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Lee Fook Chee’s Photographs, Hong Kong in the 1950s

Voyage dans le temps : Hong Kong en 1950

L’exposition One’s Man legacy : Lee Fook Chee’s Photographs, Hong Kong in the 1950s présentée au Maritime Museum jusqu’à dimanche 30 octobre, montre une ville aux allures de campagne, un Hong Kong saisi dans son jus, entre 1954 et 1960, en noir et blanc. Des vues du Peak, d’Aberdeen ou de Kowloon comme nous ne les verrons jamais plus, un passé immortalisé par un photographe resté longtemps dans l’ombre.

 

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Impossible en effet de décrire ces photographies sans évoquer le parcours de leur auteur, Lee Fook Chee, un immigré singapourien né en 1927, débarqué a Hong Kong en 1947, après un passage dans la marine. Avec l’aide d’un cousin photographe, Lee Fook Chee apprend les rudiments du métier et tire le portrait aux touristes de passage. Sa technique s’affine et il propose bientôt ses tirages au Peak, où jeunes élégantes et aventuriers en escale posent pour lui. L’avènement de la couleur dessert hélas le photographe qui se reconvertit dans les années 1960 et devient marchand de sorbets ambulant. Si sa carrière d’artiste est terminée, Lee Fook Chee garde ses nombreuses vues de Hong Kong en mémoire et ne désespère pas de les montrer à nouveau, un jour… ce jour arrive en 2010, quand il fait par hasard la connaissance d’Edward Stokes, membre de la Photographic Heritage Foundation, un passionné d’histoire, qui propose de publier un catalogue de ces cliches inestimables. A sa mort en 2012, Lee Fook Chee aura donc vu son œuvre reconnue et célébrée par sa ville d’adoption.

Les photographies de l’exposition sont présentées par paires et offrent un regard étonnamment net sur les paysages d’une ville qui, en 1950, sert de toile de fond à pas moins de 5 films étrangers. Les vues de Victoria Harbour ou du port d’Aberdeen font rêver. Lee Fook Chee est conscient du potentiel de Hong Kong, alors en plein boom économique et il tire parti de sa manne touristique, en témoigne la paire de portraits en pied représentant 2 jeunes femmes puis 2 marins posant au Peak, face au panorama tant prisé, Cenral District en contrebas.

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Afin de maximiser ses profits sur les photographies, vendues alors a 1 HKD pièce, le jeune homme construit, en 1955, sa propre chambre noire et décide de développer les clichés lui-même. Féru de nouvelles technologies, Lee Fook Chee visite les salons de l’innovation de l’époque, comme le 17 eme salon des produits manufacturés a Hong Kong, qui se tient à Kowloon en 1960. Il s’intéresse à la technologie, les porte-avions de l’armée américaine ou les destroyers ancrés à Wan chai retiennent son attention. Un cliché capturant les allées des nouvelles Volkswagen Beetle sur le parc de stationnement de la Chartered Bank rend compte également de cet engouement…

En un mot, Lee Fook Chee saisit la quintessence de la ville, symboles qui sont encore de nos jours les principales attractions du port parfumé. Le catalogue réalisé en 2012 par Patricia Chiu et Edward Stokes présente davantage encore de témoignages charmants, y compris des images des villages et fermes des nouveaux territoires.

 

One Man’s Legacy: Lee Fook Chee’s Photographs, Hong Kong in the 1950s

Maritime Museum Central PIER 8

Entrée: 30 hkd

Mathilde at Fierce and Fragile – Hermes exhibition of Robert Dallet at Pacific Place

Until Saturday 24th, Hermes presents illustrations, from sketches to paintings, depicting Tigers, Panthers, Cheetahs or Leopards, realised by the French animal painter Robert Dallet, great observer of wild animals and passionate defender of endangered spieces.

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The exhibition is part of the Robert Dallet Initiative for Wild Cat Conservation which was created by Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermes artistic director and Thomas S. Kaplan, founder of Panthera, a program promoting the preservation of Cats natural habitats around the world.

