Patricia Piccinini’s HOPE opens at Tai Kwun Contemporary

12 May 2023, Friday

Tai Kwun Contemporary is excited to announce HOPE — a large-scale summer exhibition of the sculptures, paintings and moving image works by the renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini from 24 May to 3 September.

Best known for her hyper-realistic sculptures whose human scale and touchingly expressive features belie their non-human limbs, fins, wings and scales — cute, intriguing, grotesque — Piccinini’s vision explores the unexpected consequences of tampering with nature. Featuring more than 50 fascinatingly detailed and highly imaginative works across different media, including paintings and moving images in addition to her distinctive sculptural works, HOPE offers visitors an engrossing, perplexing and deeply touching view of a fantastical imaginary world, yet one with which we identify naturally and instinctively.

Piccinini has been featured in many highly successful exhibitions around the world, including a pavilion presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2003. While her work raises questions about scientific progress and mankind’s destructive power over nature, a resilient optimism shines through as the scale and expressiveness of her works speak of tenderness, care and empathy.

HOPE is Patricia Piccinini’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and encompasses all of the gallery spaces of JC Contemporary. Among the largest works in the show is Celestial Fields — a vast immersive installation comprising 4,500 individual flower stems sprouting both upwards from the floor and downwards from the ceiling, drawing the visitor into its embrace where it poses questions on the nature of progress. Elsewhere, Piccinini responds to the signature spiral staircase of JC Contemporary with a 20-metre-high installation of multi-coloured wigs spun together and suspended down the void from the ceiling of the top floor.

Ultimately, much of Patricia Piccinini’s work explores the notion of interdependence: the interdependence between humans and artificial objects — such as shoes, cradles, chairs — or the interdependence between humans and other creatures. The artist is fascinated by what she calls “artificial nature”: she imagines awe-inspiring and somewhat unsettling mixtures of creatures, where humans may be combined with living beings concocted in the imagination — or in the laboratory. These “chimeras” fundamentally ask questions about how technological advances are opening new horizons, given that humanity appears to be on the cusp of being able to design and create new forms of life and new forms of living-mechanical hybrids. For the artist, this prospect triggers both hope and anxiety about the nature of progress; at the same time, the artist imagines how living with such creatures will demand love, care, and empathy — the same love and care that humanity is morally compelled to show to other living creatures we share the planet with. Visitors to HOPE will therefore not only experience the artist’s spectacular vision but will also be invited to delve more deeply into broader questions about progress, science and technology, as well as the ethics of care.

“After last year’s wildly popular Behind Your Eyelid summer exhibition, we are honoured to present another spectacularly large-scale exhibition by such a legendary artist at Tai Kwun Contemporary. Our preconceived notions about biology are challenged by Piccinini's works, which force us to confront the limits of genetic experimentation, technology, the arts, and, of course, humanity itself. Moreover, this exhibition reflects a longer cycle where Tai Kwun Contemporary explores the notion of ‘future bodies’ and the question of nature. HOPE will offer an artistic response — or perhaps rather than an answer, the artist poses more questions about the state of science and technology and progress in the world today,” said Tobias Berger, Curator of HOPE — Patricia Piccinini.

Timothy Calnin, Director of Tai Kwun Arts, commented, "An exhibition of the breadth, and vision of HOPE is a significant commitment for any contemporary art institution, and would have been unimaginable without the unwavering support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club and this exhibition’s Lead Sponsor Indosuez Wealth Management, We salute the Club and Indosuez for enabling Tai Kwun to bring the extraordinary art of Patricia Piccinini to Hong Kong for this summer exhibition. We are tremendously proud to bring Patricia and her studio of skilled technicians and artisans to Hong Kong and very grateful to Tobias for once again curating a stunning exhibition which we know will win fans for the artist, for contemporary art in general and for Tai Kwun. Less visible to our visitors is the outstanding behind-the-scenes work of Tai Kwun’s small but dynamic Contemporary Art team, led by Head of Art Dr Pi Li, who have once again gone above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee a wonderful experience for all visitors from the moment the gallery doors open.”

“At Indosuez, we are committed to supporting the vibrant arts and cultural landscape in Hong Kong. We believe that the arts have the unique ability to connect and inspire the communities we live and operate in, and are thrilled to be the Lead Sponsor of HOPE by Patricia Piccinini at Tai Kwun,” said Olivier Livenais, CEO, Hong Kong, at Indosuez Wealth Management.

Over the course of the exhibition, Tai Kwun Contemporary will also be hosting a wide range of public programming and educational events that dive into the deeper themes raised by Piccinini’s works, including her references to classical Greek mythology and art historical iconography, as well as broader ethical questions about science, progress, and ethics.

These include Tai Kwun Conversations: HOPE — A Dialogue between Patricia Piccinini and Tobias Berger; a series of film screenings chosen by the artist in Patricia Piccinini’s Choice; Workshop: Making of HOPE — Patricia Piccinini; Teacher’s Morning and Teacher’s Workshop; curator’s tours and other guided public tours. Of particular interest to families with children will be the Family Day events held throughout the run of the exhibition. Finally, Patricia Piccinini After Hours will be offering intimate conversations with special guests and speakers, who will chat about topics such as ethics and morality in biotech and genetics, climate crisis and extinction, and human creations of life.

HOPE will also present a small number of artist editions and merchandise in the Tai Kwun Contemporary kiosk in the gallery reception area.

Tickets to the exhibition is available on Klook. HK$60 for general tickets and HK$50 for concession tickets (Full-time students with ID, people with disabilities, and senior citizens over the age of 60).

Tickets will also be available at the JC Contemporary reception: HK$70 (general) and HK$60 (concession).

Children under the age of 5 can enjoy free admission.

Meanwhile, Tai Kwun will offer limited qualities of buy-one get-one free admission tickets exclusive to TK Fan on a first come, first serve basis.

For more details about the exhibition, various activities, and ticketing information, visit: https://qrs.ly/vsetej4

Lead Sponsor: Indosuez Wealth Management

HOPE

Artist:              Patricia Piccinini

Curator:          Tobias Berger

Date:               24 May to 3 September 2023

Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm

Monday, CLOSED

On-site:          HK$70 (Adults) | HK$60 (Concession)

Online:           HK$60 (Adults) | HK$50 (Concession)

About Patricia Piccinini

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa in 1965, Patricia Piccinini grew up mainly in Australia, where her family moved in 1972. At the beginning of her artistic career, she spent a substantial amount of time in medical museums, making drawings of preserved specimens. Indeed, her works usually begin with her drawings, which then are translated by the artist and her team of technicians into three-dimensional objects. Since the 1990s, Piccinini’s work has combined the cute and the grotesque, spurring viewers to overcome a sense of revulsion and to see the beauty of all forms, however unsettling, deformed, or artificial. In 2003, Piccinini represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, and since then she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world.

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Editor’s notes:

Please click here to download the hi-res images with captions.

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 8pm (closed on Mondays), and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 9pm.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

About Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

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TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY LAUNCHES MYTH MAKERS—SPECTROSYNTHESIS III (24 Dec 2022 to 10 Apr 2023)

23 Dec 2022, Friday

Tai Kwun Contemporary is proud to present Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III, the first major survey exhibition on LGBTQ+ perspectives in Hong Kong. Curated by Inti Guerrero and Chantal Wong, and co-presented with Sunpride Foundation, Myth Makers circles around the core notion of “queer mythologies”. At the same time, the exhibition explores contemporary mythologies and practices of the body by gathering a diverse range of artistic vocabularies related to LGBTQ+ perspectives from over 60 artists from Asia and its diasporas. Myth Makers includes over 100 artworks in all Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries, with one third of the works loaned from Sunpride’s collection; the exhibition  expands on the “Spectrosynthesis” series, starting with Taipei, Bangkok, and now Hong Kong. Moreover, a publication collaboration with Queer Reads Library is also featured.

Myth Makers draws inspiration from artists addressing “queer mythologies”, who highlight either same-sex love/desire or gender fluidity as found in ancient belief systems and traditions in Asia. The exhibition also foregrounds the “new traditions” of our times, of spectacle and celebrity, playful and/or transgressive, along with non-normative bodily practices and histories in artworks by contemporary artists. The exhibition unfolds through three distinctive chapters and encompasses more than 100 works, which include new productions, historical works from the 1940s to the 1990s, and artworks on loan from the collection of the Sunpride Foundation. In bringing together such a plethora of artistic perspectives and vocabularies, Myth Makers endeavours to present a multiplicity of conversations, representations, and anti-representations of stories, individuals and communities. While the bulk of the exhibition focuses on living artists, some visionary and transformative figures of the past will also be underscored, including artists who lived in times when present-day LGBTQ+ identifications were not possible.

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Chapter 1 Queer Mythologies: On and Off the Stage

“Queer Mythologies: On and Off the Stage” brings together artists who evoke mythological figures, creation stories, and traditions based on homoeroticism, androgyny, cross-dressing, and gender ambiguity. In doing so, they probe the possibilities of “queering” dominant cultural values—including religion—and highlight queer mythological representations that already exist in traditions across Asia. In counterpoint, other artists playfully unpack idol veneration in contemporary celebrity culture, a mass cultural formation with a significant role in weaving contemporary mythologies, which bind collective identities across the continent.

Chapter 2 Body Politics: Criminalisation, Control, and Counter-Narratives

“Body Politics: Criminalisation, Control, and Counter-Narratives” is firmly weighed down by the violence of history, delving into body politics, power, control, and criminalisation. Such themes moreover reflect the historic location of F Hall: originally a government printing shop, F Hall was later turned into a reception and fingerprinting office with remand cells as well as visitation booths. The physical venue thus offers a historical prism through which to engage the curatorial theme.

Chapter 3 Queer Futurities: Dematerialisation, Transformation, and New Vocabularies

“Queer Futurities: Dematerialisation, Transformation, and New Vocabularies” presents a darkness that suggests without revealing, for obscurity brings a sense of freedom, self-determination, and disinhibition. The body alludes and is alluded to, forming a ground for exploration and potentiality. By darkening the gallery space, the body is removed from sight, opening up the possibility for new meanings and horizons; at the same time, one moves away from a notion of the body as stable—in the imagination of Eurocentric science and medicine—or as sacred, as taught by different religions. On the contrary, the body is reconceived as a site of transformation and potentiality, made up of cells, atoms, organs: a site that can be disassembled, re-designed, and morphed. It is not a limit but a ground to be reclaimed.

Over the course of the exhibition, Tai Kwun Contemporary will also host a wide range of public programming and educational events. These include “Tai Kwun Conversations” series; “Myth Makers After Hours” in collaboration with Dr. Sonia Wong, Corrupt the Youth, and various guests, deconstructs the world of Myth Makers from the perspectives of literature, philosophy, subculture and gender studies; Teacher’s Morning and Teacher’s Workshop; Family Day; other guided public tours. (See appendix)

Already rich in its gender offerings, the current heritage exhibition Gender & Space (until 15 January 2023) explores the contrasting elements of the former prison compound’s masculine and female traits. Past exhibitions have explored issues related to the body and sexuality at Tai Kwun, including; Performing Society: The Violence of Gender in 2019, which articulated power and made traces of brutality that had previously been concealed and rendered invisible, and, as well as My Body Holds Its Shape in 2020 and trust & confusion in 2021.

This exhibition contains sensitive and sexually explicit content that may not be suitable for children or young adults.

Exhibiting artists include

Bunny Cadag, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Shu Lea Cheang, Christopher Cheung, Isaac Chong Wai, Club Ate (Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra), Roy Dib, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Sadao Hasegawa, Fan Chon Hoo, Hosoe Eikoh, Hou Chun-Ming, Yuen Hsieh, Andrew Thomas Huang, Bones Tan Jones, Siren Eun Young Jung, Bhupen Khakhar, Jiaming Liao, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Zihan Loo, Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Zoë Marden & Sonia Wong Yuk Ying, Josef Ng, Patrick Ng Kah Onn, Alfonso Ossorio, Beatrix Pang, Ellen Pau, Sornchai Phongsa, Khairullah Rahim, Ren Hang, Anne Samat, Joshua Serafin, Tejal Shah, Shang Liang, Raqib Shaw, Sin Wai Kin, Sputniko!, Ho Tam, Hiram To, Kwong Chi Tseng, Virtue Village, Danh Vō, Wang Shui, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ka Ying Wong, Martin Wong, Wu Jiaru, Xiyadie, Maru Yacco, Yau Ching, Trevor Yeung, Alex Yiu & Kei Ying Wong, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Samson Young, Zheng Bo, Bruno Zhu

Queer Reads Library in the Artists’ Book Library

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: From Kary, to Hiram

A display with archival/personal ephemera and artworks from Kary Kwok, on his friendship and partnership with Hiram To; co-curated by Kary Kwok and Queer Reads Library.

Queer Reads Library_Corner

A display with over thirty new books and zines inspired by Myth Makers, including special selections by Queer Reads Library (Kaitlin Chan, Rachel Lau, Beatrix Pang).

Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III

24 December 2022–10 April 2023

11am-7pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)

Closed on Mondays

Tai Kwun Contemporary

Special holiday schedule: open on public holidays (24–27 December 2022 and 1–2 January 2023) but closed for maintenance on 28 December 2022 and 3 January 2023.

For Chinese New Year, the galleries are closed on 22–23 January and 26 January 2023.

www.taikwun.hk

About the curator

Inti Guerrero

Independent curator and art historian, Inti Guerrero has curated exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He was the artistic Director of bap - bellas artes projects in the Philippines (2018–2022), the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator at Tate, London (2016–2020), curator of the 38th EVA International, Limerick (2018) and Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose. He has also curated or co-curated many exhibitions around the world, including: “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” (touring at MCAD, Manila, Para Site, Hong Kong, and Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, 2016–2017);  “Afterwork” (touring at Para Site, Hong Kong; and ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur, 2016–2017); “A Journal of the Plague Year” (touring at Para Site, Hong Kong; The Cube, Taipei; Arko Art Center, Seoul; and Kadist Art Foundation and The Lab, San Francisco; 2013–2015). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues and has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions. Recently, he was named co-Artistic Director of the upcoming 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024).

Chantal Wong

Chantal Wong is the co-founder of three charities in Hong Kong: Things That Can Happen, an art space set up to connect art to the socio-political context of the city; Learning Together, empowering refugee and asylum seeker youth to take on leadership through access to education, scholarships, and leadership training; and Women’s Festival, a platform promoting gender awareness and equality through public discourse. She is a Ford Global Fellow, a global community working to combat inequality brought together by the Ford Foundation.

From 2017 to 2021 she was the founding director of culture at Eaton in Hong Kong, a purpose-driven hospitality brand where she led a culture and programming team to transform the property into a champion for creativity, artistic experimentation and safe-space for intersectional communities, in particular those who have been historically marginalised, and activists. Prior to this she worked with Asia Art Archive, a research centre and archive of modern and contemporary art from Asia as head of strategy helping to build up an invaluable resource for the (re)writing of histories with post-colonial perspectives from the region.

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Tai Kwun and The Hong Kong Jockey Club celebrate Simple Gifts of Joy this festive season

2 Dec 2022, Friday

The city’s cultural heart becomes the Christmas destination for the moments that matter

What’s the perfect gift for the holiday season? Often, it’s the intangible things that have the most lasting impression – those spontaneous smiles, those warm embraces, those moments shared together. Christmas is that special time of year where these little things take on an extra special meaning.

It’s this spirit that Tai Kwun and The Hong Kong Jockey Club (“HKJC”) have channelled this Christmas with Simple Gifts of Joy.

