CENTRAL’S ART SCENE

Hong Kong has a lot of great galleries, and we made sure we would be able to catch an exhibit or two on our visit.

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Our first stop was the gorgeous Pedder Building. Aside from the dimly-lit and fragrant Abercrombie&Fitch outlet, this historic building also housed a couple of galleries we wanted to see.

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At the 4th floor, the Hanart TZ Gallery had the Mao Xuhui: Toppled Parents Solo Exhibition. It featured massive paintings that showed bent, sometimes chaotic, perspectives of the various, symbolically toppled chairs.

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Up on the 7th, the Gagosian Gallery had work by Michael Craig-Martin. His delightful pop-art pieces featured contemporary objects suspended in vibrant hues. It was a refreshing contrast to the earlier work we had seen.

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At the imposing 50 Connaught Road Central, we dropped by Galerie Perrotin on the 17th floor. There we caught a couple of amazing exhibits from Jean-Michel Othoniel and Ryan McGinley. We missed the Takashi Murakami exhibit, but still saw some of his work.

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We were also able to take a rest from all the walking by Galerie Perrotin’s huge windows, and from there got to enjoy the stunning view of Victoria Harbour.

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At Statue Square, we caught the HK leg of the 1600 Pandas World Tour. It featured French artist Paulo Grangeon’s 1,600 papier-mache sculptures aimed to raise awareness for the world’s 1,600 remaining pandas. We stood in the rain, squeezed our way through the crowd, and faced the risk of getting our eyeballs poked by any of the numerous open umbrellas to see the pandas up close. It was worth it.

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