Fall is the best time for art dates (platonic and solo ones included!) — it’s where you get to dress all academia core, with your note-taking device tucked in your sturdy tote bag and a pumpkin spice latte in hand. Let’s make this Pinterest-perfect scenario a reality, read on for our pick of eight exhibitions to visit in the Greater Bay Area this November.
For the sneakerheads reading this, StockX and Good Work Collective has come together at Kai Tak’s latest landmark, AIRSIDE, to showcase the chronicles of your favorite footwear. Be in the same room with a century-spanning collection of over 100 pairs of sneakers, the oldest of which dating back to the 1910s. We’re talking the original models of recognizable names such as the Converse All Star, Air Jordan 1 and the Nike Air Max — they really walked so our favorite kicks today could run.
When? October 12–December 3
Where? Shop 308–309, 3/F, AIRSIDE, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak
Showcasing the dynamic side of art, artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi dedicates her first solo exhibition in Asia to movements of the performing dancers as well as their interaction with the environment. Pieces of mirrors in gold fill the space, serving as the stage for the spectacle that is about to unfold: movement and stillness intertwine, as elements of sound, photography and painting enrich the performances with layers to ponder upon.
When? October 13–November 26 (closed on Mondays)
Where? Tai Kwun Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
“Fill in the Blanks” taps into the feeling of forgetting: the missing link to your course of action, the name on the tip of your tongue, the melody that has escaped your mind archive, and everything in between. Upon the screens of the Sino LuminArt Façade, artists Tap Chan, Ivy Ma and Zheng Bo explore the nuances of negativity with stunning and thought-provoking projections of the deep sea, sceneries from around the world and nature’s grace. Make sure you get a good vantage point from across the Harbour.
When? October 21–November 12; 5:30–11:00pm
Where? Sino LuminArt Façade
If you haven’t already, this November is a great time to join the Long Legs Club. The merry band is formed by people who heeded home-grown illustrator LLH’s call to exaggerate their stature (especially of the lower half of the body) using beauty app filters.
In the first Members Meeting of the Long Legs Club, you get to see five artworks of PiPi and other mascots with strikingly elongated gams, plus a distortion mirror to grant you an instant increase in height. Don’t forget to bring home some merch!
When? November 4–December 3
Where? Shop 207-209, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
“Eternal Generation” highlights the contrast between the hard and the soft while guiding us to spot the beauty within. Featuring intricate metal sculptures by Chinese German artist Ren, this unique showcase stuns us with stark and sharp edges, before lights and shadows are introduced to each installation for a softening effect. For those who prefer to admire pieces of art up close, get ready to stay at the museum the entire day.
When? Until November 9
Where? Exhibition Halls 5, 6, 8, 9, Guangdong Museum of Art, 38 Yanyu Road, Ersha Island, Guangzhou
Art is one of the oldest legacies of humankind, in “Reshape and Reconstruct”, a group of Chinese artists reimagine traditional art forms in the context of the digital age. At this intersection of the past and the present, you will find Renaissance sculptures with robotic arms posing under neon lights, interactive ink wash paintings projected from ceiling to floor and more enticing juxtapositions that leave you marveling at the possibilities brought by technology.
When? Until November 10
Where? Guan Shanyue Art Museum, 6026 Hongli Road, Futian District, Shenzhen
Inspired by Chinese scroll paintings and Japanese woodblock prints, illustrator James Jean is acclaimed for his imaginative artworks populated with fantastical elements and surrealist compositions. Through “Eternal Spiral III”, he demonstrates first-hand the inspiring force of art that is so powerful, it transcends genre and time: see how Jean incorporate traditional Asian floral motifs and curved lines into modern book covers, movie posters and fashion.
When? Until November 17
Where? Sea World Culture and Arts Center, 1187 Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
“The Glory within Authenticity” is an in-depth look of the historic Taoist temple of Yongle Gong, located in the Shanxi Province (don’t worry, this exhibition conveniently takes place in Guangzhou). Spend a day immersing in the hundreds of artefacts, from pieces of the architecture and sculptures to paper-form documents from the early 14th century.
When? Until January 7
Where? Guangdong Museum, 2 Zhujiang East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Read about more upcoming events here.