Online Talk: Knowing Botticelli
Welcoming all alumni and friends, this online talk aims 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. It will provide a historical context for audience to further understand and appreciate those masterpieces on display. It will also cover some other paintings by this extraordinary Florentine artist and comparisons will be drawn among them.
Date: 17 November 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Registration: required, before 17 November noon (register now)
Zoom Meeting ID: 964 4575 6433
(URL and password will be sent in an email confirmation)
Speaker: Dr. Sim Hinman WAN
Dr. Wan teaches Italian Renaissance art and architecture this semester. He is an early modern visual culture historian who has lectured widely, in Italy, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S., about the European dissemination of Classical knowledge to affirm emergent power. Before coming to the University of Hong Kong, he has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Washington.
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.
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!” — Elaine Kwok
“Thank you for arranging and the organization.” — Jeannie Wu
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!” — Grace Wong (Graduate member; HKU BA 1985)
“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.” — Charmaine Chan (Graduate member; HKU BA 2014)
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!” — Victoria Lau (Subscribing Member; HKU BSc, 2015)
“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.” — Sumyi Li (Graduate Member; HKU BA, 2009)
“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!” — Elaine Wong (Graduate Member; HKU BA, 2015)
“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.” — Jay Mok (Assistant to Museum Director, TSM Buddhist Art Museum; HKU BA, 2019)
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.