HKJC presents Simple Gifts of Joy

Simple Gifts of Joy is all about sharing in the joyous experiences that bring us together. It’s a month-long celebration of joy, giving and togetherness; where we can come together with family and friends, revel in the spirit of the season, and savour those moments that truly matter. The first of a series of annual festive celebrations presented by HKJC together with Tai Kwun, Simple Gifts of Joy aims to inspire the community through arts and culture and welcome new vibrancy and energy back to the city.

On 1 December, Tai Kwun transformed into a glorious festive destination full of colour, music and fun, where joyous performances came alive and filled the air with celebration. Of course, there is a Christmas tree – a grand, 12-metre-tall beauty that will be the centrepiece of Tai Kwun’s Parade Ground, accompanied every evening by a dazzling light show. Throughout the month, there are an array of circus performances, Christmas music, delightful surprises and hidden treats that create a unique festive atmosphere right across the complex.

Conserved and revitalised by HKJC, Tai Kwun has become Hong Kong’s beating cultural heart since opening in 2018 – a destination where heritage, world-class arts and culture, and rich stories all come together in a unique, joyous landmark for Hong Kong. And now, has become home of a whole new Christmas tradition for our city.

Tree of Togetherness

At the heart of Simple Gifts of Joy is a magical scene that sees Parade Ground transform in a sea of festive light, colour and music – a beautiful backdrop where families and friends celebrate together.

The Simple Gifts of Joy journey began across the Parade Ground: at the centre is the soaring, beautifully adorned Christmas tree that has become a festive Hong Kong icon. Every evening from 6pm – 9:30pm, the tree glows with a magical light show, creating a special atmosphere across the space. The historic buildings surrounding Parade Ground also come alive with a symphony of dramatic lighting.

Simple Gifts of Joy Light Show

Date

1 December 2022 - 2 January 2023

Time

Every half an hour from 6pm – 9:30pm

Venue

Parade Ground, Tai Kwun

Price

Free of Charge

The Gift of Music

The magic began with an opening concert and lighting ceremony on 1 December, where Bernard Chan, Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, switched on the enchanting Christmas scenes together with the visitors. Bearing witness to the stunning Christmas tree light up, glittering and sparkling, the celebration of the joyful season was spent with one another. Continuing from 2 to 4 December, the newly founded Hong Kong choir NOĒMA performs three additional evenings of exquisite choral music under the baton of Sanders Lau.

Share the Joy

Christmas is a time for creating memories that will last a lifetime. As visitors make their way through Tai Kwun, they will come across festive “Snap the Joy” photobooths to capture those spontaneous moments of happiness with friends and family. Visitors can choose to print these photographs as a reminder of these special times or as heartfelt Christmas gifts to loved ones. The photobooths will be available for all Tai Kwun Fans and tenant customers, along with limited walk-in slots.

Special gifts will be given to Tai Kwun visitors to help them share and create happy memories. From specially curated gingerbread cookies to festive hard candies and popcorn, visitors will discover an array of delectable gifts and treats along the way.

To spread the cheer even further, there will be an interactive Festive Instagram Filter to add an extra touch of Christmas spirit to your social media.

“Snap the Joy” Photobooths

Date

1 December 2022 - 2 January 2023

Time

12pm - 8pm

Venue

Parade Ground, Tai Kwun

How to participate

  • Free online registration is exclusive for “Tai Kwun Fans” (Limited walk-in slots available for new TK Fans registration) – link here
  • Tai Kwun visitors can also enjoy the photo booth experience upon any spending at Tai Kwun’s tenants, just present an eligible receipt at the photo booth entrance (No pre-registration and limited quota per day)

Tai Kwun Circus Plays

Inspiring the community through art, culture and heritage is at the heart of Tai Kwun and HKJC, the complex has transformed into a circus of fun with a rich programme of joyous performances, events and workshops. Tai Kwun Circus Plays features a line-up of diverse and delightful acts from around the world. Some of the highlights taking place across different locations of Tai Kwun include:

LIFE Event No. 2

The UK’s Gandini Juggling, one of the world’s most celebrated juggling groups, with a choreographed juggling performance that pays tribute to contemporary dance masters Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham.

Rock It! Unicycle

Japan’s acclaimed performance group UniCircle Flow showcases extravagant unicycle skills in a style known as “figure skating on land.”

Ho! Ho! Ho! Monkey King is Coming to Town!

Based on the legendary tale of “Monkey King”, Hong Kong’s TS Crew and choreographer Mui Cheuk Yin fuse contemporary circus and physical theatre with local culture.

Ting-Koo-Ki Mad Skills Battle

Featuring artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile, Tai Kwun’s ever-popular signature circus battle returns for a fourth year.

Only Bones v1.0

This award-winning, Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s sold-out one-man show is performed by New Zealand mime artist Thom Monckton.

New Boom in Circus

A double-billing of juggling and contemporary circus performances spotlighting Hong Kong circus and street art talents Patrick Pun and the CBO Juggling Team.

See the Appendix for details on all performances, events and workshops.

The Merriest of Markets and Meals

Over 30 outlets at Tai Kwun have already unloaded Santa’s sleigh and are ready to spread Christmas cheer with a mix of festive flavours, seasonal goodies, art presentations and hands-on craft experiences. The turkey isn’t the only thing that’s stuffed this season, as Executive Chef Junno Li of The Chinese Library presents a limited eight-course dinner to satisfy your Christmas cravings. Nibble on the city’s best Thai tidings and treats at Aaharn, while enjoying the view of Tai Kwun’s extraordinary Christmas tree over limited-edition dishes. One doesn’t need to travel to the North Pole to spot a reindeer as Stecco Natura presents a very special Reindeer Popsicle. PAZTA is rolling out toothsome plates and new traditions with their exquisite menu, while Dragonfly is serving up warm glasses of mulled wine spiked with spices and fruity sweetness.

Yulephiles can discover seasonal treasures from Tai Kwun’s incredible range of shops. If you are dreaming of a woodsy season, look no further than Ora-Ora: the art gallery will be showcasing paintings inspired by 18th century Flemish tapestries, redolent of the heroic deeds of the forest. For those looking for family-friendly activities, PAP Studio will host a stained-glass photo frame workshop, giving everyone a chance to hone their skills from copper foil wrapping and colour dyeing. Meanwhile, Touch Ceramics is teaching everyone about Kwon-glazed porcelain painting with their wondrous Christmas workshop. 

Going on a shopping spree? Be rewarded upon spending HK$1,000 at TASCHEN Store and receive a complimentary handcrafted bookmark designed by renowned local designer ZOEE. Finally, warm up with tea-riffic gift sets from LockCha Tea Shop, as the teahouse is brewing up six floral teas to keep you cosy all season long. 

Your festive spirit is just waiting to be unwrapped! Find yourself inspired by Tai Kwun’s charming shops and restaurants as you stroll along Hong Kong’s winter wonderland.

Visitor information

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Some exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun may be subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits with the newly launched Visitor Planner via https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visitor_planner prior to visiting.

Programme details are subject to change; please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates. 

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N THE MOOD FOR CELEBRATION—TAI KWUN 2022 WINTER SEASON

29 Nov 2022, Tuesday

This December, Tai Kwun and The Hong Kong Jockey Club prepare for the solstice with the heart-warming theme of “Simple Gifts of Joy” to invite visitors to embrace a month-long celebration of joy, giving and togetherness as the city’s cultural heart becomes the Christmas destination for the moments that matter. Gleaming with good tidings and cheer, Tai Kwun relishes in the apricity of the season’s days to present the dazzling Tai Kwun Circus Plays, an immersive and magical bazaar for adults and children.

Host to an absolute cracker of concerts, Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard Festival: Music from within showcases the healing power of music, bringing together a series of intimate concerts featuring some of Hong Kong’s finest musicians and an extraordinary international ensemble and stellar soloist. Turning the spotlight onto gender and sexuality, Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III invites one to explore the core notions of “queer mythologies” and examine the emerging “new traditions” of our times, as spectacle and celebrity fuse into playful and transgressive art forms. Gender & Space adopts a gender lens to redress the underrepresentation of women in the gendered spaces of the Central Police Station compound from 1841 to 1941, bringing forth new ideas of representation and delineation in the broader context of Hong Kong’s urban history.

Then in January, InnerGlow 2023 returns triumphantly to rekindle the magic of 3D Mapping technology as it projects breath-taking animations and images onto the facades of Tai Kwun’s historic buildings to celebrate the New Year. Following in February, F Hall Studio will be transformed into an immersive digital project space with DigiRadiance, spotlighting Tai Kwun’s prison history and its significance in the early formation of Law and Order in Hong Kong.

HKJC Presents Simple Gifts of Joy

What’s the perfect gift for the holiday season? Often, it’s the intangible things that have the most lasting impression – those spontaneous smiles, those warm embraces, those moments shared together. Christmas is that special time of year where these little things take on an extra special meaning.

It’s this spirit that Tai Kwun and The Hong Kong Jockey Club (“HKJC”) are channelling this Christmas with Simple Gifts of Joy. It’s a month-long celebration of joy, giving and togetherness; where we can come together with family and friends, revel in the spirit of the season, and savour those moments that truly matter.

Starting from 1 December, Tai Kwun will transform into a glorious festive destination full of colour, music and fun, where joyous performances will come alive and fill the air with celebration. Of course, there will be a Christmas tree – a grand, 12-metre-tall beauty that will be the centrepiece of Tai Kwun’s Parade Ground, accompanied every evening by a dazzling light show. And during the month, there will be an array of circus performances, Christmas music, delightful surprises and hidden treats that will create a unique festive atmosphere right across the complex. (1 December 2022-2 January 2023)

Snap the Joy

Christmas is a time for creating memories that will last a lifetime. As visitors make their way through Tai Kwun, they will come across festive “Snap the Joy” photobooths to capture those spontaneous moments of happiness with friends and family. Join TK Fans for exclusive online registration.

Tai Kwun Circus Plays

"Tai Kwun Circus Plays" proudly enters its fifth edition! From December to January, circus veterans in town and around the world will get together at Tai Kwun to present an array of breathtaking contemporary circus performances. Let's have a merry juggling festive season together with our friends and family!

The circus season will kick off with an opening concert The Gift of Music by Noēma, the city's vocal ensemble, followed by LIFE Event No. 2 by the pioneering British circus group Gandini Juggling. UniCircle Flow from Japan will enthral audiences with their vigorous unicycling dance show, Rock It! Unicycle.

Only Bones v1.0, the award-winning solo show created by New Zealand physical theatre and mime artist Thomas Monckton, will come to Tai Kwun to deliver to audiences a joyful Christmas. Local creative team TS Crew, veteran choreographer Mui Cheuk Yin, and emerging local circus talents, will add a local touch and bring street vbes to life in Ho! Ho! Ho! Monkey King is Coming To Town and New Boom In Circus. The annual circus carnival will culminate with the Ting-koo-ki Mad Skills Gala and Battle (TKK), a passionate circus battle between top non-local jugglers from Taiwan, Costa Rica, Belgium and Brazil, as we welcome the arrival of 2023 at Tai Kwun.

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within celebrates the healing power of music. By bringing together individual musicians, ensembles and audiences, the Festival creates and shares the unique and intimate setting of the Prison Yard in which music leads us from poised introspection to extrovert joy.

True to its title, Music from within begins indoors, in JC Cube. The festival opens with LENK Quartet performing French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The monumental Goldberg Variations are heard in a new light when pianist Rachel Cheung and lighting designer Amy Chan collaborate to realise Bach’s great keyboard composition from 1737 through a distinctly 21st century lens.

Music emerges from within as the outdoor stage of the Prison Yard hosts a series of highly atmospheric evening concerts, including two chamber concerts by some of the finest musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Revered Hong Kong pianist Nancy Loo will perform Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata under the December full moon. The Prison Yard Festival will close with the unstoppable energy of baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro with their stellar soloist Jakub Józef Orliński, making his Asian debut with two nights of dazzling virtuosity from the 17th and 18th centuries. (30 November–10 December 2022; Prison Yard & JC Cube; Tickets are available at URBTIX & art-mate.net)

Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III

Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III circles around the core notion of “queer mythologies” and delves into modern and contemporary mythologies along with practices of the body, by gathering a diverse range of artistic idioms related to LGBTQ+ perspectives from over 50 artists from Asia and its diasporas.

The exhibition draws inspiration from artists addressing “queer mythologies”, who highlight either same-sex love/desire or gender fluidity as found in ancient belief systems and traditions in Asia. At the same time, the exhibition also highlights the “new traditions” of our times, of spectacle and celebrity, playful and/or transgressive, along with non-normative bodily practices and histories in artworks by contemporary artists.

Curated by Inti Guerrero and Chantal Wong, and co-presented with Sunpride Foundation, Myth Makers includes over 100 artworks in all Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries, with one third of the works loaned from Sunpride’s collection. As such, Myth Makers is the first major institutional survey exhibition on LGBTQ+ perspectives in Hong Kong, and expands on the Spectrosynthesis series, which previously showed in Taipei, Bangkok, and now Hong Kong. The exhibition also includes a special publication collaboration with Queer Reads Library. (24 December 2022–10 April 2023; free admission; JC Contemporary and 1/F F Hall)

DigiRadiance

DigiRadiance is a brand-new digital programme that transforms the F Hall Studio into an immersive project space.

The first programme takes the original radial plan of Victoria Gaol as a point of departure revisiting Tai Kwun’s prison history and its significance in the early formation of Law and Order in Hong Kong. Victoria Gaol is the first prison in Hong Kong and forms a significant part of the heritage compound. By exploring the architectural materiality and spatial configuration, it exposes the experience of imprisonment and its extended implication in societal discourse such as discipline, punishment, and reform.  (16 February–16 March 2023; free admission; F Hall Studio)

InnerGlow 2023

Following the enormous public success of the first InnerGlow in September, this engrossing project takes on a deeper dimension in January 2023 as some of Hong Kong’s brightest and most original talent joins hands with our Creative and Technical Partner, The Electric Canvas, to devise and create an entirely new program for January 2023.

While the first InnerGlow told an imagined history of the Barrack Block, InnerGlow 2023 will take audiences into an entirely different world in which the pure architecture of Tai Kwun becomes the main player in a series of abstract themes which play with and animate the building itself to such an extent that all of those imposing classical architectural elements are transformed, morphed and choreographed right before our (disbelieving) eyes. The show will make references to familiar Hong Kong images and moods, ranging from fireworks and traditional festivities to the unique handwriting of Hong Kong neon, and at times will defy the very the foundational logic of our building’s geometry. (26 January–12 February 2023; nightly from 6:30pm; Parade Ground)

Principal Sponsor: CLP Holdings Limited

On-going Programme

Gender & Space

Gender equality is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. How far have we come in the quest for gender equality in our city? Can the past illuminate the present and provide insight into a better future? The new heritage exhibition Gender & Space adopts a gender lens to revisit the history of our heritage site over its first hundred years from 1841 to 1941. It seeks to redress the underrepresentation of women in the gendered spaces of the Central Police Station compound by sharing the stories and experiences of those often overlooked to fill a gap in its history. The exhibition further explores women’s experience in both the private and public spheres. Visitors are confronted with questions and structural issues surrounding gender inequality in the wider society of old Hong Kong.

