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    監製:Diana Wan

    14/04/2021

    Since 1871, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home to century-old historic monuments, old trees, exotic flora and also endangered species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Currently, it is also a setting for 17 artists and artist groups to tell stories about humans and nature.

    The déjà vu feeling of familiarity, of experiencing what one has already before is the title of a group exhibition of Indonesian artists at Sin Sin Fine Art. The three artists Anusapati, M.Irfan and Putu Sutawijaya explore themes such as nature, structure and the human body to talk about humanity, the effects of urbanisation and human emotions.

    On earlier visits to The Works studio pianist Chiyan Wong has talked to us about his passion for transcribing and editing the music of such composers as Liszt and Busoni. For him, classical music is not set in stone but can be transformed by each player or interpreter. Chiyan is back in Hong Kong for concerts with Premiere Performances, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Earlier this week, he came to our studio to tell us more.


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    • William Forsythe, exhibition

      William Forsythe, exhibition "Future of the Past" & in the studio: harmonicist Gordon Lee

      Although dancer and choreographer William Forsythe was trained in classical ballet, much of his work deconstructs the traditional form. He has been described as having reinvented the process of choreography and the teaching of dance. He has brought other disciplines into the art form, and – through his chorographic objects – encouraged those who encounter his work to become involved in the dance themselves, as many who visited his recent exhibition in Hong Kong discovered.

      The title of a group exhibition currently on show at Contemporary by Angela Li gallery, “Future of the Past” seems a little paradoxical. Curator Eric Leung has invited seven Hong Kong artists to explore the meaning of time, history and memory through painting, sculpture, digital images, and multimedia.

      In an upcoming concert to round off the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s 2020/2021 season, harmonicist Gordon Lee will be performing a concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra written for the renowned classical harmonica player, Tommy Reilly. The concert will be conducted by Colin Touchin and will also include the world premiere of his own Sinfonietta No.4, as well as Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony No.2. Gordon has been talking to Billy Lee, presenter of our Chinese language sister programme:
      藝坊星期天.

      21/07/2021
    • BUAVA BA Graduation Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Jan Curious and Teriver Cheung

      BUAVA BA Graduation Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Jan Curious and Teriver Cheung

      Last week, we featured works by this year’s graduates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Fine Art department. The Chinese title of their exhibition, which focused on the theme of not taking things for granted was drawn from a popular party food: pineapple and sausages. This week, we will be looking at another crop of new talent: students from Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts.

      Jan Curious may be best known as the lead singer of the rock band Chochukmo. But his musical activities go far beyond that. There is the electronic group he co-founded, Jan Curious & tombeats. Then there is R.O.O.T. (Running Out of Time), which he began with guitarist Teriver Cheung in 2018. He is also an illustrator. Earlier this week, he came to our studio with Teriver to tell us more about a recent collaborative multi-media project, and why it does not involve him singing.

      14/07/2021
    • CUHK Fine Arts B.A. Graduate Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Phoenix Quartet

      CUHK Fine Arts B.A. Graduate Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Phoenix Quartet

      Around this time every year a fresh crop of graduating university art students showcases its work in graduation shows. Those exhibitions provide a good opportunity to see the talent and the vision of Hong Kong’s newest generation of artists. This week, we bring you works by graduates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts.

      Formed in 2020, the Phoenix Quartet is a group of musicians who play piano, violin, viola, and cello. The four members, who all at one time lived on Lantau Island, say they were inspired by the Lantau Peak, the Chinese name of which translates as "Phoenix Mountain". That was how they got their name. Earlier this week, they came to our studio to tell us more.

      07/07/2021
    • Artist Tang Kwong-san, Chu Teh-Chun @ Alisan Fine Arts & in the studio: Smash Trio

      Artist Tang Kwong-san, Chu Teh-Chun @ Alisan Fine Arts & in the studio: Smash Trio

      It is only two years since Tang Kwong-san received his fine arts degree, but he has already made a name for himself as an emerging young artist for works that explore themes ofhistory, family, displacement, and identity. Among the elements included in his recent exhibition at Gallery Exit, “Nightbirds”, are international films and historical documents.

      Chinese French artist Chu Teh-Chun, who died in 2014, is known for his abstract watercolours and oil paintings. After going to France to study, along with fellow artists such as Zao Wou-ki, Chu was inspired to integrate traditional Chinese painting techniques such as calligraphy with Western abstract art. On show at Alisan Fine Arts till the end of next month, “Chu Teh-chun’s Symphony” is the fifth solo exhibition of his work that the gallery has shown. The exhibition consists of 16 works, mostly on paper, and is a celebration of the centenary of Chu’s birth.

      The trio Smash, made up of pianist KaJeng Wong, harmonicist Cy Leo and saxophonist Timothy Sun, should not need much introduction. They are so popular with local classical, pop and jazz music fans that tickets to their concerts often sell like hot cakes. There was so much demand for their coming Sunday concert “Gingers’ Tonic” that they have added an additional performance.

      30/06/2021
    • Surrealism art @ HKMoA, William Lim @ Grotto SKW & in the studio: pianist Tsang Hin-yat

      Surrealism art @ HKMoA, William Lim @ Grotto SKW & in the studio: pianist Tsang Hin-yat

      Home to more than 120,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
      Now some of that art is here in Hong Kong. As part of The French May Arts Festival, the Museum of Art is currently showing over 100 works and artefacts from the Pompidou collection connected with the Surrealist Movement.

