The HKU Museum Society and the University Museum and Art Gallery are pleased to present guided viewings of two current exhibitions, Along China’s Coast: Dezső Bozóky’s Travel Photography 1908–1909 and Chak: Landscapes and other Natural Occurences. We will be guided by the artist Chak 翟宗浩 and Museum Director Dr. Florian Knothe.
Along China’s Coast: Dezső Bozóky’s Travel Photography 1908–1909
This exhibition presents a larger group of photographs that Dezső Bozóky took along China’s coast from 1908–1909. A naval officer with the Austro-Hungarian Navy, Bozóky first left Hong Kong for Canton before travelling to Fujian province, Shanghai and Beijing, documenting the countryside and cities as well as their inhabitants. The photographer’s interest in nature and architecture and, above all, the Qing dynasty street scenes and people he met, continue to transmit the excitement and wonder of this early European traveler in a country and culture so far from his own.
Chak: Landscapes and other Natural Occurrences
Chak 翟宗浩 graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the CUHK and later studied with Liu Kuo-sung. In his early years, Chak incorporated a number of contemporary theories and materials into his practice for which he received several prestigious awards, and scholarships in Japan and the USA. After living abroad for nearly 30 years, Chak returned to Hong Kong and continued to create abstract landscapes that explores traditional elements in Chinese art while incorporating more contemporary mediums and motifs.
Dr. Florian Knothe teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th century with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion. Dr. Knothe worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and on European and East Asian glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, before his current position as Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at HKU.