18 Feb 2019 (Mon) | 6:15pm-AGM 7:00pm-Lecture 8:00pm-Dinner
Hong Kong Club
Lecture: Member: Free/ Non-Member Guest: HK$300
Lecture and Dinner: Member: HK$700/ Non-Member Guest: HK$750
Our speaker this year will be Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The topic of his talk will be “Asian Art at The Met: Envisioning an Encyclopedic Museum”
Mike Hearn will tell the story of how Asian art came of age as an integral part of the Metropolitan’s encyclopedic collection begins decades before a separate Department of Asian Art was established in 1915. Having recently celebrated the centennial of the department and with the Museum poised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1870, it is a fitting moment to examine how the Met’s collections of Asian Art came about.
23 Feb 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12:30pm
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
General Member $250, Student $80, Guest $300
Remarks: Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 10:00am, heading to Venue at 10:15am, returning to central around 1:00pm
This exhibition gives a pronounced form to an ongoing conversation between two artists who never met: Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Vietnamese Danish artist Danh Vo (born 1975). The dialogue is articulated through a range of works by Noguchi that spans almost five decades.
Vo dedicates the M+ Pavilion largely to showcasing Noguchi’s work. This set the ground for a curatorial concept inspired by the scholar’s pavilion and garden’. The focal point here is Vo’s Untitled (Structure for Akari PL2), a modified design of the traditional architectural form from Guizhou Province. Surrounding this are almost three dozen works by Noguchi produced between the 1920s and the 1980s; they demonstrate his artistic versatility through diverse forms and a range of materials, including stones (granite, andesite, alabaster, obsidian, marble, and basalt), metals (aluminium, bronze, and galvanised steel), bamboo, and ceramics.
The exhibition is co-organized by M+ and The Noguchi Museum, New York, a pioneering event for exhibitions to be co-organized by M+ and museums around the globe.
6 Mar 2019 (Wed) | 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District
Member $450, Guest $500
Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 6:30pm. Return journey to be arranged by participants
Xiqu Centre’s Tea House Theatre programme, Standard Chartered Tea House Theatre Experience, is specially designed to introduce new audiences to Chinese traditional theatre. The 90-minute performance, presented by Tea House Rising Stars Troupe, showcases a selection of short excerpts demonstrating a range of vocal and music styles. It also includes narration by an expert moderator to help newcomers gain insight into the history of the art form.
To recreate the warm, authentic atmosphere of Hong Kong’s early 20th century tea houses, the audience is served traditional tea and dim sum during the performance – a delicious way to learn about the heritage of Chinese traditional theatre.
However much you know about xiqu, Cantonese opera, Chinese culture, history or literature, the Tea House Theatre offers a new kind of experience. Friend of Hong Kong Museum of Art has made special arrangements to take participants to enjoy the experience as a group – sign up asap. Subscription is limited.