Jan 2018M+ at West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to launch M+ Matters Keynote, a new segment in the ongoing M+ Matters series of public talks and symposia. Miracle of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a partner programme of the Business of Design Week 2017 (BODW), takes place today. Through the invitation and participation of key figures from the global art and cultural scene, M+ Matters Keynote focuses on the exploration of the most influential cultural projects of today which have helped shape and inform the current arts ecosystem. Jan 2018M+ at West Kowloon Cultural District and Design Trust are pleased to announce that Hugh Davies and the team of Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong are the recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2018. Now in its fourth year, the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship aims to support high-level research related to design and architecture history and contemporary issues, focusing on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region, and their relationship with the rest of the world. Jan 2018Indonesia’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, Museum MACAN was officially inaugurated today by philanthropist, collector and founder Haryanto Adikoesoemo. Designed by the award-winning MET Studio from London, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, (MACAN) will welcome the public from Saturday November 4, 2017. The Museum offers contemporary interiors which redefine the notion of a museum and is the first purpose-built space of its kind in the country. Jan 2018As part of the M+ Matters series of public talks to discover, learn and engage with key players in the industry while building the museum collection in and for Hong Kong, M+ at West Kowloon is pleased to announce REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia (REORIENT), to be held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center from 30 November to 2 December 2017.
West Kowloon Cultural District Breaks the Ice for Hong Kong Indie Bands at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2017
Jan 2018The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) is dedicated to promoting cultural exchanges and bringing local musicians to perform on international stages. This year, two local indie bands: GDJYB and A New World If You Can Take It (as known as ANWIYCTI), through the introductions and support of the Authority, will represent Hong Kong at the renowned Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2017, bringing Hong Kong’s independent music to the music lovers around the world.
WKCDA announces the three shortlisted Pavilion designs for the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition
Jan 2018The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced a shortlist of three Pavilion designs, as selected by the judging panel for the Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition – the first competition of its kind in Hong Kong aimed specifically at showcasing the creativity and potential of local architects and designers still in the early stages of their careers. Dec 2017The Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing announces Dan Graham’s first solo exhibition in China. As one of contemporary art's most innovative and influential figures, Graham has been at the forefront of many of the most significant developments in art, including conceptual art, video and film installation, performance and site-specific sculpture. Often blurring the lines between private and public, inclusion and exclusion, Graham’s works have appeared in various arenas around the world, from museums and institutions to public gardens, shopping malls, coffee shops and magazines. Spanning five decades of the artist’s work, this comprehensive exhibition offers a complete overview of the artist’s practice and features over twenty new, recent and historical pieces. Dec 2017On 30 November 2017, MCH Group acquired 67.5% of the shares in Masterpiece London Ltd, which organises the art fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London each summer. The remaining shares are held by the current shareholders. Nov 2017Galerie du Monde is pleased to announce Memories of West Lake, the first ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong by established Chinese female artist Wang Gongyi (b. 1946, Tianjin, China) from 3 November to 14 December 2017.
Creative China Festival Presents Art of SONG Dong, YU Fan, LI Jun, GUO Hongwei and HE Wei in New York in Collaboration with ACAW
Oct 2017(October 4, 2017, Beijing | New York) As part of the newly announced Creative China Festival, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) is pleased to present a strong line-up of contemporary Chinese art programs, featuring SONG Dong, YU Fan, LI Jun and GUO Hongwei in New York in collaboration with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) as part of their signature “THINKING PROJECTS” series of pop-up exhibitions. The Festival also supports HE Wei’s installation as part of the ACAW after-party (by invitation only). Oct 2017(3 October 2017, Hong Kong) M+, the new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium. Co-organised by M+ with, respectively, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, this two-part symposium celebrates the 100th birthday year of I.M. Pei by bringing together leading scholars who will lend new insights into the acclaimed architect’s life and work. The symposium will take place on 12–13 October in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (at Harvard University), and on 14–15 December in Hong Kong (at the University of Hong Kong). The symposium is made possible by the generous support of C Foundation. Oct 2017(29 September 2017, Hong Kong) M+, the highly anticipated museum of visual culture at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, will exhibit selections from its exceptional ink art collection for the first time ever this fall. The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+ (The Weight of Lightness) will explore the pivotal role of ink art in global visual culture, offering fresh perspectives using cross-disciplinary and geographically diverse approaches. The exhibition will run from 13 October 2017 – 14 January 2018 at the M+ Pavilion.
