The Hong Kong Jockey Club Presents: Light and Shadows - Caravaggio • The Italian Baroque Master


For the first time in Asia and for a strictly limited season, the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, with the generous support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, are proud to present Light and Shadows — Caravaggio • The Italian Baroque Master. The exhibition will be held from March 12 to April 13, 2014.

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the most famous paintings in the world, by one of the greatest artists of our time and a pioneer of modern painting. The exhibition also brings Hong Kong audiences up-close with one of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's most important works, Supper at Emmaus.

A haunting Baroque masterpiece, Supper at Emmaus (1605-06) was painted during a dark period in the artist's life when he was exiled after committing an act of manslaughter. It depicts Jesus Christ revealing himself to his disciples following his resurrection, in the town of Emmaus. It is a portrait of a flawed humanity, vulnerable to sin and expresses the artist's desire for salvation offered by faith in Christ.

Also on display are contemporary works by four Hong Kong artists — Chow Chun-fai, So Hing-keung, Tsang Kin-wah, and Wucius Wong — which showcase how techniques found in Caravaggio's paintings were adopted centuries later. The exhibition is curated by Professor Frank Vigneron of the Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Organized around the themes of "shadows," "theatricality," "mystery," and "realism," this exhibition illustrates different characteristics of Caravaggio's style, which were so influential that they shaped the painting practices of many later European artists.

"Shadows" emphasize aesthetic choices rooted in the European liturgical tradition of its time; Tsang Kin-wah's projection of moving texts both relates to darkness as a setting and illustrates its ideological content.

"Theatricality" not only relates to the use of strong contrasts between light and darkness but also to the choice of powerful and simple gestures to accentuate the action of the painting; the photographic montages of Chow Chun-fai are a very personal take on this dramatic style.

"Mystery" represents the sense of spirituality emanating from Caravaggio's paintings; Wucius Wong's paintings exemplify a philosophical choice rooted in a concept borrowed from Taoist philosophy that can be compared to the darkness of Christian cosmology.

"Realism" is a characteristic of Caravaggio's painting that has had a profound influence on the whole of European art; the photographic portraits of So Hing-keung are reminiscent of Caravaggio's interest in using the disenfranchised as models for his historical and religious figures.

Through the interaction of Caravaggio's famous painting with works by four Hong Kong artists, each representing an aspect of contemporary art practices, audiences can experience a contemporary perspective on the art of one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time.

A 6-month of Italian art and cultural educational program, made possible by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s donation, has also been organized as an extension of the exhibition to arouse the public interests on Caravaggio’s works and Italian arts.

Thanks to the initiative and support of the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau and the Italian Cultural Institute that have made the exhibition possible, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.

Date and Time: March 12 – April 13, 2014, Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm*
*During the exhibition period, last admission is 8pm to Asia Society Hong Kong Center and 8:30pm to Asia Society Gallery.

Ticketing: Admission to the exhibition is free. Tickets are available from the Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens One Concierge Desks, sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck 1/F Ticket Centre, and Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Free Docent Tours: Registration is not required for the walk-in docent-led tours. Please kindly arrive earlier and wait at Asia Society Gallery reception for the tour to begin.  

  English Cantonese
Fridays 2:30 pm 3:30 pm
Saturdays 2:30 pm 3:30 pm
Sundays 2:30 pm

3:30 pm 

*Additional Docent Tours: In response to the popular demand, the following additional sessions of free docent tours will be available on coming weekends:

March 29 (Saturday) – 5:30 pm (Putonghua)
March 30 (Sunday) – 5:30 pm (Putonghua)
April 5 (Saturday) – 10:30 am (English), 7:00 pm (Cantonese)
April 6 (Sunday) - 10:30 am (English), 5:30 pm (Putonghua), 7:00 pm (Cantonese)
April 12 (Saturday) - 10:30 am (English), 5:30 pm (Putonghua), 7:00 pm (Cantonese)
April 13 (Sunday) - 10:30 am (English), 5:30 pm (Putonghua), 7:00 pm (Cantonese)


