Hong Kong Contemporary Art Best Food

Hong Kong is one in a handful of global cities that has built a reputation for contemporary art as well as great food. There are a multitude of Michelin starred restaurants, international galleries like White Cube and Gagosian and so many good local ones as well as the Hong Kong art fair,  which sits alongside Basel and Miami.

 

View of Kowloon Hong Kong - ICC Tower Kowloon

View of Kowloon Hong Kong – ICC Tower Kowloon

 

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Man Mo Temple Hollywood Road Hong Kong Central

White Cube Gallery Hong Kong

 

The main art exhibition we were in Hong Kong for was The Chapman Brothers –  Jake and Dinos Chapman’s ‘The Sum of All Evil” at White Cube in Connaught Road Central.

 

Jake and Dinos Chapman -contemporary art at White cube Gallery Hong Kong

White Cube Gallery – Hong Kong

 

The Chapman Bros are part of the Young British Artists movement, along with Marc Quinn, Michael Landy, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

In Australia, the Chapman Brothers exhibited as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney in 2010.

 

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Jake and Dinos Chapman

You enter the ground floor of the gallery – ‘The Sum of all Evil’ is the most densely detailed diorama installation that Jake and Dinos have yet created. In this ‘Hell’ landscape, you are overwhelmed by intricately detailed and realistic Nazi soldiers, along other characters like Ronald McDonald, committing violent, savage acts set in this cataclysmic world. Presented in four voluminous glass cases, this work is conglomeration of the worst possible ‘evils’, with violence and cruelty running amok across time.  Jake Chapman explains ‘We’re making work that contradicts the idea that art is inherently good and based on idealism.”

 

Upstairs on the first floor, you experience a set of four new diorama sculptures amplifying the same themes, one with Ronald McDonald as a sad fisherman on a broken jetty, his legs swinging over a lake full of dead bodies.

There’s also a series of found paintings that Jake and Dinos Chapman have as they say ‘reworked and improved’. These paintings by unknown artists, often portraits, which are defaced – again often grotesque, playing with their theme of art not always being good and positive.

 

Jake and Dinos Chapman - One Day you will No Longer

Jake and Dinos Chapman – One Day you will No Longer No 5

 

Gagossian Gallery Hong Kong

 

The other exhibition we were in Hong Kong for was Jean-Michel Basquiat at Gagosian Gallery in Pedder St.   A wide ranging retrospective – that gives a deep insight into Basquiat and his work, particularly true of his Self Portrait from 1984 and also the large scale works. Basquiat, like his contemporary – NYC artist Keith Haring, really combined materials and techniques that were more of the street than more traditional art practice.

 

Jean Michel Basquiat - Self Portrait 1984

Jean Michel Basquiat – Self Portrait 1984 Image: Gagiosian Gallery

 

Of course, we couldn’t be in Hong Kong without sampling some of the city’s renown cuisine.

 

Tim Ho Wan Restaurant

 

Two very different food experiences – the assistant at White Cube Gallery said we had to try Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan not far away in the Kong Kong MTR station. Tim Ho Wan, with branches across Hong Kong, delivers the freshest dim sum – like you’ve never tasted before. Put your name on the list and wait and wait and wait until your number is yelled into the air and run for your table.  The 45 + mins was worth it, it’s food you think of days later and the service is so Hong Kong, super efficient and to the point.

 

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The long wait at Tim Ho Wan – MTR Hong Kong

 

Tim Ho Wan - MTR Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant

Best Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan – MTR Hong Kong

 

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Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan – MTR Hong Kong

 

Heichinrou Restaurant

 

Heichinrou Restaurant – classic Cantonese food and a formal restaurant – one of the dishes we tried was chicken with plum sauce. The chicken was steamed, so moist and tender and the plum sauce was nothing short of outstanding – the taste was layered dark and natural, with a musky smokiness.  The perfect tartness delivered by whole plums with stones still intact – this was a brilliant chicken dish.  We are off to Hong Kong again in a couple of weeks and this dish is high on our agenda – can’t wait.

 

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Heichinrou Restaurant Hong Kong

 

Heichinrou Restaurant Hong Kong restaurants - chicken with plum sauce

Chicken with plum sauce – Heichinrou Restaurant Hong Kong

 

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Dim Sum – Heichinrou Restaurant Hong Kong

 

 

We love shopping in Hong Kong and looking around some of the best food markets – from butchers to flowers and everything inbetween, That makes Hong Kong one of the best global cities for eating.

 

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Hong Kong market shopping

If you’re after brilliant contemporary art and great food, Hong Kong delivers this and so much more.  It’s one of our favourite cities, along with Paris, NYC, London, Berlin and Sydney.

 

White Cube

50 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

 

White Cube Website

 

Gagosian Gallery

7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong

 

Gagosian Gallery Website

 

Tim Ho Wan 

Concession Hok 12A, Level 1 MTR Hong Kong Station, Central, Hong Kong

 

Heichinrou

41 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

 

Heichinrou Website

 

 

 

 

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