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SUMMER TALK SERIES: The Development of Hong Kong Art

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30 June, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tuesday, June 30th 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm (start at 6pm) (rsvp [email protected])

Speakers: Choi Yan-chi, Chui Tze-hung, Fung Ming-chip, Ling Pui-sze, Catherine Maudsley

Moderator: Daphne King

The talk will take place in English

This series will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page


Alisan is pleased to present a series of talks to be held at the gallery throughout the summer months to complement our latest exhibition Uniquely Hong Kong – A Celebration of Hong Kong Art. The first talk will focus on the development of Hong Kong Art from the 1950s to the present day.

With Hong Kong’s rich historical background as its backdrop, the lively exhibition Uniquely Hong Kong – A Celebration of Hong Kong Art showcases the work of 28 Hong Kong artists spanning almost a century. With over 70 works displayed, the exhibition highlights the diversity and talent of Hong Kong artists, while drawing attention to and reflecting on the definition of Hong Kong art.

Moderated by Gallery Director, Daphne King the speakers include a selection of artists across generations and art historian Catherine Maudsley. They will discuss how the changes in Hong Kong’s social, cultural, and economic environment have affected their practice. In particular, they will address how these changes helped or hindered the development of Hong Kong art over the last half of the century.


Choi Yan-chi

Choi, an established artist in her own right has also been the life-long partner of Hon Chi Fun since the 1970s and together they have been actively promoting contemporary arts in Hong Kong. She has participated in multiple international fairs around the world, including the First Asia Pacific Triennial. In 2015, she was selected by M+ to produce her work ‘Waiting for the First Beam of Light’ as part of an on-site project in association with Yoko Ono’s performance piece ‘Morning Peace’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chui Tze-hung

A well-known Hong Kong ink painter and a prolific writer about Hong Kong’s art scene since the 1960s, Chui has played a leading role in bringing contemporary Hong Kong art into the 20th century. He is well-known for his creative assimilation of Western abstract style and the traditions of Chinese ink painting.

Fung Ming-chip

Fung Ming Chip is an eminent calligraphic innovator, whose career spans nearly four decades and is rooted in the written word first explored through the classical art of seal engraving. He later expanded his artistic practice to wood-carving, ink painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and sgraffito. To date, he has developed over one hundred and forty new strains of calligraphy. In this way, he not only extends the tradition of calligraphy but also expands its development as a contemporary art form.

Ling Pui-sze

Ling Pui Sze, a graduate from CUHK in 2012, was the winner of the Wucius Wong Creative Ink Painting Award. Ling focuses on experimental ink painting and collage, reconstructing biological images of cells and water into organic abstractions. Her work explores natural laws, biology, and the development of human society. Her choice of creative media extends beyond ink to include sculpture and installation.

Catherine Maudsley 

Catherine Maudsley is a Hong Kong-based art historian, art advisor, curator, educator, and writer. She has lectured and also acted as a moderator for a wide range of important institutions, including the University of Hong Kong, Christie`s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Art Basel, and UBS Art Education Series. She is also a prolific contributor to international publications and she has edited a number of art-related books. She has called Hong Kong her home since the 1980s.

Moderator: Daphne King

Director of Alisan Fine Arts and the curator of the current show Uniquely Hong Kong – A Celebration of Hong Kong Art


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