監製:Diana Wan


    This week, we look at two female Chinese artists whose work has its roots in very different times and backgrounds. Born in 1895, Pan Yuliang became known as the first woman in China to paint in the Western style. Her works and their style were sometimes harshly criticised by government figures and conservative critics, not least because she often painted nudes. The criticism was so severe that eventually she returned to live in the city in which she’d developed that style: Paris. On show at the Asia Society until early next year, “Song of Spring: Pan Yu-lin in Paris” is the first major exhibition of her works in Hong Kong.

    Born over 80 years later than Pan Yuliang, in Guangzhou in the 1970s, Cao Fei grew up in a province that was benefitting from the so-called “Open Door” policy that was transforming the country’s economy. Many of her works are multimedia projects that explore the lives of young mainland Chinese and how they cope with the realities of a rapidly changing society. For Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun cultural centre, she has created a site-specific work that incorporates a film reflecting on the nature and history of the complex. That will be on show until 9th December.

    Jasper Sung graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Master of Music degree in singing before going on to study in Salzburg. Among his musical achievements since graduating are opera roles, performances of requiems and oratorios, and solo works for tenor. Later this month, he’ll be performing Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin" as part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series. He’s here with pianist Karen Sung to tell us more.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • Venice Biennale IV, Raimund Girke & Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer

      Venice Biennale IV, Raimund Girke & Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer

      Over the past month, we’ve visited Venice a few times to take a look at Hong Kong’s contribution and at the work in several national pavilions at the 58th Venice Biennale. These official exhibitions take over the city until November, but they are not the only things going on over the next few months. Here are some of the other attractions we found while we were there.

      The late Raimund Girke was an artist from Germany whose monochrome paintings and works are inspired by the Chinese sage Laozi. The title of Girke’s third solo exhibition at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery, “The Silent Balance”, is taken from the Laozi phrase: “Countless words count less than the silent balance of yin and yang.” White is the central colour in Girke’s work, providing a motif, a guideline, and both foreground and background. Any other colours, often muted, have to strike a silent balance with the white.

      Choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou is at the centre of the Greek theatrical avant-garde. After studying fine arts under Dimitris Mytaras, he attracted attention as a visual artist, illustrator and comic book creator. He went on to stage performance, including directing the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, which gained him considerable international attention. After three decades of creating stage works, last year he produced a full-evening work for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the first choreographer to do so since Bausch’s death in 2009. Three weeks ago, he came to Hong Kong for the first time, with his earlier production, The Great Tamer.

      Well that’s it from us for this season. Time for The Works to take its annual summer break. But we’ll be back in the autumn. Until then, whether you simply enjoy the creative works of others, or create your own, have a great summer. See you soon.

    • Photographer Willy Ronis, art book fair: Booked & in the studio: The Prophetic Horns

      Photographer Willy Ronis, art book fair: Booked & in the studio: The Prophetic Horns

      Prepare yourselves. Because later in the show we’ll be welcoming The Prophetic Horns to the studio. And in case you wonder what The Prophetic Horns is, or are, it’s a Paris-based combination of three supercharged wind instrumentalists and a DJ. They’ll be talking to us about how they like to mash up horn solos with original mixes and remixes. First though, and also with a Paris connection, we’re looking at the work of photographer Willy Ronis whose black and white images of the French capital are so renowned they’re now part of the city’s iconography. Along with Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sabine Weiss, Ronis is often said to be one of the last representatives of French humanist school of photography. A member of the Communist Party for 20 years, he liked to turn his lens on society’s less well-off people and neighbourhoods. “As a man and as a photographer,” he once said, “I will die with my heart firmly on the left.” He also like capturing images of lovers, about which he said: “What a cliché, but why deprive yourself of pleasure?”

      Art publications, including research and archival materials, exhibition catalogues, books about art, and more, form an integral part of the art ecology. For artists, books can be works of art and a medium of artistic expression themselves. Earlier this year, Tai Kwun Contemporary presented a book fair called “Booked” that focused on the interplay of art and publications.

      The Prophetic Horns are three guys from Paris who play a trumpet, a saxophone, and a trombone, working with a fourth who operates a turntable.
      The group fuses electro, jazz, funk and dance music into original mixes, remixes, and customised arrangements. They were in Hong Kong a few months ago to give an outdoor performance for Le French May. Before flying back to their home in France, they came to our studio for a chat.

    • British Museum's

      British Museum's "A History of the World in 100 Objects", artist Devin Troy Strother & in the studio: pianist & conductor, Philippe Entremont

      The things we use and the things we make reflect who we are. And they have done so through history and prehistory. In 2010 the BBC debuted a series of 100 programmes called “A History of the World in 100 Objects” in collaboration with the British Museum, based on the objects in its vast collection.
      Now you can see an exhibition based on that project in Hong Kong.

