HONG KONG IS AN ‘ARTROPOLIS’

(Hong Kong, 11 October 2017) In its fifth year, Hong Kong Art Week (HK Art Week) takes on the theme “Artropolis”, bringing a vibrant 12-day festival to the city from 15 – 26 November. It is a celebration of the essential role that Hong Kong’s artists, galleries and art community play in raising the cultural heartbeat of this unique city and global art scene hub.

Organised by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), the HK Art Week 2017 programme is an unmissable fixture on the calendars of art aficionados and newfound art audiences alike. With over 50 HKAGA member galleries participating, “Artropolis”, whose inspiration comes from the vigour and vibrancy of art that contributes to the city’s fabric, boasts an expansive and exciting city-wide programme, from symposiums to family art days, going far beyond the gallery walls and showcasing Hong Kong cultural life through exhibitions, performances, charity art walk, activities and talks. HK Art Week 2017 is made possible with the support of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Private Banking.

 

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Kicking off HK Art Week on 15 November, the Art Car debuts at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Cyril Delettre, a Hong Kong based French photographer, will unveil his design of a Super Formula SF13 race car. Inspired by the energy of this unique “Artropolis”, Cyril transforms his photographs of Hong Kong street scenes into kaleidoscopic disc-like images, covering the entire body of the race car. To mark the occasion, mixologists at the Blue Bar and Four Seasons’ culinary team have created a special cocktail and food offer, with proceeds raised for charity.

 

HK Art Week 2017’s biggest mass-participation event will be The Gallery Walk for Charity (The Gallery Walk) on 21 November, where hundreds of art-lovers will fill the streets from Central to Sai Ying Pun for a fun and enriching “gallery hop”, with close to 30 spaces participating in the charity event and opening late into the evening. A festival atmosphere is guaranteed with performances by Hong Kong Ballet, special gallery exhibitions, along with wines and canapés.

 

Image courtesy of Contemporary by Angela Li

Other exhibition highlights include Jacky Tsai, celebrated Chinese Contemporary pop artist well noted for creating the iconic floral skull for Alexander McQueen and collaborations with Shanghai Tang, Lane Crawford, Genting Cruise and Gum Department Store Moscow; and Hong Kong art scene veteran, Frog King, who just celebrated his 70th birthday with a retrospective exhibition of over 40 years of his experiments with ink. Portuguese artist Vhils, best known for his striking portraits, carved into walls, doors and even a Hong Kong tram covered in layers of advertisement posters, will welcome visitors to his new Wong Chuk Hang studio on Art Day at South Island. HK Art Week will include unmissable exhibitions to catch, such as Fang Lijun at Hanart TZ Gallery, Christian Marclay at White Cube Gallery and Hong Kong artist Chloe Ho at 3812 Gallery.

 

To discover more about HK Art Week 2017 and receive latest news about upcoming events and programmes, please visit www.hkartweek.org.

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