In the exhibition space, there is a symbolic, mirror-clad platform, which visitors are invited to ascend and complete the exhibition experience by reflecting on their gender roles and identities. Named “Gender Salon,” this space for community engagement comprises a roster of over 10 dialogues that touch on diverse subjects and visualises the relationship between gender and space in the contemporary cultural context. Together with the exhibition, this inclusive space invites reflection on how every individual has the power to bring positive change and help build an equal and inclusive society. (5 November 2022–15 January 2023; free admission; Block 01 Duplex Studio)

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass direction. Some exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun may be subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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GENDER & SPACE: WOMEN IN THE SHADOWS OF HISTORY (5 Nov 2022 to 15 Jan 2023)

4 Nov 2022, Friday

The new heritage exhibition revisits gender and space in the historic compound of Tai Kwun to uncover hidden stories of underrepresented and forgotten women both in and outside the site.

Hong Kong, Friday, 4 November 2022

Tai Kwun is delighted to announce the new heritage exhibition Gender & Space, running from 5 November 2022 to 15 January 2023, curated by Dr. Anita Chung, Head of Heritage.

The programming of the Heritage team has been strategically building on the value of heritage to contribute to sustainable development, while harnessing the power of culture as a driver of change. Recent programmes include Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series and the summer exhibition Breathing with Trees. Now, a new heritage exhibition focuses on gender, which will run in parallel with another forthcoming gender-related exhibition presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary.

Gender & Space focuses on underrepresented or forgotten women in history, asking essential questions, such as how far we have come in the quest for gender equality in our city, and whether the past can illuminate the present and provide insights for a better future? Tai Kwun’s Duplex Studio shifts back in time to bring women out of the shadows of history and opens up new, transformative spaces for contemporary dialogue on gender issues.

The exhibition adopts a gender lens to revisit the first hundred years of history of the Central Police Station compound, from 1841 to 1941. Using photographic images, architectural drawings, and archival information to support curatorial interpretation, the exhibition uncovers hidden traces of gendered spaces and invisible women in a historic place of power and masculinity—a man’s world designed by and for men. The alternative stories fill a gap in the site’s history, which scarcely mentions the women in the workforce who supported its operations, the expatriate wives who made their homes in Hong Kong, and gender-related crime and imprisonment issues.

Visitors to Gender & Space are also confronted with questions and structural issues surrounding gender inequality in the wider society of old Hong Kong. The exhibition explores women’s experience in both the private and public spheres. It includes stories of the powerless and marginalised, as well as those who exercised female agency to advocate change. The show offers a diverse picture of power relations in the construction of gender and space.

In the exhibition space, there is a symbolic, mirror-clad platform, which visitors are invited to ascend and complete the exhibition experience by reflecting on their gender roles and identities. Named “Gender Salon,” this is also an inclusive space for community engagement in gender dialogue. It comprises a roster of over 10 dialogues that touch on diverse subjects, including minority voices, the male gaze, sex work and human trafficking, and domestic carers; two workshops on the traditional weaving of patterned ribbons of Hakka and Weitou women; and a “bridal laments” performance by women from Lung Yeuk Tau village in Fanling. The Salon visualises the relationship between gender and space in the contemporary cultural context. All Gender Salon programmes are open to the public and are free of charge, apart from the workshops.

Gender & Space invites reflection on how every individual has the power to bring about positive change and help build an equal and inclusive society. Dr. Anita Chung, Head of Heritage of Tai Kwun and curator of the exhibition, said, “Gender & Space is designed as a safe and reflective space for engaging in meaningful discussion on gender and social equity. We seek to understand history from multiple perspectives, acknowledging not only the different forms of inequality, but also their underlying causes. It is crucial to examine the structures in place and the interlocking systems of power that determine who is free or unfree, powerful or powerless, and dominant or subordinate. Gender & Space shows that gender identity is complex, multi-layered and ever-changing, and why we must challenge discriminatory practices and address the needs and aspirations of all members of society to bring about positive change.”

In parallel with Gender & Space, Tai Kwun will present Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III, another gender-related exhibition to explore alternative gender representations, queer mythologies, and practices of the body from new and exciting perspectives, from 24 December 2022 to 10 April 2023 at JC Contemporary.

Gender SalonPublic Programme Details:

 Dialogues

Schedule

The Legend of Ng Akew

Katty Law
Convener, Central and Western Concern Group

17.11.2022 1-2pm

South Asian Women of Hong Kong

Shalini Mahtani
Founder and CEO, The Zubin Foundation

24.11.2022 1-2pm

Sex, Crime, and Punishment:
On Sex Work and Human Trafficking

Sealing Cheng

Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

26.11.2022 2-3pm

Curator’s Tour

Anita Chung
Head of Heritage, Tai Kwun

1.12.2022 1-2pm

8.1.2023 3-4pm

Living in the Shadows: Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

Manisha Wijesinghe
Executive Director, HELP for Domestic Workers

8.12.2022 1-2pm

Transmitting the Craft Tradition of Cheongsam

Haidee Or

Co-founder, WeToastHK

10.12.2022 2-3pm

When Eileen Chang “Met” Stella Benson

Nicole Huang

Professor, Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong

10.12.2022 3:30-4:30pm

Changemakers: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Maria Tam

Director, Multiculturalism in Action Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Corn Sim

Assistant Service Supervisor, The Salvation Army

17.12.2022 3-4pm

Minority Voices: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Akhtar Yasmine

Teacher

Khan Mohammad Harris Shah

Hi! Stranger Community Tour Guide

17.12.2022 4-5pm

The Male Gaze: Gender Matters in Parks

Amanda Tang

Co-founder, Park Flâneuse

5.1.2023 1-2pm

Bridal Laments: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Caritas Lung Yeuk Tau
Community Development Project

7.1.2023 2-3pm

Workshops

Schedule

All Weaves in my Heart: Patterned Bands of Hakka and Weitou Women

Caritas Lung Yeuk Tau
Community Development Project

3.12.2022 2-3pm

7.1.2023 4-5pm

All Gender Salon: Dialogues are open to the public and are free of charge.

Admission fee for workshops: $100 per person, $160 Family Pass (1 Adult, 1 Child); register on the Tai Kwun website.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/gender-salon/1105 .

Gender & Space

Curated by Dr Anita Chung, Head of Heritage, Tai Kwun

5.11.2022–15.1.2023

11am–7pm

Block 01 Duplex Studio, Tai Kwun

https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/gender-and-space/1083

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THE OUTDOOR MUSIC SPLENDOR “PRISON YARD FESTIVAL: MUSIC FROM WITHIN” NEWLY ANNOUNCED BY TAI KWUN

3 Nov 2022, Thursday

Bringing out the healing power of music, Tai Kwun immerses audiences in six unique star-studded programmes from indoors to outdoors

Having showcased the unique and intimate atmosphere which can be conjured by the dramatically walled Prison Yard during 2019’s Projekt Berlin, Tai Kwun unveils a new Prison Yard Festival: Music from within, stretching from 30th November to 10th December 2022. For 11 days, Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard will be transformed into a performance space with a magical atmosphere not found anywhere else in the city, a natural home for music to take one on a heartwarming and soul-searching journey. Musicophiles are invited to find solace inside the festival, as the healing power of music liberates us from feelings of isolation, reminding the city of the joy it feels when we are all reunited.

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within brings together like-minded musicians, ensembles of fine instrumentalists, composers, performers, and, of course, audiences to create and share music in the unique and intimate setting of the Prison Yard. 6 broad-ranging performances will be presented. Amongst them, the unmissable highlight is the long-awaited Asian debut of Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński with the fine Italian ensemble il Pomo d’Oro as the Festival’s finale.

True to its title, Music from within begins indoors, in the JC Cube. And true to its location overlooking the Prison Yard, the festival opens with LENK Quartet performing music written “on the inside”. French composer Olivier Messiaen was a prisoner in a German prisoner-of-war camp in Poland in 1940 and composed Quartet for the End of Time for himself and three fine musicians who were among the other POWs in the camp. Through his extraordinary imagination, Messiaen led his ensemble, and his audience, in an escape from the confines of prison, flying above the material world in cosmic freedom. “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”

The monumental Goldberg Variations are heard in a new light when pianist Rachel Cheung and lighting designer Amy Chan collaborate to realise Bach’s great keyboard composition from 1741 through a distinctly 21st-century lens.

Music emerges from within as the outdoor stage of the Prison Yard hosts a series of highly atmospheric evening concerts, including two chamber concerts by some of the finest musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Revered Hong Kong pianist Nancy Loo will perform Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata under the December full moon.

The Prison Yard Festival will close with the unstoppable energy of baroque ensemble il Pomo d’Oro with the stellar Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, making his Asian debut with two nights of dazzling virtuosity from the 17th and 18th centuries. Orliński is known as one of the world’s leading singers, triumphing on stage, in concert, and on recording, with sold-out concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States.

Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard Festival: Music from within will be staged from 30 November to 10 December 2022 at Prison Yard and JC Cube; tickets for the programmes are available at URBTIX and art-mate.net. Please visit Tai Kwun website for the programme details.

LENK’s Quartet for the End of Time30.11.2022          
Performed by: LENK Quartet

Date & Time: 30 November 2022, 7pm
Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun
Ticket: $250

Goldberg illuminations02-03.12.2022

Performed by: Rachel Cheung (piano)

Lighting Designer: Amy Chan

Date & Time: 2 - 3 December 2022, 7pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $250

Solitary reunion05.12.2022

Performed by: Wang Liang (violin), Gui Li (violin), Sun Yu (viola), Richard Bamping (cello), and Avan Yu (piano)

Date & Time: 5 December 2022, 7pm

Venue: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

“Music from within” by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra07.12.2022                

Performed by: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Date & Time: 7 December 2022, 7pm
Venue: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun
Ticket: $300

Beethoven by moonlight08.12.2022

Performed by: Nancy Loo (piano)

Date & Time: 8 December 2022, 7pm

Venue: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

Il Pomo d’Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński (Asian debut) 09–10.12.2022

Performed by: Il Pomo d’Oro, Jakub Józef Orliński (Countertenor) *Asian debut
Date & Time: 9–10 December 2022, 7:30pm
Venue: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun
Ticket: $680

Ticket Discount

  • Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable:
  • 40% off for Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and full-time students. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prison Yard Festival Package Discount

  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 2 different concerts (10% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 3 different concerts (15% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 4 different concerts (20% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 5 different concerts (25% off)
  • These discounts do not include the concerts of "Il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński"

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Please check the Tai Kwun website for the latest anti-pandemic arrangements: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm (closed on Mondays).

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must provide either a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass directive. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Passes. Cleaning frequency is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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Editor’s notes:

Please click here to download hi-res images with captions.

About Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts (Tai Kwun)

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong.  Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

For more information, please contact:

Joyce Kwan

Tel: +852 2501 7905/ 6403 3526

Email: JKwan@golin.com

Kassi Lai

Tel: +852 2501 7902/ 9341 4149

Email: KLai@golin.com

Michelle Yeung

Tel: +852 3559 2672 / 9800 1861

Email: michelle.yeung@taikwun.hk

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TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS MYTH MAKERS—SPECTROSYNTHESIS III (24 Dec 2022 to 10 Apr 2023)

28 Oct 2022, Friday

Hong Kong, 28 October 2022, Friday

Tai Kwun Contemporary is proud to announce Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III, an upcoming exhibition on view from 24 December 2022 to 10 April 2023. As one of the first major exhibitions on LGBTQ+ perspectives in Hong Kong, Myth Makers circles around the core notion of “queer mythologies”. At the same time, the exhibition explores contemporary mythologies and practices of the body by gathering a diverse range of artistic idioms related to LGBTQ+ perspectives from over 50 artists from Asia and its diasporas. Curated by Inti Guerrero and Chantal Wong, and co-presented with Sunpride Foundation, Myth Makers includes over 100 artworks in all Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries, with one third of the works loaned from Sunpride’s collection; the exhibition furthermore includes a publication collaboration with Queer Reads Library. Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III also expands on the “Spectrosynthesis” series from Taipei, Bangkok, and now Hong Kong.

Myth Makers draws inspiration from artists addressing “queer mythologies”, who highlight either same-sex love and desire or gender fluidity as found in ancient belief systems and traditions in Asia. The exhibition also foregrounds the “new traditions” of our times, of spectacle and celebrity, playful and/or transgressive, along with non-normative bodily practices and histories in artworks by contemporary artists. The exhibition unfolds through three distinctive chapters and encompasses more than 100 works, which include new productions, historical works from the 1950s to the 1990s, and artworks on loan from the collection of the Sunpride Foundation. In bringing together such a plethora of artistic perspectives and vocabularies, Myth Makers endeavours to present a multiplicity of conversations, representations, and anti-representations of stories, individuals and communities. While the bulk of the exhibition focuses on living artists, some visionary and transformative figures of the past will also be underscored, including artists who lived in times when present-day LGBTQ+ identifications were not possible.

In parallel with Myth Makers, Tai Kwun will present the new heritage exhibition Gender & Space, a thematically related exhibition that explores gender from an alternative perspective and reveal hidden traces of women (5 November 2022 to 15 January 2023; Duplex Studio, Block 01).

Exhibiting artists include

Bunny Cadag, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Shu Lea Cheang, Christopher Cheung, Isaac Chong Wai, Club Ate (Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra), Roy Dib, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Sadao Hasegawa, Fan Chon Hoo, Hosoe Eikoh, Hou Chun-Ming, Yuen Hsieh, Andrew Thomas Huang, Bones Tan Jones, Siren Eun Young Jung, Bhupen Khakhar, Jiaming Liao, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Zihan Loo, Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Zoe Marden & Sonia Wong Yuk Ying, Josef Ng, Patrick Ng Kah Onn, Alfonso Ossorio, Beatrix Pang, Ellen Pau, Sornchai Phongsa, Khairullah Rahim, Ren Hang, Anne Samat, Josh Serafin, Tejal Shah, Shang Liang, Raqib Shaw, Sin Wai Kin, Sputniko, Ho Tam, Hiram To, Kwong Chi Tseng, Virtue Village, Danh Vō, Wang Shui, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ka Ying Wong, Martin Wong, Wu Jiaru, Xiyadie, Maru Yacco, Yau Ching, Trevor Yeung, Alex Yiu & Kei Ying Wong, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Samson Young, Zheng Bo, Bruno Zhu

About the curator

Inti Guerrero

Independent curator and art historian, Inti Guerrero has curated exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He was the artistic Director of bap - bellas artes projects in the Philippines (2018–2022), the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator at Tate, London (2016–2020), curator of the 38th EVA International, Limerick (2018) and Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose. He has also curated or co-curated the exhibitions: “Institute for Tropical and Galactical Studies” in Yokohama Triennale 2020, Yokohama Museum of Art; “Ming Wong. Your Special Island” at the CCP Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila (2019); “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” (touring at MCAD, Manila, Para Site, Hong Kong, and Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, 2016–2017); “Udlot-Udlot: on Jose Maceda” at Asia Art Archive (2016);  “Afterwork” (touring at Para Site, Hong Kong; and ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur, 2016–2017); “A Journal of the Plague Year” (touring at Para Site, Hong Kong; The Cube, Taipei; Arko Art Center, Seoul; and Kadist Art Foundation and The Lab, San Francisco; 2013–2015). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues and has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions across the world. Recently, he was named co-Artistic Director of the upcoming 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024).

Chantal Wong

Chantal Wong is the co-founder of three charities in Hong Kong: Things That Can Happen, an art space set up to connect art to the socio-political context of the city; Learning Together, empowering refugee and asylum seeker youth to take on leadership through access to education, scholarships, and leadership training; and Women’s Festival, a platform promoting gender awareness and equality through public discourse. She is a Ford Global Fellow, a global community working to combat inequality brought together by the Ford Foundation.