PHOTO MACAU ART FAIR ANNOUNCES FIRST EDITION PRESENTING GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL ART ON WORLD STAGE
Oct 2017SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 – HONG KONG & MACAU │PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair aims to bring world-class digital art, specializing in photography, moving image and print to one of Asia’s fastest growing economies along the Pearl River Delta. Through a four-day programme, over 60 international art and photo galleries will showcase the best of photography and moving image from around the globe to the diverse Asian audience, as well as create an art event of reference for photographers, curators, collectors and dealers. Held at the Exhibition Hall of the Venetian, the first edition will be held in Macau, from 25-28 March, 2018. Sep 2017(18 September 2017, Hong Kong) Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery proudly presents the first Hong Kong gallery solo exhibition by Pan Gongkai, an internationally renowned contemporary artist, scholar and educationalist. The exhibition period runs from 25 November 2017 to 15 February 2018, featuring a total of 30 pieces of works created in the past 3 years, including a six-meter long large scale ink painting, the latest series of ink on paper work and a six-meter long multimedia installation work. Pan Gongkai achieved great accomplishments in the area of Chinese painting, art theory, contemporary art and architectural design. Firmly rooted in, but not confined to, Chinese traditions, he has shown enthusiasm for comparative studies of Chinese and western arts, aesthetics and exploration on the future development of Chinese art. In the early 1980s, he proposed that the Chinese and Western artistic systems “are complementary and coexisting, two-way penetrating”. Believing that Chinese and Western arts are parallel and compatible pursuits of the ultimate aesthetic, he affirms the essential values of traditional Chinese paintings. The theory attracts wide attention from academia at home and abroad. At the same time with the practice of contemporary ink art. Pan Gongkai is practicing his theory from the academic proposition. The large-scale ink paintings are full of magnificent visual impacts. The works not only reveal the elegance and subtlety of traditional ink and brush skills, but also demonstrate a unique contemporary aesthetic taste and tension. Apart from ink paintings, Pan employs installation works and new media works to explore the development and transformation of traditional ink under the contemporary cultural context. His works have been widely exhibited, most recently, at Suzhou Museum (2017), San Diego Museum of Art (2015), Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2014), and Today Art Museum, Beijing (2013). In 2011, his installation work “Melting” was exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale. His works are collected by important museums, including Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle; The San Diego Museum of Art; Tokyo University of the Arts; Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum. Sep 2017(Jakarta, Indonesia – 13 September, 2017) – As a key mission of MACAN’s effort to further promote modern and contemporary art to the public, the Museum announces a dedicated approach to make art accessible through a curated education program of events and activities. Museum MACAN together with leading Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso presents the inaugural Children’s Art Space Commission which will be unveiled in November.
WKCDA Rolls Out Creation for Freespace Series to Explore Scenography, Stage Technology and Foundations of Performance
Sep 2017(7 September 2017, Hong Kong) The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) launches a comprehensive three-year programme to help nurture talent and build audience appreciation for the theatrical arts in Hong Kong. Creation for Freespace: On Scenography – part of the Creation for Freespace performing arts platform devoted to the West Kowloon Cultural District’s highly anticipated Freespace venue, set to open in 2019 – explores the art of scenography in theatre-making. This year’s theme, What is Stage: Dynamics of Seeing, is curated by renowned Hong Kong theatre director Edward Lam and focuses on the acclaimed Dutch scenographer Jan Versweyveld with a series of events that are open to theatre professionals, cross-disciplinary creators and art enthusiasts.
MACAN PRESENTS NEXT PREVIEW OF MUSEUM’S PROGRAM WITH ANOTHER ‘FIRST SIGHT’ OF DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE ART
Sep 2017Jakarta, August 28, 2017 – Following the success of the first part of the program on 12 August, Museum MACAN presents the next instalment of a special performance art program that will grant an exclusive preview to the Museum’s facilities. Held on Saturday 9 September, a day of performance art will be presented by 6 artists from Indonesia, Singapore, China and Australia. Sep 2017(August 25, 2017, Beijing | New York) The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) is proud to announce the very first Creative China Festival (CCF) that will launch this autumn with a specially curated program of events in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Across three cities, six sections of exploring art and culture through talking forums, film series, design exhibitions, an art residency and public art exhibitions, live music performances, a guest city program, more than 10 collaborating institutions, over 100 participants and 50 events, CCF explores the cultural innovation and establishes a crossroad meeting point between China and the United States, the East and West, the classical and novel, as well as the institutional and grass roots. Sep 2017(23 August 2017, Hong Kong) – The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) today announced the launch of its latest initiative supporting the long-term development of the performing arts in Hong Kong: International Co-Lab, an innovative tri-city residency programme for mid-career performing artists. The ambitious three-year project will launch in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on 20 August 2017 – in the heart of the city’s famed festival season – before travelling to Auckland, New Zealand, in 2018 for the Auckland Arts Festival before finally landing in Hong Kong in 2019, when the residency outcomes will be presented as part of the opening programme for Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). International Co-Lab is developed by Forest Fringe (the UK), The Basement Theatre (Auckland, New Zealand) and WKCDA (Hong Kong). The residency is supported by British Council, Creative Scotland, Creative New Zealand and the WKCDA. Aug 2017Co-hosted by Sunpride Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA), “Spectrosynthesis - Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now” (Spectrosynthesis) will be held at MOCA from 9 September to 5 November 2017. This groundbreaking show will be the first exhibition dedicated to LGBTQ themes to go on show at an art museum in Asia. A series of tours, talks and public activities will be held at MOCA throughout the exhibition period, calling for public participation in order to start an open dialogue, and stimulate thoughts on human equality.