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Educational Programs

Caravaggio Art Jam [NEW - No Pre-registration Required]

Saturday, July 26 [PAST]
Sunday, August 3
Sunday, August 10
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Did you miss the opportunity to view Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus (1605-1606) which was exhibited in Hong Kong only for one short month? Join us in to continue the legacy of the Baroque master in Hong Kong, just drop in on upcoming weekends, we will provide art supplies and re-enact the projection of Supper at Emmaus for you to draw inspirations from in creating your own masterpiece. Primary and secondary school students can also submit their works on-site to enter the Light and Shadows – Caravaggio • The Italian Baroque Master Student Drawing Competition, and be in with a chance to take home great prizes, and have their masterpieces exhibited at Asia Society Hong Kong Center this summer! The event is free-of-charge, no pre-registration required; let your creativity soar, come draw like a master!

Italian Cultural Pioneer in China – Matteo Ricci Adventure Workshops [NEW]

Age groups: 5 - 15
Language: Cantonese or English
Bookings of exclusive sessions open [NEW]

Explorations, trades, and Jesuit missions took Italians to Asia as early as late 1200s, Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci, a contemporary of Caravaggio’s,  was one of most notable pioneers the Italian-Chinese cultural dialogue. In the year that Caravaggio painted the second Supper at Emmaus, 1605-1606, Ricci was also leaving marks of the Christ’s teaching in a book of woodcuts for Chinese officials that he was asked to provide visual illustrations for.  Through age appropriate arts and crafts activities, these interactive summer workshops will provide students with fun opportunities to revisit Ricci’s journey to the East, recreate inventions he brought about, and understand how Ricci had paved the way for the two nations to inspire and influence each other for hundreds of years to come.

Drawing Activities at Landscape Terrace [NEW - ONLINE ONLY]

Language: English with Chinese subtitles
Dates: Daily from March 12 to April 13; 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm [Past]
Online: April - August [NEW]

Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s Landscape Terrace will play every 2 hours from 10am to 8pm, a special educational video with educators conducting a virtual class on drawing like the grandmaster. Art supplies will be available for visitors to pick up and create their own Supper at Emmaus on site. Visitors may take their masterpieces home, or submit them to ASHK for a collage installation to be displayed at the Landscape Terrace. The educational video will be made available online at Asia Society Hong Kong Center's website from the closing of the exhibition to the end of August 2014, please click here to watch the video. 

Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus Inspired Drawing Competition [NEW - Submission Deadline Extended to August 10]

Primary and Secondary school students will be asked to create an original work based on Supper at Emmaus (1605- 1606). All art works must be in 2D, but can be in any medium including pencil, charcoal, oil and pastel.
The competition is open to all students. Entries will be accepted and judged based on the category in which they are entered: Primary or Secondary.

Timing: All students are encouraged to submit and create the work on site, in school, or at home. Submissions are accepted from April 14 to August 10, 2014. Adjudication will be done from August 11 to August 17, 2014. An exhibition of winning pieces will be held from August 25 to 31 or at Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Judging: Upon receiving all submissions, Asia Society Hong Kong Center will have the entries vetted by an internal committee to narrow down the contenders. For the final round, the organization will convene a committee made up of renowned HK artists and curators to pick up to 10 winners in each category.

Prize: All winners will receive a certificate of excellence, and have their winning art work showcased at an exhibition organized at Asia Society Hong Kong Center.




Little Caravaggio – Light and Shadows Multimedia Learning App Workshop

Free weekend workshops (Catonese and English)

Saturday, March 1, 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 1, 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 2, 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 2, 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 8, 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 8, 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 9, 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 9, 3:00 pm

Free admission; Online Registration Required
Venue: Park Court , Pacific Place,88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese and English

A multi-platform interactive learning app “Little Caravaggio – Light and Shadows Multimedia Learning App” is now available in app store and google play. The app is developed based on Caravaggio’s virtuosic techniques such as chiaroscuro – with the application of chiaroscuro filters, and drawing tools based on Caravaggio’s color palette. Join us at Pacific Place in March to learn from our app developer on how you can create contemporary works of art that will have the look and feel of a baroque painting, and submit your work to be part of our projected exhibition at Pacific Place! 

