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RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

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    RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

    The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

    Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

    The Works is aired on RTHK 31 & 31A every Wednesday at 17:30, and a repeat every Thursday at 06:30 & Saturday at 18:30.

    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.



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    20/06/2018

    We’re heading to one of the largest heritage revitalisation projects that’s ever been undertaken in Hong Kong. The long-awaited and much-anticipated former police headquarters compound has now been turned into the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. Three groups of buildings in the compound - the Former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison - have been declared as monuments since 1995 under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. The Hong Kong Jockey Club took up this massive project in 2007. Lasting over a decade, it involved the conservation and revitalisation of sixteen historic buildings, alongside the construction of two new buildings for art exhibitions and performances, designed by internationally-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
    Led by Hong Kong bassist Justin Siu with Ted Lo on piano, Laurent Robin on drums and and Janaia Farrell on vocals, the four-piece band Jazvolution has performed around town including the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2017 and Freespace Happening in January. Earlier this year, the band released their debut album, “SPIN”, featuring unique reinterpretations of jazz classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney. The members of Jazvolution are here in the studio to tell us more.
    Writer Liu Yi-chang, a giant of Hong Kong literature, died on 8 June at the age of 99. Born and raised in Shanghai, Liu eventually settled in Hong Kong in 1957. In a celebrated writing career spanning more than six decades, Liu published over 30 books including novels, literary reviews, essays, poems and translated works. Among Liu’s best-known works are “Intersection” and “The Drunkard”, the latter of which is considered the first stream of consciousness novel in China. These two works also inspired the award-winning films “In the Mood for Love” and “2046” by director Wong Kar-wai.

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    2018
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    • Tai Kwun, Studio performance: jazz quartet, Jazvolution   , Tribute to novelist, Liu Yichang

      Tai Kwun, Studio performance: jazz quartet, Jazvolution , Tribute to novelist, Liu Yichang

      We’re heading to one of the largest heritage revitalisation projects that’s ever been undertaken in Hong Kong. The long-awaited and much-anticipated former police headquarters compound has now been turned into the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. Three groups of buildings in the compound - the Former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison - have been declared as monuments since 1995 under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. The Hong Kong Jockey Club took up this massive project in 2007. Lasting over a decade, it involved the conservation and revitalisation of sixteen historic buildings, alongside the construction of two new buildings for art exhibitions and performances, designed by internationally-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
      Led by Hong Kong bassist Justin Siu with Ted Lo on piano, Laurent Robin on drums and and Janaia Farrell on vocals, the four-piece band Jazvolution has performed around town including the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2017 and Freespace Happening in January. Earlier this year, the band released their debut album, “SPIN”, featuring unique reinterpretations of jazz classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney. The members of Jazvolution are here in the studio to tell us more.
      Writer Liu Yi-chang, a giant of Hong Kong literature, died on 8 June at the age of 99. Born and raised in Shanghai, Liu eventually settled in Hong Kong in 1957. In a celebrated writing career spanning more than six decades, Liu published over 30 books including novels, literary reviews, essays, poems and translated works. Among Liu’s best-known works are “Intersection” and “The Drunkard”, the latter of which is considered the first stream of consciousness novel in China. These two works also inspired the award-winning films “In the Mood for Love” and “2046” by director Wong Kar-wai.

      20/06/2018
    • "Cabinets of Curiosities", Richard Serra's drawings, Philip Guston & in the studio: CUHK Chrous's "Bernstein in the Theatre"

      "Cabinets of Curiosities”, also known as “Cabinets of Wonder” or “wonder-rooms” are encyclopaedic collections of objects, mostly from the natural world. They represent early attempts to collect and categorise objects as natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious, historical relics or artistic works. At the City U Exhibition Gallery until August as part of Le French May, “Cabinets of Curiosities - From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature”, showcases more than 200 such objects.

      Metalwork is an integral part of the life of American artist Richard Serra. His father worked as a pipe fitter in the shipbuilding industry. During his own college years, Serra worked in steel mills. His monumental steel sculptures impose a sense of space, time, process, weight and gravity. His drawings incorporate the same sense of materiality, process and notions of time, as you can see until the end of the month at the David Zwirner gallery, which is presenting a set of new Serra works for the first time in Hong Kong.

