Exhibitions

Past
Image: Kristy M Chan: Binge
London  12 October - 12 November 2022

Kristy M Chan: Binge

Simon Lee Gallery and The Artist Room are delighted to announce a collaborative solo exhibition of new paintings by Kristy M Chan (b. 1997, Hong Kong). On view from 12 October - 12 November 2022, Binge will take place across both galleries’ locations. 
Image: Clare Woods: Between These Words
Hong Kong  16 September - 29 October 2022

Clare Woods: Between These Words

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Between These Words, an exhibition of new works by Clare Woods. For the artist’s second solo show in Hong Kong and sixth exhibition with the gallery, Woods presents a series of paintings that explore the polarity of opposites and embrace desire as the ultimate space of the expression of the human condition.
Image: April Bey: I Believe in Why I'm Here
London  1 September - 1 October 2022

April Bey: I Believe in Why I'm Here

April Bey’s first solo exhibition in Europe, I Believe in Why I’m Here, introduces us to the world of Atlantica, created by the artist over thirty years. The gallery is completely transformed into a magical environment exploding with vibrant life that welcomes and empowers anyone that visits
Image: Machines of Desire
London  21 July - 24 August 2022

Machines of Desire

Curated by Emilia Yin and Kat Sapera, the group exhibition Machines of Desire pursues the idea of “the desire machine” as a metaphor for the transcendent, glitch-triggering effect that art in the modern era can engender. With a focus on both historical and contemporary artists whose works play with and complicate familiar aesthetic languages and functions, Machines of Desire seeks to encourage a reading of art as a mode of contemporary mythology or folklore, a space where shared documents of memory metamorphose into forms previously unrealised.  

Machines of Desire opens at Simon Lee Gallery in London and Hong Kong on the 21st July and runs to the 24th August (London) / 10th September (Hong Kong). 
Image: Machines of Desire
Hong Kong  21 July - 10 September 2022

Machines of Desire

Curated by Emilia Yin and Kat Sapera, the group exhibition Machines of Desire pursues the idea of “the desire machine” as a metaphor for the transcendent, glitch-triggering effect that art in the modern era can engender. With a focus on both historical and contemporary artists whose works play with and complicate familiar aesthetic languages and functions, Machines of Desire seeks to encourage a reading of art as a mode of contemporary mythology or folklore, a space where shared documents of memory metamorphose into forms previously unrealised.  

Machines of Desire opens at Simon Lee Gallery in London and Hong Kong on the 21st July (London) / 22nd July (Hong Kong) and runs to the 24th August (London) / 10th September (Hong Kong). 
Image: Valentina Liernur: PINTURAS GRISES
London  9 June - 9 July 2022

Valentina Liernur: PINTURAS GRISES

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present PINTURAS GRISES, an exhibition of new works by Valentina Liernur. For the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery and debut solo exhibition in London, Liernur continues her exploration of quotidian city life through a series of seemingly monochromatic figurative paintings that depict everyday life through the surreptitious gaze.

Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto
London  26 May - 16 July 2022

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Michelangelo Pistoletto. For his fifth exhibition at the gallery, the artist presents a series of mirror paintings that reflect on themes of captivity, isolation and restriction at a fractured moment in contemporary history.

Image: William Mackinnon: Modern Family
Hong Kong  20 May - 16 July 2022

William Mackinnon: Modern Family

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Modern Family, an exhibition of new works by William Mackinnon. For his first solo show in Hong Kong, Mackinnon presents eight paintings depicting trees. With this body of work, the artist continues a long-standing investigation into the motif, which takes on new meaning as the tree becomes the sole protagonist. Painted during a period of profound change in his personal life, these works are imbued with a new sense of growth and direction.

Image: Marnie Weber & Jim Shaw
20 April - 30 October 2022

Marnie Weber & Jim Shaw Zuecca Projects: Squero Castello, Venice

Simon Lee Gallery and Zuecca Projects are pleased to present a joint exhibition of works by Jim Shaw and Marnie Weber at Squero Castello in Venice, Italy. The works of Shaw and Weber span a wide range of artistic media and visual imagery, from the detritus of American culture to the surreal worlds of fantasy and folklore, both drawing from the subconscious as their source of artistic creativity. In parallel with the theme of The Milk of Dreams, the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, both Shaw and Weber transform the personal, the commonplace and the uncanny into dream-like narratives and magical worlds that unfold the mysteries of our subconscious and imagination.

Image: Georg Karl Pfahler
London  13 April - 21 May 2022

Georg Karl Pfahler

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce German painter Georg Karl Pfahler’s inaugural presentation in London, a comprehensive survey of defining works from throughout the artist’s career. The exhibition showcases a collection of paintings and works on paper that celebrate the legacy of Germany’s first Hard Edge painter.

