監製:Diana Wan


    One of the most anticipated openings on the Hong Kong art scene. After a four-year renovation costing almost a billion Hong Kong dollars, the Museum of Art reopened its doors to the public on the November 30th. The renovation expands the museum’s exhibition space by about 40%, from 7,000 square meters to around 10,000 square meters.

    The piano duet became popular in the second half of the 18th century. Among the composers who turned their hands to it are Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Grieg, Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartok. For establishments or homes that didn’t have the luxury of two pianos, some, including Mozart, Schumann and Brahms, also wrote pieces for four hands on one instrument, as did Schubert with his “Fantasy in F minor”. That’s one of the pieces to be featured in a concert by pianists Warren Lee and Colleen Lee and two percussionists this Friday. Warren and Colleen are here to tell us more.

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    • Artists run art space: Negative Space, Ho Sin Tung@Hanart & in our studio: Kathy Mak's coronavirus-themed parody of

      Artists run art space: Negative Space, Ho Sin Tung@Hanart & in our studio: Kathy Mak's coronavirus-themed parody of "Torn"

      As we reported last week, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Hong Kong Art Festival, Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central have all decide to cancel events over the coming month. Last Friday, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society also announced that it’s postponing the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum to the summer. A lack of trust in the motives or the abilities of the government to deal with the outbreak has led to panic buying of goods such as rice, toilet rolls and tissue paper. The short supply of masks and sanitising products has left many feeling frustrated and helpless. Later in the show, theatre performer Kathy Mak is here to reflect on the situation. one other thing that’s always in short supply in Hong Kong is space. That can be a problem for artists who need room to work. Some get around it by joining forces to create group working and exhibition spaces.

      Ho Sin-tung’s new body of work focuses on the idea of the swamp. She says that for humanity the swamp seems to be a desolate and turgid wilderness that stands in sharp contrast to the aspiration for structure, order and control. But however hard we try to defeat it, it always returns. Much of Ho’s work consists of meticulous pencil drawings. Her new exhibition “Swampland”, on show at Hanart up to the end of the month, also adds three dimensional objects and installations into the mix.

    • Impact of coronavirus on the arts: cancellation of HK Arts Festival, Art Basel & Art Central & discussion with HKAF Tisa Ho

      Impact of coronavirus on the arts: cancellation of HK Arts Festival, Art Basel & Art Central & discussion with HKAF Tisa Ho

      In last week’s show we talked about the effect the current coronavirus outbreak is having on art and cultural events and looked at the threat it poses to many planned mega events in Hong Kong’s Arts Month of March. Last week, after a long period of uncertainty, Art Basel finally announced it’s cancelling its Hong Kong event. As the virus continues to spread, it has forced many art organisations, including the City Contemporary Dance Company, to cancel or suspend events that they’ve been preparing for at least a year. And that’s not the only problem they face.

      As we saw in part one, both Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central announced last week that their fairs were being cancelled due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus. On Monday, the Hong Kong Arts Festival also announced the effective cancellation of this year’s festival. That will affect more than 120 performances and other related events. The festival’s Executive Director, Tisa Ho is here to tell us more.

    • Art book fair: Booked at Tai Kwun,

      Art book fair: Booked at Tai Kwun, "Folklore" exhibtion at "Bedroom" & in the studio: indie band, Esimorp

      Last week, the World Health Organisation declared the Wuhan coronavirus a Global Health Emergency. As we mentioned also in last week’s show, Hong Kong’s protests, and now the virus, have created major challenges for art and cultural events. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour and withdrawn from the upcoming Hong Kong Arts Festival, which is due to run from this Saturday until the 15th March. On Monday, the festival announced more than a dozen productions have been cancelled.

      Apart from the challenges facing the Arts Festival, March is Hong Kong’s art month, in which flagship events like Art Basel, Art Central, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival are usually scheduled. We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates on the impact of the virus on Hong Kong’s art scene. Today we’re bringing you news from one recent event that did still go ahead: the second edition of Tai Kwun’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair, “Booked”. Tai Kwun itself, for now, is remaining open but with reduced services. As Hong Kong battles the coronavirus, most public activities in the city have been shut down. Government departments and some private sector companies are allowing employees to work from home. Many galleries are closed. One that is still open by appointment is Bedroom, an art space in Tai Kok Tsui. On show till 16th February, “Folklore” looks into what it terms “Verbal Lore” such as fairy tales, myth, chants, conspiracy theories, lullabies, urban legends and superstition.

      Local indie band, “Esimorp” takes the word “promise” and spells it backwards. The name comes from the name of its lead singer Promise Armstrong. The band’s four members come from diverse backgrounds. Blending indie rock and ambient pop, they say they want to create music with “themes such as truth, hope and other intangibles”. The released their debut album, “Roar Like The Ocean” last November, and they are here to tell us more.

    • Cancellation of art and cultural events in LCSD venues, artist Rose Wylie @David Zwirner &

      Cancellation of art and cultural events in LCSD venues, artist Rose Wylie @David Zwirner & "Songs in Storm" salon concert

      For the past eight months, many art and cultural events have been cancelled due to social unrest. And now we have added concerns over the coronavirus to worry about. Most of Hong Kong’s big performing arts venues are run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and many events in those facilities have been cancelled in recent months, often with hours to spare. On Tuesday, the LCSD announced the closure of its leisure and cultural facilities and that all programmes scheduled at these venues are suspended until further notice.

      British artist Rose Wylie says she doesn’t paint political issues, concepts, narratives, landscapes, or portraits”. She’s “painting a noun: a duck or a primrose leaf or a leg.”
      Inspired by random images, often from newspapers scattered across her studio floor, she reconstructs them from memory, a technique that overlays new associations and elements, sometimes related to issues such as gender, beauty, celebrity, and art history. Wylie’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at David Zwirner gallery, “painting a noun” showcases more than twenty works that illustrate how the process of memory assimilate and transforms the objects she represents.

      In the words of Berthold Brecht, “the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depend on political decisions.” Politics permeates our social and personal lives, even dictating what we can do and say and how we live. In reflecting our world, art frequently reflects politics.
      The eighth-month long protest movement in Hong Kong has ignited a burst of creative energy, new ideas and possibilities.
      In an upcoming salon concert called “Songs in a Storm”, music critic Edison Hung, soprano Yen Yen Ng, pianist Ingrid Chan and guitarist Halen Woo are bringing us music related to radical social and political movements. They are here to tell us more.

    • CNY Special: Chinese paper cutting & sign making & in the studio: erhu player Chan Pik-sum x accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn

      CNY Special: Chinese paper cutting & sign making & in the studio: erhu player Chan Pik-sum x accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn

      Just two days to go before the Year of the Rat is upon us, so, as we do to celebrate almost every Lunar New Year, we have some festive treats in this week’s programme. Later in the show, we have a fusion of East and West as erhu player Chan Pik-sum and accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn bring us a lively tune that I suspect most of you will recognize. As one of the most important holidays across Asia, Lunar New Year is celebrated in a wide range of ways. Apart from the food, it’s accompanied by an array of traditional arts and crafts. To start the new year, many people clean the home and decorate with lucky colours, ornaments, and symbols. Billy Lee, presenter of our sister programme 藝坊星期天 went out to learn how to produce one of those forms of decorations: the paper cutting.

      Lunar New Year decorations in homes and on the streets come in all shapes and forms. Apart from the traditional imagery, you’ll also find popular cartoon, movie and television characters, catch phrases, and slang expressions. And this year, Ben Tse went to discover how to decorations in a far from traditional technology.

