Hi! Houses: Exhibition TourVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Arts and Culture
Meeting Time 9:45 am
Meeting Location: Law Uk Folk Museum, 14 Kut Shing Street, Chai Wan
Tour 10:00 am — 4:30 pm
Drop off at ASHK 5:00 pm
Limited seats available.
Transportation will be provided. Casual attire is recommended as parts of the tour has no air-conditioning.
Join us for a private tour of the Hi! Houses exhibition and explore century-old buildings that have been re-thought and renewed into thought-provoking spaces injected with new life. The four-century-old historic buildings in the exhibition, namely the Law Uk Folk Museum, the Sam Tung Uk Museum, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum, and Old House at Wong Uk Village, will be visited with tours led by local artists and the project curator. Come and spend the day learning about how Hong Kong’s history has led the way for local contemporary art.
10:00 — 10:30 am: Fiona Wong x Law Uk Folk Museum (tour led by Yan Yan Lo, Curator, Art Promotion Office)
Law Uk is a Hakka village house dating back more than 200 years and the only remaining example of a village house from the old villages in Chai Wan. Law Uk Hakka House was declared a historical monument in 1989 and restored and converted into a folk museum. Captivated by the former glory, feminine strength, and easy contentment of Hakka women, ceramic artist Fiona Wong and her team have installed ceramic artworks throughout the house to project the history of Law Uk, the story of southern migration of Hakka people, her imagination of living in the house, and to pay tribute to Hakka women.
11:30 am — 12:00 pm: Jaffa Lam x Sam Tung Uk Museum (tour led by Jaffa Lam, Artist)
Founded in 1786 by a Hakka surnamed Chan, Sam Tung Uk is a typical Hakka walled house in Tsuen Wan. The village originally comprised only three rows of houses. Sam Tung Uk underwent a total restoration in 1987 before being converted into the Sam Tung Uk Museum. From re-creating the lost ancestors’ edifying couplets, projecting the image of the village head, playing Song poem lyrics in Hakka dialect, to installing a breathing mosquito net, Jaffa Lam and her team have restored the past glory of the house and created a home in the dream.
12:30 pm — 1:30 pm: Lunch Break (meals are not provided)
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm: Lam Tung-pang x Old House at Wong Uk Village (tour led by Lam Tung-pang, Artist)
The Wong Uk Village was built by a line of the Wong clan originally from Xingning Xian, Guangdong Province, during the Qianlong era (1736 — 1795). The Old House was built around 1911 by Wong Tsing Wo, a 19th-generation descendant of the Wong clan. It is the only existing old building of Wonk Uk Village, which is a two-story, green-brick building with exquisite murals and traditional decorations inside. Lam Tung-pang has lived in Sha Tin since he was three years old. His encounter with Wong Uk reminded him of his ancestral home. So he began by creating a home with Wong Uk, with Sha Tin as an extension of his hometown, thus re-conceiving the relationship between the notion of home and native place.
3:30 pm — 4:30 pm: Wilson Shieh x Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (tour led by Wilson Shieh, Artist)
Built in 1914, Kom Tong Hall was originally the residence of Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. The overall design of the building is characteristic of the composite classical style of the Edwardian colonial period, with its interiors decorated with Baroque and Rococo features. It was gazetted as a declared monument of Hong Kong in 2010. Wilson Shieh feels that the artifacts of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum have faded with the passage of time. For this reason, he and his team have painted Dr. Sun Yat-sen: The Places of His Life on Seven Screens to illustrate the seven places that Dr. Sun traveled to during his lifetime, and to visualize various local features, arts, and architecture via color and patterns.
5:00 pm: Drop off at Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Learn more about the Hi! House exhibition in this evening panel discussion.
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