Breaking the Waves


17.12.2021 – 23.1.2022


K11 HACC L2, K11 ATELIER King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay


11 am – 7 pm; Winter Solstice (21 December), Christmas Eve (24 December) and New Year’s Eve (31 December): 11 am – 5 pm



As we begin to emerge from a time of solitude and isolation, Breaking the Waves brings together the works of 14 highly acclaimed artists and artist collectives from around the world, to explore discussion and dialogue as a cornerstone of contemporary art, and highlight the role of communication and social interaction in contemporary practice. The exhibition also examines the vast potential of art as a means of social development, communication and connectivity with the world through art.

The exhibition title, Breaking the Waves, refers both to persistence, the endlessly repeating climax of waves breaking on a shore, and the act of swimming against the tide, or coming up for air. In the current moment, it also seeks to convey optimism about the latent potentials for renewal as we slowly begin to re-enter a world reshaped following the COVID-19 pandemic. As a celebration of art’s propensity for thinking differently and going against the grain, the exhibition seeks to speak to community, solidarity and the inspiring, sometimes challenging, visions of new futures and new possibilities that art is uniquely placed to offer.

To accompany the exhibition, K11 Art Foundation is presenting a series of events:

Artist Zheng Bo In Conversation with Mark Rappolt, Editor-In-Chief of ArtReview (Recording of the Zoom Webinar)

View this conversation between Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo and Mark Rappolt (Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview), exploring Zheng’s artistic practice focuses on ecologically-engaged art and his commitment to multispecies vibrancy. 

Audio guides
Use your smartphone to access audio guides during your visit, get new perspectives on the artwork and a fuller experience to explore the exhibition. Available in Cantonese, English and Mandarin, the audio guide is free of charge.

Online resources
This learning kit is designed to provide context for the exhibition, through a range of potential focus areas and curriculum links.

Guided tour 
With our online guided tour, you can revisit our exhibition from a fresh or different perspective.

School tour 
We welcome local schools by appointment for groups up to 15 students and teachers. Please contact for details and to organise a trip.

K11 HACC L2, K11 ATELIER King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

17.12.2021 – 23.1.2022

K11 MUSEA 2F, Gold Ball

3.12.2021 – 18.12.2021

One of the works, Superwoman KTV by Eisa Jocson, will be exhibited at K11 MUSEA’s Gold Ball from 3 to 18 December 2021, allowing the audience to have a sneak peek of the exhibition Breaking the Waves.

Superwoman KTV stars The Filipino Superwoman Band, an ensemble who performs a choreographed routine to the song Superwoman. The song, originally sung by American singer Karyn White, became a hit when the Filipino singer Janine Desidario re-released it with a new title Hindi Ako si Darna (I am not a superwoman). At Gold Ball, the exhibition space has been transformed into a karaoke room, where the audience can immerse in the space and experience the work by listening to the music. With a sense of playfulness, the work tells the story of female affective labour and reflects the struggles of Filipino migrant workers.

chi K11 art museum, Shanghai

17.07.2021 – 17.10.2021