Virtual art exhibitions you can see from Hong Kong

Another set of restrictions may be in place, but you can still get your dose of online culture with these virtual art exhibits from Hong Kong and around the world.

To combat the fifth and toughest wave of Covid-19 to date, Hong Kong has implemented a series of restrictions, which includes the closure of most art galleries and museums in the city. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to stock up on art this spring. Here are 11 virtual and online art exhibits you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual art exhibitions to see from Hong Kong

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Although all on-site programs and activities are suspended at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, its online programs are always open to everyone. Available as virtual tours, visitors can learn about Hong Kong culture as if walking through the museum themselves.

The 20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition, which details how printing and printmaking emerged in the city; the exhibition “The Story of Jao Tsung-i” which, you guessed it, retraces the life of Hong Kong calligrapher and painter Jao Tsung-i; and more.

If you’re more of a hearing person, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has also posted a number of lectures online. Instead of your usual podcast, tune in to the Cantopop “Pop or Not” sharing chat session or the “Russian Art 101” conference.

See the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum here.

Hong Kong History Museum

The Hong Kong History Museum is best known for its main permanent exhibition, “Hong Kong Story”. If you miss it, don’t worry – it’s now live on e-Go, the museum’s solution to its temporary closure.

Follow Dr. Joseph Ting as he shares the exhibit’s curatorial concepts – how to meta – over a series of twelve videos. Or sing and dance to the ‘HK Good Show’, a series of recordings of past music and dance performances at the museum.

There is even something for the little ones. Three online mini-games are available: “Time Travel in Old Photos”, “My Toy Paradise” and “Create Your Own Expo”, the last of which is like a cultural version of SimCity where you can plan your own brands and products from Hong Kong Expo.

See the collection of the Hong Kong History Museum here.

Enjoy the House (EFH)

Also available on the e-Go site, the LSCD has posted a selection of its most popular thematic exhibitions and virtual tours of its affiliated museums.

We recommend boarding the Alexander Grantham fireboat in Quarry Bay for a tour with assistant curator Sunny Chan or strolling through the Law Uk Folk Museum, a former Hakka village house in Chai Wan.

Or take a trip down memory lane with “Memories We Share: Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s,” a collection that details Hong Kong’s significant growth in industry and commerce over two significant decades.

See Enjoy the house here.

LCSD Virtual Tours

Along with the Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery and the Law Uk Folk Museum, the LSCD offers five other virtual tours of its museums, including the Hong Kong Railway Museum, Tai Ping Theater and the Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark.

On the Hong Kong Railway Museum Guided Tour, follow Assistant Curator Heather Tang as she takes you through the Old Tai Po Market Station built in 1913. During the tour, you will be able to also ride the historic carriages from different time periods – something you can’t do in real life, hey.

Meanwhile, the virtual tour Out of the Past—From the Tai Ping Treasure Trove chronicles the challenges of Tai Ping Theater for more than 70 years. As one of the first large-scale theaters in Hong Kong, Tai Ping Theater has kept pace with changes in the local entertainment industry, from Cantonese opera to cinema.

You’ve heard of the Hong Kong Space Museum, but have you visited its Astropark? The curators of the Hong Kong Space Museum will take you on a virtual day-to-night journey around the Hong Kong Space Museum’s Astropark where you will learn about various ancient Chinese astronomical instruments, including the armillary sphere of the Ming dynasty, the star dial and moon dial. Who said you can’t see stars in Hong Kong?

See virtual tours of the LCSD here.

Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum

One of Hong Kong’s lesser-known museums, the Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum is the city’s first and only museum dedicated to Buddhist relics and houses valuable Buddhist artifacts from around the world. On her website, she offers a virtual tour of her space in Tai Po, as well as 3D models of her collection of objects. You can sort his collection by era, place, material and category.

See the collection of the Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum here.

Hong Kong Arts Center

Showcasing the best of contemporary Asian art, the Hong Kong Arts Center offers online versions of a few of its physical exhibitions. Visitors can browse “LIN XUE: A Retrospective”, “Landing on the East”, “FALSE SPACES” and more.

The first, for example, focuses on Chinese artist Lin Xue, who was a self-taught artist whose work focused on the wonders of nature. Throughout his creative journey, he has been a keen observer of beauty and the natural world, harvesting wild raw materials such as bamboo stalks to create his works of art. In a virtual tour of the exhibition, visitors can see Lin’s meticulous ink works.

See the Hong Kong Arts Center collection here.

virtually@HKMoA

Currently closed until further notice, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, added a new section called virtual@HKMoA, where visitors can access a wide range of multimedia art resources online. Spend your day browsing 140 exhibits covering everything from Chinese calligraphy to masterpieces by Italian painter Botticelli.

See virtual@HKMoA’s collection here.

M+

M+ is compensating for its closure by sharing its collection online – 9,299 works of art, to be exact, and counting. On its website, visitors can browse the museum’s virtual inventory of paintings, objects, photographs, architecture and multimedia works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

See the M+ collection here.

White Cube Gallery

With six locations worldwide, including Hong Kong, White Cube Gallery offers online exhibitions on its website. You’ll need to register, but once you’re there, you’ll have access to current and past showcases. The most recent exhibition, which ran from January 28 to March 8, was “Introductions” by London-based American artist Lydia Pettit.

Pettit’s work includes paintings and textiles, using herself as a model to explore trauma, body image and self-identity. Just in time for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, she addresses how the female image is recorded and the impact of female objectification in society.

Visit the collection of White Cube Gallery here.

David Zwirner Gallery

Similarly, the David Zwirner Gallery offers international visitors access to its virtual viewing rooms. There are two current exhibitions that can be viewed with just a click: the works of James Castle and Doug Wheeler.

For example, the James Castle exhibit focuses on the once largely unknown artist, who is now famous for his vivid drawings and sculptural works that provide a visual record of his home and neighborhood in Boise, Idaho. He uses a range of mediums, such as soot, paint and even disassembled everyday objects like chairs and doors.

View the David Zwirner Gallery Collection here.

rhythm gallery

A leading contemporary art gallery with a location in Hong Kong, Pace also offers a series of online viewing rooms for visitors. You can explore its current, upcoming and past exhibitions, the most recent dedicated to British painter Nigel Cooke.

Cooke is known for his intricate and evocative works on canvas, pushing the boundaries between abstraction and figuration. A series of bold, organic lines that overlap in a dynamic composition, his brushwork explores natural and psychic landscapes.

See the collection of Pace Gallery here.

(Main and featured image: Unsplash, M+ Museum)

James C. Tibbs