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 ” .
The idea of the art residency began to take form in the United States and Europe at the turn of the 20th century, when art-lovers with deep pockets like Isabelle Gardner began offering part of their homes to favourite artists as a new kind of patronage. This form of support and opportunity for artists to travel, develop their work, and make international connections, is now provided by a variety of different institutions and sponsors, and can provide an important boost to the careers of many.
In past editions of The Works we’ve mentioned the “Gutai” group in Japan. Founded in 1954 by Shozo Shimamoto, along with Jiro Yoshihara and other students, the group was the first radical post-war artistic movement in the country. On show at Whitestone gallery until 17th November, “VIBRANT: Shozo Shimamoto x AU” shows a selection of works by Shimamoto and a group of artists from the Artist Union, with whom he formerly collaborated. The group changed its name to Art Unidentified, or AU, in 1980.
Formerly Hong Kong-based Swedish bassist Rickard Malmsten is a regular guest of The Works. He’s a keen promoter of Nordic jazz and of bringing Swedish jazz musicians to the world. Among those he’s brought to our studio in the past are renowned trumpet and flugelhorn player Anders Bergcrantz and his wife, pianist Anna-Lena Laurin Bergcrantz. But the whole family is a musical family, and today Anders and Lena are here with their two daughters Rebecca and Iris.
The Hong Kong Arts Development Council implemented the ADC Arts Space Scheme in 2014 to help address the problems of the lack of space for artists in Hong Kong. Under the scheme, three venues have been opened for a while, one in Aberdeen five years ago, and two in Kwun Tong last year. In late September, the scheme added a new space, this one in Tai Po, through repurposing a former secondary school.
Japanese printmaker, Yukiko Morimoto mixes copperplate printmaking with mixed-media techniques such as photography, fabri transfer printing, pencil drawing and acrylic painting in her work. On show at the Art Projects Gallery until the end of the month, “Longing for Innocence” features a collection of images of children wearing masks of real and imaginary creatures.
The Hong Kong Generation Next Arts annual music festival got under way last week. Now in its sixth year, the three-week long festival this year focuses on celebrating “great women artists of the world”. One of the highlights is a tribute to composer and pianist Clara Schumann. This year – September 13th to be precise - is the 200th anniversary of her birth. Canadian pianist Angela Cheng opened the festival with the Philharmonia APA, and she’s here to tell us just what made Clara Schumann such a musical pioneer.