      The work of Devin Troy Strother incorporates a variety of media and includes mixed-media pieces, sculpture and installations. He takes his inspiration from movies, television, stand-up comedy and artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Henri Matisse. As an African American, Strother says he wants to be the art world’s Michael Jordan, someone who surpasses identity and race to simply become the best at what he does. Strother was in Hong Kong last month for his exhibition based on basketball motifs at the Over the Influence gallery.

      Pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont was born in Reims in 1934. His parents, both musicians themselves, initially planned for him to study violin, but – he says – he was a bit lazy and quickly realised that at least at the piano you got the chance to sit down. The rest is musical history.
      His Carnegie Hall debut at 18 brought him massive public attention. In the years since, he’s become one of the most recorded music artists in history, not only as a pianist but also as a conductor. His recordings of piano concertos have recently been reissued in a 19 CD box-set. At 85 this month, Philippe Entremont can look back on a career that would humble anyone else, he says he’s not content to rest on his laurels. He’d rather focus on the present and the future. This week he’s in Hong Kong performing with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong for Le French May. And we’re delighted that he’s found time to come talk to us on The Works.

    • Venice Biennale 2019: 58th International Art Exhibition

      Venice Biennale 2019: 58th International Art Exhibition

      The ripples of Hong Kong’s protests against the government’s proposed extradition bill, even spread as far as the Venice Biennale last week. The Hong Kong pavilion and its exhibition that we featured in last week’s show was closed last Wednesday in response to local calls for a strike. Here in Hong Kong, around 100 galleries and art organisations also closed their doors. The Hong Kong government has withdrawn the bill, but that didn’t stop record crowds from marching in protest against the government and the police handling of the issue last week. All of this makes the theme of the 58th Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times”, one that has particular significance for Hong Kong right now.

    • Venice Biennale I: HK Pavilion, Cheng Ting Ting's

      Venice Biennale I: HK Pavilion, Cheng Ting Ting's "Recipient Absent" & in the studio: Rendezvous Quartet

      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.

    • 4th June: Diminishing creative space & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble x Mo-Men-T

      4th June: Diminishing creative space & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble x Mo-Men-T

      In mainland China even the words “June 4th” are sensitive pretty much all the time. They are even more taboo every year as the date nears, and even more so this year as it’s the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Although the candles can still be lit here in Hong Kong in Victoria Park, the organisers of the vigil, who also run the June 4th museum, say it’s getting harder every year. Last November, the Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao had an exhibition in Hong Kong cancelled after threats from the Chinese authorities. Six months later, he’s set to appear in a documentary about his art in the context of the event’s 30th anniversary. The hour-long film “China’s Artful Dissident” will be broadcast in Australia on June 4th. The film details how he was inspired by Tank Man, the individual who stood in front of the tanks in defiance. Here in Hong Kong, artists and art organisations who do work related to June 4th or indeed any political art, say they are also finding it increasingly hard to find spaces in which to present that work.

      What kind of sound would you expect to get if you combined a pipa, a double bass, electric guitar, trumpet, and piano? Well you can soon find out.
      The Chinese band, Wuji Ensemble and the jazz band Mo-Men-T are joining forces for the first time in an up-coming concert, “Boundless Groove” in which they mix Chinese and Western instruments to explore new possibilities.
      Both groups aim to develop a repertoire that’s experimental, innovative, and collaborative, and they are here to tell us more.

    • Photojournalist Liu Heung Shing, Art Deco at City U & in the studio: classical Indian music singer, Rahul Vellal

      Photojournalist Liu Heung Shing, Art Deco at City U & in the studio: classical Indian music singer, Rahul Vellal

      This year is the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. And, as every year, there’s already an information crackdown across mainland China on any possible references to the event in the media or on the internet. Activists in Beijing have been ordered to take mandatory “vacations”, been placed under house arrest, or are being strictly monitored. Today, most of us have smart phones, and photos from such a confrontation would come from dozens or hundreds of sources and quickly spread around the world. In 1989, taking pictures of, or documenting, such a large social movement as the one that led to that crackdown, was left mostly to professional photojournalists, photojournalists like Liu Heung Shing

      Next week we’ll look at how organising art events related to June 4th even in Hong Kong has become increasingly difficult. But for now, we turn to the past and more purely aesthetic concerns. We’re taking a look at the Art Deco style that flourished from the 1920s to the 1940s. As a movement, it was given a huge boost in Paris in 1925 by the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. On show at the CityU Exhibition Gallery till the end of July, “Art Deco: The France-China Connection” showcases the history of the movement in France and its connections with China.

