Guided Viewing: "COUPLET PAIR REBUS The Principle of Cause and Effect in Art" with Dr. Harald Kraemer at UMAG (Members Only)

Date :
Saturday, 18 November 2023
Time :
11:00 - 12:30 Exhibition; 13:00 Optional lunch
Venue :
1/F, T. T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
Cost :
Free with registration; Members only
Limit :
Enquiries :
Patricia Lee at [email protected] / 2241-5507
Note :
Optional lunch afterwards on share-cost basis

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a guided viewing of Couplet Pair Rebus – The Principle of Cause and Effect, presented with support of the HKUMS 30th Anniversary Endowment Fund. This viewing will be guided by Dr. Harald Kraemer, Curator at UMAG

This exhibition explores the interplay of causality in art in multiple ways. From poem to poem, COUPLET presents itself as a place for reading, as a space of resonances. PAIR is dedicated to balance and symmetry. Here, pairs of artworks form a three-dimensional equilibrium. REBUS presents itself as a space of associations, forming a network of content-related references. The viewer’s task is to be inspired and to decipher the connections.

With poems, and works of art by: Irene CHOU・David J. CLARKE・Christoph DAHLHAUSEN・DENG Chengxiu・DENG Shiru・ DUAN Jianwei・Adrian FALKNER・FANG Zhaoling・FANG Zhiyong・Beat FELLER・Ian Hamilton FINLAY・FUNG Yee Lick Eric・HAN Wo・HUANG Shiling・JAO Tsung-i・JAT See Yeu ・JIA Dao・Tobias KLEIN・LAI Jixi・LAM Man Kong・Robert LETTNER・LEUNG Kui Ting・ Joseph LEUNG Mong Sum・LI Ki Kwok Victor・LI Jing・LI Zhanzhi・LIANG Qichao・LIAO Zenping・LIU Haisu・LU You・Thích NHAT HANH・Shirin NESHAT・POON Yeuk Fai・Mary Curtis RATCLIFF・Peter SCHLÖR・Debe SHAM・SHE Xueman・SHI Shuqing・Sim SHUM Kwan Yi・SONG Yonghong・Philipp STADLER・Herbert STAREK・SUN Xingge・TANG Yin・ TING Yin Yung・TU Chen Tsui・WENG Tonghe・XIN Haizhou・YIK Yuet Sek・YUAN Jiagu・ YUEN Hung Shue・ZHANG Huaqing・ZHANG Zhidong・JI Zigao・ZHU Ruzhen and 88 generally symmetrical objects from the UMAG collection, ranging from neolithic earthenware to Nestorian crosses and wood carvings to papercuts.


Dr. Kraemer is an art scholar, curator and designer with a focus on Museum Studies and Media in Museums. His PhD on Museum Informatics & Digital Collections is considered a standard work for digital museum documentation. As a pioneer of museum informatics and through his involvement in 40 museums in the planning, design and production of database systems for collection/museum management, digital online strategies for museums and numerous interactive online and offline media applications with cultural themes and e-learning courses, he is counted among the founders of the Digital Humanities. In Vienna, Dr. Kraemer completed the first MA programme for exhibition curators and has since curated and designed over 80 exhibitions. He has written and published widely on applied museology, museum documentation, media in museums, curating, and contemporary art and has taught these topics at universities in Bern, Glasgow, Hong Kong, and Zurich, among others. He was one of the founders of the European Master of Excellence Program Media Arts Cultures and Head of the MA Program Curating Art & Media (SCM, 2014-2021). Since August 2022 he has been a curator at UMAG, where he also teaches courses in Museum Studies. 

Image Credit:
Dui (Food Container) with String Design Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (ca. 475—256 BCE) Bronze
Courtesy of UMAG