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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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- Christie’s opens first Asia-based gallery in Hong Kong – March 2014 – auction giant Christie’s opens its first gallery in Hong Kong
- Explaining multimedia performance art – event alert – January 2014 – Hong Kong composer Kung Chi-shing and the Kung Music Workshop’s Multimedia Talk series aim to define what multimedia art is exactly
- Zeng Fanzhi’s “The Last Supper” breaks records at Sotheby’s 40th anniversary sale, Hong Kong 2013 – October 2013 – Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper breaks record at USD23.3 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale on 5 October 2013
- Museums of the future: Asia Society Arts and Museum Summit 2013 – video bite – December 2013 – Asia Society’s inaugural Arts and Museum Summit 2013 panels discuss the new museums focusing on Asia
- FX Harsono and the art of political protest – Para Site Hong Kong artist talk – April 2013 – Indonesian artist FX Harsono looks back on his lifelong artistic engagement with political protest, and his search for personal identity through art
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