ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Hong Kong Heritage Museum - February 6th, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p>A master jeweller and goldsmith, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was a leading figure in the rise of Russian jewellery craftsmanship in the late 19th century. Although the fame of the House of Fabergé faded for a while following the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, its worldwide renown persisted thanks to the fabulous masterpieces that it produced. Of the numerous items that the House of Fabergé created for the Russian court, its Imperial Easter eggs are undoubtedly its most spectacular works: designed as an Easter surprise for the royal family, they continue to amaze us even today.<br /><br /><br /> The Fabergé Easter eggs on display are undoubtedly the highlight of this exhibition, but they are accompanied by many other rare and exceptional artworks and pieces of jewellery in a variety of precious metals and stones that bear witness to the fine craftsmanship of the former Russian Empire, while also offering visitors a chance to learn more about the illustrious history of the House of Fabergé. The exhibits, numbering over 200 in total, are on loan from the collections of the Moscow Kremlin Museums and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of Russia.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 04:20:45 +0000 - Hong Kong Heritage Museum - February 6th, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p>Peter Carl Fabergé, the most celebrated Russian master jeweller of the late 19th and early 20th century, bequeathed to the world a treasure trove of dazzling works of art. A marriage of multiple cultures, his colourful Easter eggs were created using the most modern technology of that era. Together with other treasures of Imperial Russia, the Fabergé Easter eggs continue to capture the world’s affections. <br /> <br /> Date: <br /> 6 February 2013 (Wednesday) <br /> Time: <br /> 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm <br /> Assembly place: <br /> Seminar Room, Hong Kong Heritage Museum <br /> Assembly time: <br /> 4:15 pm <br /> Activity venue: <br /> “Fabergé: Legacy of Imperial Russia” exhibition venue (Thematic Galleries 1 and 2, Hong Kong Heritage Museum) <br /> Speaker: <br /> Tatiana Muntyan (Curator, Kremlin Museums)</p> <p><i>This programme will be conducted in Russian with English interpretation. Free with valid tickets to the “Fabergé: Legacy of Imperial Russia” Special Exhibition.</i></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:08:10 +0000 Wong Kai Kin, David Smith - Amelia Johnson Contemporary - February 7th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Amelia Johnson Contemporary presents My Space, an exhibition featuring two Hong Kong artists, Wong Kai Kin and David Smith. <br /><br />Working generally in small scale the work of each artist is figurative but otherwise wholly divergent in context and treatment. Wong uses the compact canvas to focus on tightly constructed views of apartments. His images evoke a sense of sterility and even isolation. Wong observes our projection of dreams and desires into the spaces we inhabit. <br /><br />In contrast the modest dimensions of Smith’s paintings are conceptually polarizing, depicting expansive subjects intimately. He employs washes and the chemical qualities of oil to produce vast sweeping vistas that unsettle but involve us. His images call to mind atmospheric pollution or perhaps a post apocalyptic afterglow. <br /><br />Like Wong, Smith’s work concerns a sense of space and an uncompromising consideration of the state of our existence within it. <br /><br />ABOUT Wong Kai Kin <br /><br />Wong Kai Kin is a young, emerging Hong Kong artist and recent graduate of RMIT. This is Kin’s second exhibition with Amelia Johnson Contemporary. The artist has said he is interested in the way we project our dreams and desires through imagining owning material possessions. <br /><br />ABOUT David Smith</p> <p>David Smith is an Irish artist based in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2003 with a Masters of Fine Art. More recently Smith’s painting has been included in the first and second edition of INPA (International Painting Annual).</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 22:55:56 +0000 MARIA GARCIA-IBANEZ - The Cat Street Gallery - February 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Micrographia is the new exhibition starring the latest works from Spanish artist, Maria Garcia-Ibáñez. In the first collaboration between Puerta Roja and The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong, Micrographia takes its name from the 1665 book by scientist and artist, Robert Hooke, in which his own illustrations of microscopic observations of natural elements opened the fantastic miniature world to the public. This book was one of the first fruits of science to strike deep into the non-scientific imagination - essentially Hooke revolutionised a new way of "seeing things'.<br /> <br /> Through her elegant drawings on paper and ceramic sculptures, Maria searches, as Hooke did, for a different persepective in the understanding of our environment, of "seeing" the elements and structures that surround us through a different light, and in this journey revealing their otherwise hidden beauty.