      Chan Pik-sum plays the huqin, gaohu and the erhu, all of which are from the family of Chinese bow-string instruments. She is also a founding member of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. Apart from that, she’s active in Western music and has performed in crossover dance, theatre and other multimedia productions.
      She’s with us today with Ukrainian accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn to talk to us about some of those cross-cultural collaborations.

    • Mobile theatre: The Happy Poor Guys,

      Mobile theatre: The Happy Poor Guys, "Why Print 2" & in the studio: pianist Olli Mustonen

      In the old days, popular entertainment in Hong Kong was closely related to traditional customs and practice, often part of celebrations of birthdays or deities or festivals.
      Most of the entertainment took place outdoors, or even on the streets and in the markets. Dragon dances, lion dances, outdoor Cantonese opera, martial arts displays … all were sometimes part of the vibrant “tai tat tei” or flea market culture. That nostalgic ambience is currently being brought to life again in a project called “Mobile Theatre: The Happy Poor Guys”. 28 pop-up performances in different outdoor locations around Hong Kong bring back memories of the now disappeared markets.

      Artists David Jasper Wong and Lam King Ting specialise in printmaking, especially in using historical printing techniques. In 2015, the pair set up a workshop called Marble, Print & Clay. Now in its second edition, the workshop’s exhibition, “Why Print 2”, running in Sham Shui Po until 19th January, features works by 18 local and overseas artists.

      December 16th or thereabouts this year – there is some uncertainty - is the 250th anniversary of the birth, in the city of Bonn, of Ludwig van Beethoven. In celebration, the maestro’s work is being highlighted all around the world throughout the year. Germany, in particular, is going all out for the anniversary, with more than 700 events planned. Here in Hong Kong, as one part of the celebration, Beethoven’s music is highlighted in an upcoming concert organised by Premiere Performances.
      The Finnish pianist and composer, Olli Mustonen, is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s work. The programme includes 12 Variations on the Russian Dance and the Appassionata sonata, as well as two of Mustonen’s own compositions, one of them “Taivaanvalot”, in its Asian premiere.

    • Rooftop Institute's

      Rooftop Institute's "Hok Hok Zaap", Tonga's koloa at ParaSite & in the studio: jazz singer Joses Liu

      For those of us who think we might keep them, the beginning of the new year can be a good time to make resolutions, such as to start a new chapter in life or learn something new. “Hok Hok Zaap” is Cantonese for learning. It is also the name of a two-year project that promotes communal learning in Hong Kong organised by Rooftop Institute.

      The Kingdom of Tonga in the south western Pacific Ocean is made up of some 170 islands and has a rich Polynesian culture and many traditional arts and crafts. One category of those arts is “koloa” or customary women’s art. On show at Para Site till 24th February, “Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology” is a rare presentation of the life-long research of Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, the kingdom’s foremost authority on “koloa”. It includes a rich collection of some of the main elements of “koloa”, including bark cloth making, fine weaving, and creating ceremonial mats, and weaving ropes.

      Hong Kong born and raised Joses Liu received her vocal training under the tutelage of such veteran local musicians as Tony Carpio and Christine Samson. She regularly performs at intimate local and regional venues and at private functions. Her debut album “J for Jazz” contains a mix of English, Cantonese, and Mandarin songs, jazz standards and pop tunes in a style inspired by female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. She’s here right now to tell us more.

    • Terayama Shuji, Borrowed Scenary @Cattle Depot & in the studio: Toolbox percussion

      Terayama Shuji, Borrowed Scenary @Cattle Depot & in the studio: Toolbox percussion

      Happy new year!
      Hello and welcome to The Works, I’m Ben Pelletier. Later in the show, ringing – or should that be banging and hitting? – in the New Year, members of Toolbox Percussion will be with us. They’re an organisation that promotes contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.

