazon. Amazon Sour (HK$140) is a mixture made with vodka, elderflower liquor, cardamom syrup, lemon juice, Thai basil and egg whites.