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7 Must-see Exhibitions During 2018 Art Week

The best work you’ll see outside of Art Basel.

Michael Wolf, Informal Solutions, courtesy of Flowers Gallery. Songs for Disaster Relief

Songs for Disaster Relief

Until May 6, M+ Pavilion

Hong Kong-born artist-composer Samson Young explores the legacy of popular 1980s charity singles by repurposing and deliberately misreading them, raising questions about their social, political and philosophical implications.

Bottle from 18 19th Century Iran © Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design © Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu, HI, USA)

The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia

Mar 20-Jun 24, Liang Yi Museum

Islamic art historian Yuka Kadoi curates this expansive survey of the colour blue in Persian art. Working with 11 art institutions around the world, the show brings together 94 intricate artefacts with cobalt, indigo and other blue dyes. Glass, textiles, manuscripts and ceramics all feature in the exhibition.

Intangible Reminiscences
Intangible Reminiscences

(In)tangible Reminiscence

Mar 23-Apr 22, The Annex, Nan Fung Place

While waiting to move in to its new Tsuen Wan home, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles’ inaugural exhibition brings together a trio of Asian artists – Sarah Lai, Iwasaki Takahiro and Jung Yeondoo – to explore memory through texture, revisiting Hong Kong’s once-flourishing textile industry to tell the story of a city in flux.


Mar 24-Apr 1, various locations, Central and Western District

Hong Kong’s leading street-art festival returns to Central and Sai Wan for a week of live mural painting. Past stagings have transformed the alleys of Sham Shui Po and Stanley, mixing work by local artists with that of international visitors. With plenty to explore, it’s a fun break from the crowded halls of Art Basel.

Pu Ru, Turtles. Intimate Encounters

Intimate Encounters

Mar 26-Apr 8, The Qube, PMQ

Don’t miss one of Asia’s best private collections of 19th- and 20th-century brush and ink paintings. For more than 30 years, MK Lau collected hand scrolls and album leaves from masters of the art. Highlights of the exhibition include an accordion-style album by Cantonese artist Ding Yanyong.

Anne Samat, Alpha and Omega 2013 mixed media 150x98cm. Art Central

Art Central

Mar 27-Apr 1, Central Harbourfront

At the unofficial satellite fair of Art Basel in Hong Kong, expect performances created in collaboration with the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, including works by Sam Lo, FJ Kunting, Sampson Wong & Lam Chi Fai and Caroline Garcia. There’s also a series of talks organised in partnership with the Asia Society.

I Was Not Invited

Mar 30-Jun 28, Duddell’s

American artist Leila Hekmat has created a musical performance for this Central art bar. Music in the work is inspired by the likes of Roland Barthe’s A Lover’s Discourse, while photographs of the performance, along with Hekmat’s original costumes, will stay behind for a three-month exhibition.

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