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:38:20 +0000 Daito Manabe, Ryan Rowe, Toshiyuki Sugai - K11 at The Masterpiece - February 21st, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>With the development of advanced technology, we are all enjoying an easy life through innovative designs immersed in almost all of our surroundings. And the development never ends; artists and designers are using ground-breaking technologies to blend into art concepts and aim to bring remarkably creative, fun yet inspiring experiences to the world.</p> <p><em>This Happened HK</em> is a platform for people to know more about creativity and life, particularly focused on interactive design. Interactive design is always something look amazing. Like magic, we never know how it works. And so, it’s time for the magician to reveal the truth: four outstanding interactive designers and artists are invited to be guest speakers to share their creative ideas and working progress to the public!</p> <p><strong>Daito Manabe</strong>, Japanese artist, programmer and VJ who never ceases to wow us with constant outflow of innovative tech/art experiments; <strong>Ryan Rowe</strong>, Associate Creative Director to leading interaction design company, frog design. He applied designing solutions for projects across the mobile, web and automotive. <strong>Toshiyuki Sugai</strong> the Interactive Designer from Semitransparent Design, a creative team that operates across boundaries between the latest media technologies and design. Maurice Benayoun, respectful international media artist, was the assistant professor at Paris 1 University for more than 15 years, his works are aim to explore the potential of various mass media, and was shown in many significant exhibitions around the globe.</p> <p>The fourth This Happened HK drives the force from creative talents, and for sure will bring incredible insights to the public through these spectacular presentations. It is open to public and free of charge.</p> <p><strong>About This Happened HK</strong><br /><em>This Happened</em> was founded in 2007 by Chris O'Shea, Joel Gethin Lewis and Andreas Müller aiming to bring insight to audience for better innovative work in the future. And in 2009 LED artist <strong>Teddy Lo</strong>, founder of LENOVATION <strong>Andrew Pang</strong>, multi-discipline media artist and co-founder of Videotage <strong>Ellen Pau</strong> and new media artist/interactive web designer and director of pill &amp; pillow <strong>Henry Chu</strong> brought <em>This Happened</em> to Hong Kong.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:41:59 +0000 - Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair @ Mandarin Oriental - February 22nd, 2013 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Opening Times</p> <p>Feb 22 (Fri) 4pm to 9pm<br />Feb 23 &amp; 24 (Sat &amp; Sun) Noon to 8pm</p> <p>Enterance Fee 100 HKD</p> <p>Catalogue Fee 100 HKD</p> <p></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:20:56 +0000 Gao Mingyan, Liao Fei, Su Chang, Xiao Longhua, Andy Mo, Zhang Yunyao, Chen Tianzhuo(陈天灼) - MOCA Shanghai (Museums of Contemporary Art Shanghai) - February 23rd, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: medium;" size="3">The world we live in is filled with fast development, information explosion, anxiety and fickleness, the cruelty of reality is quickly and thoroughly displayed in front of everyone. Can arts become our shield against troubles, helplessness, cruelty, sadness? Can arts give us some relief from the heaviness of our life? Can arts open another window and show different scenery for us? ... All of these questions don't necessarily mean this exhibition merely focus on the superficial happiness by avoiding problems in our daily life or purposely avoiding incisive criticism. It is more important to curate the exhibition to give us a chance to find possibilities--- to widen or change perspectives, to try to understand the way people think, to see life with a rather critical attitude...</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: medium;" size="3">    </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;" size="3"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;" face="Times New Roman">With this logic, We invited 7 young artists whose styles differ from each other to accomplish this exhibition. From this exhibition, we can observe how they (as can be seen as the spokesman of the young generation) explore, build, trim and perfect their artistic (spiritual) system and use the system as their unique power and mind shield. Though their artistic create in various styles, they shared common features: their artistic researches are all quite clear and with a broad vision; not confining themselves as so-called "artists", they tend to explore in multiple fields; they manage to present their own unique styles through their creations while trying their hand on various kinds of media. In this exhibition, the museum provides individual space for each artist, fully displays artists' creative ideas and builds a unique atmosphere. When walking towards to their creation, people may</span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman;" face="Times New Roman">sense different expressions; a space may make you feel like it is a shelter for soul, or the centre where the brainstorming is happening, or a space which sits right in the middle of the world of reality and hyper-reality.... Through the procedure of getting contacted with artists and appreciation of their works may change audience's perspective of viewing the world, or may broaden audience's vision or may activate the audience's secret switch in their hearts ...