Hong Kong’s arts calendar this spring is set to thrill culture vultures


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The installation 'Continuous' by Japan’s teamLab will consist of hundreds of luminous ovoids that continuously change colours based on how visitors interact with them. Photo: teamLab

In Hong Kong, a new teamLab installation to much-anticipated annual events like Art Basel Hong Kong looks set to give culture vultures an array of creative treats on the banks of Victoria Harbour.

Here is a checklist of artsy adventures to check out:

Japan’s teamLab’s groundbreaking Continuous installation is set to open on Central Harbourfront next month.

It is the place to kickstart the holidaying with the arts experience. Part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s Art@Harbour 2024 series (March 25 to June 2), hundreds of glowing egg-shaped structures are set to come alive with ever-changing colours and sounds, responding to visitors’ interactions.

Ephemeral is where visitors can admire digital art facades illuminating the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, then continue the evening at WestK FunFest (March 16 to April 7), where an award-winning, large-scale immersive art installation features a world of giant, vibrant inflatable “bubble-tecture”.

Art Basel Hong Kong is set to take place from March 28-30, featuring more than 240 world-class galleries. Photo: Art Basel Hong KongArt Basel Hong Kong is set to take place from March 28-30, featuring more than 240 world-class galleries. Photo: Art Basel Hong Kong

A must for pop culture lovers is ComplexCon Hong Kong (March 22-24) which will also be the talk of the town. The expertly curated festival features the world’s most influential brands and artists, creating an unforgettable experience that blends fashion, sneakers, art, food, music, inspiration, and more. It will be making its international debut at AsiaWorld Expo, just minutes away from Hong Kong International Airport.

Landmark art events will also be in the spotlight, including Art Basel Hong Kong.

A cornerstone of the Asian art season, Art Basel Hong Kong needs no introduction.

Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 28-30, the prestigious art fair will feature more than 240 world-class galleries and 16 large-scale installations.

Yau Leng's 'Two Women (Gloucester Road)', 1961, is part of M+’s first exhibition on photography, titled 'Noir & Blanc'. Photo: Pictorial Publishers LtdYau Leng's 'Two Women (Gloucester Road)', 1961, is part of M+’s first exhibition on photography, titled 'Noir & Blanc'. Photo: Pictorial Publishers Ltd

Returning to Central Harbourfront after four years, Art Central (March 27-31 March) will once again showcase boundary-pushing contemporary art from the region’s most forward-thinking galleries, as well as a new sector, “Neo”, devoted to first-time exhibitors.

Love the classics? Hong Kong has the museums with the eye-catching shows.

In West Kowloon Cultural District, one of the harbour’s coolest districts, visitors can check out masterpieces from London’s National Gallery at the Hong Kong Palace Museum’s Botticelli To Van Gogh exhibition (through April 11).

This exhibition is the first showcase of the British institution’s painting collection in Hong Kong. It features 52 of the world’s finest masterpieces painted by 50 influential artists, spanning more than 400 years of Western art history.

For a contemporary art experience, you can then pop over to M+ for the Noir & Blanc exhibition on black-and-white photography (opening on March 16).

It is M+’s first exhibition on photography, co-presented with the French May Arts Festival and in collaboration with the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF). This thematic exhibition examines black-and-white photography as a time-honoured medium of art by presenting more than 250 important photographs from BnF’s collection.

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