Artist Talk with Chun Wai (Conducted in Cantonese) & guided visit to “Adrift in Time – Photography by Chun Wai”

This exhibition presents the artistic work of Chun Wai created in France in the 1980s-1990s. Adrift in Time—Photography by Chun Wai displays a photographic record of the past and the passing of time. Born in Hong Kong and educated at the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Mulhouse in France, photographer Chun Wai toured Europe on a quest for the beginning of time, understanding that everything he photographed had a finite start and end.

This physical and philosophical journey caused the artist to realise that his insights into the relationship suspended between predestination and chance were leading to an expansive form of loneliness—a state he felt was similar to the torment experienced by the ancient Chinese poets. Chun wandered the streets and alleys of great cultural centres like Paris discovering the collections of its great museums, art galleries and flea markets, along with the vast memories contained within, preserved and passed on through the course of time.

For thirty years, Chun kept his images of France stored away in a box, as if preserving these treasured memories in a corner of time; a souvenir from which he can now extract memories. Since the ’90s, some of the negatives have deteriorated to the point that the original images are no longer recognisable. They have become tangible illustrations of the passing of time, while the artist’s memories reactivate his endless associations. Whereas it has been said that photography freezes time, Chun’s images and their varying states of damage attest to the flood of time. The reading of these images now leads to another journey, crossing the boundary between memory and forgetting, towards the subsequent truth of chaos.

時間的漫遊  秦偉攝影

此展覽為秦偉1980-1990年代於法國的藝術創作之結集。「時間的漫遊––秦偉攝影」展示了一組關於回溯過去及時間流逝的圖片記載。秦偉生於香港,畢業於法國米盧斯高等藝術學院。他曾遊歷歐洲,尋索時間的起源,領略所攝之事物,皆有定時,有始有終。透過這趟旅程,秦偉深悟人生乃在宿命與偶遇之間,頓感中國古代詩人飄泊孤寂之感。他遊走於文化之都––巴黎,穿梭於街巷、博物館、美術館和跳蚤市場,浪遊於浩瀚的記憶和時間的長河。

三十年來,秦偉將法國的影像儲於一個盒子內,猶如把珍藏的記憶存於時間長河一隅。相片如紀念品般,可從之擷取記憶。因相片攝於90年代,部分底片已破損,原圖已無法辨識,成為可觸及的流逝時間,亦同時激活藝術家的記憶,誘發他無盡的聯想。有說攝影可凝住時間,而秦偉的相片所受的各種破損,便是時間洪流的見證。現在來重溫昔日影像就如開展另一趟旅程,跨越記憶與遺忘的邊界, 步向混沌的本相。

(FULL)Private Viewing: #popcolours: The Aesthetics of Hues in Antiquities from the HKMoA Collection with Collector Anthony Cheung Kee Wee (Conducted in Cantonese)

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to be extended a private viewing of #popcolours: The Aesthetics of Hues in Antiquities from the HKMoA Collection with Collector Mr. Anthony Cheung Kee Wee and Assistant Curator of Chinese Antiquities Hilda Mak.  They will take us on a fascinating journey exploring the colourful world of ancient artefacts and exquisite craftsmanship.

“Once used as daily wares, artefacts often feature colours and patterns comparable in style and beauty to the modern designs of today.  Besides reflecting the personal taste of their owner, the designs of artefacts could also be influenced by religious beliefs, rules and etiquette, shaping the aesthetic trend of the times. In ancient China, a scheme of “five prime colours”, was commonly adopted, consisting of blue, red, yellow, white and black, which featured prominently in everyday life.”

More information about the exhibition can be found at:
https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/popcolours-the-aesthetics-of-hues-in-antiquities-from-the-hkmoa-collection.html

 

Baluster vase in Langyao glaze
Kangxi period (1662-1772), Qing dynasty
Ceramics
Donated by Mr. Cheung Kee Wee

CHAT Programme 2022: Mending and Sashiko Workshop & Curator Tour of Spinning East Asia Series II: A Net (Dis)entangled

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to organise a guided tour of Spinning East Asia Series II: A Net (Dis)entangled at CHAT. We will be guided by Wang Weiwei, the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.

