Celebrating 30 Years
Asia Society Hong Kong Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020. Since our founding on October 24, 1990, as an affiliate of Asia Society, our mission has been to build greater understanding between Asia and the United States in a global context, with our various initiatives and programming in arts and culture, and business and policy as key drivers. Since establishing our new home at the Former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks in Admiralty, we have continued to fulfil our mission, with our heritage transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub offering a broad range of arts and culture, and business and policy programs as well as exhibitions to the Hong Kong community. On this page, we reflect on the last 30 years and look to the future, presenting programs, exhibitions, video content and more in celebration of our milestone 30th anniversary in 2020.
Our Virtual Gala 2020 takes place on November 17! Tune in at 7pm, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and honor those who have helped us grow into the organization we are today. Also, enjoy performances and a dialogue on U.S.-China relations, and more!
Check out our other upcoming programs!
Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong, featuring artworks by 10 diverse local artists, is on extended view at our Chantal Miller Gallery until January 3, 2021! Coinciding with our 30th anniversary in 2020, the extension enables us to broaden our community engagement initiatives, and offer a more visual, interactive experience to encourage further learning and spark greater creative imagination. As part of this aim, we will launch a mini-site in the fall to bring the artists and their artwork closer to the public to foster greater immersion and enhanced understanding of the art on display at our Gallery via digital means. Keep an eye out on the mini-site!
Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan is the first major retrospective of pioneering 20th century Chinese female artist Xie Jing-lan in Hong Kong, held to commemorate her centennial. Showcasing over thirty masterpieces and archival materials of her cross-disciplinary attempts, Extended Figure traces the artist’s transformative moments, and experimentation and introspection through the bodily focused art-making practice. As the fourth instalment in the 20th Century Chinese Female Artist Series, we hope to commemorate the artist’s centennial, while celebrating her significance as a pioneer of cross-disciplinary art, and her impact on merging the aesthetic of East and West.
In 2012, our heritage site opened at the Former Explosives Magazine of the Victoria Barracks. The once deserted colonial legacy was transformed into a cultural gem, and the original military structures were maintained, redefined, and incorporated into the modern architecture. Our architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien share their initial impressions of the site, which they first visited 20 years ago, and more.