From 2017 to 2021 she was the founding director of culture at Eaton in Hong Kong, a purpose-driven hospitality brand where she led a culture and programming team to transform the property into a champion for creativity, artistic experimentation and safe-space for intersectional communities, in particular those who have been historically marginalised, and activists. Prior to this she worked with Asia Art Archive, a research centre and archive of modern and contemporary art from Asia as head of strategy helping to build up an invaluable resource for the (re)writing of histories with post-colonial perspectives from the region.

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Please check the Tai Kwun website for the latest anti-pandemic arrangements: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm (closed on Mondays).

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must provide either a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass directive. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Passes. Cleaning frequency is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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TAI KWUN’S INNERGLOW TRANSFORMS PARADE GROUND WITH 3-D ARCHITECHTURAL PROJECTIONS, ILLUMINATING EVENING SKIES ALONG WITH THE HEARTS OF HONG KONGERS

9 Sep 2022, Friday

Welcoming the mid-autumn season, Tai Kwun offers a dreamlike experience blending its rich history and radiant future through the multi-media innovations of lightshow InnerGlow

Tai Kwun is very proud to announce the premiere season of InnerGlow – the first of what will be an annual season of breath-taking animated digital projections onto several of Tai Kwun’s historic facades, with core funding provided  by The Hong Kong Jockey Club through its Charities Trust as one of Tai Kwun’s arts and heritage programmes, and CLP Holdings Limited as the Principal Sponsor of this year’s programme. A complex array of powerful projection equipment has been installed in precise locations across the Parade Ground to support cutting-edge 3D projection technology which will transform Tai Kwun’s grand 19th Century buildings into living, breathing characters with a wealth of stories to tell, underscored by a nostalgic soundtrack.

In this first season of InnerGlow, the Parade Ground becomes a 3D wonderland of animated projections as our grand old Barrack Block takes on human form - a world-weary dowager whose drowsy slumber and unreliable memories evoke nostalgia, pride, drama, excitement and rebirth in a series of reminiscences which dreamily blur fact and fiction. Through the haze emerge scenes which contain fleeting glimpses of the building’s history, but veer off-course as they mix and meld with dreams and other memories – a car chase in hot pursuit of a crime boss; high tea in Madame Fù’s salon during the height of art deco chic in the 1930s; the feint pencil lines of an architect’s ambitious plans sketched half a world away; an air-raid which scarred the whole city; turbaned police officers on parade; a devastating typhoon. Storm-damaged and battle-weary, this grand old dame is not ready for her close-up, Mr de Mille. She’s ready for a major makeover.

An action-packed 12 minutes encompassing 160 years of memories, InnerGlow will be shown five times each night from 10 September, on the half-hour commencing at 7pm. In addition a special light installation has been created for the Pottinger Ramp which, for the two week season of InnerGlow becomes the Pottinger River flowing fancifully into Hollywood Road.

Tai Kwun is honoured to be collaborating with The Electric Canvas as creative and technical partner for InnerGlow. The Electric Canvas has been responsible for many of the most awe-inspiring architectural projection mapping shows which have illuminated Sydney winters in the last 12 years, as part of the festival of light, music and ideas - Vivid Sydney. Not only has The Electric Canvas created a unique and brand new show exclusively for Tai Kwun, they have invited a number of Hong Kong artists, illustrators and animators to contribute to this first version of InnerGlow and will expand the circle of Hong Kong involvement in 2023 and 2024 by inviting young professionals and emerging artists in relevant fields to take up more and more of the creative and technical roles, under The Electric Canvas’s guidance and mentorship, thereby investing deeply in capacity building in Hong Kong to sustain future creative projects. The participation of The Electric Canvas in InnerGlow has been made possible with the financial support of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations – an Australian Government initiative.

Timothy Calnin, Director of Tai Kwun Arts, says, “Tai Kwun is immensely grateful for the combined support of our founder and funder, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Principal Sponsor, CLP Holdings Limited and the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations which together have enabled us to collaborate with our creative and technical partner The Electric Canvas on such a grand scale. Not only is The Electric Canvas creating this first InnerGlow exclusively for Tai Kwun, but they are also generously sharing their knowhow, expertise, creativity and vast experience with a core group of young Hong Kong professionals in order to build up Hong Kong’s capability in this exciting field and to take on increasing roles in InnerGlow in future years. We are thrilled to be offering the people of Hong Kong an eye-opening new experience right here in the heart of Central and look forward to building on the inventiveness and creativity year-on-year when InnerGlow returns in 2023 and beyond, sparking curiosity and anticipation as each new show is unveiled.”

Peter Milne, Managing Director and Technical Director of The Electric Canvas, remarks, “The Electric Canvas is delighted to be back in Hong Kong and to be given the opportunity to assist the creative and technical teams at Tai Kwun in the creation of a bespoke projection mapping installation for the inaugural InnerGlow event.  The opportunity to work with local skills and talent will provide valuable sharing of knowledge and experience to assist Tai Kwun to expand the InnerGlow festival from year to year.”

Mr William Mocatta, Vice Chairman of CLP Holdings Limited, says, “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting programme which brings together world-class visual arts, local heritage and technology at this conserved and revitalised hub. CLP and Tai Kwun have much in common – both being staunch supporters of arts development, appreciation of history and innovation. Most importantly, we both have a long heritage that mirrors the colourful development of Hong Kong. That’s why CLP is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of InnerGlow, a project that combines international expertise and local creativity to tell the good story of Hong Kong. I hope it will be a source of positivity and energy for the community during the Mid-autumn Festival.”

Creative Partner

The Electric Canvas

Managing Director and Technical Director: Peter Milne

Art Director: Richard De Souza

The participation of The Electric Canvas is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations – an Australian Government initiative.

Participating Artists

Kongkee @ Penguin Lab

Cheng Suet Gei

Au-Yeung Chun Hay & Tse Ka Yee

Step C. & Yeung Yi Ching

Dubbing Mixer, Music and SFX Editor

Roy Cheung

Tai Kwun Team

Senior Curator: Ying Kwok

Production Manager: Juk Cheung

Technical and Production: Mike Ho, Joel Ma, Stephanie Tang, Irene Cheung, Shandy Leung, Dang Hung, Hang Cheung, Terrence Choi, Bobby Lai, Myra Cheung, Neal Lee

Project Management: Louise Lo, Kathy Fung

Technical Support: Serious Staging

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Date:               10 – 25.9.2022 (except for 19.9.2022)

Time:               7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm (duration: 12 minutes)

Venue:            Parade Ground

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Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high-contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

About Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

About The Electric Canvas

The Electric Canvas is the Southern Hemisphere’s only dedicated building projection specialist. Established in 1997, we’ve delivered hundreds of projects at home and abroad presenting architectural mapping, field of play and large-scale immersive projections.

Throughout the past two decades we’ve built unrivalled experience and have continually expanded our resources and skills, earning us an enviable reputation as a trusted collaborator and production partner. Our ability to provide innovative solutions to challenging briefs is well known.

We also offer invaluable advice and expert consultancy on permanent and/or mixed technology installations.

About The CLP Group

The CLP Group is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific with investments across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia, India, Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Hong Kong-listed CLP Holdings Limited is the holding company for the CLP Group, which has a diversified portfolio of generating assets that uses a wide range of fuels including coal, gas, nuclear and renewable sources.

Through CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, the Group operates a vertically integrated electricity supply business that provides a highly reliable supply of electricity to 80% of Hong Kong’s population. In Mainland China, the CLP Group is the largest external investor in the energy sector on the Mainland with a focus on low-carbon energy. In Australia, the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary EnergyAustralia is a leading integrated energy company, providing gas and electricity to about 2.45 million households and businesses. Apraava Energy (formerly known as CLP India) is one of India’s biggest renewable energy producers with operations in power generation and transmission.

CLP Holdings is included in the Global Dow – a 150-stock index of the world’s leading blue-chip companies, the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific), the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific 40 Index (DJSI Asia Pacific 40), the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series and the FTSE4Good Index series.

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THE MOOD FOR SENSATION—TAI KWUN 2022 AUTUMN SEASON

6 Sep 2022, Tuesday

Tai Kwun itself is set to shine in September with the unveiling of a whole new open-air experience every evening starting from the Mid-Autumn Festival. InnerGlow converts the Parade Ground into a 3D wonderland of animated projections as our grand old Barrack Block takes on human form-a world-weary dowager whose drowsy slumber and unreliable memories evoke nostalgia, pride, drama, excitement and rebirth in a series of reminiscences which dreamily blur fact and fiction. InnerGlow is the whimsical dessert of a 3-course evening in Tai Kwun which starts with a relaxed happy hour of jazz or world music (Chilled Steps) followed by full immersion into the vivid imagination of Pipilotti Rist (Behind Your Eyelid) and concluding after sundown in the Parade Ground, ideally with a drink and a snack. In November, Tai Kwun traces the stories of invisible women in Gender & Space giving voice to the silent generations of women in the private and public spaces of old Hong Kong. The comfort, solace and healing power of music is the theme of the Prison Yard Festival when the historic granite walls resonate with Music from within.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club not only conserved and revitalised Tai Kwun, but also through its Charities Trust provides the core funding for Tai Kwun’s arts and heritage programmes.

InnerGlow

This autumn, a new signature event designed for the whole family will light up the Parade Ground every evening during a 3-week season. InnerGlow uses the latest digital and 3D mapping technology to project breathtaking animations and images onto the facades of our historic buildings on a massive scale. In this show, specially created for us by The Electric Canvas in collaboration with Hong Kong artists, our beloved 160-year-old Barrack Block assumes almost human form-a grand old dame, looking back over a long and eventful life, the boundaries between memories and dreams, facts and fiction blurred by coloured clouds and a nostalgic soundtrack. This action-packed 12-minute fantasy will be shown 5 times each evening, on the half hour starting at 7pm.

Showtime: 7pm; 7:30pm; 8pm; 8:30pm; 9pm

(10–25 September; free admission; Parade Ground)

Principal Sponsor: CLP Holdings Limited

Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist

Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist has opened and will run until 27 November 2022, taking over all Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries and beyond. Rist’s signature moving image installations—highly immersive, deeply sensual, and remarkably insightful—wrap visitors with a virtual hug of sounds, colours, and moving images. Visitors can walk and sprawl within her mesmerising installations, which prompt meditative introspection along with joy and exhilaration, opening up explorations of the body and the image, of exterior environments and interior mindscapes. This high-profile exhibition offers major works from Pipilotti Rist’s oeuvre along with newly commissioned site-specific works for Tai Kwun, in the galleries, on the Prison Yard and elsewhere in Tai Kwun.  (3 August-27 November; tickets on sale now; JC Contemporary and Tai Kwun site-wide)

Lead Sponsor: Indosuez Wealth Management

Chilled Steps

Music has consoled our hearts during times of isolation. Now, with the chance to return, there is nothing more powerful than sharing melodies together in the same space. Returning to Tai Kwun Laundry Steps upon popular demand, Chilled Steps will once again turn the heritage space into a jamming stage where some of the best musicians in town come together to connect with audiences in a relaxed setting.

Chilled Steps was first held in March 2021 as one of the first live performances after months of venue closure. The month-long concert series became a popular chill-out spot for music lovers in town. With the Laundry Steps revamped with stylish and friendly seating, the series will return in September and November to present weeks of free evening concerts.

The series will feature jazz, world, classical, and pop musicians to give radically new genres of music each day, returning as the finest spot to relax after a long day. Curated by jazz bassist and veteran Justin Siu and the highly sought-after jazz pianist Joyce Cheung, music lovers are promised a wonderful evening filled with musical delights. (7-24 September and 1-13 November; free admission; Laundry Steps)

Remarks: The performance line-up and schedule are subject to change. Please stay tuned to Tai Kwun website for the latest information.

Prison Yard Festival: music from within

After showcasing the distinctive and intimate ambience that the dramatically walled Prison Yard can evoke during Projekt Berlin in 2019, Tai Kwun will introduce a new Prison Yard Festival in November to December 2022. The Prison Yard will be transformed into a striking outdoor concert venue for two weeks to explore how music can provide optimism, healing and comfort through challenging times. The festival’s theme of “music from within” evokes the allure of live music within the high-walled enclosure of the Prison Yard and the deep sincerity of musical communication, which has nourished musicians worldwide despite isolation, quarantine, lockdowns and vast distances. (30 November–11 December; Prison Yard & JC Cube)

Details of the Prison Yard Festival: music from within will be announced in October. Stay tuned!

Gender & Space

Gender & Space adopts a gender lens to re-visit Tai Kwun’s history over its first hundred years from 1841 to 1941. Revealing hidden traces of invisible women and gendered space in a historic place of power and masculinity, a man’s world designed by and for men, the alternative stories we tell fill a gap in its history.

Outside of Tai Kwun, what were women’s experiences in the private and public spaces of old Hong Kong? How did spatial-gender segregation overlap with class and racial/ethnic divide to reinforce status distinction? This exhibition further explores different women’s identities and roles in a patriarchal society that combines the old and the new with rapid economic development. It offers a diverse picture of gender and power relations in the construction of gendered space. (5 November–15 January; free admission; Block 01 Duplex Studio)

Details of Gender & Space will be announced in November. Stay tuned!

Breathing with Trees

Throughout all the world’s cultures, trees have always had an intimate connection with us physically, biologically, and emotionally. Apart from providing us with food, shelter, and clean air, trees are silent witnesses to our transient existence, as they remain rooted in one place throughout their lives. However, trees are as mortal as human beings. They constantly face existential threats arising from the damages inflicted on the environment by mankind’s insatiable appetite for consumption and thoughtless expansion.

This exhibition acknowledges the vital role that trees play in our daily lives and explores some of the most advanced ways of protecting, preserving, and nurturing them to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits that trees bring to us. (8 July–12 September; free admission; Block 01 Duplex Studio)

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must provide either a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass directive. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Passes. Cleaning frequency is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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CELEBRATING 10 MILLION HEARTBEATS

2 Sep 2022, Friday

Tai Kwun celebrates 10 million visitors. Brimming with excitement, the compound rejoices in the vibrant outdoor space that fosters inspiration in service of our communities

Tai Kwun is pleased to announce that it has welcomed more than 10 million visitors since its opening in 2018. Since then, Tai Kwun has hosted spectacular and insightful exhibitions, programmes and performances, bringing a sense of wonder and delight to Hong Kong and international audiences, by introducing accessible heritage, art and cultural experiences into the daily lives of Hong Kong people. At Tai Kwun, each visit evokes a transformative moment, with new wonders and extraordinary memories to be made.

Celebrating this milestone with visitors, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said, “we are delighted to have welcomed over 10 million visitors to Tai Kwun, one of Hong Kong’s most significant heritage conservation and revitalisation projects, founded and funded by HKJC. We strive to make every aspect of the Tai Kwun experience as welcoming and meaningful as possible, enriching lives through art, culture and heritage and enabling a culturally vibrant Hong Kong. We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the unique Tai Kwun experience in the heart of Hong Kong for many years to come.”

Transformative experiences in the heart of Central

Since its opening, Tai Kwun has delighted visitors with over 2,800 public programmes, spanning from exhibitions to performances, talks and workshops. Various members of the local and international community have been moved by both the centre’s large and small-scale programmes. Be it families, children, couples, individuals, or art lovers, everyone who has stepped foot in Tai Kwun has been enchanted by its transforming experiences and unique activations.

Guiltless gifts to give away

As a token of appreciation, a limited edition postcard in collaboration with Ciaolink will be given away on 3 September to Tai Kwun visitors. This hot stamped postcard features one of the compound’s most recognisable historic buildings—Block 01 Police Headquarters Block. Limited stock only, while supplies last.