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Robert Dallet worked as a designer for Hermes since the 1980s onwards but he constantly travelled to capture the everyday life of many wild species. 

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Major sources of inspiration for Hermes scarfs and linen, the African Savana or the Indian jungle are part of the luxury brand’s identity, and they need to be protected.  The number of big cats is dramaticaly decreasing around the world , there are for instance more tigers in captivity than in nature, while the number of wild adults lions in Kenya is fewer than 150 by now. 

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Admission: free

Venue: level 1, Pacific Place – 88 Queensway

until September 24th. 2016 – from 11am to 8 pm

 

 

 

artymathilde at International Antiques Fair

Until tomorrow 5 pm, enjoy the display of fine antiques from all over the world, at HKCEC.

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With 12 french galleries and about 80 exhibitors, that 9th edition presents more french galleries than the past, in partnership with LeFrenchMay

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18th century Bronze statue – China, picture@artymathilde

‘Having previously participated in the Hong Kong fair, Christian Deydier, an expert in Chinese archaic bronzes and the former president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires and of the Biennale des Antiquaires, has convinced several new European galleries to join him at this year’s fair. Instead of taking full booths, several dealers including Oscar Graf and Galerie Pascal Lansberg, which both specialize in decorative arts, and Galerie Mermoz, a specialist of pre-Columbian art, are joining forces to present a selection of objects from their galleries in the Les Pavillons section.

Visitors from mainland China represent about 60 percent of attendees, says fair director Ronald Chak, adding they are showing an increasing interest in broadening their collecting horizons. Even for Chinese antiques, collectors’ tastes have been evolving in recent years, Chak adds, pointing out more are moving from Ming and Qing Dynasties toward the older Song Dynasty.’

Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop | March 31, 2016

– See more at: http://hk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1365985/an-expanded-international-antiques-fair-2016-to-return-to#sthash.Msk6gooV.dpuf

 

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Miniature wardrobe, Japan, 19th century, picture@artymathilde

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Aubusson tapestry, 18th century, France, Chinoiserie after Francois Boucher, picture@artymathilde

 

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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 5BC

Exhibitor Registration:

26th May, (Thu) 3pm – 7pm

27th May, (Fri) 9am – 4pm

Exhibitor Move-In:

26th May, (Thu) 5pm-10pm

27th May, (Fri) 9am-4pm

Cocktail & Buffet:

27th May, (Fri) 6pm & 8pm (By Invitation Only)

Opening Cocktail:

28th May, (Sat) Start at 11am

(Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12noon)

Open to Public:

28th May, (Sat) 12noon – 7pm

29th – 30th May, (Sun to Mon) 11am-7pm

31st May, (Tue) 11am-5pm

Exhibitor Move-out:

31st May, (Tue) 5pm – 10pm

Mathildehk at”Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power”

You like Contemporary Art?

You are keen on discovering new Artists?

You enjoy Calligraphy and detailed drawings?

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Provenance the Invisible Hand, 2009,  made for an installation of objects Sikander selected from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – picture@artnews.com

The new exhibition launched by the Asia Society Hong Kong (until July 9th) and by the Maritime Museum (until June 5th) is all about tradition in Contemporary Art. Indeed, “Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of power“presents series of works produced between 1989 and 2015 by the Pakistanis artist Shahzia Sikander, born 1969, now established in New York. A set focusing on cultural identity and religion through the study of images and illustrated reference books.

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Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, and tea on wasli paper, 2000
The Speyer Family Collection – picture@shahziasikander.com

Shahzia SIKANDER BIOGRAPHY – http://www.Shahziasikander.com/about.html

Shahzia Sikander received her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Pakistani-born and internationally recognized, Sikander’s pioneering practice takes Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure. She challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium-based restrictions by experimenting with scale and media. Such media include animation, video, mural, and collaboration with other artists. Her process-based work is concerned with examining the forces at stake in contested cultural and political histories. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the Nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.   

