Museum Visit: “Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art“
The exhibition displays 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 surveys the development of the regional painting style and its influence on Hong Kong modern ink art.
Curator of the exhibition will give special remarks onsite.
Date: 2 September 2021
Time: 11am – 12noon
(Participants are welcomed to stay behind and enjoy the exhibition until 1pm.)
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art
Quota: 15 (first come first served; members with priority)
Registration: required (Click here; close on 20/8/2021)
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.”
Date: Saturday 3 August, 2019
Time: 9:15am (gathering at China Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sham Tsui)
Registration: required, $550/ person (transportation and meals included)
This day trip to Zhongshan in China’s Guangdong province is a joint activity of HKUFAAA and Hong Kong Potential Expressionism Art Association 香港昊天藝術協會 (HKPEAA). The itinerary began with a morning ferry ride and upon arrival, a visit to Wan Fung Art Gallery 雲峰畫苑, where the group enjoyed a welcome lunch. Dr. Kwok Ho Mun 郭浩滿博士 gave a thorough tour at the gallery and later across town at the Museum of Chinese Architectural Woodcarving in the Ming-Qing Dynasties 明清建築家居木雕藝術館, the highlight of the day. On display in this museum was a full range of decorative wood-carved pieces, such as beams, corbels, windows, doors, and beds etc. Stunning in form, rich in contents, these artifacts of superb quality continued to overwhelm viewers from one chamber to another. After dinner, the group took an evening ferry back and ended this first trip of HKUFAAA outside Hong Kong.
“Thank you SO much for the wonderful trip! Really grateful!”
“Thank you for arranging and the organization.”
Date: Saturday 25 May, 2019
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Registration: required; free
HKUFAAA organized a docent tour for the exhibition A Story of Light at Asia Society. Participants learnt about Hon Chi-fun’s five decades of artistic endeavours: from the City Hall silkscreen debut of 1968, to a fine selection of 1970s airbrush paintings, the experimental Polaroids, and his calligraphic paintings before and after his stroke in 2000. Meanwhile, there is a fascinating curatorial pairing of Yukaloo by James Turrell, which is his first ever installation in Hong Kong.
“Nicole, thanks for your informative and lively presentation which I enjoyed very much. If I were to visit the exhibition on my own, I would surely have misread the artist’s circle and light series as some sort of simple representation of the sun and moon. The background information you provided is really a great help! Thanks again!”
“Artworks from different stages of Hon are showcased; Alumni with various interests came together and explored. As titled, it’s A Story of Light, but this tour also addressed the story of life – both the artists’ and ours the viewers’. That the like-minded gets connected, icing on the cake, James Turrell.”
Date: Sunday 19 May, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 1pm
Venue: Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum
Registration: required, quota of 15; free
The Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum is designed for the display of Buddhist artifacts, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. With its recent opening, HKUFAAA arranged a special guided visit to this monastery for our alumni community, primarily focusing on the art museum collection.
“Thanks again for organizing. It’s a valuable experience, very much enjoyed it!”
“The trip to Tsz Shan Monastery is definitely a pleasant and eye-opening experience. I appreciate how the privately owned collection is put on public display for greater good. It also leads me to rethink about art patronage which was so important in art history but is now often overshadowed by the abandance of government-owned or non-profit institutions.”
“The docent [Jay Mok] adopted a lively approach in explaining particular iconography of the exhibits, enabling us to fully immerse ourselves… Overall, it is a very successful visit and a good start of the activities organised by the HKU Fine Arts Alumni Association. Looking forward to more exclusive visits and events and will definitely show my support as always!”
“My pleasure to welcome the Fine Arts Alumni Association last Sunday to the Buddhist Art Museum. Frankly the museum is just a little baby, and after the guided tour and occasional exchanges with the alumni, I feel there’s so much more we can achieve in the future.”
Date: Friday 15 March, 2019
Venue: MTRL Hong Kong, 10 New Street, Sheung Wan (https://mtrl.com/hk/)
Registration: encouraged; free
HKUFAAA hosted its first public event on 15 March, 2019. It was an evening gathering with Prof. David Clarke, who said goodbye to his HKU colleagues and students at the DEXIT party two years ago. This gathering allowed alumni and friends to catch up with each other, and to celebrated the launch of Prof Clarke’s recent publication, entitled China—Art—Modernity: A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. Prof. Clarke as our honoured speaker explained the aim of this book project, the structure of his writing, and the vision that he has towards the field. Thanks to the support of HKU Press, we were able to offer a discount price of the book and participants happily brought home their own unique autographed copy.