Image: Guo Xu, Mi Fu Bowing to a Rock, from Portraits, 1503, ink and colour on paper, album of eleven leaves, Shanghai Museum Collection

Intimate Exchanges: Kinship, Madness, and Obsession in the Scholar’s Garden

The Chinese scholar’s garden epitomises the social world of Ming- and Qing-era literati gentlemen. It was a site of private contemplation, a place for literary gatherings, and a space where expressions of culture and works of art—including paintings—were made, viewed, and circulated to reinforce the idealised world of educated male scholars. The concept of the scholar’s garden is instrumental to the spatial arrangement of the exhibition Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, and this talk challenges the conventional way of looking at the garden and explores the spaces of tension that open up when madness, obsession, and unusual claims of kinship transgress the traditional boundaries of the scholar’s world. How are issues such as love between men, devotion to a favourite rock, and memories of loved ones revealed? The talk examines how the depictions of gardens were used to address emotions and viewpoints that co-existed alongside the ideal image of scholars and the relationships they cultivated in late-imperial China.

Date: 
9 January 2019 (Wednesday)

Time:
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Venue: 
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai)

Speaker:
Yeewan Koon, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong

Language: 
English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Registration:
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance.

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sonia.so@mplus.org.hk

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Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts.


Image: Isamu Noguchi, Childhood, 1970, Aji granite © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS. Photograph: Kevin Noble

Isamu Noguchi: Citizen, Spaceship Earth

This talk addresses the work of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), in dialogue with the practice of Vietnamese Danish artist Danh Vo (born 1975). Noguchi was a self-made composite of cultural influences, and his work is an increasingly relevant model for what contemporary art in a totally connected world can be: rooted in tradition and future focused; culturally specific and universal in intent; crafted, industrial, and technological; inseparable from the fabric of society; and made with a deep sense of civic purpose. Today, no artist better reflects Noguchi's uncompromising approach to changing the terms of debate in the art world—and its still surprisingly rigid club rules—than Danh Vo. The talk concludes with Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, a love letter to global vision in the form of an environment, designed to explore the maverick values of two of Asia’s most complex, diasporic sons.

Date: 
17 November 2018 (Saturday)

Time:
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Venue: 
JC Cube, Tai Kwun (10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong)

Speaker:
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, The Noguchi Museum

Language: 
English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Registration is now closed.

Enquires:
jessie.kwok@mplus.org.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts.