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Three must-see exhibitions opening around Hong Kong

Art fans, critics and curators are enjoying the last lazy days of summer before they throw themselves into the circus of trade events that begin in October with Frieze London and climax with the glitz and glamour of Art Basel Miami Beach at the end of the year. However, before the creative jet set pack their bags, a series of exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists have just opened in Hong Kong – meaning that the run up to October is even more manic than usual. So that you don’t miss anything, we did the legwork and tracked down three of the best.

Sterling Ruby at Gagosian Gallery (from September 13-October 25)

Ruby’s work is held in international museums including London’s Tate Modern, the Guggenheim in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, so it’s big news when he unveils new work.

Called VIVIDS, this exhibition is made up of spray paintings in a fluorescent pink palette. Ruby himself states that the works were inspired by the “colourful sunrises and sunsets” over his hometown of Los Angeles, which is almost selling them short, as these paintings are far more striking than any other representation of the City of Angels that we’ve ever seen.

Larry Bell at White Cube (from September 11-November 15)

Called Light and Red, this exhibition features new sculptures and works on paper and has had the city’s culture vultures buzzing for months. To add to the excitement, this is the artist’s first show in Hong Kong in his 50-year long career.

Obsessed with light, space and surface texture, Bell has taken the unusual decision to suspend his gravity-defying sculptures in transparent boxes rather than hanging them from the ceiling, which makes White Cube feel like a fascinating futuristic laboratory.

Gonkar Gyatso at Pearl Lam Galleries (from September 18-October 21)

The London-based Tibetan artist returns to Hong Kong with his new exhibition Pop Phraseology. As with Gyatso’s previous work, this series is focused on the juxtaposition of consumer-driven Western culture with Buddhist images from his home country.

Gyatso’s look at these two contrasting cultures results in almost overwhelmingly colourful depictions of Buddha that, upon closer inspection, are unnervingly composed of stickers and magazine cut-outs from Western mass media. The most striking and unsettling of these is his mixed media piece Shangri La Play, which – if you look closely – incorporates images of Betty Boop, Bart Simpson and even the logo of Subway sandwiches.