"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.