Artist(s): Francis Bacon, Adrian Ghenie, Zeng Fanzhi, George Condo, Yukimasa Ida
Opening / Event Date: 2 Jun, 2022
Closing / End Date: 30 Nov, 2022
While medicine cures the body, art heals the soul.
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences and Galerie Ora-Ora are excited to present Essence Talk Series – Medical and Art Sharing during the month of August. In the four upcoming talks, medical professionals will explore various medical- and health-related topics, which closely relate to Zhang Yanzi’s exhibition at the Museum.
Essence is a rare crossover exhibition that interweaves modern and ancient medicine with contemporary art. Having spent a summer at the Museum as an artist-in-residence, Zhang was deeply touched by the strife, rigor, breakthroughs and passion behind the medical history of Hong Kong. As a result, Essence presents a new body of artwork, which not only blends art and medicine on both visual and philosophical levels, but also demonstrates the artist’s perspective on the journey of life, from birth to decay, through pain and remedy.
The fourth and final talk in our series tackles one of the most modern themes of our time. How can we support our children’s growth in the digital age? The discussion is inspired by Zhang Yanzi’s “Medi-chips” series, a series of seven paintings which make a visual link between pills and computer chips. The digital world can be overwhelming for adults, and the effect of technology on our children’s development is uncertain. How should parents and educators respond to the challenge of technology?
Visitors have commented on the hypnotic effect of the repeated patterns in the Medi-chips series, and how it reflects society’s anxiety in the face of the digital world. The pills, everyday medical tools, are presented in front of us. And technology is a presence in these images too, as the repeated patterns take on the form of computer chips. Technology has brought change and progress to our society, but we must not lose ourselves. As society changes with technology, we may begin to question our own personal identity.
HKMMS and Galerie Ora-Ora are honoured to invite Dr. Winnie Yam, specialist in Paediatrics, to discuss the development of infants from birth until the age of six. Learning about how children respond to the stimulus around them, we are armed with knowledge of how to support their development.