I swung by Saatchi Gallery in London’s upmarket neighbourhood of Chelsea a couple of week’s back to check out the press preview of Hong Kong Eye at Saatchi Gallery. I’m so glad I did, too. It’s an amusing show that I’d highly recommend to art lovers visiting the area. The gallery itself is fantastic (arguably the nicest and best suited place in London for viewing art) with a number of other exhibitions on currently as well.
Hong Kong Eye features more than 50 works by 18 top emerging artists from Hong Kong. It is the largest ever touring international showcase to date of Hong Kong contemporary art with the majority of work having never been shown outside of Asia before. Artists exhibiting include Amy Cheung, Chow Chun Fai, Silas Fong, Ho Sin Tung, Kong Chun Hei, Kum Chi Keung, Lam Tung Pang, Leung Kui Ting, Otto Li, Lui Chun Kwong, Florian Ma, Joao Vasco Paiva, Hector Rodriguez, Angela Su, Annie Wan, Adrian Wong, Justin Wong Chiu Tat and Fiona Wong Lai Ching.
A couple of pieces in particular grabbed my attention during the preview and left me hankering not only to recommend the show with this humble blog post but also to get back there soon for a second viewing with a couple of my artier friends. Amy Cheung’s full-size wooden tank which visitors can enter and operate made attending the preview a pleasure in and of itself and equally warrants a repeat visit. I also got a real kick out of viewing Adrian Wong’s large scale moving plush toy sculptures and would love to be bemused and mildly creeped out by them again.
Hong Kong Eye is open to the public and free now and until the 12th of January 2013. Saatchi Gallery is located at Duke Of York Square in Chelsea, SW3 4SQ. The nearest Tube station is at Sloane Square. A great time to check out Hong Kong Eye might be on a Saturday around late morning or early afternoon when the square hosts an open air fine food market. The market spills and blends with the greater Chelsea Farmers Market and provides locals and visitors alike with all sorts of fresh produce, international eating experiences and range of awesome lunch options. But any time’s a good time as the gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Saatchi Gallery exhibitions.
Find out more at saatchi-gallery.co.uk
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