</span></span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 02:31:02 +0000 - The Space - February 24th, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM <div class="eventText"> <p>With doomsday behind us and a new year ahead, JUPYEAH is making a new consumption habit its new-year's resolution. Because giving is a blessing, JUPYEAH encourages its fellow citizens to share redundant gifts and possessions with others, lengthening the lifespan of useful stuff and facilitating a better redistribution of resources. To build a conscious and responsible lifestyle for our city, JUPYEAH cordially invites you to its fourth party on 24th February 2013 (Sunday). <br /><br />Our first Hong Kong island JUPYEAH Pop-up Swap Spring 2013 will be held at The Space on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan. Art Lab by Ricci Wong has gathered eight emerging architectural designers and firms to design four types of functional installation for the setting design.<br /><br />To raise public awareness about the problem of food waste, The Leftovers, a non-profit organization, gathers remnants from Chinese New Year parties to serve these savoury delights to our fellow Juppers. Independent brand Memories Factory by Agnes Nong and Classicism by Steven Chan will exhibit stylishly upcycled showpieces to suggest the creative possibilities of waste reduction. Inspiring figures including Pong Yat Ming will be present at sharing sessions and as always music will be essential to our swap party with live DJs spinning throughout the day.</p> <p>JUPYEAH recommends participants to bring their own tumblers and cutlery. </p> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:58:37 +0000 Sonia Mehra Chawla - 10 Chancery Lane Gallery - February 26th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p><a name="top"></a>10 Chancery Lane Gallery is excited to present the first Hong Kong solo exhibition of female Indian artist Sonia Mehra Chawla, The Embryonic Plants and Otherworlds, in which she will exhibit a new series of paintings and videos that explores the passage of nature's cycle and the temporal flow of birth and regeneration. <br /> <br /> For philosopher Michel Foucault, "heterotopias" designates real or imagined spaces of escape/departure, transformation, or revelation. The works explore a world or existence beyond earthly reality: The other realms of existence. The imagery is inspired by macro images of human anatomy and single-celled organisms, which are exquisite in their ornamental morphology, and displaying complex patterns of growth, reproduction, movement and mutability. <br /> <br /> For Mehra Chawla, within the simple configurations of the single-celled organisms, the entire mechanics of evolution is revealed. She revisits the ideas of sensuous exuberance with an underlying sense of desire and decay, layers within the cyclical layers of life, forms within forms, worlds within worlds. In this latest series of paintings, the female form has an uncompromising centrality in the work, where the woman's body is at the centre of love, life cycles and decay in a surface populated with hybrids of plant, flower, animal, and polyp. It is within this constellation that organic composites calibrated between ripeness and rottenness exists, blurring the lines between human, animal, plant and object to produce complex emblems of sexuality. Images of beauty and exuberance are infused with a sense of the macabre and both time and space are impregnated with a sense of heightened reality. <br /> <br /> Sonia Mehra Chawla (b. 1977, Kolkata, India) received her Bachelors Degree in Painting in 2001, and Masters Degree in Painting in 2004 from College of Art, New Delhi. Mehra Chawla has participated in studio-based projects at Tate Modern London, and in Public Art Projects at Khoj International Artists Organization, New Delhi and ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark. She was a part of a year-long residency at Atelier 2221 printmaking and Edition studio in 2001-2002. <br /> <br /> Chawla is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the National Award for Painting in 2004-2005, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, India, and National Scholarship, Ministry of Culture, India in 2004. Recent collection includes Kunst der Gegenwart, ESSL MUSEUM, (Museum of Contemporary Art), Austria. <br /> <br /> The Embryonic Plants and Otherworlds is the first Hong Kong solo exhibition of Mehra Chawla and is her second showing at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, after the group exhibition The Second Sex in 2009.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:35:01 +0000 Alexander Calder - Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong - February 27th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculpture, works on paper and jewellery by legendary American artist Alexander Calder.  The exhibition includes examples of the artist's seminal "mobile" and "stabile" sculptures, vibrant works on paper, and elaborately whimsical jewellery pieces.  