In the Show – 26th July 2011

30 artists from different creative fields that include advertising, graphic design,fashion, architecture, film, visual arts, and music have all come together for “What’s Next 30×30”. The works in the exhibition are the result of a series of dialogues between Stanley Wong and 30 invited artists on the topics: “What is creativity?”, “Why do we create?” and “What’s next?””. Each contributor presents a work, and Stanley creates another in response.

PictureIn our Arts Diary this week, for more than ten years, artist Emily Cheng has been looking at paintings by other people, often focusing on elements that aren’t so important in those paintings and making them the centre of her own. In an exhibition currently on show at the Hanart Gallery she is looking at nature, but nature as it has already been reflected in other art works.

PictureAlso, we take a step into the past at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Until 16th October, the museum’s Chinese Fine Art Gallery is featuring an exhibition of work by Guangdong painter Li Yanshan. Although, in the Guangdong art scene, Li was living in the midst of a lot of change in the painting of his time, he maintained until the end of his life “A Passion for Tradition”.

PictureOne movie showing right now, and in its second week at Hong Kong cinemas, brings to an end a cinematic saga that’s lasted ten years. It’s the Harry Potter series. And the final book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was so complicated it had to be turned into two movies, each more than two hours long. Reviewer Gary Pollard’s seen the entire series, and he’s with us in the studio to talk about it.

PictureAnd we end today’s show, and this season, with a goodbye. But it’s not a goodbye from us, but from Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. It’s seven years since Edo became the artistic director and chief conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Now, he’s beginning his final season with the orchestra. He talked to us about his time here, and what’s in store for that season.

In the Show – 19th July 2011

The Works Report on the Venice Biennale

PictureThis week, once again, we’re devoting the entire show to this year’s Venice Biennale. But in contrast to last week’s adventures of Hong Kong’s very own Frog King, in today’s show we’re looking at some of the international exhibits.

The first Biennale was held in 1895, and the earlier events focused on decorative arts. In the opening decadesof the 20th century though, the event became increasingly international.

PictureFrom 1907, some countries began setting up national pavilions at the exhibition. Today, they’ve become a constant feature, even though not everyone is at ease with the idea of categorising artists and their work by nationality.

Much of the focus of this year’s Biennale crossed national boundaries. And for many, political and social freedoms were a major issue.

 

In the Show – 12th July 2011

“Frog King Goes to Venice”

PictureFor the next two weeks, The Works is focusing on this year’s Venice Biennale. Next week, we’re looking at some of the international art on display, but this week we follow Hong Kong’s amabassador to the arts, the Frog King, Kwok Mang-ho.

Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Hong Kong Fringe Club, the exhibition “Frogtopia.Hongkornucopia” is curate by Benny Chia, Keith Tsang Tak-ping and Wong Shun-kit.

 

In the Show – 5th July 2011

PictureWith auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s getting record prices for selling art here, and with the Art Fair growing from strength to strength, Hong Kong’s arts market is booming. But it’s a paradox. As artists get popular, their work gets expensive, and thus loses its opportunity to communicate their ideas to those who can’t afford it. Local artist Amy Cheung asks is price equals artistic value, and at this year’s Art Fair she presented her “Chance Machine”, a lottery that gives users the chance to win a piece by one of 15 participating artists. 

PictureAndy Warhol and other Pop artists believed art could be about everyday objects. He also believed that to get around the issues of inflated prices and exclusivity it should be mass-producable. He called his art studio “The Factory”. An exhibition at Elements Shopping Mall is curated by his nephew, illustrator James Warhola, and James shares with us some of his memories of his uncle. 

 

 

 

PictureTerrence Malick has made just five feature films in a career spanning five decades, but what movies they are: “Badlands”, “Days of Heaven”, “The Thin Red Line”, “The New World”, and now “Tree of Life”. It’s been said that Malick doesn’t have fans. He has disciples. Like his other movies, “Tree of Life” deals with major questions of life, death, spirituality, and man’s place in nature. It depicts the life of a Texas family in the 1950s, the origins of the universe and life, and the dinosaurs. It was awarded the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Reviewer Gary Pollard loves the movie.

 

 

PictureCurrently on show at the Museum of Art is an exhibition called “Ink Art versus Ink Art”. A restaging of an exhibition held at Expo Shanghai last year, it shows the wide variety of ink work by Hong Kong artists, from the traditional to the modern. 

It’s hard for young musicians to get opportunities to perform, particularly if their music is demanding or less mainstream. “Spotlight on Young Musicians”, a series of concerts put on by the Art Development Council and the Academy for Performing Arts, aims to redress that. At the first concert in the series, fourteen young musicians n four ensembles presented a wide range of musical styles.