Pfahler developed his mature style in 1958 with his first series, Formativ. However, it was not until 1962 that Pfahler began incorporating his signature block-like forms alongside crisply defined areas of colour that embody his first Hard Edge paintings. These features epitomise his subsequent series, including Metro, West-Ost-Transit, Espan and Fra Firenze, all represented in this exhibition.

Image: Toby Ziegler: Pronk
Hong Kong  25 March - 14 May 2022

Toby Ziegler: Pronk

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Toby Ziegler, in which the artist continues his analysis of the compression of time into painting and the speed of making and unmaking an image.

Image: Garth Weiser
London  4 March - 9 April 2022

Garth Weiser

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Garth Weiser, the artist’s fourth presentation with the gallery. 

Garth Weiser’s practice has been dominated predominately by abstract imagery but in recent works Weiser fuses abstraction and figuration. Weiser layers gestural impastoed paint, ordered geometry, and disembodied figurative forms. Using a variety of devices such as tape, exacto blades and shipping nets he disrupts, interrupts and cuts into the various layers partially revealing the printed imagery underneath. The resulting painting surfaces feel scarred and sculptural.  He creates a surface that is at once controlled and free with images flickering in and out of recognition.  By employing this method of addition and subtraction, Weiser’s works underline his fascination with the evolution of painting.  

Image: Grayscale
Hong Kong  28 January - 12 March 2022

Grayscale

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Grayscale, a group exhibition featuring selected works in shades of grey. Since the early Renaissance period, the ‘grisaille’ technique has been used by artists to imitate the look of sculpture in paintings executed entirely in shades of grey. Grayscale investigates the ways in which grey continues to capture the fascination of a new generation of artists. Uniting diverse visual languages that encompass a range of artistic expressions, these works renew and challenge how we perceive the colour grey, articulating the complexity of a colour that is both contemplative and poetic. 

Image: Donna Huddleston: In Person
London  21 January - 26 February 2022

Donna Huddleston: In Person

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce Donna Huddleston: In Person. For her inaugural exhibition with the gallery, the artist presents new works on paper that explore themes of doubles, stand ins and performance.  

Image: Mel Bochner
29 November 2021 - 23 January 2022

Mel Bochner Pop-Up Exhibition, Blanc International Contemporary Art Space, Beijing

On the occasion of its second exhibition at Blanc Art Space’s pop-up project space in Beijing, Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Mel Bochner’s Blah, Blah, Blah (2011), a monumental eight-part canvas that represents the apex of his eponymous body of work. The painting acts as an altarpiece in the darkened exhibition space, as though a chapel of Blah Blah Blah, inspiring such spiritual associations as the 15th-century polyptych Ghent Altarpiece painted by brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, or the more contemporary Rothko Chapel in Houston. Blah, Blah, Blah is infused with a sense of ritual and drama inherent to many forms of worship and that invokes connotations of artistic pilgrimage, bringing to mind seminal destinations including Bochner’s contemporary Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah’s Salt Lake. As an icon of the artist’s most renowned series,  Blah, Blah, Blah invites the viewer to experience a total immersion into Bochner’s central doctrine: the intersection of linguistic and visual representation.

Image: Angela Bulloch: Rainbow Unicorn Rhombus
London  19 November 2021 - 15 January 2022

Angela Bulloch: Rainbow Unicorn Rhombus

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Rainbow Unicorn Rhombus, an exhibition of new and recent works by Angela Bulloch, preceding a major exhibition at the Musée d’Arts de Nantes, France in 2022.

Bulloch’s multidisciplinary practice finds associations between the visual language of 20th century modernist art movements and the digital realm, encompassing a range of technologies from computer games to science-fiction narratives. Exploring the relationship between real and virtual space, the artist’s fascination with dimensionality is reflected in a new series of stack sculptures made from corian and stainless steel, a wall painting and a digital video that mirrors the exhibition, transporting the visitor out of the physical gallery space and into its virtual counterpart. 

Image: Georg Karl Pfahler
Hong Kong  5 November 2021 - 22 January 2022

Georg Karl Pfahler

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present German painter Georg Karl Pfahler’s first solo exhibition in Asia, coming ahead of a comprehensive survey at the gallery’s London location in Spring 2022. The exhibition explores work made between 1965 and 1975, in a concise presentation that traces the evolution of Pfahler’s works from his Tex and Metro series, begun in the early 1960s, to his later Ost-West Transit and Espan series that define Pfahler’s practice during the 1970s.