Closing party of Asia Week Hong Kong 3rd edition
RELAUNCH of the COLLECTORS CIRCLE & Panel Discussion on “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors”
Thursday, 11 June 2015 | 7 pm | Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Relaunch of the Collectors Circle & Panel Discussion on “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors”
The original Collectors Circle was launched in 2006 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Friends has always been encouraging the study and appreciation of Oriental studies, Chinese art and culture within the Hong Kong community.
The goal of the Collectors Circle was to raise funds for the Art Museum to assist in building the permanent collection. A significant piece, Zen Lotus by Lui Shou Kwan, was acquired by the museum with the funds raised by the Collectors circle and matched by the Friends, valued at over HKD $1.2 million.
Now, ten years since the launch, the Friends will re-launch the Collectors Circle with a goal of contributing another significant piece of artwork to the Museum’s collection to commemorate the Friends’ 35th Anniversary – as well as the Collectors Circle’s 10th Anniversary – in 2016.
This celebratory evening will be illustrated with an insightful panel discussion on the topic “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors” between Professor Jenny So, the Art Museum director of the Chinese University, Mrs. Cissy Pao Watari, Private Collector and Honorary President of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Mrs. Jessica Harrison-Hall, Curator at the British Museum and moderated by The Friends’ vice chair Ms Laure Raibaut.
Asia Society Hong Kong Center is our partner in this event and Asia Week Hong Kong is co-hosting this event with the Friends as a closing event of Asia Week 3rd edition (27 May – 11 June).
About the speakers
Cissy PAO Pui-lai, BBS | ARTIST, PRIVATE COLLECTOR, HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE
Ms Cissy Pao is the President of Cornes World Company Limited and Director of its associate companies. With a vision of integrating business and the arts, Ms Pao founded the Ferguson Lane in Shanghai, blending architecture, art and design, and dining outlets. She is now embarking on another Lane development in Shanghai. She is also the Honorary President of Hong Kong-Shanghai Economic Development Association Ltd.
Graduated from the Washington University with a BA in art history and the Cleveland Institute of Art with an MFA degree in painting/sculpture, Ms Pao has been a painter and sculptor for years, and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. She went into business upon returning to Hong Kong in 1971, and has engaged in supporting local arts development since. Ms Pao was a Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1996-97, Chairman of Hong Kong Ballet from 1995 to 2007 and Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Centre from 2006 to 2012. In 2005, she founded Public Art Hong Kong where she serves as Chairman. She is now the Honorary President of Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Chairman Emeritus of Hong Kong Ballet. She is currently serving on the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board and various WKCD committees. Ms Pao was conferred the Hong Kong Dance Award by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance in 2004 and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2012 for her contributions to the arts in Hong Kong.
JESSICA HARRISON-HALL | HEAD OF THE CHINA SECTION/CURATOR of CHINESE CERAMICS, ASIA DEPARTMENT of the BRITISH MUSEUM
Jessica Harrison-Hall is Head of the China Section and Curator of Chinese Ceramics in the Asia Department of the British Museum. Jessica researches and interprets Chinese history, art and material culture for a wide range of audiences. Her research interests focus on the Ming and Qing periods and China’s interactions with the wider world. She is currently Principal Investigator with Professor Craig Clunas of Oxford University of a major Arts and Humanities Research Project entitled Ming China: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450 (2012-2015). Recent outputs of this research include the exhibition and the book Ming: 50 years that changed China and a popular book Ming: People Art and Places (2014). She is author of several other books including Ming Ceramics (2001, translated into Chinese in 2014); Chinese Ceramics with Regina Krahl (2009, translated into Chinese in 2013); Vietnam: Behind the Lines (2002) and Pocket Timeline of China (2008). Jessica curated the first digital-interactive gallery at the British Museum for Chinese Ceramics in 2009 and together with colleagues from the V&A Museum curated “Passion for Porcelain” loan exhibition at the National Museum of China in 2012 and the UK touring exhibition “China: Journey to the East (2009-2012)”.
JENNY SO | PROFESSOR OF FINE ARTS AND DIRECTOR OF THE ART MUSEUM, THE INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES, AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.
Professor So is Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Art Museum, the Institute of Chinese Studies (since Aug 2013), at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. Before her return to CUHK in 2001, she was Senior Curator at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., responsible for all research and exhibition programmes related to its collections of ancient Chinese art. She was Co-Chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee at Asia Society’s Hong Kong Centre until January this year.
MODERATOR: LAURE RAIBAUT
Laure Raibaut is an expert in Chinese Contemporary art. Formerly an archaeologist and a postgraduate of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London and the Sorbonne In Paris, she started her career after attending CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) in Beijing at the time the art scene was booming and worked for Platform China Art Institute. While pursuing her studies in Chinese art and language in Paris and Beijing, she contributed to several projects as an intern, researcher and curator at various museums and institutions in France and China, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Between 2007 and 2013, she worked successively for the Chinese Contemporary Gallery and Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, as well as the Schoeni Art Gallery in Hong Kong, amongst others. Ms Raibaut is a senior specialist, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Christies’ Asia.
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