In the Show – 19th January 2009

Ma Desheng

Until the end of this month, the Kwai Fung Hin gallery is presenting, at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, an exhibition called “The Story of Stone” by Chinese artist Ma Desheng. Ma Desheng moved to Paris early on in search of more creative freedom. He became part of the diaspora of Chinese artists living in France, creating ink paintings combining the Chinese medium with western forms. His career was affected by a car accident in 1992, which crippled hjim and killed his wife. He now paints again, and was in Hong Kong this week.

Two Wongs Go to Sea

Regular viewers of The Works will remember that last month we featured works from the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of ArchitectureUrbanism. On Saturday, one of those works, Kacey Wong’s “Paddling Home”, took to the water as part of an art performance with designer Stanley Wong called “Two Wongs Go to Sea.”

Movie Review: “Invictus”

Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” begins in 1994, shortly after Nelson Mandela (played here by Morgan Freeman) emerged from 27 years in prison and became president of South Africa. That was a remarkable achievement in itself. What made it even more remarkable was Mandela’s clear political vision of what kind of healing the country needed. One of the vehicles he used to achieve that healing was the country’s national rugby team, the Springboks, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon). Gary Pollard tells us more.

Eric Rohmer

We look again at the work of Eric Rohmer, who died last week. Born Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer, Eric Rohmer took his pseudonym from two famous artists, actor and director Erich von Stroheim and writer Sax Rohmer. A key figure of the French New Wave, Rohmer is known for his sometimes ironic use of dialogue. His characters’ words and their desires are often severely at odds.

Songs For A New World

And in our studio performance this week, we interview Bethan Greaves, director of “Songs for a New World”, and listen to Joyce Wong and Rick Lau sing an excerpt from one of those songs.

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