First student of traditional Indo-Persian miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander developed an art form influenced by illustrated book painting. Calligraphy, genre scenes, still lives and animations give her work a poetic and yet not-abstract sense.

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UntitledGouache on board, 12 x 24 inches, 1993, picture@shahziasikander.com

Shahzia Sikander confronted the notion of cultural identity and globalisation. With so many layers of fragments, objects and motives, she materialised the many cultures and faces each persons caries. A very graphic exhibition, with a beautiful movie: Parallax.

“Shahzia mixes history, personal feelings and experiences, and very contemporary art making—firing on all cylinders at the same time—in her masterfully crafted works,” says Ian Berry, director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York, who in 2004 organized a large survey of her work there that traveled to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. “The artwork can respond to people’s desires to think about politics and biography, not just of Shahzia’s but of their own. And then other people can come to it and respond entirely to line, form, color, movement, and perspective, and the creative things Shahzia brings to that.”

SHAHZIA SIKANDER: MAXIMALIST MINIATURES by Hilarie M. Sheets, contributing editor of ARTnews – POSTED 04/15/13 7:00 AM

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Parallax, at Tufts University Art Gallery, The Boston Globe, picture@shahziasikander.com

Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power

  • Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm
  • Hong Kong Maritime Museum Pier 8

Talks at Maritime Museum

28 May 2016 15:00 (in English)
Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power
 Suitable for age 16+. No booking required. Free with Museum entrance ticket.
Talks last for 30-40 minutes, maximum number of participants 20.

Mathilde at Galerie Perrotin – Terry Richardson

You like celebrities and Rock?

You are curious about photography?

You enjoy portraits and fashion?

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Terry Richardson, “Eva Herzigova” 1997, picture@galerieperrotin
C-print mounted on aluminium, frame / C-print monté sur aluminium, encadrement
41 11/32 x 27 9/16 in / 105 x 70 cm
Edition of 3

Until March 12, the contemporary art Gallery Perrotin is launching an exhibition of ” Portraits” by the famous fashion photographer Terry Richardson. In parallel to that show, the Parisian gallery would also display some works in Paris, until April 11.

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Terry Richardon, a New York photographer, born 1965, picture@galerieperrotin

In 2015, New York art scene celebrated 20 years of provocative pictures signed by Terry Richardson. Working for magazines, fashion designers or covering the fashion news, Terry Richardson is considered as a trend maker and a very  sulfurous figure at the same time.

Etam, Juicy Couture, Mango or Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, President Obama and Beyonce, they all wanted to work under the eyes of such an artist. Since 1990, the beginning of his career, it is hard to tell how many VIP or people posed for him… On his official website, http://www.terryrichardson.com, the photographer carries on showing his covers and presents his past work, his videos and his diary.

Based in New York, Terry Richardson belongs to those rock n roll figures embodying provocation, glamour and sex appeal.  

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Terry Richardson, The Face, Joachim Phoenix, 1995, picture@http://www.terryrichardson.com

The new raising stars of Hollywood such as the young Joachim Phoenix above, got their portraits by Terry: under a very dry light, spontaneous and enigmatic, each actor or model look rebel  and deliver a strong message.

From glamorous covers to hilarious montages, the pictures taken by Terry Richardson are famous worldwide now and pay a certain tribute to Helmut Newton, such as the following:

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TERRY RICHARDSON
“Lindsay Lohan at the Chateau Marmont #2” 2010
C-print / C-print
26 x 40 inches / 66 x 100 cm
Edition of 3

Links:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3322202/Controversial-photographer-Terry-Richardson-celebrates-20-years-provocative-pictures.html

GALERIE PERROTIN HONG KONG
17/F, 50 CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL
“Portraits” – current solo show

Jan 14 – Mar 12, 2016

MathildeHK at 3812 Contemporary Art Projects – Dialogue Art & Design

You like Contemporary Art,

You like Design,

You want to see top quality  pieces?

