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Date: 30 April 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am (HK time)
Venue: Online (zoom)
Registration: required, free
Museums in town had been closed for months and the cancelling of our museum visit back in January was then turned into this online talk. To help individuals form their own views when they encounter contemporary Chinese art, our guest speaker, Dr Angie Chang Baecker (Lecturer, Department of Art History, The University of Hong Kong) offers us her knowledge about the field, looking closely at the exhibition “From Revolution to Globalization” and the significance of the Sigg collection at M+ museum. She situated the show in the converging spatial complexes for contemporary art represented by the museum, and discussed how the exhibition’s reception has highlighted some of the contradictions inherent to the display of the Sigg collection.
Originally planned as a hybrid talk, the event had to go online due to the tightened social distancing measures on campus, but we were delighted that over 90 participating individuals, local and abroad, were able to join the occasion. Our speaker Dr. Roslyn Hammers kindly endured the changes and gave a celebratory talk that brought in the felicitous Lunar New Year of the Tiger. Focusing on the representation of the tiger from early days to pre-Ming, she pointed out various roles of the tiger and related feline friends in Chinese painting and other media. The tiger, initially regarded as a fierce and terrifying foe, he or she could also be enlisted to serve as a protective guardian with apotropaic properties in art. The tiger appeared as a symbol emblazoned on paintings, clothing, doorways, tomb walls, and other places, visually lending his power to those who sought it. Her talk took a lighthearted look at the beauty of the tiger while at the same time considered the reconfigurations of its ferocity, a quality that is at the core of the tiger’s power and status as the king of the animals.
This event is co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History
“Thank you for such an interesting chat. Have a wonderful year of Tiger!”
“Great talk, Roz.”
Date: 20 November 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30noon
Venue: Start Art Gallery, 508, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui
Registration: required, free
A private tour of an exhibition showing NFT art by five Hong Kong artists took place on a Saturday morning. The five artists are Evangeline “Mooncasket” Chan, Ophelia Jacarini, Kwok Mang-ho a.k.a “Frog King”, Rainbow Tse, Natalie Wong a.k.a. “Papersneaker. Their new works exemplified artistic energy unleashed by a technology which allows for the authentication of digital art.
The tour was hosted by our alumni Enid Tsui (Art Editor, South China Morning Post), and joining her on the day to share their creative journeys were “Frog King” and Rainbow Tse.
Frog King’s NFT is a video comprising of his performances in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Rainbow’s NFT is a digital painting of a familiar sight in Hong Kong, a pharmacy that stays open till late. A 3D virtual sculpture by Opehlia Jacarini was also in display as a hologram in a special frame.
As we learned from the tour, several of the artists minted NFTs for the first time and it was a great learning experience for everyone. Just as conceptual art has re-defined art in the past century, experimentation with the new NFT technology has prompted a re-think over the relationship between physical art and digital art.
“Much appreciated! Frog King was special and good. Finally I could see this legendary artist in person.” Alel Thallemer
“Thank you for organising the tour ! I enjoyed learning more about this new art trend and how artists are experimenting with it ! I believe it as important to understand art history as to learn about its future.” Christy Cheung
Date: 2 September 2021
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art
Registration: required, free
“Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art” was an exhibition that showcased 80 Chinese paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection by artists from Guangdong from the late Ming dynasty to the 20th century. It surveyed the development of the regional painting style and its influence on Hong Kong modern ink art. The association organized a visit and the curator of the exhibition gave special remarks onsite.
Date: 24 July 2021
Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar/ CPD2.42, Centennial Campus, HKU
Registration: required for both face-to-face and online options, free
Our Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Kathleen Wyma, shared her expert insights on “Biennales” with audience both in person and online on July 24, 2021. Dr. Wyma’s thought-provoking talk stimulated interesting discussions, exchange of ideas, and raised questions like whether the art world is becoming more spectacularized for consumption, or the world flattening to a more globalized connectedness. In looking at exhibitions precedents that dated to the nineteenth century, Dr Wyma helped us understand the ‘why’ including the contexts for contemporary art. She also shared her personal experience with the Kochi Biennale in India as an example of the biennales of the periphery. The event was co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History, and supported by the HKU Museum Society.
“I enjoyed the talk this morning very much. It was very informative and thought provoking.”
“The talk is really enjoyable and informative, it would be great to have one or two more talks by Dr. Wyma on similar subjects to make it into a contemporary art talk series, would like to learn more.”