Date

3 September 2022

Distribution Details

Free distribution to visitors at:

  • Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist Exhibition
  • Breathing with Trees Exhibition
  • Tai Kwun Guided Tour
  • Tai Kwun Visitor Centre

A summer of soirees

Now, in the midst of summer, Tai Kwun is brimming with excitement as the compound rolls out diverse opportunities for everyone to delight their senses. Visitors of all ages are invited to spend the remaining weeks of their summers at Tai Kwun, revelling in the season's vibrancy as Tai Kwun offers engaging and immersive programmes.

Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist

A major new exhibition by the internationally renowned Swiss media artist Pipilotti Rist has landed in Hong Kong for Summer 2022. Rist’s signature moving image installations—highly immersive, deeply sensual, and remarkably insightful—wrap visitors with a virtual hug of sounds, colours, and moving images.

Date & Time

3 August – 27 November 2022

Tuesday – Thursday   10 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday   11 am – 9 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

(Closed on Mondays)

Location

JC Contemporary and Tai Kwun site-wide

Price

On-site: HK$95 (Adult) | HK$75 (Concession)

Online: HK$88 (Adult) | HK$65 (Concession)

Book Now

http://www.taikwun.hk/pipilotti

InnerGlow
This autumn, a new signature event designed for the whole family will light up the Parade Ground every evening during a 3-week season beginning this Mid-autumn Festival and to late September. InnerGlow uses the latest digital and 3D mapping technology to project breathtaking animations and images onto the facades of our historic buildings on a massive scale.

Date

10 – 25 September 2022

Time

Nightly 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm

Venue

Parade Ground

Charge

Free admission

Over 4 years into our opening, Tai Kwun remains a place where curiosity is stimulated, creativity is always inspired, and talent is empowered by delivering authentic cultural and heritage experiences. The summer season inside the centre is pulsating with joy, as visitors are invited to feel their heartbeat like never before and relish in divine moments of artistry. Tai Kwun remains committed to excellence, as it aspires to present innovative, insightful, and delightful activities that will promote the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history.

With over 10 million breathtaking moments already recorded in Tai Kwun history, the historic grounds can't wait to stay on the pulse of Hong Kong for many years to come.

Visitor information

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits with the newly launched Visitor Planner via https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visitor_planner prior to visiting.

Programme details are subject to change; please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates. 

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Tai Kwun Contemporary launches Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist (3 Aug to 27 Nov 2022)

2 Aug 2022, Tuesday

Tai Kwun Contemporary today opens the large-scale exhibition Behind Your Eyelid­—Pipilotti Rist, offering visitors a deep dive into the fantastical and humorous world of the internationally renowned media artist Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962, Switzerland). Immersive, sensual, and insightful, the works of Rist embrace viewers with colours, sounds, and moving images. As visitors walk around and lie down in her mesmerising installations of “organised light”, they will take pleasure in how she makes the familiar unfamiliar while pointing out beauty in unexpected places. The exhibition will run from 3 August to 27 November 2022.

As Rist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Behind Your Eyelid­—Pipilotti Rist comprises more than 45 of her iconic works from the past thirty years—including early single-channel videos with their tongue-in-cheek humour, large-scale moving-image installations brimming with colour and music, sculptural works that merge video and everyday objects—this exhibition goes far beyond a survey of the artist’s oeuvre. Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist offers new site-specific works that will pass through the glass windows of JC Contemporary and caress the historic Tai Kwun site with gentle colours, creating a large, immersive video sculpture on the Prison Yard, animating the D Hall prison cells, and projecting a giant mural on the Parade Ground. Pipilotti Rist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong will allow visitors to experience the artist’s signature “virtual hug” of sounds, colours, and moving images that has so charmed audiences of all ages around the world, from New York (New Museum; Museum of Modern Art) to Kyoto (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto), Los Angeles (Museum of Contemporary Art) to Sydney (Museum of Contemporary Art).

Rist’s oeuvre has long explored the possibilities of video in offering alternative visions of reality and utopia, of humans in nature, and of the relationship between the body (especially the female body) and the digital. Her works allow us to see in different ways—sweeping views, close-ups, even inside the body—while giving us a better understanding of how the aesthetics of the camera work with our whole physical being. Drawn to connections between the exterior and the interior, the artist is particularly fascinated by the intermediaries and interfaces that link the two: the camera lens, skin, and membranes of the eye. While such interfaces certainly offer indexicality for the recorded or registered image, they also blur, contort, and reshape it, which in turn opens up a creative space of speculation, reverie, and play. It is this liminal, ambivalent state that has inspired the title of the exhibition, “Behind Your Eyelid”, and which invites viewers to dive into the realm of moving images for new ways of experiencing the world. In doing so, viewers will be able to glimpse new visions with regards to personal expression, the politics of the body, and the vibrant colours of life and nature. At once comforting and humorous, yet served up with an edge, Rist’s mesmerising installations prompt joy and meditative introspection, experiences that are best when shared.

“We are privileged, after the very successful summer exhibition with Takashi Murakami, to showcase another spectacular large-scale exhibition by such an iconic artist at Tai Kwun Contemporary, not only presenting some of Pipilotti Rist’s history-making installations but also many new productions,” said Tobias Berger, curator of Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist.

“An exhibition of the scale, complexity, and vision of Behind Your Eyelid is a major commitment for any contemporary art institution and has been in preparation for more than three years,” added Timothy Calnin, Director of Tai Kwun Arts. “As with all of Tai Kwun’s programming in arts and heritage, this signature event would not have been possible without the unwavering support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, who provides the core funding of the exhibition, for which we are immensely grateful. We are also very pleased to welcome our newest corporate patron Indosuez Wealth Management, whose support as Lead Sponsor of Behind Your Eyelid enhances our ability to realise the full scope and ambition of this intriguing, joyous, and uplifting summer show.”

Signature Artworks

幻彩巨膜 (Big Skin)

Newly created for this exhibition, Big Skin presents a sensorial environment that draws real footage and 3-D animation and fragments them in real space. “You walk through or under the work, and see some bits and pieces of skin hoisted up in the air and then dissolving,” the artist explains. Of particular note is the special new material of these semi-translucent “skins”: sanded on one side, the material catches video projections in mid-air, in shapes that break beyond the horizontal and the vertical—creating an experience of images “floating” in space.

水虎彩膏 (Water Tiger Colour Balm)

This new site-specific work on Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard presents circular projections from dusk to late in the evening. Given the historic context, one might imagine a certain surveillance of the yard. However, for the artist, the work really constitutes an “electronic bonfire”, caressing visitors and passers-by; by interrupting one’s evening routine and offering a different way of seeing and looking, visitors will be prompted to pause and contemplate their surroundings in a new way. For the artist, the slowly moving lights will take us out of our bubbles and bring us together—and in a way, transforming the Prison Yard into a glade in the city.

像素森林 香港中環奧卑利街大館3樓 (Pixel Forest 3rd Floor Tai Kwun Old Bailey Road Central HK)

A “Pixel Forest” of 3000 hand-sculpted LED lights suspended from the ceiling welcomes visitors to the exhibition. Wandering through the installation, viewers might imagine being inside an exploding screen of pixels, or submerged in a marine forest among bubbles of light trapped in sea grass. Examined closely, each light is revealed to be handmade and distinct, like corals or crystals—or “frozen labias,” smiles Pipilotti Rist, making a serious point about female visual representation. At a slight distance, the larger moving picture appears: colourful waves and patterns flicker and shift in precise sequences, as though the viewer is on a magical journey inside a video.

Sip My Ocean

Sip My Ocean invites immersion in a watery world, this time a dreamy, underwater wonderland ruled by primal forces. There is the push and pull of waves in the Red Sea, saturated with colours and sunlight, as toy objects and bodies float and fall. There are occasional glimpses of a man, but there is mainly the artist in a bikini.

Shimmering with joy, Sip My Ocean reflects the artist’s state of mind while shooting the video: “I found the corals so full of humour that I burst out laughing. I was bursting with ideas—about evolution, about everything.” Yet is there trouble in paradise? First singing and then screaming Chris Isaak’s seductive ballad “Wicked Game” (No, I don't wanna fall in love…), the artist could be alluding to loss and heartbreak—and perhaps even to the bleached corals she found upon her return years later: This world is only gonna break your heart…In this sense, her screaming might even be re-imagined as a call to action in fighting for sustainability.

Ever Is Over All

Brimming with a carefree sense of anarchy, Ever Is Over All shows a woman striding down the pavement in red shoes, holding a large flower in her hand. She sashays merrily along—then nonchalantly takes a sudden swing with the flower, smashing the window of a parked car. She strides on, and shatters the window of the next car, and the next. At one point a policewoman who smiles and nods passes her. For the artist, a magical, utopian dimension opens up, where rules are inverted and flowers mightier than cars, where it becomes possible to glimpse the “criminal power of beauty”. As with Sip My Ocean, the influence of both video art and music videos is clear. But as the artist observes, “Music videos are made to sell records, whereas I’m freed from doing that.” Considering her power to unleash the aesthetic promise of music videos, it is perhaps no surprise that this work possibly later inspired Beyoncé’s mischievous rampage in her 2016 music video “Hold Up”.

靈魂之光 (Soul Lights)

The moment you arrive at 2/F floor of the gallery, you notice the natural light, filtered by the tinted windows of the entire glass façade. The atmosphere is joyous, certainly, but pay attention to the subtle effects: Your sense of space has likely changed. Colours have taken on a different, possibly disorientating tone. As the light shifts from early morning to afternoon to evening, you will sense the mood shifting, too. The artist notes: “Colour is underestimated, colour is borderless, it’s dangerous, it’s emotional, like music.” As something both sensed and measurable, the colours we perceive balance meaning and chaos. Be sure to look for one of Pipilotti Rist’s major works, Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless In The Bath Of Lava), inserted into the floor.

The Apartment

Taking up the entire room, The Apartment recreates a shared living space where moving images dance with objects—putting the “living” back into the “living room,” the artist quips. Like Das Zimmer, the spaces in art institutions are envisioned as shared spaces. Visitors can take a seat at the dining table, lie on the bed, or immerse themselves in the videos. The assortment of items has been plucked from different places, periods of time, and social backgrounds: “It’s like a collective apartment, it’s a global mix,” says the artist, “with the same criteria I have in my work: having some love for any object.” For this exhibition in Hong Kong, she has added a scholar’s rock to the mix: “The stone has to have some intrinsic quality, it has to be a beautiful piece in itself,” she says. “I have learnt that it becomes a helper in contemplation and focus, seeing and imagining a world in miniature, a landscape in miniature.”

Sleeping Pollen

Much of Pipilotti Rist’s artistic practice experiments with breaking video out of the frame into a physical space, and Sleeping Pollen continues this, with a twist. The mirrored spheres with the projected images of herbs and flora invite you to join in the work, conjuring the orbs as “dreams spinning slowly in the air”. With the work situated in the historic prison cells of D Hall in Tai Kwun, the artist imagines the isolated prisoners and loneliness they may face.

Gnadenschaf & Clever Yuji (Sheep of Mercy & Smart Yuji)

Expanding on Tai Kwun’s seasonal wall art project 55 Squared, the Swiss media artist Pipilotti Rist presents two evocative works on the Parade Ground. On the left is a still called Sheep of Mercy, fantastically depicting a flock of sheep superimposed onto the middle of the stamen of a tulip blossom. In the artist’s culture, “sheep” contains a complex set of symbolic connotations: “innocence”, “sacrifice”, as well as “blind obedience”.

Extending from the tulip to the right side is the photographic work Clever Yuji, which portrays the endless creativity and poetry innate in children. The child is calling his mother who in turn captures his escape inside the tulip—to a wondrous world of possibilities in the subconscious and imagination.

Over the course of the exhibition, Tai Kwun Contemporary will also host a wide range of public programming and educational events. These include Tai Kwun Conversations with Pipilotti Rist (in person at Tai Kwun); a Pipilotti Rist’s Choice evening, featuring the artist’s favourite films/videos; pixel mapping and lighting workshops; Teacher’s Morning and Teacher’s Workshop; curator’s tours and other guided public tours. Of particular interest to families with children will be the Kids’ Opening and the Family Day events held throughout the run of the exhibition, while Pipilotti Rist After Hours will offer an exclusive learning experience involving special guest interpreters.  The Artists’ Book Library’s curated display—with books by Pipilotti Rist as well as selections from the artist’s own collection—also allows visitors to consider how Rist’s irreverent, playful, and performative sensibility also resonates as art in print. (See appendix)

A special kiosk will also open in the JC Contemporary gallery reception area, where visitors can enjoy artist editions and merchandise. In addition to items such as masks, posters, and prints, Pipilotti Rist will also offer exhibition-related merchandise in the form of capsule toys, which will include pins, badges, sticky tape, glass cleaning cloths, and more!

Tickets to the exhibition is available on Klook (https://www.klook.com/activity/74469). HK$88 for general tickets and HK$65 for concession tickets (Full-time students with ID, people with disabilities, and senior citizens over the age of 60).

Tickets will also be available at the JC Contemporary reception: HK$95 (general) and HK$75 (concession).

Family tickets are also available: HK$280 for 2 adult tickets and 2 concession tickets.

For more details about the exhibition, various activities, and ticketing information, visit: www.taikwun.hk/pipilotti

Lead Sponsor: Indosuez Wealth Management

Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist

Curator: Tobias Berger

3 August – 27 November 2022

Tuesday – Thursday   10 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday   11 am – 9 pm

Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

(Closed on Mondays)         

On site: HK$95 (Adults) | HK$75 (Concession)

Online: HK$88 (Adults) | HK$65 (Concession)

About Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist, a pioneer of spatial video art, was born in 1962 in Grabs, Switzerland, located in the Rhine Valley on the Austrian border, and has been a central figure within the international art scene since the mid-1980s. From her earliest video works to more recent large-scale moving-image installations, Pipilotti Rist’s highly immersive, deeply sensual, and remarkably insightful works wrap visitors in a virtual hug of sounds, colours, and moving images. Her mesmerising installations prompt meditative introspection along with joy and exhilaration, opening up explorations of the body and the image, of exterior environments and interior mindscapes.

Since 1984, Rist has displayed her work in an extensive array of solo and group exhibitions. Major solo exhibitions include Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor at The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2021 – 2022); Your Eye Is My Island at MoMAK, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and ART TOWER MITO (2021); Åbn min Lysning. Open my Glade at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2019); Sip My Ocean at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017 – 2018); Pixel Forest at New Museum, New York (2016 – 2017); and Your Saliva is My Diving Suit of the Ocean of Pain at Kunsthaus Zürich (2016). Rist has also participated in numerous biennales, including the Venice Biennale (1997, 1999, 2011), Biennale of Sydney (2000, 2008, 2014), and the Istanbul Biennale (1997, 2000, 2007).

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Luminous Pictures: Tai Kwun Presents Moonlight Cinema

25 Jul 2022, Monday

Luminous Pictures: Tai Kwun Presents Moonlight Cinema

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie-watching experience in the serene moonlight with a series of beloved Hong Kong movies, short films and animations at Parade Ground

This summer, Tai Kwun is thrilled to announce Moonlight Cinema, a series of screenings of beloved Hong Kong movies, short films and animations from 28 July to 7 August 2022 at Parade Ground. Tuning out the hustle and bustle of the city, the audience will put on silent- disco headphones and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie-watching experience in the serene moonlight.

