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 ” .
We take a trip to Taiwan. Many people familiar with modern and contemporary art from Taiwan have come to know it from the Taipei Biennial, the precursors of which were two Taipei Fine Arts Museum exhibition projects held in alternating years from 1984 which were later consolidated. Now Taiwan’s contemporary art has a new major art showcase, Taipei Dangdai, which was held in Taipei last month. Our producer, Yuki Wong went there to find out more.
Canadian pianist Scott MacIsaac studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study to become a Master of Music at Yale University. A winner of numerous awards in many competitions, he has performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Western Europe. The New York Times calls him a pianist with “brio and imagination” and La Presse lauds his playing for its “speed, clarity, breath and musicality.” He was in Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays to visit his grandfather. We took the chance to speak to him.
We’re beginning by continuing our trip to Taiwan. Last week, we introduced the first edition of Taipei Dangdai, a contemporary art fair that aims primarily to appeal to the Taiwanese market but that’s inevitably brought a lot of international attention to the island’ art scene and art collectors. Other than art fair like Taipei Dangdai that focuses on the art market, Taiwan is also full of creative entities that reflect the socio-political situations of the country.
The Himalayan region is known as the “roof of the world”. It is home to Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Gurkhas and the Ladakh people. They are connected not only by the area’s unique landscape but also by similar religious beliefs. On show at the art museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Institute of Chinese Studies, “Jewels of Transcendence: Himalayan and Mongolian Treasures” showcases more than 400 exquisite ornaments and religious objects, from the 13th through 20th centuries, that come from the Mongolian and Himalayan regions.