Caravaggio Art Jam

Duration: 1.5 hours
Dates: Saturday, March 15, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 16, 12:30 pm

An art educator will demonstrate the sketching techniques that characterized Caravaggio’s work. Participants will be taught how to do live sketching of one of Caravaggio’s most important works, Supper at Emmaus. Completed artworks can be uploaded onto Asia Society Hong Kong Center website for online display.

Inks Experiments workshop

Language: Cantonese or English
Time: 2.30 pm - 4:00 pm

Dates: Saturday March 15Exhibition participating artist Wucius Wong will demonstrate ink painting with the tools, concepts and techniques relating to both traditional and contemporary ink art. Whether trained in art or not, workshop participants will have the opportunity to experiment with ink under the artist’s guidance for an exploration into the beauty of the world of ink art. More workshops by Chow Chun-fai and So Hing-keung to be announced. 

Continuity & Creativity: Inspirations from the Classics

Language: English
Date: Thursday, March 20, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Many Hong Kong artists are inspired by traditions, and have created work with local or personal adaptations, incorporating Chinese or contemporary settings and subject matters. How do these Hong Kong artists go about rekindling and revitalizing “old” styles and spirits? How can classical works and traditions be used as a source for contemporary creativity? In this panel discussion moderated by Frank Vigneron, guest curator of the exhibition, five Hong Kong artists: Halley Cheng, Chow Chun Fai, Wucius Wong, Lam Tung-pang and Koon Wai-bong will discuss and share how their ideas can often originate from but at the same time break away from traditions, and what they see their role is in breathing new life into the old to bring about a new cultural ecology.
Panelists include artists Halley Cheng, Chow Chun Fai, Wucius Wong, Lam Tung-pang, and Koon Wai-bong. Discussion moderated by Frank Vigneron, guest curator of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Presents: Light and Shadows – Caravaggio • The Italian Baroque Master.

”Dear God” Photography Workshops

Language: English supplemented with Cantonese

Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13 [2-day workshop]

Sat: Registration at 4:15 pm; Workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Sun: Registration at 1:45 pm; Workshop from 2:00 to 4:30 pm

High school & university students ONLY
Please note that this is a two-part workshop. You must be present on BOTH Saturday and Sunday session to complete the photo book.
Please bring photo-taking device (such mobile phone) for the Saturday session. You do not need professional cameras for the workshop.

A Master in Transition: Caravaggio's second Supper at Emmaus and its legacy

Language: English 
Timing: Monday, March 31, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Caravaggio's second interpretation of the Supper at Emmaus (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan) is arguably one the artist's most significant paintings, since it marks a double turning-point in his career. Painted in 1606 in the town of Zagarolo, it is the first work he completed after committing the murder that led to his banishment from Rome. It is also the first work to exhibit the late style which he practised for the remainder of his life. Taking the Supper at Emmaus as its focal point, Dr. Opher Mansour from the Department of Fine Arts , University of Hong Kong,will discuss Caravaggio's innovative approach to the subject in the context of the painter's life, of Counter-Reformation Catholic religiosity, and of the taste for naturalistic painting in Italy at the onset of the Baroque.

Meditating in Painting: Spiritual Art of the East and the West in the 17th century

Language: English
Timing: April 10

What makes a painting spiritual? Is it subject matter? Is it technique? There is very little art historical evidence either about Caravaggio’s actual religious convictions or about his attitude towards his own spiritual condition. Church historians often note that seventeenth-century Counter-Reformation Italy was a culture suffused with the penitential spirit and that this spirit marked the art of the period. Scholars will discuss their opinions about the latent meditative nature of Caravaggio’s mature works. In comparison, scholars well-versed in the art and history of the Ming Dynasty, circa 17th century will analyze the meditative and spiritual nature of Chinese Brush Paintings; considered a spiritual discipline with principles and refined techniques, with purposeful use of brushes, ink, paper, color and composition. Depicting subjects such as people, birds, flowers, and landscapes, these paintings represent one of the oldest styles of art in existence today.