      11-year old Rahul Vellal is a singer and musician from Bangalore, India who mostly focuses on music in the religious Carnatic tradition. Although, neither of his parents have a music background, Rahul began to exhibit an interest in music from the age of two. With the support of his parents he started learning classical Indian music when he was four. His melodic voice has since made him an internet sensation. Not only have videos of his performances garnered 25 million views on YouTube, he’s won numerous music awards. He’s here in Hong Kong for a charity concert on Thursday called “Raaga & Rhythm: Music Without Borders”. The concert features 44 local and international musicians, and fuses Indian classical music, jazz and other popular music to raise funds for a social enterprise that promotes inclusiveness in our society. Rahul’s in our studio to tell us more.

    • Artist Hon Chi-fun restrospective exhibition,

      Artist Hon Chi-fun restrospective exhibition, "A Story of Light" & studio performance: Clementine Grimault

      Hon Chi-fun is one of Hong Kong’s most respected visual artists. His education began in a strict Confucian-style school that did not shy away from physical punishment, but that did introduce him to classical Chinese poems and calligraphy. Despite that conservative start, he went on to make art that went far beyond the traditional, both in techniques and approach, and that synthesised traditional East and modern West.

      French pianist, Clementine Grimault says she likes to perform the solo repertoire, but also enjoys lecture recitals, teaching, and working with others on collaborative projects.
      Clementine studied under British concert pianist and writer Paul Roberts. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014. While still studying she’d taken on the challenging role of a pianist and actress in Iain Burnside’s music play, “Journeying Boys”. She’s here in Hong Kong to play in a concert for Le French May called, “Hommages, ballades and images”.

    • Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition, War Horse opens in HK & in the studio: HK Phil players for Pieter Vance Wyckoff Brain Tumor Foundation

      Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition, War Horse opens in HK & in the studio: HK Phil players for Pieter Vance Wyckoff Brain Tumor Foundation

      May brings, as every year, the Le French May Arts Festival. This year’s programme, which takes as its inspiration Victor Hugo’s “Life is a voyage”, is spread over two months and includes more than 120 events. We’ll be bringing you plenty from Le French May in coming weeks, but today we’re looking at the first Hong Kong exhibition of the work of painter, sculptor and conceptual artist Niki de Saint Phalle. On show at the Sha Tin Town Hall until early June are sculptures from her series “Nanas”.

      In 2007, the play “War Horse” based on Michael Morpurgo’s popular novel for older children and young adults, premiered on stage. Set amidst the horrors of the First World War, it tells the story of a boy called Albert and his bond with his horse Joey. Michael Morpurgo himself thought staging the novel posed insurmountable problems and that the National Theatre of Great Britain, “must be mad” even to try. Well, thankfully they did try, and the production, as adapted by Nick Stafford, went on to wow audiences and critics in the West End and on Broadway, and win Olivier and Tony Awards. Directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, it’s on show in Hong Kong, accompanied by Chinese surtitles, until early June, and well worth a visit.

      Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra bass trombonist Pieter Vance Wyckoff was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018. This year, the PVW Brain Tumor Foundation was set up in his name under the auspices of the Hong Kong Neuro-Oncology Society and with the support of musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The foundation hopes to raise awareness of brain tumours and provide support for patients and their families. Next Tuesday, a group of Pieter’s friends and colleagues are giving a concert to launch the foundation. Some of them are here to tell us more.

    • Design Trust x Haw Par Mansion, artist David Altmejd & in the studio: Groove Wind Quintet

      Design Trust x Haw Par Mansion, artist David Altmejd & in the studio: Groove Wind Quintet

      Many who have lived in or visited Hong Kong in recent decades will remember the fantasy land of The Tiger Balm Garden, and particularly its sometimes-garish sculptural depictions of hell. It was built in 1935 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the two Burmese-Chinese brothers who created the ointment brand, Tiger Balm.
      The site, in Tai Hang, included the family mansion, the Haw Par Mansion, a private garden, and the Tiger Balm Garden which was opened to the public.

      Sadly, in 2004, the Tiger Balm Garden was demolished. The ownership of the mansion and the private garden was transferred to the government, which eventually designated it as the location for the Haw Par Music Foundation. At the end of March, the Hong Kong Design Trust used the premises to introduce a project that highlights the relationship between heritage and innovation. New York-based Canadian sculptor David Altmejd, says that the perfect object for him is “something that is extremely seductive and extremely repulsive at the same time.” His works draw on science, religion, magic, psychedelia, sci-fi and Gothic Romanticism. “The Vibrating Man” is not only his first exhibition in Hong Kong but also his inaugural exhibition with the White Cube gallery. It will be on show until 18th May.

      In 2014, five local musicians who’d graduated from a range of local and international music schools got together to form the Groove Wind Quintet. They formed the group with the idea that chamber music should reach a wider audience through including works from different periods. Other than music, they want to work with dancers to explore new possibilities and they are here to tell us more.