To Hong Kong, cinema is the crown’s most distinct jewel – after the post-war boom of Cantonese films, the internationally acclaimed martial arts and action movies of Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest, and the golden age of Hong Kong productions in the 1980s and 1990s, Hong Kong cinema, has been painstakingly crafted and refined. Over the decades, the industry has accumulated countless brilliant works that we know will stand the test of time. Moonlight Cinema selects 10 Hong Kong films spanning from the 1960s to the post-millennium era, showcasing creativity and our cityscape as it fuses together east-meets-west culture and even gives a glimpse of Hong Kong culture abroad. Each feature film will be preceded by a short film screening made by a young Hong Kong filmmaker – allowing the audience to capture the present while reminiscing about the past.

Performances take place nightly from 28 July to 7 August. Tickets are available now at        art-mate.net for $150. There is also a concessionary ticket price of $50* for selected screenings and family package price of $200# for A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation.

Highlighted of Moonlight Cinema

Premiere of Hong Kong New Wave Cinema Ah Ying (restored version) 

Integrating the real life of the leading actress Hui So-ying and her relationship with her late teacher into a fictional drama, Hong Kong New Wave director Allen Fong’s Ah Ying (1983) has brought Hong Kong cinema to a new height in the questioning of fictional and reality, in the creation and exploration of form, and in the ultimate pursuit of presenting a certain truth. It also recorded the unique art scene and the city in the early 1980s – the hybrid and diverse atmosphere full of vitality and possibility is one of the most distinctive elements of the film.

The restored version is first brought to screen in Hong Kong, at Parade Ground, Tai Kwun.

Women Director Focus: Sharp and Tender in Filmmaking

Woman director Tang Shu-shuen tells a female story of the past with a conscious and critical perspective to present the repressed and intricate emotions of Chinese women in The Arch (1968). Boldly applied the Western New Wave cinema techniques of the time to a conventional Chinese story, the film is a trailblazer in Hong Kong cinema showing the director's unparalleled avant-garde and independent attitude.

Ann Hui’s Summer Snow (1995) depicts the last days of an elderly man struggling with dementia, taking on realism in its characters, as it showcases ordinary people with rich personalities – a representative work of humanistic cinema in Hong Kong. With a tender touch, it tells an ethical story full of humanistic concern.

More Than Kung-Fu: Reshaping Martial Arts in Hong Kong Cinema

The righteous image of Wong Fei-hung has been rooted in Hong Kong culture for years since the first film about the martial arts master in 1949. Martial Club (1981), another film about Master Wong directed by Lau Kar-leung, is one of the pioneering works depicting the hero at a younger age, much earlier than Tsui Hark and Jet Li's phenomenal movie series. Emphasising the spiritual aspects which are essential in kung fu, Martial Club is a masterpiece reflecting the martial arts perspective of master Lau Kar-leung.

The Legend of Zu (2001) is a film that employed special effects with great ambition. Echoing Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain – another ground-breaking classic by Tsui Hark 18 years ago, the film not only explores the new possibilities of special effects at the time but also brings a touch of cyberpunk to this oriental martial-arts fantasy: the "spiritual resurrection" similar to implanting consciousness into a cyborg, the laser-like Thunder Sword, the freewheeling iron wing weapon of Red, etc.

Passionate yet Restrained: Lonely Lovers of the City 

Spanning over the course of many years, Comrades: Almost a Love Story (2000) centres on two migrants to Hong Kong from the Mainland, as they struggle to make a living. Teresa Teng’s OST presents an air of uncertainty before the 1997 handover of Hong Kong, capturing the enchanting once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere of the city.

Taking a more forbidden approach is In the Mood for Love (1996), which only furthered director Wong Kar-wai's nostalgia for 1960’s Hong Kong. The film captures complex attitudes towards memories and loss – featuring corridors, stairs and small rooms where the protagonists linger. A cinematic achievement that offers the most delicate and subtle side of Hong Kong.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has donated up to HK$630 million to the HKSAR Government to organise some 60 programmes spanning five key areas of arts and culture, sports, caring for the community, green living and international conferences. Being one of the largest arts and heritage projects ever undertaken by the Club, Tai Kwun also hopes to embrace the distinctive Hong Kong creativity, individuals and outstanding achievement as we mark the HKSAR’s 25th anniversary through a series of programmes.  The Moonlight Cinema is among one of them.

Screening Timetable

Date

Feature Film

Short Film

28.07.2022 (Thu) *

Ah Ying (Restored Version)    

32+4

29.07.2022 (Fri)

In The Mood For Love

 Endless Chain of Lies 

30.07.2022 (Sat)

A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora’s Box and Part II: Cinderella

Another World

31.07.2022 (Sun)

The Legend of Zu

Another World        

02.08.2022 (Tue) *

Throw Down

Fencing

03.08.2022 (Wed) *

The Arch

The 1960s For Me

04.08.2022 (Thu) *

Martial Club

Blade of Enforcer

05.08.2022 (Fri)

Summer Snow

A Floating Hope

06.08.2022 (Sat) #

A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation

How she lives her life

07.08.2022 (Sun)

Comrades: Almost a Love Story

Lovers In The Wave

Please click here to download hi-res images with captions.


Date: 28.07.2022 – 07.08.2022

Time: 8pm (except screening on 30.7.2022 with opening time at 7:30pm)

Venue: Parade Ground

Ticket Price:

  • $150 (including a movie ticket, a LockCha Tea House or PAZTA voucher for a selected drink, and a $50 Tai Kwun shopping cash voucher)
  • * $50 (Including a movie ticket, applicable to full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders; the discounts are subject to limited quotas)
  • # Family Package Price: $200 (including TWO adult movie tickets and ONE student ticket, applicable to full-time students; limited quota)

For terms and conditions, please visit the Tai Kwun website: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/moonlight-cinema/1013


Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high-contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

About Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

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TAI KWUN SUMMER EXHIBITION BREATHING WITH TREES

7 Jul 2022, Thursday

Synonymous with life itself, trees are best known for their ability to provide us with food, shelter, and clean air. Baring silent witness to human life’s transient existence, they remain rooted in one place throughout their lives. But as with many beings that sustain us and give nurture, trees have been taken for granted, despite their intimate connections with humans. This season trees have arrived at Tai Kwun as part of the Department of Heritage – hosting a majestic exhibition – Breathing with Trees.

Seeking to explore the interdependent relationship between trees and people, Breathing with Trees exposes human beings’ responsibility for destruction while also showcasing the success of our endeavours, whether individual or collective, to save, protect and preserve the living heritage of trees.

Breathing with Trees dares to put on display the rising existential threats of trees from humankind’s insatiable appetite for consumption and thoughtless expansion, exploring the clear dangers for the future of trees, such as pollution, deforestation, logging, urban expansion, and climate change. The exhibition acknowledges the vital role that trees play in our daily lives, offering innovative ways of protecting, preserving, and nurturing them to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits that trees bring to us.

As Tai Kwun stands at the crossroads of heritage and contemporary art, Breathing with Trees extends this intersection through the works of several contemporary artists which are planted throughout this exhibition with artefacts and documentary displays, setting up a cross-fertilisation between the actual and the imagined, between our fears and our hopes.

Artists and Artworks

Artist: Zheng Bo

Zheng Bo is committed to more-than-human vibrancy, he creates weedy gardens, living slogans, eco-queer films, and wanwu workshops to cultivate ecological wisdom beyond Anthropocene extinction. In 2022, he presented a new dance film titled Le Sacre du printemps (Tandvärkstallen) at the Venice Biennale. In 2021, he staged three solo exhibitions: Wanwu Council, Gropius Bau, Berlin; You are the 0.01%, Schering Stiftung, Berlin; Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong. In the past, he had participated in the Liverpool Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, Manifesta, Shanghai Biennial, and Taipei Biennial.

The 21st of June in 2022 was the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Since this day had the longest hours for plants to do the ‘work’ of photosynthesis, Zheng Bo celebrated this occasion as a ‘Labour Day’ for trees with the ten trees located inside Tai Kwun. Starting from sunrise, at 5:40am, to sunset, at 7:10pm, he attempted to establish a meditative interaction and bodily experience with these trees by continuously drawing portraits of them, one tree at a time and over the course of the day. Ten portraits have been selected and displayed here in chronological order from the earliest to the latest session.

Artist: Lau Chi Chung

Lau Chi Chung worked in the television industry as an art director before becoming a full-time artist. Although he started out on short films, Lau has mostly worked in photography. Inspired by his passion for cinema, anonymous found photos, and historical images, he is sensitive to space structure and trying to capture the emotion contained in a scene. Lau has exhibited in various international photo festivals and won prizes for his work. His photography series, Landscaped Artifacts, earned him the title of New Photography Artist at the 2013 Lianzhou Foto Festival. Lau also received third prize at the 1st Hong Kong Photobook Dummy Award in 2021 at the Hong Kong Photobook Festival for his latest work: The Dayspring of Eternity.

We build a myriad of architectural structures on land that are sometimes abandoned to nature and left forgotten. Lau Chi Chung’s works captures these ruins as they bear witness to time, trace lives past, and vividly demonstrate the regenerative power of nature.

Artist: Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast is a London base experiential art collective working in the liminal space between art, technology, and the natural world. Underpinned by research with bespoke software and hardware systems, they strive to produce sensory experiences that push boundaries, redefine expectations, and excite audiences. Their work has been exhibited around the world including the Lisbon Triennial, STRP Biennial, YCAM Center, Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes, Barbican Centre, Istanbul Design Biennial, London, New York, Toronto, and Shanghai.

Giant Sequoias exist on a scale the human mind struggles to comprehend. They are the world’s largest single trees and one of the largest organisms on the planet. Giant Sequoias can grow taller than a ten-storey building and live more than three thousand years. Treehugger works to bring the breath-taking beauty of one of the world’s most impressive trees to people and places that may never have experienced them. They also try to connect humans with nature, encourage us to consider the future of these natural giants, and question our relationship with the natural world at this time of crisis and change.

Artist: Ng Ka Chun

Ng Ka Chun received his Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. He is keen on unfolding hidden relationships between humans and nature while expressing an equal amount of concern to issues related to rapid urban development. His artistic practice revolves around ready-made objects and his artwork often seeks to challenge the mundane of everyday life. In recent years, he has participated in different public community art projects. They include: Art in MTR with Mass Transit Railway, M+ Rover with the M+ Museum and Public Art Scheme with the Art Promotion Office.

In this newly commissioned work, Ng Ka Chun created a set of sculptures by combining the concept of upcycling with branches collected from the aftermath of natural disasters such as typhoons. The burnt and sharp tips of the sculpture imitate withered grass. When placed in a cluster, they resemble a small bush occupying a portion of the exhibition space. The artist also considers spades to be an important tool for planting as they are often in direct contact with soil where trees are grown. By connecting a familiar object, our daily experience, and fallen trees altogether, the artwork stands as a symbol of rebirth. Additionally, it seeks to further our relationship with trees.

Artist: Anson Ting Fung Wong

Anson Ting Fung Wong received his Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is currently a Landscape Designer based in the San Francisco Bay area and works as an associate director at the non-profit Hong Kong Public Space Initiative (HKPSI). Anson Ting Fung Wong was also a winner of the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (HKYDTA) in 2015.

Stone Wall Trees is a collection of landscape artifacts unique to Hong Kong’s geomorphology, urban density, and climate. It refers to the trees that grow on the surface of historical masonry stone walls – some of which were built with traditional Chinese wall-making techniques which have been lost. These trees are of high historical and cultural value as they symbolize a series of colonial landscape transformations since the 1840s and have shaped local community development. This project outlines the development timeline of stone wall trees since the colonial period in Hong Kong. It also addresses current conditions with a more comprehensive reading in order to provide a range of design options for all stakeholders to consider for our future urban landscape.

Exhibition Events

Breathing with Trees

Date: 8 Jul – 4 Sep 2022

Time: Open Daily 10am – 7pm

Venue:  Duplex Studio, Block 01

Price: Free Admission

Walk-stone wall tree in Central neighborhood
Date: 16, 30 July 2022 (for adults)

           13, 27 August 2022 (for family)

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Assembly Point: Duplex Studio, Block 01

Price: $80 per person;

           $120 family pair (one adult and one child)

Make a ‘Tree’ and Bring it Home

Date: 16, 30 July 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Assembly Point: Duplex Studio, Block 01

Price: $80 per person

Talking Trees: Creative Sound Walk
Date: 6, 27 August 2022(for family)

          13, 20 August 2022 (for adult)

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Assembly Point: Duplex Studio, Block 01

Price: $80 per person;

           $120 family pair (one adult and one child)

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

17 Jun 2022, Friday

Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts is pleased to present the collaboration with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). This series of conversations explores innovative strategies for integrating urban heritage into the wider goals of sustainable development. With a regional focus on Asia and the Pacific, it aims to inspire local actions and creative solutions as the catalysts for implementing the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on World Heritage properties and the surrounding communities. It has amplified pre-existing structural issues and raised new problems related to heritage management in the broader context of a city. This series provides an opportunity for creating new value propositions beyond the immediate pandemic response for the achievement of long-term sustainability in terms of economic, social and environmental dimensions.

The three co-curated sessions include: Urban recovery through culture, arts and creativity (4 July); Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture (1 August); and Heritage, power and gender in cities (5 September).  Speakers from across the globe and Hong Kong will engage in a lively discussion online and onsite in Tai Kwun’s JC Cube.

The talks are presented in the hybrid format of live/online events with the moderator and a live audience and at Tai Kwun’s JC Cube, as well as a pre-registered online audience. 

Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

With a keynote speech on UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Recommendation, this Tai Kwun Conversations begins with a holistic vision and strategies for urban revitalisation. It explores the role of creativity and the arts in revitalising cities and public spaces, highlighting the power of culture as a transformative driver for sustainable development.

Moderator:
Desmond Hui, Professor and Head, Department of Art and Design, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Speakers:
Jyoti Hosagrahar, Deputy Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre (keynote speaker)
Edman Choy, Hong Kong Studio Director, Herzog & de Meuron

Commentary:
Xin Gu, Senior Lecturer, School of Media Film and Journalism, Monash University

Date & Time: 4 July 2022, 7:00pm
Format: JC Cube and Online
Free registration on the Tai Kwun website
For more information, please visit:
https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/tai-kwun-conversations-unesco-series-urban-recovery-through-culture-arts-and-creativity/1029

Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

To tackle climate change and disaster risk mitigation, the second Tai Kwun Conversations in the UNESCO Series explores green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, blue-green infrastructure and economies, and nature-based solutions for urban resilience.

Moderator:
Mee Kam Ng, Vice-chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Director of the Urban Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speakers:
Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, former Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-2017)  
Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA World); CEO and Founder of Landprocess and Porous City Network

Commentary:
Wendy C. Atieno, Programme Officer, Ecosystem-based Adaptation, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Date & Time: 1 August 2022, 7:00pm
Format: JC Cube and Online
Free registration on the Tai Kwun website
For more information, please visit:
https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/tai-kwun-conversations-unesco-series-urban-sustainability-and-resilience-through-nature-and-culture/1030

Heritage, Power and Gender in Cities

The final Tai Kwun Conversations in the UNESCO Series considers gender roles, social mores, power relations, and the impact on urban inclusion or exclusion and social mobility or immobility. Speakers share their views on rewriting heritage narratives and reimagining an inclusive urban community that represents a multiplicity of identities.

Moderator:
Sealing Cheng, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speakers:
Roslyn Russell, Director, Roslyn Russell Museum Services; Chair, UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee
Chantal Wong, Co-founder of Learning Together, Women’s Festival, and Things That Can Happen (2014-2017)

Date & Time: 5 September 2022, 7:00pm
Format: JC Cube and Online
Free registration on the Tai Kwun website
For more information, please visit:
https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/tai-kwun-conversations-unesco-series-heritage-power-and-gender-in-cities/1031

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – “Innovation in Urban Heritage”

Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

4 July 2022, Monday

7:00pm-8:30pm

Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

1 August 2022, Monday

7:00pm-8:30pm

Heritage, Power and Gender in Cities

5 September 2022, Monday

7:00pm-8:30pm

Programme details are subject to change, please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates.