“I’ve actually been waiting for Dr Wyma to open her Biennale course for a long time – I think the last time she opened I was still in Year 1 – so I was really excited for this talk ”
“Kathleen is a very passionate speaker and educator. There’s so much to learn!”
“The talk was very insightful… looking forward to more talks and events from the Alumni Association!”
Date: 17 July 2021
Venue: Hong Kong Open Printshop, JCCAC
Registration: required, $100 (member), $200 (non-member)
Inspired by the two exhibitions at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, “20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition” and “Between the Lines – The Legends of Hong Kong Printing” (open until 26 July 2021), HKUFAAA organized a practical session for our members and friends at Hong Kong Open Printshop. It aimed to let participants experience letterpress and printmaking with HKOP artist and Programme Manager, Wong Lok-wan Loraine. In a studio setting, participants were introduced to various printing tools and techniques. After the demonstration, all participants took turn to print a postcard home!
“Thanks for the workshop! Had a great time there :)”
“We enjoyed it very much! Thanks a lot for your coordination.”
Date: 12 July 2021
Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun
Registration required, free
Jill Chun, assistant curator of “Ink City”, and Michelle Wong, guest curator of “Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys,” kindly offered us their time to talk to our members and friends on their current exhibitions at Tai Kwun, when the galleries were closed to the public. “Ink City” was a visual feast, showcasing a wide range of art works that challenge the medium ink or the idea of ink art. Next door, “Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys” literally functioned like a portal to the fascinating world of AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive. Years of archival and curatorial hard work was shown through. Audience got to see how local artists approached and responded to the archive, and by engaging with these archival materials and art works in various ways, participants got to experience and complete the project themselves.
“The exhibition tour provides a precious opportunity to talk to the curators. It is inspiring to listen to the curatorial stories and challenges behind two very different exhibitions: Ink City and Ha Bik Chuen Archive. It is also a good chance to connect with other Art History Alumni. Thanks HKUFAAA for the wonderful arrangement!”
Date: 26 June 2021
Venue: 510A, 5F, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Registration: required, free
It was our pleasure to have Ms. Alice Leung, L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific Education Manager, conducting a private tour on “The Art of Gold: 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures” when it was closed to the public. The selection of gold jewellery pieces on display in this exhibition has carefully been chosen from the Mengdiexuan collection. Dating from Shang dynasty to Qing dynasty, they demonstrate various techniques of gold crafting, including hammering and chasing, casting, gold wire and filigree, as well as granulation. To be able to admire first hand the masterful details, and charmed by the animated animal motifs, it was indeed a very effective way to learn!
“Thank you for organising the guided tour for the Art of Gold. It’s wonderful to see the beautiful collection and learn about the major techniques of goldwork. Really enjoyed it. Look forward to joining other activities.”
Date: 25 June 2021
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art (live on zoom)
Registration: required, free
To kick off our series of summer events, HKUFAAA is delighted to have invited Dr Kathleen Wyma to conduct an audio guided tour at HKMOA. This exhibition “Mythologies: Surrealism and Beyond — Masterpieces from Centre Pompidou” showcases surrealist artworks and archival materials from the Pompidou collection. It was her aim to provide participants with a context, and information on the discourse of Surrealism, to help one get a deeper understanding of various issues at stake during that first half of the 20th century. She brought up ideas of the exquisite corpse and the uncanny, chance and automatism, fascism and colonialism. These are some underlying and connecting themes that inspire one to look more carefully at the exhibits. Participants were all encouraged to critically analyse both the works and the museum display, in order to arrive at more meaningful interpretations beyond perhaps what our first impression might tell.
“The best way to experience an exhibition is with Dr Wyma! Great insight and very different critical perspectives from what an official museum guide would offer.”
“Thank you so much for giving me the chance to join… I enjoyed every second of the tour this morning.”
Date: 17 November 2020
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Online (via Zoom)
Registration: required; free
This online talk aimed to complement the current exhibition “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Botticelli and His Times– Masterworks from the Uffizi” (open until 24 Feb 2021) at Hong Kong Museum of Art. Our speaker Dr Sim Hinman Wan, who teaches Italian Renaissance art and architecture at the Department of Art History, HKU, provided some contextual information for audience to further their understanding of Botticelli’s works on display. Wan’s talk covered famous works by this extraordinary Florentine artist and other pieces which were commissioned by the Medici family. There was an in depth discussion on the discourse of Botticelli as well.
“Congratulations on a very successful zoom talk with Dr Wan yesterday. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot, so hopefully more prepared for my visit to the exhibition.”