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Picture of Calvin Hui and Olivia Putman, picture@3812cap

Last Friday, I attended the opening of the new  show launched by The French May and 2 main figures of the art market. Dialogue: Art & Design, lasting until June 30th, is a conversation between contemporary Chinese artists and furniture pieces manufactured by the French Studio Putman. The exhibition space is in Aberdeen, in the showcase led by Calvin Hui: 3812 Contemporary Art Projects on Wong Chuk Road, in the very trendy South Island District.

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Dialogue, exhibition poster, picture@3812cap

‘Dialogue’ features 3 Chinese artists: Xiaohua, Tian Wei and Wang Aijun, whose works, mainly paintings, inks or watercolors, offer background and windows to the especially made furniture pieces designed by Olivia Putman. The exhibition is divided into 4 rooms. 3 of them display creations by the Studio Putman, that is to say 5 pieces: a bronze mirror, Eclipse, a Lalique crystal paneled console, Ondes, a floor lamp, Jour de Fete, a bronze console ornamented with ‘Gingko‘ and a pair of chairs called Velvet Monsieur & Velvet Madame.

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The gallery logopicture@3812cap

Birth of the Project 

That evening, under the mediation of the CEO of the French May, Olivia Putman and Calvin Hui gave a talk on their collaboration. They explained the idea of the whole project was born during the first visit of Olivia to Hong Kong, for The French May 2014. Then, Calvin decided to visit Olivia in Paris. He had already the title, Dialogue, in mind and he found strong support on the French side.

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Velvet Monsieur & Velvet Madame, edition of 8 and 4 AP, by Studio Putman,  picture@3812cap

Calvin and Olivia listed us the common points between their two collections and ways of thinking: Calvin Hui is attracted by nature, the ink transparency and the aesthetic values carried out by contemplating the cosmos. Olivia, as a farmer landscape designer and an artist, relies on nature to find inspiration. They both had the same interest for taking time to look at things and enjoy them.

Question A: How do you concretely worked for such project? They answered they didn’t even exchange drawings or pictures to prepare the exhibition, which shows a strong prove of trust and the major role of conversation. Besides, Putman’s drawings are confidential and cannot be sent but must be seen in Paris only. They also needed to be quick and had only few months to decide.

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Artist Banner, Wang Aijun, picture@3812cap

As far as I am concerned, the connection worked very well and the whole gallery was harmonious, I especially noticed the lecture room. Indeed, works by Wang Aijun, entitled Beyond heaven, were hang behind the  yellow and gray velvet chairs signed by Olivia and you really felt you could seat there and chat with a friend for hours, for a real Dialogue. The pair, Velvet Monsieur & Velvet Madame actually symbolizes Olivia and Calvin. However, both chairs colors and shapes  are not what I know of the Studio Putman, especially the use of Yellow. Small Chinese influence or touch of sun, I simply loved it!

The curating work

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Floor lamp, Jour de fete, edition of 8 and 4 AP, Studio Putman, picture@3812cap

Calvin gave us an example of the way he selected his artists and their works to match Olivia’s. One of Olivia’s master piece is a bronze set of 6 chinese lanterns based on a stand, forming a gilded foot lamp.The name of the piece: Jour de Fete or Party day, was a reference to family time and celebrations. Calvin selected then works created by Xiaohua, a young Chinese student based in Berlin who started  painting at home, missing her family and suffering from nostalgia.

