The Executive Committee is pleased to organise a guided tour of three galleries presenting exciting works from Hong Kong artists. We will start with Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery and Gallerie du Monde in Central, follow with optional lunch, and the tour will end at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. At each gallery, we will have a chance to meet with the artist and the curator who will discuss the works and highlights about the exhibitions.
1. Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
Beyond Senses, Beyond Colours – Leo K. K. Wong
The exhibition “Beyond Senses, Beyond Colours” will feature a total of 49 colour and black-and-white photographs spanning over 50 years of creation by Hong Kong photographer Leo K. K. Wong. The distinctive and differing styles of Wong’s colour and black-and-white works attest to the transition of his interests throughout his artistic practice.
Wong graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Hong Kong in 1959 and practiced as a physician until 2006. As a doctor, Wong was continually confronted with issues of life and death. To cultivate emotional balance and to ease stress, he began studying photography at the age of 34 under master photographer S.F. Dan. During this time Wong focused on monochromatic works depicting the daily lives of people in Hong Kong, including public housing estates, fishing villages, construction sites, and other social phenomena.
2. Gallerie du Monde
MEME – Fung Min Chip
Fung Ming Chip’s solo exhibition MEME provides a comprehensive insight into his decades-long exploration of the history and philosophy of the written word. Using ideograms and pictographs, Fung has investigated how meaning is transmitted in written languages through a combination of form and sound. These ideas lie at the heart of much of Fung’s work, including “Shu-fa”, “Zuan-ke”, sculpture, engravings on mixed media, ink painting and stop-motion animation.
Fung Ming Chip moved to Hong Kong in 1956 and to New York in 1977. Since 1986, he has been living between New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan and in 2006 settled in Hong Kong. Self taught, Fung’s quest to extend the conceptual field of Shu-fa, (Chinese calligraphy) began initially with his work in the related art of “Zhuan-ke” (seal-carving).
He has exhibited internationally with a major retrospective of his work held in 1999 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. He was artist in residence at Cambridge University, and has work included in major private collections and public institutions internationally. In 2014, he completed After Mi Fu Handscroll, Response to Mi Fu’s Boat on Wu River, commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.
3. Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
This exhibition presents 11 local artists whose works look at the pressure of living in this city and make room for us to pause, reflect, respond and possibly challenge the world around us. Their works engage with urban experience, current affairs, and shared and personal history in a range of medium from painting to sculpture, video to mixed media installation. The exhibition consists of two parts: inside the gallery are extant works that contemplate various restrictions we encounter every day, from the spatial to psychological, the social to historical. Beyond the gallery, the outdoor area of our site is opened up for new commissions that strive to overcome these boundaries through artistic experimentation.
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.