In the Show – 20th January 2009

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Until April 5th the Museum of Art is featuring a retrospective exhibition of the work of Ding Yanyong. Ding, who died in 1978, was one of Hong Kong’ s best-loved artists, known for the variety and charm of his work. The exhibition, “No Frontiers”, is subtitled “Straddling the East and the West” and “Amusing with art across time”, two phrases that encapsulate different facets of his versatility and lifetime achievement.

“Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog” is a bestselling book by journalist John Grogan, based on his own newspaper columns. Now, it’s a movie, called more simply “Marley and Me”, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and – more importantly – 22 Labrador retrievers who all play the one problem pooch – Marley. Reviewer Gary Pollard tells us more.

For almost two decades, Japanese performance artist, Tatsumi Orimoto has taken his famous alter ego Breadman around the world. Inspired by a Christian friend he met while studying in the United States in the early 1990s, began to use the Christian symbolism of bread as Christ’s body in his performance art.

As part of the City Festival for three nights over the weekend, battle was under way at the Fringe Club. This was not a conflict waged with weapons or armies though, unless you count bare hands, and an army of notes and chords. Pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis were duking it out over the keyboards in front of an audience that could vote on who was the best.

To see a streaming video of the show please click here.

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