The first in-depth examination of his work in Hong Kong, this show will provide insight into the ingenious and highly innovative working methods of Calder throughout the twentieth century.  <em>  </em></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:51:48 +0000 Charles Munka, Shohei Takasaki, Dan Baldwin, Laurent Segretier, Mila Furstova - The Space - February 28th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The Cat Street Gallery is proud to announce its forthcoming group exhibition, 'SURFACE TENSION'. As the first of it's three major group shows this year, the gallery will showcase this unique gathering of five artists who hail from all over the world, and whose works cross many media, each responding to the curatorial theme of the exhibition's title.</p> <p> SURFACE TENSION will present over 40 works - many of which have been made specially for the show - tied together in different and critically engaging ways. Common threads weave between the different pieces, sometimes in execution - seen in physical characteristics and methods used such as paint on canvas, or the appropriation of certain imagery such as Japanese manga; sometimes in concept, expression and response to his or her environment - where the influence of the cities in which he or she lives palpably permeates the subject of the work; sometimes in challenges faced and tension felt - as the role of the artist today changes and  morphs in the bright light of art market expectations and the shadows of what has come before.</p> <p style="display: inline !important;">Featuring one of Japan's most exciting young talents practicing today, and two from Hong Kong's growing art scene, the presence of Asia-based artists is key to the identity of the show. Paired with two<strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p style="display: inline !important;">others from the UK and Europe, the combination of all five will present a unique look at how each artist </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">engages with different materials and how curiously works can overlap and contrast in their </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">manifestation. Whether painting on canvas, etching on paper, glazing on sculptural pottery, or </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">transforming images through video - each artist's fascinating individual approach to the notion of </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">'surface' will come together to embody larger notions of cultural cross-pollination in both aesthetic </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">expression and conceptual practice, to create a truly compelling exhibition.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:06:25 +0000 - National Art Museum of China - March 1st, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="content_div"> <div class="Custom_UnionStyle"> <div>In memory of the 60th anniversary of young artists studying in the Soviet Union organized by new china, National Art Museum of China organized this art exhibition named “20th china’s art road-studying in the Soviet Union”. This exhibition is also a major academic project for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of National Art Museum of China. <div> <p>This exhibition is aimed at reproducing the art pursuit road in those special days which are filled with passion and striving, reflecting their learn, study and created results; by means of a large number of assignment works, pictures, manuscripts, objects and other literal materials of more than 30 artists in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the first centralized appearance of the artists studied in the Soviet Union. With more than 400 works gathering together, the scene is spectacular. Review the spirit of this history has an important referential significance for the art education and art creation of the present age.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:05:59 +0000 Wang Yunxiang - National Art Museum of China - March 1st, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Wang Yunxiang was born in Danyang, Jiangsu province in 1948 and his name is” the master of jiuxitang”. Member of Chinese calligrapher's association,distinguished calligrapher of Jiangsu provincial Chinese painting institute and Calligraphy institute of Jiangsu province, Beijing calligraphy school part-time professor, honorary chairman of Lv Fengzi Academic Research Association, honorary chairman of Danyang calligrapher's association.<br />Wang specializes in all kinds of typefaces and he is especially good at kai, xing and cao. His xiaokai is delicate, elegant, solemn and quiet; his big character is bold, generous, free and majestic. In recent years, with decades’ efforts, Wang’s calligraphy art is more and more perfected and is highly prized by many celebrated masters.<br />This exhibition includes more than 80 of his master pieces including zhen, xing, cao, li and zhuan. It is a centralized show and sublimation of his calligraphy creation and art thought of the recent years.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:09:17 +0000 Fadiah Tahiri - National Art Museum of China - March 1st, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="content_div"> <div class="Custom_UnionStyle"> <div>This exhibition, named “introspection”, reflects the individual character of Fadiah Tahiri, the artist. She is always in a thinking cap that she thinks about the self-conscious, unconsciousness and ambient environment. She always tries to find a painting that can express her feelings and her perception to the outside world.