Visitor Information

The entire Tai Kwun site is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

UNESCO, as the UN specialized agency with a global mandate on culture, is engaged in unleashing the power of culture for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. Thanks to its normative action, UNESCO moves the 17 SDGs ahead through its six cultural conventions by driving sustainable impact. Culture provides the necessary transformative dimension that ensures the sustainability of development processes.

UNESCO developed the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), a tool for the integration of urban area conservation, management and planning strategies into local development processes and urban planning. The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the HUL serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.

Established in 1961, UNESCO Bangkok serves a dual role as both the Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and as a Cluster Office covering Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Singapore, along with Vietnam and Cambodia, in cooperation with the respective country offices and the antenna office.

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TAI KWUN WELCOMES THE SECOND PHASE OF ÉLAN LOST CHILD PROJECT HK

16 Jun 2022, Thursday

TAI KWUN WELCOMES THE SECOND PHASE OF ÉLAN LOST CHILD PROJECT HK
Beginning in July, phase two will usher in four summer programmes, as the first phase of the ongoing project has been met with high acclaim across Hong Kong.

Tai Kwun is pleased to announce the second phase of ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK 2022, an award-winning co-presentation by international physical theatre master and educator David Glass and Hong Kong theatre veteran Olivia Yan, which will run onsite in July this year. Delivering a superb collection of programmes, the project’s April showing has been well-received by the community, with Master Land: The Romeo and Juliet Wars - Work in Progress cementing itself as the crowd-favourite thus far in the spring programming. Now, set to embark on its second phase, the production will shift its focus from performance to sharing and communication.

Returning to Tai Kwun for its second phase this summer, ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK 2022 will span over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July. A weekend not to be missed, audiences can take part in a myriad of spirit revitalising events as both youngsters and grown-ups are invited to join Tai Kwun for an eclectic programme of sharing with the theme "YES AND!...", a fun response for tackling negative, confusing, and frustrating sentiments. "YES AND!..." utilises the power of the arts to activate optimism in the face of our negative emotions and outworn mindsets, helping us to break away from defeatist patterns of "YES...BUT," while restoring the "Lost Child's" confidence and hope.

No Man Is An Island: M & M Pilot Dance Video Project Screening (Tai Kwun site)
Date & Time: 2 July 2022, 2pm – 3:15pm
Location: Laundry Steps

No Man is An Island: M & M Pilot Project, a dance project led by choreographers Abby Chan, Angela Hung of StudioDanz, Hugh Cho of TS Crew and Eve Leung of Rhythm & Tempo. Additionally, the team has created a 60-minute video to showcase their passion for dance and life. Audiences can experience the film and look back on previously recorded dance sessions led by the instructors as they share a myriad of moves from young dance talents of different ages and artistic experiences, thanks to video director Jimi Law.

Our Social Land: The Perfect MATCH (Tai Kwun site & online)
Date & Time: 2 July 2022, 5pm – 6pm (onsite); 2.30pm – 3.30pm & 4pm – 5pm (Zoom)
Location: Laundry Steps, or registration will be required on Tai Kwun’s website for Zoom access https://www.taikwun.hk/programme/ticketing/963
Remarks: There will be a maximum quota of 120 persons per time slot

Visitors can join the interaction and sharing session of Our Social Land: The Perfect MATCH at Tai Kwun or online. Following a series of online theatre workshops in the spring, The Perfect MATCH is a multimedia production co-created by a group of seniors who played as amateur actors alongside young theatre-makers. With stories full of ups and downs, the experience is sure to offer an exclusive journey towards understanding what is meant by "life practice".

My Story Land: The Weight of Life (Tai Kwun site)
Date & Time: 2 July 2022, 3:15pm – 4pm
Location: Laundry Steps

Local raconteurs will be elated by the storytelling session My Story Land: The Weight of Life, in which the public must grapple with ideas about connectivity and community among social workers. With the concept created by theatre-maker Rico Wu, both the video showcase and various digital screens integrate forms of fable and devising theatre as we gaze at our current state of life through the eyes of a social worker. Participants will engage with the act’s two concepts, first through the art of video storytelling and next with the interactive QR codes, which have been scattered across Tai Kwun site.

Blah Blah Land: David Glass "An Unnaturalistic Life" Long Table Sharing (Tai Kwun site)
Date & Time: 3 July 2022, 2pm – 5pm
Location: JC Cube, registration will be required on Tai Kwun’s website: https://www.taikwun.hk/programme/ticketing/965

David Glass, whose career in theatre has never been recognized as "a real job," will tell his personal narrative accompanied by video and images from a lifetime of work and travel in the concluding final event Blah Blah Land: David Glass "An Unnaturalistic Life" Long Table Sharing. Joined by, Ali Lee (a Hong Kong-born actress), Lai Ying (a singer-songwriter and KOL), Changlin Fashi (a photographer dedicated to the promotion of Zen art), Comma Leung (founder of inclusive design studio Mosi Mosi), Jenny Li (co-founder of Sangwoodgoon organic farm and Sangwood KidsClub), and Tommy Kwan (writer) will also gather at Tai Kwun to share their artistic experiences and connections with the community throughout the pan.

Programme details are subject to change, please refer to the Tai Kwun website for updates. 
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Visitor Information:
The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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About Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. We aspire to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites across multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong.  Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

Opened in May 2018 and operating on a not-for-profit model, Tai Kwun is the fruition of a joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR to conserve and revitalise the buildings of the historic Central Police Station compound, which represents one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong. The site comprises three Declared Monuments of Hong Kong – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – all have been meticulously conserved, with unfailing attention to authenticity. The site also includes two new buildings – JC Contemporary and JC Cube, by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron – and several outdoor spaces – Parade Ground, Prison Yard and Laundry Steps – providing an exciting venue for the public programmes presented by Tai Kwun and its partners.

Tai Kwun, which means “big station” in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

In 2019, Tai Kwun received the Award of Excellence in the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This is the highest honour of the prestigious Awards, which bestows an international recognition of the outstanding achievement in the conservation and revitalisation efforts of Tai Kwun.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.TaiKwun.hk.

About ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK

A 3-year project with physical theatre master and educator David Glass and O Theatre Workshop. Its core mission is to use theatre and arts to empower marginalised children and young people in Hong Kong. After the exploration rounds of workshops in 2019, ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK was launched in 2020 with the support of Tai Kwun.

ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK is a cross-disciplinary advocacy campaign using creative interventions such as training workshops and performances. With the core values of “We do not solve problems, We play problems”, social workers, arts practitioners, teachers and students are invited to further their artistic research and use various media and art forms to reach the communities.

ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK has received the “Arts Promotion Award” in the HKADC Hong Kong Arts Awards 2021.

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IN THE MOOD FOR VIBRANCY—TAI KWUN 2022 SUMMER SEASON

1 Jun 2022, Wednesday

Tai Kwun is thrilled to come fully to life after our city’s difficult winter and spring seasons to quench the city’s thirst for creativity with a profusion of captivating and awe-inspiring programmes throughout the summer season. At the heart of our summer programming is our biggest contemporary art event of 2022, occupying all of the gallery spaces of JC Contemporary and F Hall Gallery, not to mention a few unexpected locations across the whole of Tai Kwun and recharging them with vibrancy and vitality.

With its intensely sensuous and immersive installations, the Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist exhibition provokes investigations of the body and image, of outer settings and internal mindscapes, in order to prompt contemplative introspection. Meanwhile, another exhibition Breathing with Trees delves on the role of the forest as a quiet witness to humanity's fleeting existence. LauZone (Re-run), a critically acclaimed cabaret based on Chinese dialects, returns to the stage to wow audiences. While the co-curated UNESCO programme Tai Kwun Conversations: Urban Heritage Innovations is back with more thought-provoking dialogues on sustainable development. Hong Kong theatre veteran Olivia Yan and international physical theatre master and educator David Glass' beloved ÉLAN Lost Child also returns this summer to restore faith and hope.

Extending programming into the hours after dusk, Moonlight Cinema screens beloved and rare Hong Kong films, under the night skies in the Parade Ground. At the same time, emo gym poetically occupies experimental spaces for visitors to embrace deep connections and vulnerability. An exhibition to be remembered, Double Vision gestures towards memory and the murky everyday lines between truth, perception, and fiction.

Behind Your Eyelid—Pipilotti Rist

A major new exhibition by the internationally renowned Swiss media artist Pipilotti Rist will land in Hong Kong in Summer 2022, taking over all Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries and beyond. Rist’s signature moving image installations—highly immersive, deeply sensual, and remarkably insightful—wrap visitors with a virtual hug of sounds, colours, and moving images. Visitors can walk and sprawl within her mesmerising installations, which prompt meditative introspection along with joy and exhilaration, opening up explorations of the body and the image, of exterior environments and interior mindscapes. This high-profile exhibition offers major works from Pipilotti Rist’s oeuvre along with newly commissioned site-specific works for Tai Kwun, in the galleries, on the Prison Yard and elsewhere in Tai Kwun. (3 August – 27 November; tickets on sale from early July)

Lead Sponsor: Indosuez Wealth Management

Breathing with Trees

Throughout all the world’s cultures, trees have always had an intimate connection with us physically, biologically, and emotionally. Apart from providing us with food, shelter, and clean air, trees are silent witnesses to our transient existence, as they remain rooted in one place throughout their lives.

However, trees are as mortal as human beings. They constantly face existential threats arising from the damages inflicted on the environment by mankind’s insatiable appetite for consumption and thoughtless expansion. Pollution, deforestation, logging, urban expansion, and climate change pose clear dangers for the future of trees, as super typhoon Mangkut unforgettably demonstrated in 2018, leaving 55,000 trees devastated in its wake.

Curated by Ying Kwok and Jims Lam of Tai Kwun’s Heritage Department, this exhibition acknowledges the vital role that trees play in our daily lives and explores some of the most advanced ways of protecting, preserving, and nurturing them to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits that trees bring to us. (24 June – 4 September; free admission)

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

Presented by Tai Kwun in collaboration with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), this series of conversations explores innovative strategies for integrating urban heritage into the wider goals of sustainable development. With a regional focus on Asia and the Pacific, it aims to inspire local actions and creative solutions as the catalysts for implementing the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. (Free admission; exclusive to Tai Kwun Fans)
Tai Kwun Conversations UNESCO series:

4 July 2022
Urban recovery through culture, arts and creativity

1 August 2022
Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

5 September 2022
Heritage, power and gender in cities

Moonlight Cinema

This summer, Tai Kwun will be screening a series of beloved Hong Kong movies, short films and animations under the night sky in the Parade Ground. Tuning out the hustle and bustle of the city, audiences will pull up a beach chair, put on silent-disco headphones and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie-watching experience under the serene moonlight. (28 July – 7 August; tickets on sale from early July)

LauZone (Re-Run)

Back by popular demand this June, Cabaret LauZone Sings to the Tune of Hong Kong’s “Crazy Rich Culcha”.

The question: “Where are you from? Where are you REALLY from? “may seem trivial and only useful while filling in application forms. However, what else does our place of ancestry represent? Other than a few slang words and phrases, Hong Kong people are all but detached from the dialects once spoken fluently among the older generations. To tackle this bittersweet relationship, the multi-talented trio of Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau, presents LauZone—a poignant yet playful cabaret on the rich variety of Chinese dialects. LauZone’s 2021 premier run in Tai Kwun was completely sold out and garnered much praise and positive reviews.

“Lau Zone” is the Cantonese colloquial term used about non-Cantonese natives, which essentially includes most Hong Kong people of previous generations, as most of them were immigrants to the city. Get ready for the euphony of dialects, music, and laughter as Rick Lau, and Anna Lo shine in a cabaret show that sings tribute to the lives and memories of the melting pot known as Hong Kong as well as to our collective roots and inherited legacy. (2– 5 June; tickets are sold out)

ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK 2022

In collaboration with Hong Kong theatre veteran Olivia Yan and international physical theatre master and educator David Glass, Tai Kwun will present the second phase of ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK 2022 in July this year. Delivering a superb collection of programme, the project’s April showing “Master Land: The Romeo and Juliet Wars—Work in Progress” has been well-received by the community.

The second phase of ÉLAN Lost Child Project HK 2022 will span across the first weekend of July. A weekend not to be missed, audiences can take part in a myriad of spirit revitalising sharings with the theme "YES AND!...", a fun response for tackling negative, confusing, and frustrating sentiments.

Programmes include: “No Man Is An Island”—dance video co-created by young dance talents and the city’s tap, contemporary dance and jazz artists; “Our Social Land”—immersive theatre presentation and sharing created and performed by young theatre—makers with senior citizens; “My Story Land”—video created based on true stories of social workers; and “Blah Blah Land”—public sharing by David Glass and a group of young creative talents from different fields. (2–3 July; free admission)

Ongoing programmes

Double Vision

Toying with doubles, the exhibition explores the concepts of déjà vu and parallax, and considers how seemingly superficial differences may reveal much more than expected. While some works are doubled serially or thematically, with subtle slippages and variations, some other artists in the exhibition have works that gesture towards memory and the murky everyday lines between truth, perception, and fiction. (21 April – 12 June; free admission)

emo gym

emo gym—short for “emotion gymnasium”—calls on seven Hong Kong artists to confront, dissect, and possibly embrace the vulnerability of our times. Together, their sincere, poetic artworks invent an intimate yet experimental space, prompting visitors to uncover sentiments by discovering deep connections with the artworks as well as with each another. (21 April – 19 June; free admission)

Visitor information

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/zh/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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Tai Kwun Welcomes the Dialect-able LauZone Back to the Stage

5 May 2022, Thursday

Critically acclaimed LauZone returns to Tai Kwun to delight audiences with on-site multilingual performing arts

Tai Kwun is thrilled to announce the return of LauZone, the delightful multilingual Hong Kong-styled cabaret. After receiving rave reviews in its initial run in Autumn of 2021, LauZone is back for the second season in June for a run of six shows with its original cast, who also wowed viewers with their bold creation of Tri Ka Tsai. Audiences can prepare to be overjoyed by this touching yet light-hearted cabaret that examines the many dialects of Chinese.

A Cantonese slang word for non-Cantonese natives, "Lau Zone," effectively refers to the past generations of Hong Kongers, many of whom were immigrants to the city. With collective roots and inherited legacy, Rick Lau and Anna Lo shine in the production as they offer audiences showstopping performances; fusing local dialects, colloquial terminology and vibrant song and dance, the cabaret extravaganza sings a tribute to the lives and memories of Hong Kong as a diverse city.

Leaving no audience member in the dark, LauZone (Re-run) swings effortlessly between Chinese and English with surtitles embedded into the show and forming a natural part of the staging in the intimate performing space of JC Cube. Performances take place nightly at 8pm from 2 to 5 June with additional matinee shows at 2:30pm on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.  Tickets are available at URBTIX and art-mate.net from 2 May for HK$250. Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers, may receive 40% off their total ticket price. A discount of 15% will also be exclusively available for Tai Kwun Fans. All discounts are subject to limited quotas.

LauZone has received widespread recognition for its intimate presentation of music and drama that exposes the tales and sentiments of Hong Kong like never before. Reviewers have praised LauZone for its simple and straightforward delivery, describing it as a lyrical, emotional dialogue with a tinge of intimacy that addresses serious themes like the origins of the Hong Kong people in a pleasant and funny manner.

