Para Site presents Orchestrations - a solo exhibition by Samson Young that looks at the modalities of “orchestra-making” in various communities of Hong Kong. The exhibition consists of a selection of existing works and new commissions. It is the culmination of a year-long musicological research on the history of orchestras by Young in conversation with curator Qinyi Lim of Para Site and musicologist Giorgio Biancorosso.
Committed is a solo exhibition of the French artist Vincent Cazeneuve/Wensen Qi presented by Sin Sin Fine Art and Le French May. His last researches about bodiless lacquer reconnected him with this ancient technique and enabled the artist to explore applying lacquer on wood, fibers, or fabrics. His creations connect the audience to the primitive sensation of the natural beauty.
Featuring over 60 items of Chinese seals by early Hong Kong seal carvers generously donated by the K. S. Lo Foundation, this exhibition introduces the history of early Hong Kong seal carving and the cultural interflow between Hong Kong and Mainland China in the early days.
This exhibition features rare Chinese ceramics dated from the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties (960–1644), and a selection of seals from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) to the 20th century generously donated by the K. S. Lo Foundation.
Nature has a wonderful rhythm; the seasons come and go along with their changing scenes. Professor Chao Shao-an immersed himself in nature’s inspiration. With nature as his teacher, he observed the natural world meticulously, with a unique vision to discover the ultimate beauty. His drawing skills created flowers in full bloom, dazzling in their brilliance. His favourite noble cicadas sing in the summer willows, with red lychee in abundance, the fruit of the season. Depicting a rich autumn harvest, he painted fisherman along the reed shore. He admired the plum blossoms in moonlight and enjoyed the serenity of dreamlike winter snow.
In 1991, Dr. T.T. Tsui invited his friend, famous artist Huang Yongyu to visit his first private Museum “The Tsui Museum” in Hong Kong and gifted Huang a copy of the collection catalogue as souvenir. While the artist opened the catalogue, he was captivated by nine lively antique potteries with a sense of humour among the many treasures. They inspired him to create an album for them as a return of the friendship with Dr. Tsui.
Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969) presents her first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong. This body of work explores Hong Kong’s colonial complexity. Installed within the Former Explosives Magazine Compound of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power includes drawings on paper and large-scale animations. The exhibition’s title refers to the potential of an image to communicate in multiple contexts, forms, and formats.
The development of the contemporary art scene in Hong Kong is inextricably linked to the development of media art. Using the institutional history of Videotage as an alternative guiding chronology, this exhibition attempts to look back, reflect and re-evaluate Hong Kong’s media art from a critical historical perspective.
This exhibition—co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Xiang Gang Museum and Dongguan Museum—features paintings and calligraphies drawn from several collections in Hong Kong and Guangdong by two masters, Deng Erya and Huang Bore.
Qi Baishi and Shi Lu are masters of Chinese painting in the 20th century. While continuing the traditions of Chinese painting, they searched for new directions of Chinese art and produced works of art that evoke amazement to this day. The exhibition features over 40 items of works by Qi and Shi, selected from two Hong Kong private collections, Debonair Villa and Yitao Collection. Drawing a comparison between the two masters, this exhibition explores their artistic development and the processes in which they innovated the traditional Chinese art.
The exhibition combines analog and digital technologies to present the masterpieces of Giuseppe Castiglione (1688–1766), an Italian Jesuit missionary who became a highly influential painter in the court of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong Emperors.
Ceramics is an indispensable part of China’s cultural heritage. Ceramics embodies the development of China’s science, technology, culture and its cultural and economic exchanges with other civilisations of the ancient world.
This exhibition centres on the E Jun Qi bronze tallies collected in the Anhui Museum, which was a permit of tariff exemption bestowed to Qi, the Lord of E by the Chu king Mi’huai. Only five tallies were unearthed in the whole country and we are showing two in this exhibition, among which one is designated for land transport, and the other is for water transport. Both inscribed with seal script characters inlaid with gold, the text on the tallies documents the trade, transport routes and tariff regime of the State of Chu in the Warring States period. Shedding lights on the tally system, commerce, transportation network, history, geography and feudal system of the Chu kingdom, the tallies are very rich in academic value in spite of their small sizes.
The exhibition is held in collaboration with Takashi Wakamiya’s studio Hikoju Makie, and with the support of the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau, to display a selection of contemporary objects in Japanese lacquer.