      But first, in the words of theatre critic Akihiko Senda, the Japanese film director, writer and dramatist, Shuji Terayama was “the eternal avant-garde”. Terayama died relatively young, at 47, but despite his short creative life, his work encompasses experimental television, feature-length and short films, theatre, photography, countercultural essays, short fiction, and more. In December his play “Nuhikun (Directions to Servants)” was presented for two days at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

      "Borrowed Scenery” is a traditional East Asia garden creation technique that incorporates the background landscape into the composition of a garden. It is also the title of an exhibition that’s part of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Jockey Club New Arts Power programme. Seven artists and art groups use different mediums to reimagine Hong Kong’s urban space against the background of our colonial past.

      Welcome back. Toolbox Percussion promotes the creation of contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.
      It does so by commissioning musicians to do new works, taking local musicians on tour to neighbouring cities and organising education programmes.
      From 6th to 12th January, Toolbox Percussion is bringing back the Toolbox International Creative Academy for its second year.
      Co-presented by the University of Oklahoma, the programme includes concerts, lectures, panel discussions and workshops. The event’s director Louis Siu is here to tell us more.

    • Artists as district councillors in Wan Chai,

      Artists as district councillors in Wan Chai, "Theatre of Gods" exhibition & in the studio: The Flashback's "Wintertime"

      It’s Christmas Day and naturally we’re going to have something festive for you music-wise in part two, so don’t go away. First through, to echo the “glad tidings of great joy” as mentioned in the Bible, there were glad tidings of great joy for artists with an interest in the political scene this year. The landslide victory of the pro-democrat camp in last month’s District Council election also brought victory for three local artists. Standing as candidates for the first time, artists Clara Cheung, Susie Law and Wong Tin-yan won in their constituencies. In terms of the arts, that’s particularly good news in the Wan Chai district as Clara Cheung and Susie Law will now join fellow artist Clarisse Yeung, who first won her seat four years ago.

      For Christians, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also about how God came to the world in the form of a man to atone for the sins of humanity. In other cultures and religions, the relationship between god, or gods, and man can be quite different. On show at the Rossi & Rossi gallery, “Theatre of New Gods” is a group exhibition that features 12 Cross-Strait artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. It looks at the idea of god and man as reflected in religious activities, rituals, and the spiritual interaction between humans and their deities.

      The four members of the Hong Kong-based alternative rock band Flashback got together in 2015. Early this month, they released a single, “Awaken the Power” which they say is inspired by a 1968 John Lennon speech. They’ve also recently released another song inspired by a Beatle, this time Paul McCartney, called “Down By the River”. They say both singles are love poems dedicated to Hong Kong. And the band is here right now, with a Christmas present for us.

    • CUHK art students'

      CUHK art students' "Healing Cave", Indonesian artist, Yunizar & in the studio: clarinettist Linus Fung & harpist Lillian Kong

      The healing power of art. Many people believe engaging in creative activities is not only a good stress reliever but can also provide a catharsis (relief) for difficult emotions. Half a year into Hong Kong’s current wave of street protests, more than 6,000 people have been arrested, about a third of whom are under 18. The conflict has increased pressures not only on the mental health of the protesters but also the public. In the light of this, at the end of September, a group of art students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong created a “Healing Cave” to help people cope with those pressures.

      Indonesian artist Yunizar’s subjects are often related to everyday life. His semi-abstract paintings often incorporate elements from still-life scenes and use a controlled palette of colours. He works mainly in acrylic and pencil, working and re-working the surface to achieve variations in texture. Sin Sin Man, founder of the Sin Sin Fine Art met Yunizar in the early days of setting up the gallery. On show at Sin Sin until the 20th January, “The Original Story” showcases Yunizar’s signature style.

      At the beginning last year, members of the five-man chamber music group Timecrafters, came to our studio to tell us about their group’s aims of injecting new elements into the string repertoire. As young players themselves, they also want to introduce classical music to a wider audience by collaborating with other musicians. One manifestation of that plan is an upcoming concert in which clarinettist Linus Fung, will be performing with harpist Lillian Kong. They’re here to tell us more.