</div> <div><br />Fadiah graduates from architecture and her perception capability is fostered by the traditional scholar atmosphere of her family.</div> <div><br />All her art works are the embodiment of her feelings, no matter what the carrier is.</div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:11:38 +0000 Dai Shihe, Ding Yilin, Hong Ling, Xin Dongwang - National Art Museum of China - March 1st, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="content_div"> <div class="Custom_UnionStyle"> <div>This exhibition includes more than 150 artworks finished by Dai Shihe, Ding Yilin, Hong Ling, Xin Dongwang and other 41 Chinese oil painting masters. These works are their painting achievements for more than 10 years.</div> <div><br />This exhibition is a thematic group exhibition and includes the Sketch works of the nation’s top college oil painting artists. They reflect the art achievements of the artists of the recent 10 years. Their paintings which face the nature rebuild the relations between art and real feelings. It is of special realistic significance in such a consumption art era which the art conception and imagine becomes more and more stylized.</div> <div><br />All the artists taking part in the exhibition share a common complex; that is, they all uphold the Chinese traditional abstract spirit and they all aspire to contribute to the enjoyable oil painting filled with Chinese feelings. They re-understand and experience the role in the modern art played by “paint” through the collision between paint and abstract; they emphasize the blend of emotion and natural spirit and reflect their own concept orientation.</div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:13:54 +0000 Brendan Earley - Galerie Urs Meile Beijing - March 2nd, 2013 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce the opening of “In the midnight city”, the first solo exhibition by Brendan Earley (*1971 in Dublin, Ireland, where the artist currently lives and works) at Galerie Urs Meile, on March 2, 2013. Brendan Earley participated in our artist-in-residence program at Galerie Urs Meile Beijing from August to November 2012 and the works exhibited in this exhibition include drawings, installations and sculptures created by the artist in Beijing during that period. <br /><br />Earley’s new works present his reflections concerning the subject of the city—according to Earley, the character of a city is not only defined by its cultural landscape, which is shaped by historical and geographical factors, but also by the material characteristics of its architecture and planning, and furthermore by the interactions that take place between the city and its occupants. <br /><br />The new series of drawings demonstrates a unique form of artistic depiction. With his repetitive use of short, sharp strokes in felt tipped pen, the artist has reduced the graphic and narrative nature of the works to an absolute minimum, laying bare their pure form. This process of indefatigable repetition describing the essence of the drawing’s own making, is a metaphor for the eternal construction of the city. <br /><br />The concept of light is often present in Earley’s works—he has integrated fluorescent light, color filter paper, natural light and translucent acrylic panels to produce a pure and simple aesthetic that possesses architectural characteristics, one in which we can see the profound influence of minimalist aesthetics and architectural language. In <i>Shine a Light</i> (2012, florescent lights, plastic ties, stainless steel and yellow filter paper, 110 x 44 x 22 cm) fluorescent lights installed inside the piece shine through acrylic panels covered with yellow filter paper to cast c. As China’s cities undergo dramatic transformation, the construction of new buildings is accompanied by the dismantling and destruction of the old. Earley has successfully balanced the relationship between both kinds of urban space in his work. <br /><br />Earley’s reflections concerning the materiality of urban construction during his residency in Beijing are expressed in the sculpture <i>Untitled (Janus Head)</i> (2012, steel, plastic ties and plywood, 43 x 22 x 20 cm) in which the artist has used hard steel to articulate the unconstrained nature of Styrofoam. Although steel is a core construction material, it functions as filler in the urban landscape. Such a conceptualized transformation of materials is not only a continuation of Earley’s former work, but furthermore a step forward in development and experimentation. As Earley himself notes: “These new drawings and sculptures continue to develop my interest in the materiality of the object and images combined with a more conceptualized concern with the legacies of past eras of cultural history and the contextualization of artifacts within the pragmatic approach to design through construction.” Through his sculptures and drawings, which are concise in form and profoundly expressive, he hopes to create an alternative view of order, one which attempts to reconcile one’s position in everyday life. <br /><br />We will also publish a leaflet in conjunction with the exhibition.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:44:49 +0000