Chinese Ceramics and Seals Donated by the K. S. Lo Foundation
This permanent exhibition features rare Chinese ceramics dating back to the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties (960–1644 CE), and a selection of seals from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644 CE) to the 20th century generously donated by the K. S. Lo Foundation.
DATE: PERMANENT EXHIBITION
VENUE: K.S. Lo Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Calligraphy on Stone – Seal Carving in Hong Kong
Featuring over 60 items of Chinese seals by early Hong Kong seal carvers generously donated by the K.S. Lo Foundation, this permanent exhibition presents the history of early Hong Kong seal carving and the cultural interflow between Hong Kong and Mainland China in the early days.
DATE: PERMANENT EXHIBITION
VENUE: K.S. Lo Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Old houses are sites of memory. The interventions of an artist can give old houses a new lease on life, and help build a community by preserving its collective memory and cultural identity. The value of a house is often not the physical space that it offers, but is found as the extension of the spirit of the house’s current and former occupants.
“Hi! Houses” is an art project that sets out to challenge us to re-think the use of space in landmark old houses. Organized by the Art Promotion Office, four century old historic buildings in Hong Kong – Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum, Old House at Wong Uk Village, Law Uk Folk Museum and Sam Tung Uk Museum – were chosen and paired up with local artists, Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong, and Jaffa Lam to breathe a new life into the space. Site-specific art works will be created to connect old stories from the house with contemporary art.
The project is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and supported by supported by the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, and Hong Kong Museum of History.
VENUE: For more information on venue and opening times, please
refer to facebook.com/apo.hihouses
The Legacy of Liangzhu Culture: Neolithic Relics from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum
The Neolithic Liangzhu culture of southern China disappeared suddenly about 4,000 years ago. Although no records on their culture and religious beliefs remain, thousands of high quality artefacts have been unearthed from Liangzhu archaeological sites in the Yangtze River delta, allowing us to better understand the importance of this ancient culture. Featuring 118 sets of Neolithic artefacts from major excavation sites, including delicately carved burial jades, stone farming tools and black pottery of unique forms, the exhibition explores the daily life, religious beliefs and intellectual aspects of an ancient people and uncovers the glorious legacy of Liangzhu culture in Neolithic China. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Zhejiang Provincial Museum.
DATE: 1 MAR – 30 MAY
VENUE: Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong presents 11 local artists whose works examine the stress of living in this city and make room for us to pause, reflect, respond and possibly challenge the world around us. Their works, from painting to sculpture, video to mixed media installation, engage the visitors with urban experience, current affairs, and shared and personal history. The exhibition consists of two parts: inside the gallery are existing works that contemplate everyday social constraints. Beyond the gallery, new commissions that try to overcome these limits through artistic experimentation are made outdoor.
The participating artists are: Chilai Howard, Chloë Cheuk, Cheuk Wing Nam, Enoch Cheung, South Ho, Vaan Ip, Ko Sin Tung, Andio Lai, Siu Wai Hang, Adrian Wong, and Magdalen Wong, and the exhibition is led by in-house curator Dominique Chan with Joyce Hei-ting Wong and Ashley Nga-sai Wu as assistant curators.
DATE: 12 MAR - 13 AUG
VENUE: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Reunions: A Collector’s Journey
Inspired by the three movements of Beethoven’s Les Adieux, or Piano Sonata No. 26, Das Lebewohl (The Farewell), Abwesenheit (The Absence) and Das Wiedersehen (The Return), Reunions: A Collector’s Journey explores the relevance of the themes of loss, absence and return to building a collection. Featuring over one hundred pieces of Chinese furniture from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties, Reunions tells the story of how Liang Yi Museum’s first collection was built and how Peter Fung, the museum’s founder, spent decades reuniting antiques— ones that had originally come in sets—with their long-lost counterparts.
Threatened by centuries of strife, foreign interference, and China’s destruction of its own heritage during the Cultural Revolution, fewer than 10,000 pieces of classical Chinese hardwood furniture are thought to still exist. The furniture that does survive is scattered around the world, making collecting complete sets a daunting challenge. The highlight works in this exhibition provide an insight into the tastes and habits of the collectors and dealers who handled them, while simultaneously shedding light on episodes from China’s tumultuous history.
