The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) and M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, announced today that Mr Tsang Kin-Wah has been selected as Hong Kong’s submission to participate in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale from 9 May to 22 November 2015.

 

The selection was made by M+, and endorsed by collaborating partner ADC’s 56th Venice Art Biennale Working Group. The renewed collaboration between M+ and ADC follows on from the successful presentation of Mr Lee Kit in the 55th edition of Venice Art Biennale in 2013. The M+ curatorial team will consist of Mr Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, and Ms Stella Fong, Curator, Learning and Interpretation, with M+ Executive Director Dr Lars Nittve as Consulting Curator.

 

Two positions of assistant curator and curatorial assistant will be created specifically for this project, fostering and developing local expertise by providing an opportunity to work with the M+ team over an extended period. Up to thirteen interns will be recruited locally and given the chance to assist with the exhibition and experience the Venice Biennale. Once again, to supplement the presentation in Venice, M+ will present a series of public programmes in Hong Kong, building on the activities successfully developed for 2013. 

 

In 2016, a response exhibition will be mounted in Hong Kong which will feature a comprehensive learning and outreach programme.

 

Commenting on the selection, Dr Lars Nittve, M+ Executive Director said, “We are thrilled to work with Mr Tsang Kin-Wah, a Hong Kong artist who has developed a mature artistic language that at once is deeply personal and has the capacity to communicate universally. His work wonderfully represents the quickly maturing contemporary art scene of Hong Kong.”

 

Mr Chow Yung-Ping, Chief Executive of ADC said, “We are pleased to collaborate with M+ again to deliver an exhibition by a talented Hong Kong artist. The Venice Art Biennale provides a unique platform to present the excellence of Hong Kong contemporary art to overseas audiences and participation in fact gives a tremendous boost to the city.”

 

Mr Tsang Kin-Wah said, “I am delighted to have been selected to represent Hong Kong in the Venice Biennale. I would like to thank M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for their support and endorsement.”

 

Born in 1976, Guangdong Province, Mr Tsang Kin-Wah lives and works in Hong Kong. He studied fine art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and studied book art at the Camberwell College of Arts in London. His work is well known and critically acclaimed for its innovative use of text and language, which are manipulated using computer technology to create immersive artworks. The artist has exhibited globally with solo shows at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2011), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom (2008), and group exhibitions at the National Taiwan Museum of Art (2011), Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2008) and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2008), among others. His work was also showcased in M+’s second public exhibition of Hong Kong artists Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei, in 2012. He is currently exhibiting Landscape: The Virtual, The Actual, The Possible at the Guangdong Times Museum. His work is held in several important private and public collections including the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Notes

Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale, a world-renowned visual arts event, was first held in 1895. The exhibition attracts participants from around 100 cities and countries. In 2013, a record of 87 national pavilions and more than 40 collateral events were set up in the Arsenale, Giardini and across the city of Venice. The 56th Venice Biennale will be held from 9 May to 22 November 2015.

M+

M+ is Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and the moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond. Located at the centre of the WKCD, M+ will stand at the boundary between the urban sector and the Park in the overall conceptual plan of the WKCD. From its vantage point in one of the world’s most dynamic regions, M+ will document the past, inform the present and contribute to the future of visual culture within an ever more interconnected global landscape. The museum will take a multidisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a diversity of perspectives, narratives and audiences. M+ has already embarked on a number of public programmes and exhibitions, and has begun to assemble its permanent collection to be housed in the Herzog & de Meuron/TFP Farrells/Ove Arup & Partners HK designed museum.

West Kowloon Cultural District

The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural developments worldwide. Its vision is to create a vibrant cultural quarter for the city, a vital platform for the local arts scene to interact, develop and collaborate, and major facilities to host and produce world-class exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events. It will provide 23 hectares of public open space including ample green space, a green avenue and a harbourfront promenade, and will be closely connected with the neighbourhood.

Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) is a statutory body set up by the government to support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhance the quality of life of the public, ADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

Major development strategies:

  • Supporting promising artists and arts groups for artistic pursuits
  • Promoting arts administration to improve the management of arts groups
  • Focusing on the arts environment and proposing policy recommendations
  • Enhancing public participation and exploring arts space
  • Fostering strategic partnerships and bringing arts resources together

ADC has been taken part in the Venice Art Biennale since 2001, with an aim to enhance exchange and communication between Hong Kong and other countries in the world. The curatorial knowledge of M+ and project management of ADC brought about excellent results in 2013 with 59,000 people visiting the Lee Kit exhibition. In all, about 460,000 people have visited the past seven exhibitions.

M+ Biogs

Curators:

Mr Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong assumed the post of Chief Curator, M+ in September 2013. He oversees all aspects of curatorial activities, including collection, exhibitions and symposiums, as well as learning and interpretation. Prior to joining M+, Mr. Chong held the position Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York from 2009 to 2013. At MoMA, he acquired contemporary works for the collection as well as organised special exhibitions, including Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde, selected by the New York Times and Artforum as one of the best museum exhibitions of 2012. Chong has also worked at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, served as the coordinator for the Korean Pavilion exhibition at the 2001 Venice Biennale, and worked as curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis between 2003 and 2009. During his time at the Walker, he organised a number of exhibitions including major retrospectives of Huang Yong Ping and Tetsumi Kudo. Chong has also contributed writings to a wide range of contemporary art periodicals such as Artasiapacific, Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, The Exhibitionist, and Bijutsu Techo (Japan)and Art in Culture (Korea).

Ms Stella Fong

Stella Fong is Curator of Learning and Interpretation at M+. Previously, she worked as Senior Assistant Curator at Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1997-2009) and Hong Kong Museum of Art (2010-2011), and curated numerous exhibitions including “megARTstore” (2006), which featured over 300 works from the museum collection along with 10 commissioned projects by architects, artists and designers. Her other professional experiences include: curatorial internship at Liverpool Biennial in 2004; Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2007; and participation in the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York (2007) and the International Curators’ Exchange Programme at Tate Modern (2010). Parallel to her full-time museum work, in 2008 she founded “wrongplace” a research collective focusing on exhibition practices and in 2010 instigated the one-year project “Exhibiting Experiments × Experimenting Exhibitions”, which questioned the exhibition itself as a form and process. She holds a M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London, a graduate diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney and a B.A. in Fine Art from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Consulting Curator:

Dr Lars NITTVE

Executive Director, M+
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong

Following studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, a M.A. at Stockholm University and Post Graduate Studies at New York University, Dr Nittve served as a lecturer in art history at the University of Stockholm (1978-85). During the same period he held a post as senior art critic at the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, and contributed regularly to Artforum magazine, New York.

Dr Nittve was appointed chief curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1986. He served as the founding Director of Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden 1990-1995. In July 1995, Dr Nittve became the Director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, where he also curated the ground-breaking exhibition Sunshine & Noir – Art in L.A. 1960-1997 and the first solo exhibition of Cai GuoQiang outside Asia. In 1998, he was named the first Director of Tate Modern, London, which opened in May 2000 to great acclaim. In November 2001, he returned to Moderna Museet in Stockholm as Director. Since January 2011, Dr Nittve has been with the West Kowloon Cultural District as the Executive Director of M+, the museum for visual culture in Hong Kong.