      Richard Serra, some of whose works we saw in part one, tends to take a minimalist approach to art rather than focusing on metaphors or symbolism. In contrast the works of his fellow American artist Philip Guston featured elements from Abstract Expressionism, figuration, forms and pictorial symbols. Until the end of July, Hauser & Wirth is exhibiting 50 of his paintings and drawings, created from 1950 to 1979 and curated by his daughter, Musa Mayer.

      Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, educator, ambassador and pianist. He wrote symphonies, music for ballet, film, and theatre, choral works, operas, chamber music and pieces for the piano. His compositions vary from the classically oriented to such works as West Side Story, Peter Pan, On the Town, and On the Waterfront. This year is the 100th anniversary of his birth. Worldwide events to acknowledge the centennial began last year with more than 2,000 events on six continents. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus has an upcoming all-Bernstein programme and they are here to tell us more.

      13/06/2018
    • Women in art: Guerrilla Girls & Nilima Sheikh, HKBUAVA & CUHK Fine Arts Grad shows & HK Ballet

      Women in art: Guerrilla Girls & Nilima Sheikh, HKBUAVA & CUHK Fine Arts Grad shows & HK Ballet

      In today’s show: two graduation exhibitions, one from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the other from Hong Kong Baptist University. Every year, a new crop of young artists graduates. It’s never easy to make a living and a reputation as an artist, but the signs are that for women it’s even harder. It’s no secret that while more men than women study the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math, women predominate in social studies and liberal arts courses. In Hong Kong, four out of every five visual art students are female. Yet only around one in every five will go on to have a solo show in local galleries or museums.

      Many local university students are either in the middle of, or have just completed, examinations and final projects and theses. For those who study visual art, it’s time to show their work in the annual graduation shows. Among those shows is the graduation exhibition of Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. It includes works by 110 graduates, the academy’s 11th cohort of students, displayed in a variety of locations across the Kai Tak campus. A moment ago we looked at works by graduates from the Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. The Chinese University of Hong Kong was the first tertiary institute to offer visual arts education in Hong Kong. It focuses on creativity, studio practice, and the history of visual arts. Titled “Forever young forever weeping” this year’s graduation exhibition includes works from 29 graduates, many of whom confront tough issues and explore the values of art.

      The Hong Kong Ballet has a new artistic director this season. Septime Webre has joined the company after 17 years at the Washington Ballet. Blending classics with contemporary pieces, the company opened its new season with “Alice in the Wonderland”, following up with a new take on “Giselle” and “The Great Gatsby”. Just last week, it put on a triple bill of works by three of today’s most influential choreographers, one of them an original rock ballet that uses 12 songs by The Beatles.

      06/06/2018
    • American Ballet Theatre's

      American Ballet Theatre's "Whipped Cream", tribute to Robert Indiana & in the studio "Sarabande"

      Exploring both the imagination of the child and the darkness and nightmares that may accompany it, the American Ballet Theatre’s “Whipped Cream” begins with a young boy gorging on whipped cream to the point of hospitalisation. The two-act ballet takes audiences into his sugar-induced delirium. Its Asian Premiere was here in Hong Kong in March at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

      Over the past two weeks, there’s been news of the deaths of two great American artists. One was the towering literary figure Philip Roth, who died in New York at 85. To the disappointment of many, the Nobel Prize passed him by, but not many other major literary awards did. In the eyes of many cultural commentators, his death marks the end of a literary era. Roth’s work encompassed humour, pathos, American society, politics, history, sexuality, and identity, particularly Jewish identity. He was also known for his unflinching honesty about the male psyche, often blurring the line between his own and that of his creations.

      There was also much exploration of America in the work of Robert Indiana, who died on May 19th. A pioneer of assemblage, hard-edged abstraction and pop art, Indiana’s best known to the general public for his iconic “Love” sculptures and prints. In February this year, the Asia Society organised the first Hong Kong solo exhibition of his works.

      During the Baroque era, many composers created suites of music that incorporated music for several different dance forms, one of which was the Sarabande.
      Taking their inspiration from the Sarabande, cellist Noemi Boutin and juggler Jorg Muller have created a performance that marries three of Bach’s famous cello suites with theatre, dance and contemporary art. Recently they were in our studio to give us a taster.

