Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture Featuring Murakami and More

Why We Recommend it

Traditional portraiture is reinvented by a diverse, multicultural group of artists, providing an intimate glance into their perspectives towards the role of art and the nature of humans.


Perrotin Hong Kong presents the group exhibition Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture, exploring the modern functions and implications of portraits by a multicultural group of artists.  As portraits are no longer needed in the traditional sense, to document the appearances of individuals, artists have found ways to reinvent the wheel to keep the art form relevant and exciting.

Some artists inject modernity with unconventional techniques, such as using spray paint to create fine art or their hands and fingers in place of brushes.  Others manipulate their portrayals of the subject, turning to the abstract and whimsical. More still choose to incorporate elements of art history, in reinterpretations of classical paintings or fusing Eastern and Western traditions.

Most of the work in this exhibition may be of someone else’s face, but the artist uses this impersonal imagery to communicate their own thoughts.  Whether it be musings on consumer culture, spiritual revelations or reflections on how art relates to the community, this collection of portraits promises to challenge and provoke reflection.

Artists featured include Takashi Murakami, Aya Takano, Madsaki, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Hernan Bas, Chen Fei, Eddie Martinez, Barry McGee, Izumi Kato, and Mr..


Feature image credit: Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Joséphine, 2018. Oil on panel. 49.5 x 39.5 x 3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.


When: 20 Jun 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 Where: Perrotin Hong Kong – 807, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road – Tsim Sha Tsui