DATE: 21 MAR – FEB 2018
VENUE: Liang Yi Museum
181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
HK$200 includes a guided tour, by appointment only
Wednesdays are open free of charge to full-time students with appointments
From the Realm of the Immortals: Meanings and Representations of the Deer from the Nanjing Museum
With slim, long legs and—in the case of males—magnificent antlers, the deer is a graceful artiodactyl mammal that is broadly represented in Chinese visual and literary culture. In the Book of Poetry, we come to adore the gentleness of the deer depicted in lines like “with pleased sounds the deer call to one another, eating the celery of the fields.” Meanwhile, we are all familiar with phrases that associate the creature with political power. In this exhibition, multiple meanings of the deer in Chinese art are explore through art and artifacts.
In ancient China, the deer was regarded as a mediator to the supernatural world and a symbol of auspiciousness and longevity. This is proved by the traces of deer-related elements discerned in agricultural rituals and divination practices. Thanks to the support of the Nanjing Museum, this exhibition features a variety of deer-related artifacts, such as a bronze deer and a lacquer tomb-guarding beast with deer antlers.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Friends of the Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
DATE: 24 MAR - 28 MAY
VENUE: Gallery II, Art Museum, Central Campus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Evolving Images: Modern Hong Kong Printmaking
Prints in the past were published to promulgate information. Today’s printing technology has superseded traditional printmaking. Liberated from the confines of reproduction, prints have become an individual art form with potent possibilities for artistic expression. This exhibition features 35 recent prints by 9 Hong Kong artists as well as one artwork from each artist in their specialisation such as ceramics and ink painting. It demonstrates how artists can reproduce their artistic flair on print.
DATE: UNTIL 10 JUN
VENUE: Sun Museum, 4/F SML Tower, 165 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Robert Lettner: In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape
The exhibition displays more than 50 watercolour landscape paintings and ink still lifes from the distinguished career of Austrian artist Robert Lettner (1943–2012), spanning the 1970s to his final years. Several Chinese works of art also have been selected from the UMAG permanent collection as a way to encourage visitors to experience the common spirit found within the landscapes and still lifes of Eastern and Western cultures.
Lettner immersed himself in the natural world, vividly depicting his vision on paper—whether representing the vast ocean, the sun’s warmth or an endless line of mountains and clouds. As an influential artist in Central Europe, Lettner also relied on an extensive library of Eastern culture and art, and was particularly drawn to the cultural distinctions within the ideas of Chinese and Western landscape paintings.
The current exhibition classifies Lettner’s watercolour landscapes into the three dominant elements seen in Eastern and Western artists 'void', 'colour' and 'perspective' In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape serves as both an extension of Lettner’s art and an exploration of the philosophy of the landscape, which inevitably leads to an expansion of the vistas beyond traditional forms of painting.
DATE: 26 APR - 18 JUN
VENUE: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and the Port Cities
Cheung Po Tsai was a notorious pirate in the South China Seas during the late 18th century. This infamous pirate chief and his fleet controlled the coast of Guangdong province between 1800 and 1810 until they were pacified by a series of operations undertaken by government forces under Governor Bailing between the Autumn of 1809 and August 1810.
By exploring the locations of pirate bases such as those of Cheung Po Tsai, the exhibition begins by tracing the development of China’s ports and trading routes in the South China Sea from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. ‘Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and the Port Cities’ provides a fresh angle on maritime history with its narrative through the eyes of pirates, with a focus on Hong Kong, then Pearl Delta River and Southern China.
The exhibition will also shed light on the evolution of shipbuilding technologies within the context of sea piracy, showing how shipbuilding technologies were improved in order to enhance maritime safety while at the same time, the tactics of pirate attacks were influenced to counter these technological innovations.
DATE: 21 APR - 8 OCT
VENUE: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Central, Hong Kong
Walasse Ting: Symphony of Colours
Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present a solo exhibition, Walasse Ting: Symphony of Colours, in their recently opened gallery space in Central. The exhibition marks the 10th solo exhibition Alisan Fine Arts has organized for the acclaimed diaspora artist since the 1980s. Working closely with Walasse Ting’s Estate, this exhibition will showcase a curated selection of 21 never exhibited works of Ting’s highly acclaimed paintings of colourful ladies, flowers, and birds. This exhibition follows on the heels of the first large scale exhibition at the Musée Cernuschi in France.
