Art is in the air and you don’t necessarily have to be in a museum to feel it. Whether it is peeking through the window display of shops, passing by the creative pop-ups in the malls or enjoying the art-inspired dishes at restaurants – art elements are infused into all walks of life by the creative minds in Hong Kong.
Here’s a list of where to go, what to eat and how to make the most out of Hong Kong Arts Month this March!
Savouring Art 2017 restaurants in LKF
When: 1 – 31 March 2017
Where: California Tower, Central
Why Go? Fill your social media newsfeed with highly Instagram-worthy dishes featured in the limited art-inspired menus by 12 restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong this March. Paying tribute to the theme of “Colour of Ingrediens”, these culinary arts will surprise you with a splash of shades and plenty of art-infused elements.
Participating restaurants include: Fish & Meat, Jinjuu, Mercato, Porterhouse by Laris, Tycoon Tann and many more.
Admission: Book through FeedMe Guru
“Bit.Fall” by Julius Popp
When: 14 March – 6 April 2017
Where: Lobby @ Pacific Place
Why Go? In case you haven’t passed by that epic art installation and it’s wondering what it’s all about, this digital masterpiece translates our popular buzzwords on the internet into a curtain of individual water droplets created by a blend of technology and engineering.
From keywords such as “zoom”, “obsession” to everything in between, these droplets appear in a blink of an eye before they disappear. The German artist sheds light upon the transient nature of information, the rate at which it is rapidly disseminated, and its short lifespan.
APPortfolio ‘PLAY’ Exhibition
When: 8 – 11 March 2017
Where: Loft 22, 22/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street
Why Go? Check out Hong Kong’s very first ‘Vertical Gallery’ exhibition, as well as over 40 world-renowned art creations on display in six restaurants inside California Tower, featuring masterpieces by controversial manga Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and British street artist D*Face.
Asia Contemporary Art Show
When: 17 – 20 March
Sat, 18 March (12 – 9pm)
Sun, 19 March (12 – 8pm)
Mon, 20 March (12 – 6pm)
Where: 40 – 43/F, Conrad Hong Kong
Why Go? You know that dilemma when you saw an art piece but have no clue what the artist is trying to express? Come and have a chat with more than 50 artists stationed in the hotel rooms at the fair, where you will also find all kinds of art pieces lying around in different corners in the room – think inside the bathtub, behind the doors, on top of the beds and beyond. Come and support the emerging artists as you get to view more than 3,000 artworks as you go around the hotel.
Admission: HKD 220; Get tickets here
“There Should Be No End to Experimentation” by Zaha Hadid
When: 17 March – 6 April
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
Why Go? Mention Zaha Hadid and the words “Architect dame” and “Queen of the curve” spring to mind. The legendary British-Iraqi architect died at the age of 65 in March 2016, leaving her ground-breaking portfolio and legacy behind.
This exhibition showcases paintings, calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that show her complex thoughts about architecture’s forms and relationships.
Enjoy afternoon tea at….
Blooming Afternoon Tea Set
When: 21 March – 31 May
Where: Palm Court, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Why Go? With inspirations drawn from the sweet aromas of blossoms, this tea set celebrates the beauty of Spring through floral-inspired adornments and pastel shades. Aptly named after enchanting spring blossoms (think “Jasmine”, “Rose”and Daisy”), these exquisite edible art pastries are highly Instagrammable.
What’s more? Come between 25 and 26 March and you can leave with a portrait curated by Tanya Bennett, a Hong Kong-based creative talent known for her charming watercolour portraits.
Admission: $348 per person and $598 for two