3 unmissable art events in Hong Kong – April 2014

April 2014 in Asia’s art hub presents a series of exciting art events.

Hong Kong became the third largest art market in the world in 2013 and is also the centre for historically important art dialogue, attracting some of the world’s foremost artists and curators to exhibit and debate. Art Radar brings you three of Hong Kong’s hottest art events in April 2014, to help you join the conversation.

Hong Kong Museum of Art wrapped for Louis Vuitton Passion show

Hong Kong Museum of Art wrapped for Louis Vuitton Passion show in 2009 and view of Hong Kong Central. Image taken from Creative Commons.

A visitor from London recently spoke with Art Radar about the Hong Kong art scene:

It’s astounding. If these events were held in London they would be booked out weeks in advance. Here it is possible for anyone to access and chat with world-renowned artists and important art figures.

Art Radar would like to help its worldwide readers to make the most of what Hong Kong’s art scene has to offer throughout the year. Each month, we profile three unmissable art events taking place in Asia’s biggest art hub.

Chalk Horse Art Center, Horn of Plenty Excess and Reversibility at Para/Site Hong Kong

Para Site art space in Hong Kong. Image by Art Radar.

Para Site International Conference

The Para Site International Conference 2014, entitled “Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? The new performance turn, its histories and its institutions”, takes place from Thursday 3 April to Saturday 5 April 2014 at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The conference is co-conceived by Cosmin Costinas and Ana Janevski, co-presented by Asia Society Hong Kong Center and sponsored by Orientations Magazine.

Discussing the renewed encounter between dance, performance and institutions of global contemporary art, the international forum looks at the development of dance and performance art, and their geographically dispersed histories. The conference asks what is possible in the paradigm of art and performance today.

The conference is divided into three sections: the first part of the conference focuses on the new performance turn and the entrance of dance performances into museums; the second day looks at the more recent proliferation of living bodies in exhibition spaces and of dance in museum programmes; the third session looks at case studies of different histories of performance art within the field of visual arts throughout the twentieth century.

Guest speakers at the conference include experts such as Andre Lepecki (Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University), Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Catherine Wood (Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern, London), among others.

The conference is free of charge and live streaming will be available on Para Site’s website.

Wucius Wong, Interview Still, 1 August 2013. Image Courtesy of Asia Art Archive.

Wucius Wong, Interview Still, 1 August 2013. Image courtesy Asia Art Archive.

Ink Experiments Workshop – Session 2

As one of the four contemporary Hong Kong artists participating in the exhibition “Light and Shadows – Caravaggio, the Italian Baroque Master” (12 March – 13 April 2014), Wucius Wong will be holding his second “Ink Experiments Workshop” at Asia Society Hong Kong Center on 12 April 2014.

The artist will demonstrate ink painting with the tools, concepts and techniques that relate to both traditional and contemporary ink art. The workshop is open to anyone and will give participants the opportunity to experiment with ink under the artist’s guidance, exploring the beauty of the world of ink art.

Wucius Wong (b. 1936, Guangdong) is one of the foremost ink artists from Hong Kong. His paintings fuse ancient Chinese ink tradition with the bold colours and aesthetics of western modern art. Wong was educated in the United States and in 1971 he received the John D. Rockefeller Fund Grant. In 1998, he was granted Emeritus Fellowship of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Wong’s first retrospective exhibition was held at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2006. In the following year, the artist was awarded the prestigious Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal by the Hong Kong Government.

On 3 April there will be the “Photography workshop – An Exploration without light” by another artist in the exhibition, So Hing-Keung.

For more information on other events and programmes visit the Asia Society website.

The hammer comes down during one of Sotheby's Spring 2013 auctions in Hong Kong

The hammer comes down during one of Sotheby’s Spring 2013 auctions in Hong Kong.

Sotheby’s Spring Sales 2014

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2014 will be held from 4 to 8 April 2014. Prior to the sales, highlights have been part of travelling exhibitions during March 2014, touring in Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo.

From 3 to 7 April, public exhibitions of the properties on sale will be presented at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the auctions are held.

The spring art auctions include:

  • Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – Evening Sale, including Twentieth Century Asian art, Contemporary Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings (5 April)
  • Twentieth Century Asian art, Contemporary Asian art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian paintings – Day Sales (6 April)
  • Fine Chinese Paintings (7 April)
  • Contemporary Literati – Gathering (8 April)

Highlights of the sales include works by Chen Yifei, Wu Guanzhong, Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Yoshimoto Nara, Affandi, Ronald Ventura, Zao Wou-ki and Liu Dan.

In April, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art will also hold an Executive Education short day course, “Business Management in the Art World – Hong Kong”, designed for art professionals. The programme will take place from 14 to 18 April, from 8am to 5pm GMT+8 and will include lectures, discussions, visits, workshops, case studies and presentations about the business of art. Lecturers will include influential art professionals such Art Basel’s Magnus Renfrew, Rossi & Rossi’s Director Fabio Rossi and Asia Art Archive’s Head of Research and Programmes Hammad Nasar, among others.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia


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