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Hello and welcome to the new season of The Works. Behind us on this first show you can see the iconic bus, “Priscilla”, the centrepiece of the movie and now the stage show “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. That should give you some clue that we’re devoting this week’s show to art centred on gender, and more specifically, LGBTQI culture.
Later, Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette the divas of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” will take us on a road trip across the Australian outback. In homage to one particular scene in the movie Ben’s even wearing his purple shirt. “It’s not purple. It’s lavender.” But before we head down under, we’re taking a trip to Taiwan, which is not only on track to lead the way in Asia in acceptance of gay marriage, but is also providing the venue for an exhibition on LGBTQI culture co-organised by a Hong Kong-based businessman and the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art.
Released in 1994, the low-budget Australian comedy, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” not only became a smash hit movie internationally, it also brought LGBTQI issues front and centre in mainstream cinema. And did we also mention it’s very funny, with plenty of snappy one liners, great dance numbers, and costumes to die for? No surprise then that it went on to become a long-running musical stage show. The movie’s writer and director, Stephan Elliott, was in Hong Kong last week. We caught up with him.
As we said before the break, Stephan Elliott’s “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is an often funny and sometimes poignant film about two drag queens and one transgender woman on tour across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs. Made on a very low budget, the movie became an international phenomenon, and one that for the most part leant itself to a stage version, which debuted in Australia in 2006. It’s not so easy to get the outback on stage after all. The award-winning show is currently on in Hong Kong and features more than 500 costumes and 200 headdresses. So without further ado, we’re happy to introduce to you Mitzi, Felicia, and Bernadette.
Last week Hong Kong was one of the few key cities that had the chance to see “Salvator Mundi” a rare painting by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci. Just one of no more than 20 surviving paintings by da Vinci, it’s considered one of the art world’s greatest treasures. It’s also the last da Vinci painting to be privately owned.
Just one of no more than 20 surviving paintings by da Vinci, it’s considered one of the art world’s greatest treasures. It’s also the last da Vinci painting to be privately owned.
Unveiled here last Friday, it was on show for just four days before being shipped off. It will be exhibited in two more places and then auctioned in New York next month.
China has been making silk since the Neolithic Age. It wasn’t until the latter half of the first millennium BC when a commercial trade route from China to the Mediterranean Sea opened up that silk reached other parts of the world. This route became known as the Silk Road. In collaboration with the China National Silk Museum, the Hong Kong Design Institute is currently showing in its gallery “In Praise of Silk”, which looks at the Chinese heritage of the finest of fabrics.
When sculptor, printmaker and painter, Ha Bik-chuen died at 84 in 2009, he left behind not only his artworks but also a treasure trove of art related materials and documentation he had been gathering for decades. In recent years, at the request of his family, the Asia Art Archive has been working on a project that involves examining and documenting that archive, including over 100,000 of Ha’s own photographs and 3,500 of his contact sheets.