Usually held in March every year and making Hong Kong an art hub in Asia, it has been impacted by the global pandemic in the past two years. Luckily for us, this year, May marks the return of the two main art fairs, Art Basel and Art Central, as well as the Cultural Masseur Festival and the French Gourmay Wine and Food Festival.
The month of May also coincides with two new galleries opening in the city: Odds and Ends, and Double Q Gallery, featuring special inaugural exhibitions.
SELECTION OF EVENTS
ART BASEL HONG KONG Art Basel Hong Kong returns with hundred and thirty-seven galleries from twenty-eight countries and territories, including sixteen first-time participants, reinforcing once again the show’s position as the leading international art fair in the Asia-Pacific region. 27 – 29 May – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Despite ongoing international travel restrictions, Art Central 2022 occupies a significantly larger space than the previous edition and will feature a dynamic group of over fifty galleries with strong representation from Hong Kong-based exhibitors. 26 – 29 May – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
FRENCH GOURMAY – RHÔMANTIC BISTRONOMY
Major festival in Hong Kong and Macau dedicated to gastronomy “à la française”, organised by French Trade Commission – Business France, under the umbrella of French May Arts Festival, it celebrates this year the Côtes du Rhône as Wine of Honour. Until 31 May – Various Locations
CULTURAL MASSEUR FESTIVAL
Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the festival gathers local and overseas artists to collaborate with professionals from different disciplines to produce a series of cross-disciplinary arts programmes: guided tours, talks, workshops, internship and apprenticeship. Until 31 July – Various Locations
BONHAMS HONG KONG SPRING AUCTIONS
The auction house will feature Modern and Contemporary art, Southeast Asian Modern & Contemporary art, as well as fine Chinese ceramics and works of art. The public will discover highlights from Yayoi Kusama, Ayako Rokkaku, Lin Fengmian, Hendra Gunawan, etc. 26 – 29 May – Bonhams, Pacific Place
CHRISTIE’S HONG KONG SPRING AUCTIONS
Collectors and public alike will be able to enjoy the very finest from Chinese ceramics and works of art, to 20th and 21st Century Modern and Contemporary art; from classical and modern Chinese paintings, to exquisite luxury jewels and watches. 21 – 30 May – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
For its inaugural exhibition, the new gallery organised a group exhibition with artists Peter Chan, Corn Ho, and Lewis Lau, featuring blue artworks; the colour blue being associated with a wealth of connotations that differ by culture, carrying with it a rich history and great emotional power. Until 29 May – Odds and Ends, PMQ
TOMO CAMPBELL: FROM NOW ON
Opening an exciting chapter in Campbell’s career, the exhibition marks the artist’s debut in Asia, as well as the inaugural show of the new gallery, bringing together eight new paintings that explore the cyclical nature of life, blurring the lines between figurative and abstract. Until 4 June – Double Q Gallery, Sheung Wan