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Xiaohua / From 1 to 1000 meters – No.20, picture@3812cap

She mixed Fabrics and oil on canvas: she “cuts fabrics into thousands of pieces of squares of different sizes and colours, and runs them under the heat of the iron, resulting in mutated shapes and hues with faint traces of the ironing. The dye now appears to be “washed down” as the hue is transformed into a colder tone which, paradoxically, finds a new harmony and subtlety that grace even a colour as garish as red.”by 3812

For Calvin Hui, this exhibition expands the dialogue shared between an aesthetic value for art and design; reflective of a cultural exchange between the “co-existence of spirituality of Chinese culture” and “the functionality of Western forms”. Calvin Hui, by 3812 

3812 Contemporary Art Projects – Wong Chuk Road

CURRENT SHOW: “ART & DESIGN MONTH” 15.05 – 30.06.2015

“DIALOGUE: ART AND DESIGN” EXHIBITION

MathildeHK at Liang Yi Museum – Great Minds Think Alike: 18th Century French and Chinese Furniture Design

You are curious about Decorative Arts,

You like Art History,

You are fascinated by imperial and royal furniture?

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Exhibition poster, Liang Yi Museum, picture@liangyimuseum

I already went twice to attend guided tours of the exhibition: Great Minds Think Alike: 18th Century French and Chinese Furniture Design, showcasing French Royal furniture in juxtaposition with mainly Qing dynasty pieces. The Liang Yi Museum, in partnership with the Kraemer gallery, in Paris, is part of the French May 2015 programme and  will open throughout the festival period until 31 July 2015.

That Art confrontation is the first in the history of museum display in Asia and gives an echo to the recent thematic at Versailles, back in 2014: The China at Versailles, Art and Diplomacy in the 18th Century, curated by Marie-Laure de Rochebrune.

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Panel screen, Liang Yi Museum, picture@liangyimuseum

The exhibition catalog The China at Versailles, Art and Diplomacy in the 18th Century is an actual marvel of details and follows the history of political and artistic exchanges between China and France during the 18th century. The paintings, furniture, lacquer ware, porcelains and tapestries exhibited bear testimony to the extreme luxury of their time and show how China was fashionable back then. I take the opportunity to advise that reading to any of you.

Pour une Histoire de l’Art Comparee…

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The master pieces, Liang Yi Museum, picture@liangyimuseum

The Liang Yi Museum divided the exhibition into 3 main spaces. The first rooms, downstairs, were dedicated to specific uses and actual master pieces, such as :  game tables, desks or secretaires, libraries and canopy beds, to stress the different styles and motives existing in both continents at the same period. Then, the visitor is led to the upper floor, to compare the structure of chairs, armchairs and tables. That is pure furniture history and expertise. At last, the third space brought a recreation of two cabinets or Studio: the dark wood literati cabinet, dedicated to calligraphy, opposite to the Louis XVI th cabinet, entirely furnished in the  fashion of the Ancient Regime: Lacquered pieces versus gilded pieces.

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Louis XVI th lacquer cabinet and a Chinese Zitan cabinet from XVIII th century, Liang Yi Museum, picture@liangyimuseum

My favorite:

In my second visit, the guide drew my attention on a travelling inkstand made for King Louis XIII. The piece was crafted for King Louis XIII, made around 1620 by Macé Ruette (Relieur du Roi). That case features the coat of arms of France and Navarre, with the armories of St Michel and St Esprit (The Holy Spirit) under the large Royal Crown. I was told the discovery was noted by a professional historian while he was visiting the museum.

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Louis XVIII travelling Inkstand, Liang Yi Museum, picture@liangyimuseum

“Decorated all over with gold-tooled brown Morroco leather which sheathed around a wooden frame, it has an overall monogram of alternating L’s, without doubt symbolizing the royal heritage of Louis XIII. The finely crafted gilded metal hardware included a carrying handle at the top, protective corner clasps and safety latches in the form of a stylised lock. The hinged lid opens to reveal the interior lined with green silk and fitted with an inkwell, a pounce pot and compartments for quill pens.”  by Museum catalog

LIANG YI MUSEUM : Great Minds Think Alike: 18th Century French and Chinese Furniture Design 

181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2806 8280, www.liangyimuseum.com

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday; 10am to 6pm

Admission: By appointment only, HK$200 including a guided tour.

Wednesdays free to full-time students with prior arrangement.