 

Spinning East Asia Series II: A Net (Dis)entangled

Titled A Net (Dis)entangled, the exhibition and second chapter of the Spinning East Asia Series features 16 groups of artists based in East Asia, or whose creative research revolves around East Asian topics. The participating artists approached their work with an open mind and from various angles with regards to textile culture, from its materiality, associated techniques, to subject matters and more.

More information can be found here:
https://www.mill6chat.org/event/spinning-east-asia-series-i-a-compass-in-hand/

Mending and Sashiko Workshop
Participants are invited to learn sashiko , a traditional Japanese decorative mending technique.

 

Speaker

Wang Weiwei is currently the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at CHAT. From 2010 to 2017, Wang was the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai). In 2017, Wang participated at the Curator-in-Residence Programme at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, and the International Researcher Programme at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. Wang was then appointed as the co-curator at the 12th Shanghai Biennale and awarded an Individual Fellowship by Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong in 2018. She has conducted on a series of researches on East Asian Contemporary Arts since 2019.

(FULL) Culinary Journey to Lamma Island – Cooking Demonstration and Vegan Lunch with Israeli Chef Aleyet Idan

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a culinary journey to Olive Leaf, the home and cooking school of Israeli chef Aleyet Idan on Lamma Island.  Our outing begins with a 20-minute ferry from Aberdeen to Lamma Island follow with a 10 minutes’ walk to her home.  Aleyet will welcome us with drinks and snacks in her idyllic garden. We will enjoy a day of Middle-Eastern cuisine with cooking demonstrations of vegan dishes (no meat) and lunch.  This will be one of the best Middle-Eastern dining experience in Hong Kong!

 

Remark:
Please note that only fully vaccinated (two doses) applicants will be accepted. 

[Cancelled] Overnight Trip: Tai O with Mr Wong How Man Hotel: Tai O Heritage Hotel (taking up the whole hotel)

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to organise an overnight trip to Tai O with Mr Wong How Man. We will stay overnight at Tai O Heritage Hotel.

 

Tai O

Tai O, was known as a Tanka village, has a history of salt production and fishing lifestyle. It is a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water.

 

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Tai O Heritage Hotel, former The Old Tai O Police Station, was graded as a Grade II historic building. It was conserved into a nine-room boutique hotel under Batch I of the Development Bureau’s Revitalising Historic Buildings during 2009 and managed by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation. In 2013, it was conferred the prestigious UNESCO Award of Merit for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

 

 

Resource Person

Wong How Man, Founder and President of the China Exploration & Research Society (CERS), was born and raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the United States in Journalism and Art.  Wong’s career in China began in 1974, first as a journalist during the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, later as an explorer/writer/photographer for the National Geographic, and since 1986 as head of the non-profit organization CERS.

 

He has led many multi-disciplinary expeditions first for the National Geographic and later for CERS. He has been credited with, among other accomplishments, the discovery of a new source for the Yangtze River. In 2002 Time Magazine chose Wong as one of its 25 Asian Heroes, calling Wong “China’s most accomplished living explorer.” He has also received many awards for his books and the conservation projects he conceived and directed. Supported by governments, foundations, individuals and corporations, his work has been disseminated widely by major international media, including Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, ABC, CNBC, CCTV, etc.

[Postponed] Guided Viewing: Para Site’s 25th anniversary exhibition “Noble Rot”

To celebrate the 25th milestone of Para Site, the HKU Museum Society is pleased to present a guided viewing of Noble Rot, led by curator Celia Ho. The visit will include a live performance by Florence Lam, a Hong Kong performance artist.

Exhibiting artists also featured during our visit are: Herman Chan Ho Wang, Natasha Cheung, Chu Hoi Ding, Koel Chu Ka Kiu, Rannie Ip Ka Man, Man Ting Vanessa Lam, Hou Lam Tsui, and Wong Winsome Dumalagan.

Para Site is one of the most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society. Founded in early 1996 as an artist-run space, Para Site was Hong Kong’s first exhibition-making institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organised structure within the city’s civil society, during the uncertain period preceding the Handover. Throughout the years, Para Site has grown into a rooted contemporary art centre with a permanent space, while engaging in a wide array of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, and academic structures in Hong Kong and the international landscape. In early 2015, Para Site moved to greatly increased premises, in North Point/Quarry Bay.