DATE: 10 MAY - 30 JUN
VENUE: Alisan Fine Arts Central, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Splendours of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i’s Selected Academic and Art Works Inspired by Dunhuang Culture
Jao Tsung-i is one of the world’s most important contemporary Chinese scholars. His in-depth research on Dunhuang manuscripts and art is highly acclaimed and his artworks promoted Dunhuang studies and cultural conservation. The exhibition, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the University of Hong Kong, is one of the signature events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It features Jao’s publications, paintings and calligraphy in relation to Dunhuang art and culture. Highlight exhibits include “Five-character Couplet in Dunhuang Sutra Scroll Style,” “Flying Apsaras” painting and “Holding the Lotus” painting. The exhibits provide visitors with a glimpse into the Professor’s immense contributions to Dunhuang studies, and a rare opportunity to be immersed in the fascinating world of Dunhuang.
DATE: 24 MAY - 18 SEP
VENUE: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
The 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme: No Neverland
'No Neverland' is the last exhibition of the 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme. The project team has selected several parks on Hong Kong Island, namely, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Statue Square, Chater Garden, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park and Blake Garden as the starting point of the exposition and as an art campaign to engage the public through alternative city planning. The project sparks our imagination of 'urban space', as visitors may learn about local history and reflect on ways to construct an open and participatory city.
DATE: 26 MAY - 30 JUL
VENUE: Exhibition Hall, VA!, 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong
The Art of CUHK: Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You
'Nothing’s gonna change my love for you' is the theme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Fine Art Department graduation exhibition. The exhibition showcases works by graduating bachelor degree students and master’s degree students. The B.A. graduates’ works resulted from discussions and seminars that were initiated by students. The postgraduate works focus on themes of historical trajectory, cultural connotation and social aspects of art practices.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the University’s Fine Arts Department, as this exhibition continues the tradition of celebrating the Department’s achievements in nurturing art talents. The annual exhibition is a platform for students to exercise their autonomy.
DATE: 27 MAY - 23 JUN
VENUE: Gallery I, Art Museum, Central Campus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Brush: Satoshi Katayama
Brush is the first solo exhibition of emerging Japanese artist Satoshi Katayama presented by Sin Sin Man in collaboration with WADO PROJECT (Japan).
WADO PROJECT, founded in December, 2016 in Japan, aims to promote Japanese fine arts and crafts to the world. The project presents this exhibition as their first show, which is an interactive platform between Japanese artist from province of Toyama and Hong Kong audience. This is their first collaboration with Sin Sin Fine Art.
Satoshi was self-taught to explore beyond a conventional category of calligraphy since 2010. The symbols in his works are not always legible and the brushstrokes seem to take precedence over any literal meaning. He is trying to convey his artistic energy through logographic 'kanji' characters, which he uses as a metaphor for communicating his internal state of mind. The exhibition showcases Satoshi’s most recent research on the 'Water' series. “Water” represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. It is very often associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and softness. Satoshi seeks to create a spiritual connection with the audience by guiding them into the retreat of formless 'Nothing'.
DATE: 1 JUN – 15 JUL
VENUE: Sin Sin Fine Art, 52 Sai Street, Central, Hong Kong
'From Now on' A Solo Exhibition by Vicky Do
Vicky Do’s first solo exhibition poses a matrix of complex relations and historical phenomenon through a perspicuous title - 'From Now on' Since 2014, Do has conducted long-term ethnographical research on the life of both marginalized Vietnamese and those who are integrated into the local community in Hong Kong. She employs a distinct filmic vocabulary to create socio-political narratives on refugee issues.
Do (or Vi, in Vietnamese), born in Saigon, is a media artist focusing on both still and moving images. She works with stories and images as a form of historic preservation, archival, and investigation. Her interest is in the politics of urban planning, national territory and their relationship with the human flow, aka, exodus. Do has translated for Saigon-based samizdat publishing house, including monographs about Sino-Vietnamese relationship, Shooting an Elephant (George Orwell), Politics and the English Language (George Orwell). Neither a communist nor an anarchist, she tolerates both to a certain extent.
Do was awarded Master of Fine Arts from the School of Creative Media, the City University of Hong Kong in 2016. She is currently working as a filmmaker and researcher.
DATE: 3 JUN - 24 JUN
Opening Reception and premiere screening 3 JUN
VENUE: Room D, 8/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Genesis and Spirit: Recalling Jiangnan – An Exhibition on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Zhejiang