      30/05/2018
    • Modigliani's

      Modigliani's "Nu couche (sur le côté gauche)”, School of Nice, Huang Xiaoliang & in the studio: Bomsori Kim & Pallavi Mahidhara

      The past two weeks have seen more records broken in international art auctions. First, auction house Christie’s sold 1,500 objects from “The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller” for US$832.6 million, the highest price paid for a single private collection. 22 records were broken in all, including prices for porcelain items, a swan decoy, and works by Picasso and Monet. A few days later, also in New York, Sotheby’s put Amedeo Modigliani’s painting “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” under the hammer.
      Even though it did fetch a record auction price for a Modigliani, it didn’t do quite as well as some had expected. Before the sale though, Hongkongers had the chance to see the painting for themselves.

      Born in Italy, Modigliani was one of the thousands of artists from all over the world, to have moved to Paris to work. The then-inexpensive districts of Montmartre and Montparnasse were particularly popular with the creative crowd. Those neighbourhoods aren’t so inexpensive now, but artists – and tourists - still flock to Paris. And to other areas of France much loved by artists. Many painters moved to more Mediterranean regions for the light and the climate. Cézanne and Van Gogh, for example, moved to Provence. Some also settled in the Riviera town of Nice.

      Huang Xiaoliang uses photography to examine the dualities of past and present, reality and fantasy. To leave room for the viewer’s imagination he also likes to emphasise shadows and nightfall. Until the middle of June, the Over the Influence gallery is presenting “Nightfall”, a series of Huang’s photographs that depict a dreamlike narrative state.

      At just 28, Korean violinist Bomsori Kim has won prizes in many international music competitions, first gaining attention in 2010, when she was the youngest prize winner at the 4th Sendai International Music Competition. Also a recipient of many awards is Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara. The pair have taken a combined 28 top prizes in over 14 international competitions. Last week they were in Hong Kong for a one-night concert featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, Sibelius, Kreisler and Ysaye.

      23/05/2018
    • Interview with Mark Bradford, founders of Hauser & Wirth & in the studio: Evita, the musical

      Interview with Mark Bradford, founders of Hauser & Wirth & in the studio: Evita, the musical

      You may remember that last week we visited David Zwirner’s new Hong Kong gallery. Well, during Art Basel Hong Kong, the Swiss art gallery Hauser & Wirth also inaugurated their first Asia outpost, and in the same building. Like David Zwirner, Iwan and Manuela Wirth are currently ranked in the top ten of the ArtReview Power 100. With spaces in Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles and Somerset, the couple is well aware that Asia is a growing market, and Hong Kong is an ideal location for a first foray into that market.

      There’s so much going on in Le French May, and it’s expanding so much chronologically, that it might soon need to be called :”Le French April, May, June and July”. With more than 100 programmes, including exhibitions and performances, over its length, this year’s festival is focusing largely on “Tributes” to masters. On show on at the Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery until 6th June, “Rue du Moulin Vert” includes 13 artworks by masters of the post-1945 Abstraction art movement in Paris. Among them are Zao Wou-ki and his wife Lalan, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Stael, Sam Francis and Georges Mathieu.

      To her fans and supporters, Eva Peron, born one of five illegitimate children, who rose from poverty to first lady of her nation, was a champion of the poor and attained almost goddess-like status. To her critics, she was a woman of dubious morality who lent an aura of celebrity and glamour to a husband, Juan Peron, and a political movement, Peronism, with Fascist or even Nazi sympathies. She’s also the subject of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly popular musical “Evita”, which is being staged in Hong Kong right now.

      16/05/2018
    • Interview with David Zwirner, Jeff Koons & Wolfgang Tillmans, in the studio: guitarist Paolo Angeli

      Interview with David Zwirner, Jeff Koons & Wolfgang Tillmans, in the studio: guitarist Paolo Angeli

      Art runs in David Zwirner’s family. His father Rudolf is an art dealer and David and his sister were raised surrounded by art. Today, David’s own galleries represent over forty artists and estates. He opened the first of those galleries in New York in 1993. He now has five: three in New York, one in London, and – as of January this year – one in Hong Kong.

