Organised in response to these unprecedented times, UNSCHEDULED comes together as a showcase of Hong Kong galleries, organised by Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) and taking place from 17 to 27 June 2020 at Tai Kwun as the venue partner.
In light of the cancellation of the March art week, Art Basel Hong Kong, and Art Central, UNSCHEDULED strives to re-energise Hong Kong’s art scene. Neither a traditional art fair, nor a museum exhibition, UNSCHEDULED is a platform for selling and networking that will present solo exhibitions from HKAGA gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia. Upholding Hong Kong’s unique place as the art centre in Asia, UNSCHEDULED’s scope is rooted in a commitment to creativity emerging from the continent.
The exhibition will take place in the heritage-listed Duplex Studio in the Police Headquarters Block at Tai Kwun. A rigid, but free-flowing floorplan will be adopted in place of traditional art fair booth to create a decentralised and inclusive framework for the showcase.
The participating galleries are selected by an independent selection team comprised of established and internationally respected Hong Kong-based curators and artists, including Ying Kwok and Sara Wong. The organising committee is spearheaded by Willem Molesworth (de Sarthe) and Fabio Rossi (Rossi & Rossi) as HKAGA board members.
A proportion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to local charity partner Hands On Hong Kong to support the relief efforts of those most affected by the impact of COVID-19.
To address pressing health and safety concerns, measures like timed ticketing will be taken to avoid overcrowding and unnecessary risk.
Curatorial Statement | Ying Kwok and Sara Wong
The art fair comprises solely of solo presentations with a focus on artistic practices as the centre of the showcase. The framework of the exhibition is built on three groups of solo presentations that are categorised depending on how the artists position themselves with their subject matter, audience and adjacent surroundings. so as to create a dialogue between the works as the visitor navigates through the fair. While allowing focus to be put to the individual body of works presented by each artist, the curation also looks into creating a dialogue between the works as the visitor navigates the exhibition.
The first group of artists intentionally create a distance to avoid or disrupt the direct encounter with the subject matter. This is seen in the works of Etsu Egami from Whitestone Gallery, Kitty Chou from Ben Brown Fine Arts, Mak Ying Tung 2 from de Sarthe and Liu Bolin from Over The Influence.
While the second group of artists have a deliberate engagement with their subject matter through their artistic practices, this is captured in the works of Frog King Kwok from 10 Chancery Lane, Ng Chung from Contemporary by Angela Li, Huang Dan from Galerie Ora-Ora, Irene Chou from Hanart TZ Gallery and Aruta Soup from L+ / Lucie Chang Fine Arts.
Finally, the third group of artists are more detached from their motifs with a sense of calmness and minimalism, which is experienced in the works of Duan Yifan from Leo Gallery, Chou Yu-Cheng from Edouard Malingue Gallery and Heman Chong from Rossi & Rossi.
Wednesday 17 June – Saturday 27 June, 2020
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 11am – 2pm
Wednesday 17 June, 2020; 2pm – 10pm
Thursday 18 June – Friday 26 June, 2020; 12pm – 7pm
Saturday 27 June, 2020; 12 pm – 6 pm
Concessions (Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and their minders): HK$40
Under 12s: free admission