      William Lim trained as an architect, but he says art is his first love. He is an avid collector, artist and educator. Last year, he and his wife donated 90 works from their own collection to the M+ museum. Lim held his first solo exhibition at Grotto Fine Art 16 years ago. Since then, he and the gallery have continued to collaborate from time to time, with works that range from photographic prints on canvas to works using disposable objects. On show at Grotto SKW right now, “A Year of Lost & Found” features new works, most of which are oil paintings.

      A former student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, pianist Tsang Hin-yat has since garnered an assortment of international awards and played in concert halls in London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona, mainland China, Japan and Taiwan. As part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series, on 7th July Tsang will be playing Beethoven’s Last Three Piano Sonatas.

      23/06/2021
    • NFT in the art world & in the studio: Cy Leo, Joyce Cheung & a string quartet

      NFT in the art world & in the studio: Cy Leo, Joyce Cheung & a string quartet

      If you are technically inclined, or even if you are just someone looking for new ways to invest or make money, you have probably heard about cryptocurrency and its digital ledger, blockchain. There are many cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and Ethereum are probably the best known. Now NFT, non-fungible tokens, units of data stored on a blockchain that certify the uniqueness and ownership of any digital file, are providing artists and collectors with new ways to create, collect, and invest in, works of art.

      Earlier this year, even though the Covid-19 pandemic has made international travel more difficult if not dangerous, harmonicist Cy Leo went to New York to pursue his dream. In January of this year, he went to New York to embark on a new musical journey. He has described the five months he spent in the Big Apple as “the most luxurious period of his life” because he was able to focus solely on working on his dream. Cy recently returned to Hong Kong and has already lined up a couple of concerts. He came to our studio to tell us more.

      16/06/2021
    • Xie Jing-lan or Lalan at Asia Society HK & in the studio: HK Big Band Jazz Federation

      Xie Jing-lan or Lalan at Asia Society HK & in the studio: HK Big Band Jazz Federation

      There have always been exceptions, but overall, in the history of art, the role of the genders in the arts is clear: man is the artist, woman is the muse. That has often worked to the disadvantage of many accomplished women who have been involved with male artists, among them Camille Claudel, Berthe Morisot, and Françoise Gilot. It is a fate that Chinese painter Xie Jing-lan, also known as Lalan, managed to escape, even after marrying two artists, to become one of the most influential Chinese female artists of the 20th century.

      Set up by Taka Hirohama in 2010, the Hong Kong Big Band Jazz Federation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, and providing a platform for, the sound of the big jazz band in Hong Kong. They are taking part in a series of Summer Jazz concerts from 15th to 17th June at the Hong Kong City Hall. Some of the singers performing in those shows came to our studio to tell us more.

      09/06/2021
    • CCDC moves to Tai Po Arts Centre, Jack Whitten & in the studio: Sherine Wong & Eugene Pao

      CCDC moves to Tai Po Arts Centre, Jack Whitten & in the studio: Sherine Wong & Eugene Pao

      Over more than forty years, the City Contemporary Dance Company has grown into Hong Kong’s largest and longest established modern dance company. Since its early days the company has been based in Wong Tai Sin, but now it, and many of its members, are facing the challenges of having to find a new home base.

      While others often described his work as “abstract”, American artist Jack Whitten liked to describe his art as art with truth and soul. He liked to find new and innovative ways to work with paint, often embedding other materials into the surfaces of his paintings. An African American, born in 1939 in a segregated Alabama, Whitten was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. Several series of his work focus on Black lives. On show for the first time in Hong Kong at Hauser & Wirth are paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the 1960s up to the 2010s.

      Sherine Wong started her musical journey more than three decades ago in Malaysia. Before finding her passion in music, she was an athlete and won the title of Miss Malaysia Universe in 1998 when she was just 18. But a love for making music and performing drove her to study jazz in Hong Kong, Japan and New York. She is here with guitarist Eugene Pao to chat with us and bring us her latest single.

      02/06/2021
    • Art Basel HK & Art Central 2021 & in the studio: Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon & Nate Wong

      Art Basel HK & Art Central 2021 & in the studio: Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon & Nate Wong

      After a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19, two of Hong Kong’s biggest art fairs, Hong Kong Art Basel and Art Central returned, this time in a hybrid form that allowed you to experience them both physically and virtually.

      Throughout his career, Claude Bolling, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader not only worked in jazz but also collaborated with classical musicians. On top of that, he wrote music for over 100 films. His 1975, “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, remained on the Billboard classical album chart for ten years. He died last December at the age of 90. In an upcoming concert, “Rolling with Bolling”, local musicians, Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon and Nate Wong are about to pay homage to this legend.

      26/05/2021
    • Art x sports in

      Art x sports in "ARThletes", artist Phoebe Hui & in the studio: Niu Niu & Laurent Perrin

      In the eyes of many there is not a lot of overlap between the world of sport and the world of art. There are differences in terms of discipline, training, and even – perhaps – the emphasis on competitiveness. But recently, ten Hong Kong artists and eleven athletes join forces for a collection of pieces called “ARThletes”.

      The moon has long been a subject for artists. Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Paul Delvaux, and Samuel Palmer are among those who have painted its magical effect on landscapes. It has also been a major topic of generations of romantic poets. And that lunar appeal is still with us. In a large-scale installation at Tai Kwun, in collaboration with curator Ying Kwok, Phoebe Hui observes the moon through different time periods for her exhibition “The Moon Is Leaving Us”.

      Apart from visual artists and writers who have taken the moon as their subject, the moon has also provided inspiration for musicians, from Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. It also features in the Chinese folk tune “Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon”” one of the pieces to be performed in an upcoming concert by Chinese pianist Niu Niu and French cellist Laurent Perrin. The concert will include music by Beethoven, Fauré, and Niu Niu himself.

      19/05/2021