All attendees are expected to wear a facemask throughout the entire duration of our visit. Para Site will also request guests to fill out a simple Google Form upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Installation view of Noble Rot Part One. Courtesy of Para Site, Hong Kong, 2021. Photo: Jeff Cheng Tsz Fung.

[Cancelled] Culinary Evening: Tour, Talk & Dinner – “Connecting Past & Present“ with Project Architect William Lim

Founded in 1936 as a humble street side dai pai dong, Yung Kee has become an incomparable legacy among historic Hong Kong restaurants. This heritage brand grew into one of the city’s premier Cantonese restaurants with a loyal customer base spanning generations.

Recently, this first Chinese restaurant to ever receive international acclaim (one star in the Michelin Guide) has undergone a major renovation at its iconic location in Central. The stylistic changes are synonymous with Yung Kee’s evolution in refining its culinary culture while preserving its heritage, combining tradition with modernity.

 

Remark:
To smoothly experience this evening, all participating guests are to check in the venue with LeaveHomeSafe app upon arrival.

**Applicants must show vaccination record of at least one vaccination at time of entry to venue.

**Applicants with no vaccination record will only be accepted if 3/4 of participants are vaccinated.

[Cancelled] Guided Viewing and Indigo Workshop: CHAT Winter Programme 2021 “Spinning East Asia Series I: A Compass in Hand”

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to organise a guided tour of Spinning East Asia Series I: A Compass in Hand at CHAT. We will be guided by Wang Weiwei, the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.

 

Spinning East Asia Series I: A Compass in Hand

The exhibition showcases a selection of typographic designs, interactive and immersive installations, and multi-media works, the exhibition balances the seriousness of the East Asian concerns with a touch of playfulness to curate an alternative cultural experience for its visitors. The first chapter in a series of two, A Compass in Hand seeks to address how the historical, social and ideological landscapes of East Asia are accepted and shaped by various individual and collective forces through the lens of design and textile.

More information can be found here:
https://www.mill6chat.org/event/spinning-east-asia-series-i-a-compass-in-hand/

Indigo workshop
Participants can create patterns on a handkerchief through shibori or tying (ways of resist dyeing).

 

Speaker

 Wang Weiwei is currently the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at CHAT. From 2010 to 2017, Wang was the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai). In 2017, Wang participated at the Curator-in-Residence Programme at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, and the International Researcher Programme at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. Wang was then appointed as the co-curator at the 12th Shanghai Biennale and awarded an Individual Fellowship by Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong in 2018. She has conducted on a series of researches on East Asian Contemporary Arts since 2019.

Tour of “Li Huayi/ Infinities Between Ink and Gold” with Curator Edward Fung and Afternoon Tea with Catherine Kwai

The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a guided tour of the exhibition Li Huayi / Infinities Between Ink and Gold with Curator Edward Fung.   Afterwards, Catherine Kwai, Founder of the Kwai Fun Hin Art Gallery will host an afternoon for our members.

Li Huayi is an artist who has established his own style of ink painting by infusing the spirit of Chinese literati paintings with a contemporary awareness. He has seamlessly connected tradition and contemporary and established his unique relationship of heaven, earth and men. His works are widely collected by prestigious museums.

 

Infinites Between Ink and Gold – Recent Works of Li Huayi

The exhibition will showcase 12 pieces of Li’s recent works from 2018-2021, showing his mastery in integrating gold foil with sophisticated ink and brushstrokes on silk. The result is both impactful and unpredictable. Li also expands his oeuvre with silver foil, which produces a unique moonshine-reminiscing luminescence, echoing the unique poetic romance in the culture of traditional Chinese literati.

 

 

Guided Viewing: “Christie’s Autumn Auctions” with Pola Antebi

Christie’s is delighted to invite the members of the University of Hong Kong Museum Society to a private guided tour of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from their forthcoming Hong Kong Autumn Auctions. The guided tour will be given by Pola Antebi, Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific.

 

Highlights

Featured this season are two significant private collections: Song Ceramics from The Songde Tang Collection, as well as the highly anticipated Archaic Jades from the Chang Wei-Hwa Collection Part III, together with a third sale Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Highlights from each auction will be discussed on this guided tour.