The production comes from the multi-talented trio of local Cantonese creatives Anna Lo (Co-creator, Composer, Text and Performer), Rick Lau (Co-creator, Text and Performer) and Yuri Ng (Director, Set and Costume Designer).

For a glimpse of what to expect in LauZone, check out these three music videos from the first season: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/programme/detail/lauzone/946)

Please click here to download hi-res images.

Visitor Information:

The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm.

Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Please check the Tai Kwun website for the latest anti-pandemic arrangements: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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In Bloom: The Immersive Botanical Event Buds at Tai Kwun

28 Apr 2022, Thursday

Tai Kwun’s beloved flower market returns for its second year

Tai Kwun is pleased to announce the second edition of the breath-taking “In Bloom”, the much-beloved outdoor flower market. Set to blossom in late May, In Bloom will showcase botanical delights and floral-themed lifestyle offerings from 26-29 May, and will coincide with the fourth anniversary of Tai Kwun’s opening. The green matinee is a splendid treat for Tai Kwun visitors and devoted Tai Kwun fans, as the outdoor spaces of the compound will be bedecked with horticultural highlights from over a dozen local brands. Offering a lavish affair until the twilight hours, the anniversary will transform Tai Kwun into a captivating zone for community festivities. Just in time for the easy breeze of the season to usher in vibrant and fun floral activities and workshops, as well as sweet feasts from participating Tai Kwun shops and restaurants who are eager to partake in the compound’s jubilee.

A panoply of everything petalled

Unlike traditional flower markets, In Bloom is a panoply of everything petalled in Hong Kong, allowing visitors to embark on a sensory journey and venture into the realm of sustainability. Open each day from 1–8pm, the floral extravaganza features local businesses that are devoted to eco-friendly designs, with a myriad of goodies spanning from fresh flower boutiques, to single stem flowers, dried flowers, floral posters and more.

Brands featured in this year’s market include DAISYZOOM BOTANIC, Give Her Flower, JFOREST, Kofeflowers, and the Grey Green. Those who are looking to garden on the wild side will also be regaled by the botanical and exotic plants options from Forest Round Round, sunsi.co and root.

Floral finds and food

Not to leave floraphiles without a bite to eat, delicious delicacies such as pastries, chocolates, Japanese pickled food, and more are set to be served from Tai Kwun eateries and pop-ups Hungry Hugger and NAKA. Meanwhile, visitors who are honey-eyed for more than just flowers can discover a wide range of floral accessories, candles and perfume by COURBEGINNING, Veni Vidi Amavi and Scented Niche.

Budding in botanical rewards

A sure way to find oneself rewarded with a bed of roses, Tai Kwun visitors who spend accumulated HK$500 or above at In Bloom partner’s booths, will also receive a HK$50 Tai Kwun cash voucher that may be used at all shops and restaurants at Tai Kwun (terms and conditions apply).

Discover vistas of sylvan charm with “In Bloom” shops & restaurant offerings

Extend the delights of the day, and stay for a sepal soiree, as Tai Kwun’s restaurants and shops offer petalled-themes plates and lifestyle offerings.

Enjoy the perfect afternoon delight as Café Claudel’s special “Délice du Jardin Rose” tart will be served mid-day throughout In Bloom. Also, not to be missed is a delicious “In Bloom” themed Dim Sum from Madame Fù Grand Café Chinois. Fusing together the best of local eats and botanical treats is The Dispensary which will present a limited-edition flower dessert and cocktail with its afternoon tea set.

Who said flowers only belong in pots? Refresh your wardrobe as all floral print items at 112 mountainyam are discounted by 50% and come with a free piece of jewellery. Or choose to indulge in an herbaceous read and enjoy a special discount of 15% off on flower theme titles at TASCHEN. Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat! Enjoy blooming flavours and nibble on handmade confectioneries, including mini cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from Phoenix Sweets.

For those wanting to get crafty, get ready to release your inner gardener and show off your green thumb by joining bonart’s Mounted Staghorn Fern Workshop. Meanwhile, LockCha Tea Shop will be offering a Floral Cold Brew Tea Workshop for participants looking to scale up their tea knowledge.

Find your essence with Tai Kwun’s exclusive workshop

Enter the world of perfume inside the prison cells of Tai Kwun, to discover the inner workings of DAI HEUNG LEY and partake in a scented confession. In this exclusive workshop, participants will be asked to share a thought that has been haunting their minds before confessing it to the perfumer. Made entirely of natural essential oils and raw materials from France and the UK, a DAI HEUNG LEY perfumer will create an intimate, personalised fragrance based on the stories of participants as they capture their thoughts and memories into a perfume roller. TK Fans are entitled to a HK$50 Tai Kwun Shopping & Dining voucher after the workshop. Join TK Fans now to stay on top of the privileges.

Scented Confession Workshop Details

Date

26-29 May 2022

Time

1pm – 8pm (20mins per session

Price

$150 per person

Get ready to have your heart bloom, as Tai Kwun is budding with exciting programmes. Visitors of Tai Kwun can indulge in the wide assortment of arts and culture events and feel their spirits sprout inside the historic compound.

With In Bloom kicking off in May, Tai Kwun invites visitors to not only discover their green thumbs, but to unearth the other joyful activities taking place during the spring and summer months.

Visitor information

All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Exhibition and event spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits with the newly launched Visitor Planner via https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visitor_planner prior to visiting.

Programme details are subject to change; please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates. 

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TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS THE EXHIBITION emo gym

21 Apr 2022, Thursday

Tai Kwun Contemporary is pleased to announce emo gym, a new group exhibition of young emerging Hong Kong artists running from 21 April to 19 June 2022, and curated by Erin Li, associate curator at Tai Kwun. This intimate exhibition calls on seven Hong Kong artists—Dony Cheng Hung, Chloë Cheuk, Michele Chu, Jess Lau Ching Wa, Sharon Lee, Eason Tsang Ka Wai, and Yim Sui Fong—to confront, dissect, and embrace the vulnerability of our times.

The past few years have, in Hong Kong and indeed in the rest of the world, tested old certainties and taxed our collective resilience. Social conditions, global geopolitics, technological acceleration, and a global pandemic—not to mention an anthropogenic climate disaster in the making—have exposed fractures and frailties, laying bare a collective sense of vulnerability that has perhaps always been there, unevenly distributed. This vulnerability, in its various guises, is what each of the artists in the exhibition reflects upon and offers insights into. Their sensitive and poetic works broach issues related to intimate relationships, digitisation of human experiences, and social institutions, among others, all the while forging an intimate yet experimental space where visitors are encouraged to uncover feelings through deep connections with the artworks as well as with one another.


Together, the artworks in the exhibition raise important questions: does vulnerability constitute a fundamental state of human existence, and of the world we live in? Risky as it may be, would exposing and sharing nuanced senses of vulnerability catalyse a new world where we better co-exist with other emotional beings? Indeed, the artists and the artworks in emo gym seek to open up a space for reflective observations and to generate affective structures for each human being to explore and interpret at their own pace.

This seemingly paradoxical openness to vulnerability is also reflected in the title of the exhibition. Short for “emotion gymnasium”, emo gym was inspired by one of the featured artworks by Michele Chu, inti-gym, short for “intimacy gymnasium”. Unlike the gyms where mainstream aesthetics and standard theories of “body management” apply, in emo gym, there is no one clamouring at you to work out this way or that; there are no set recipes for “emotion management”. Moreover, the “emo” of emo gym might bring to mind the sensitive angst in certain punk and rock subcultures, with their distinctive look and airs. While emo gym does not directly invoke the “emo” genre of music, the exhibition does take inspiration from the captivating energy and transformative potential of music in general. Rather than eliciting intellectual revelations on the one hand or inducing spectacular awe on the other, the artworks on show are subtle and sincere creations close to the hearts of the artists, inviting you to pause, take a breath, look closely—and open yourself up in return.


In this spirit, the emo gym exhibition team has also partnered with the participating artists to create a playlist on Spotify and YouTube called “emo gym staff picks”, elevating the way you experience the exhibition or everyday life with a curated list of 25 reflective songs. These songs touch on some of our most vulnerable moments, and expand the curatorial inquiry beyond the artistic space.


           Spotify

          Youtube

Tai Kwun Contemporary is proud to support the emerging artists of emo gym as they create artworks on an ambitious scale, in addition to supporting a young curator in tackling a curatorial theme. As a relatively new non-profit art programme in Hong Kong, Tai Kwun Contemporary is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art exhibitions and programmes as platforms for a continually expanding cultural discourse—locally in Hong Kong as well as regionally and internationally.

Exhibiting artists include
Dony Cheng Hung
Chloë Cheuk
Michele Chu
Jess Lau Ching Wa
Sharon Lee
Eason Tsang Ka Wai
Yim Sui Fong

About the curator
Erin Li
Erin Li is Associate Curator at Tai Kwun Contemporary. She has co-curated The Unsung (2021) and contributed curatorially to exhibitions including trust & confusion (2021); Francis Alÿs: Wet feet __ dry feet: borders and games (2020); They Do Not Understand Each Other (2020); Phantom Plane – Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future (2019). Her writings have been published on Artforum.com.cn and International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong.

Public Programmes
Designed for visitors of different backgrounds and needs, Tai Kwun Contemporary’s learning and experience programmes explore possibilities in the dialogue between art and visitors.
Hi! & Seek
Located on JC Contemporary’s second floor, Hi! & Seek is a space of dialogue and exploration where visitors can learn more about the stories behind the exhibitions and the artworks.
Send us your insights and ideas or questions and thoughts for the curator(s)/artist(s). This edition of Hi! & Seek is co-presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary and Lingnan University’s BA Programme in Visual Studies class VIS4006 Curating Art Exhibitions, the instructor of which is Dr Zeng Hong.

Visitor information
emo gym runs from 21 April to 19 June 2022, every Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm at the art galleries in Tai Kwun. Admission is free, with guided tours and related public programmes available. Along with emo gym, visitors can visit Double Vision, a group exhibition with 14 artists from Hong Kong, Asia, and the rest of the world, which explores the notion of doubling in its various guises, particularly that of déjà vu,


The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.


Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Please check the Tai Kwun website for the latest anti-pandemic arrangements: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.

Programme details are subject to change, so please refer to the Tai Kwun website for news and updates.

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IMAGINE SEEING AN EXHIBITION TWICE: TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS THE EXHIBITION DOUBLE VISION

21 Apr 2022, Thursday

Tai Kwun Contemporary is delighted to announce a new group exhibition, Double Vision, curated by Tobias Berger, Jill Angel Chun, and Daniel Szehin Ho, which runs from 21 April to 12 June 2022. With 14 artists from Hong Kong, Asia, and the rest of the world, this group exhibition explores the notion of doubling in its various guises, particularly that of déjà vu.


In circling around the concepts of déjà vu, twinhood, and doubled forms of vision, Double Vision attempts to conjure up a sense of disorientation, of reality being hollowed out. The exhibition playfully foregrounds perception, notably the field of vision and the critical issues related to visuality and visual perception, by providing mirrored scenarios with seemingly superficial and sometimes even contrived distinctions. Double Vision forges and redirects the hallucinatory sensibility of déjà vu towards explorations of the slippery nature of memory and, more generally, the construction of contemporary reality, lived and imagined, in the hopes of getting at alternative modes of possibility.


Double Vision consciously avoids dealing with the relationship of the “original” and the “copy”. Instead, the exhibition forges a sensation, a sensibility, where one might “experience the same situation twice”. Through the curatorial intervention of structural and spatial repetition, the layout is repeated on the 1/F and 3/F of the exhibition space, with works by artists who are (mostly) repeated in the same positions across the two floors. Doubling thus creates déjà vu in the most literal form possible.

Some of the works in Double Vision are formally doubled and extended, with subtle gaps opening up in their differences within sameness: works by Sarah Lai and Magdalen Wong stretches across two floors of the exhibition space, while the new works by Ocean Leung and Li Shuang revel in variations of unifying elements. Likewise, some artists, such as Candice Breitz, Peng Ke, and Tamura Yuichiro, have artworks in series, albeit staged disjointedly over two floors. In contrast, others, such as Omer Fast and Zheng Yuan, present different artworks that revolve around a particular topic. Yet others, such as Ko Sin Tung, Kong Chun Hei, Dane Mitchell, Paul Pfeiffer, and Hito Steyerl, are instead formally and thematically doubled with each other, offering different points of departure and perspectives at similar targets.


Double Vision plays with the imperfections of the repetition. In doing so, the exhibition explores the construction of reality, seeking to detect cracks and fissures, which potentially signal deeper truths or at least potential horizons—while aware of the risk that one could very well be led down a world of distorted mirrors of simulation and conspiracy, where lies feel “truth-y”, and the “real” feels too painful to bear. In defining a distinctive spatial and temporal experience, Double Vision seeks to prompt creative reflection on sensorial awareness and the contemporary production of reality—with possible insights on the relation of structures and accidents, nature and nurture, the said and unsaid.


Tobias Berger, Head of Art, Tai Kwun, said, “The exhibition Double Vision aims to establish a spatial and temporal experience which encourages contemplation on sensorial awareness and the construction of contemporary reality. It is our hope at Tai Kwun that Double Vision can elicit new creative perspectives as our visitors wrestle with contrasting relationships presented to them.”

Artists on show include
Candice Breitz (b. 1972 in Johannesburg, South Africa; lives in Berlin)
Omer Fast (b. 1972 in Jerusalem; lives in Berlin)
Ko Sin Tung (b. 1987 in Hong Kong; lives in Hong Kong)
Kong Chun Hei (b. 1987 in Hong Kong; lives in Hong Kong)
Sarah Lai (b. 1983 in Hong Kong; lives in Hong Kong)
Ocean Leung (b. 1983 in Hong Kong; lives in Hong Kong)
Li Shuang (b. 1990 in Wuyi Mountains; lives in Berlin and Geneva)
Dane Mitchell (b. 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand; lives in Auckland)
Peng Ke (b. 1992 in Changsha; lives in Shanghai)
Paul Pfeiffer (b. 1966 in Honolulu, USA; lives in New York)
Hito Steyerl (b. 1966 in Munich, Germany; lives in Berlin)
Magdalen Wong (b. 1981 in Hong Kong; lives in New York and Lisbon)
Tamura Yuichiro (b.1977 in Toyama, Japan; lives in Kyoto)
Zheng Yuan (b.1988 in Lanzhou; lives in Beijing)

Public Programmes Designed for visitors of different backgrounds and needs, Tai Kwun Contemporary’s learning and experience programmes explore possibilities in the dialogue between art and visitors.


Hi! & Seek

Located on JC Contemporary’s second floor, “Hi! & Seek” is a space of dialogue and exploration where visitors can learn more about the stories behind the exhibitions and the artworks.


Send us your insights and ideas or questions and thoughts for the curators/artists. For Double Vision, “Hi! & Seek” is co-presented by interns of Tai Kwun Contemporary and Lingnan University’s BA Programme in Visual Studies’ class VIS4006 Curating Art Exhibitions, the instructor of which is Dr. Zeng Hong.


Visitor information
Double Vision runs from 21 April to 12 June 2022, every Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm at the art galleries in Tai Kwun. Free admission, with guided tours and related public programmes available. Along with Double Vision, visitors can visit emo gym, an exhibition featuring works by seven Hong Kong artists to confront, dissect, and possibly embrace the vulnerability of our times. The entire site of Tai Kwun is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while Tai Kwun Contemporary at JC Contemporary is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm.


Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Please check the Tai Kwun website for the latest anti-pandemic arrangements https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.
Programme details are subject to change. Please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates.

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