      Paolo Angeli grew up on the Italian island of Sardinia, Italy, a region with musical traditions that include throat singing, sacred chants, and the launeddas, an ancient three-pipe woodwind instrument. But it is the guitar that attracts Angeli. After studying with another Sardinian guitarist, Giovanni Scanu, Paolo started to develop a unique instrument. It’s unconventional and it’s hardly traditional, but the music he makes with it echoes a long Sardinian musical legacy. Paolo was in Hong Kong last month, and spoke to us while he was here.

      09/05/2018
    • Artist Miwa Komatsu, ceramic artist Suzy Cheung & in the studio: Baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Bailieu

      Artist Miwa Komatsu, ceramic artist Suzy Cheung & in the studio: Baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Bailieu

      The Shinto and Buddhist religions are Japan’s two oldest popular religious traditions. They’re accompanied by a rich mythology and folklore that includes a long list of gods, goddesses, spirits, divine creatures and other supernatural beings. Miwa Komatsu makes these beings the subject of her art.

      Suzy Cheung is an art director for feature films, stage productions and television commercials. She is also an established ceramic artist. She’s been working with clay since 1990. Now on show at Hong Kong’s the Giant Year Gallery, a space dedicated to exhibiting and promoting ceramic art, is Cheung’s solo exhibition “Taxiing”.

      The tradition of the German “Lied”, or song, dates back to the late 14th or early 15th century. The earliest lieder included settings of poetry to music, folk songs, and hymns but for many the form reached an exquisite peak during the Romantic period of the 19th century. Generally, lieder are written for piano and voice. Orchestral accompaniment came later. Baritone Benjamin Appl has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers”. He and pianist James Bailieu recently visited Hong Kong for a programme that included not only German lieder but also music by British, French and Norwegian composers.

      02/05/2018
    • Interview with Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang, Isaac Chong's time and history & in the studio: Patrick Lui & Band

      Interview with Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang, Isaac Chong's time and history & in the studio: Patrick Lui & Band

      Two weeks ago we spoke to German film director Werner Herzog about his work, including his recent documentary on volcanoes, the distinctions, if any, between fiction and documentary, and the impact of technology on filmmaking. He was here for the Hong Kong International Film Festival, as was Taiwanese film director Tsai Ming-liang.
      Tsai’s latest film is a virtual reality movie, “The Deserted”. We spoke to him about it.

      Berlin-based Hong Kong artist Isaac Chong Wai uses performance art to deal with history and memory and how they relate to public spaces and monuments. The starting point for his research on his newest project is the Nazi period in Germany. In “Future of the Past – Past of the Future: Creating Time in Public Space Through Performance” at the Goethe Institute, Chong asks what those public spaces could mean for our past and our future.

      Pianist, composer, arranger and producer Patrick Lui composes for feature films, television programmes and theatrical works. He is also known for his collaboration with Cantopop band, RubberBand, and as a keyboardist accompanying singer Eason Chan. But he’s also into jazz. He’s here to tell us more.

      25/04/2018
    • The Art Market Report 2018, Art Basel & Art Central

      The Art Market Report 2018, Art Basel & Art Central

      Statisticians tell us global inequality is growing, with half of the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population. That’s not good news for most of us, but it can be good news for the art market. Millionaires and billionaires with money burning a hole in their pockets like to buy, or invest in, art. The art market generated an estimated US$63.7 billion last year. Art fairs and auctions are among the main drivers of such deals. In the last decade, the number of international art fairs has quadrupled. There are now more than 260 every year, and Art Basel is the brand that galleries and collectors don’t dare overlook. The sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong ended two weeks ago. The three-day fair attracted 80,000 people. 248 galleries from 32 countries took part, 28 of them for the first time.

      Art Central was launched in 2015, by a team of art fair veterans who had founded the original ART HK that was later sold to Art Basel. Although the works of some of the same artists appear in both shows, Art Central’s founders say they don’t want it to be a mini Art Basel. They want instead to focus on artists who might not be quite as well established or quite as expensive. This year’s week-long fair ended on 1st April. Like the previous ones, it was held on the Central Harbourfront. Organisers say the fourth edition attracted a record 39,000 visitors. But as we saw earlier in the latest art market report, while things are going well for high end galleries, many smaller and medium-sized ones are having a tougher time.

      18/04/2018
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