In the Show – 9th December 2008

antonio-smallPainter and sculptor Antonio Mak was born in the Philippines, but came to Hong Kong at the age of one. He died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 43. Although he left us relatively young, his work and his life remain very influential on many local artists. Runnng at the Museum of Art until January 28th, a new exhibition, “Looking for Antonio Mak”, allows eight of those artists to engage in a dialogue with his work and his life.

Twenty seven years ago, Britain’s Granada TV produced an eleven-hour series adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited”. It’s a paean to a lost age as well as a story about atheism vs faith, and a fading aristocracy. It starred Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews, and remains very much admired. Now, director Julian Jarrold, with writers Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, have compressed the novel into a two and a quarter hour movie. Review Gary Pollard is in the studio to tell us about it.

“A Taste for Art and the Art of Taste” is an exhibition of what the organisers call “French beautiful books”. As well as books the exhibition also features other realms of French “taste”, including paintings by Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams. They are watercolourists, historians of architecture, and authors. Specialising in old master paintings and drawings, they are keen to show the richness of garden architecture in the 17th to 19th centuries.

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Pianist Seymour Lipkin was a student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. He won the prestigious Rachmaninoff Competition in 1947 at age 19 and went on to appear with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, as well as many other major American ensembles. For many years, he concentrated on conducting, but eventually returned to extensive concert performance as a pianist. In our studio tonight, the veteran performer plays a Chopin nocturne.

Please click here to view a streaming video of the show.

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