Caravaggio and the Science of Light

Language: English
Date: April 17, 2014

Here is the revelation of the mystery of this painter, Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, whose practice is renowned for having skipped the stage of meticulous drawing and whose composition has such a photographic snapshot, in respect to the previous mannerist artists. His passion for the optical phenomena dated back to his early years in the Lombard-Venetian territory, an area particularly sensitive to these studies, with the glass production at Murano. However it was during his sojourn at Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte’s house that his intellectual interest found the right place for development, also in connection to Galileo. His optical systems followed, step by step, the development of the Optic and Catoptric systems used to improve the telescopes. Dr. Roberta Lapucci’s most recent research proposes not only the use of optical devices for the projection such as lenses and mirrors, but also of a proto-photographic system for the execution of Caravaggio’s artworks using photo sensitive and photo luminescent materials.

Caravaggio Drawing Tours

Language: Cantonese or English
Dates: Pre-scheduled times from March 12 - April 13, 2014

The two-hour tour comprises of a "Discovering Caravaggio" treasure hunt game incorporating background of Caravaggio (for primary school students only) and history of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, gallery tour and a drawing workshop. Through a fun treasure hunt around the campus, students will learn about Caravaggio's life, and explore the historical campus before going into the gallery. In the gallery tour, experienced docents will continue to discuss Caravaggio’s life in the context of the work on show, followed by an interactive drawing session at the landscape terrace with art supplies provided for students to create their own Caravaggio inspired works of art. Students will learn the great master’s virtuosic techniques, including chiaroscuro, in a fun and interactive way.

Exhibition Tours for Visually Impaired Groups

Language: Cantonese
Tentative Period: Pre-scheduled times during the week, March 17 - April 13, 2014

Conducted through audio description and specially designed interactive activities, tours Caravaggio exhibition will be designed and led by audio description specialists for audiences who are blind or have low vision. Through audio description and in-gallery activities, the visually impaired community will have an alternative avenue to access, experience and appreciate the master’s work.

Secret Dialogues -a role playing sound recording game

A sound-recording station will be set up at the Landscape Terrace for visitors to record their own dialogues with the 5 characters featured in Supper et Emmaus . The interactive role-playing activity is designed to allow visitors a channel to communicate with the characters, adding a contemporary dimension to Caravaggio’s interpretation of the Supper.

Discovering Caravaggio- a treasure hunt

Caravaggio lived in many cities in Italy, especially in his years of exile. His time in Milan, Rome, Naples, Melta and Sicily was of great importance to his personal and artistic development. Five checkpoints (representing the five cities) with locked treasure boxes will be set around the ASHK campus. On their way to the Asia Society Gallery to view the exhibition, visitors will be given clues to conduct activities based on Caravaggio’s time spent at the various cities, to decode and unlock all the boxes. The treasure hunt is designed to help visitors gain a deeper understanding of Caravaggio’s life and his artistic techniques before going into the gallery to see the masterpiece.

*For pre booked group visits only.

My Sound Journey to Emmaus – a sound walk

A sound journey that takes visitors back in time to follow Jesus’ journey to Emmaus with his disciples. Visitors can listen through Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s smartphone app to pre-recorded conversations between Jesus and the disciples as documented in Luke 24:13-35 at various checkpoints on the way from ASHK’s entrance to the gallery. The sound journey is designed to take visitors through the emotional journey that the various characters went through from their encounter with Chris before his identity was revealed at the moment captured in Supper et Emmaus

Special thanks to Peter Cook, Ross Yip and Liu Kwok Hong.

Little Caravaggio – Artworks by the public

In association with Light and Shadows — Caravaggio • The Italian Baroque Master exhibition, Asia Society Hong Kong Center has developed Little Caravaggio, a multi-platform interactive learning app. The app is designed based on Caravaggio’s virtuosic techniques such as chiaroscuro – with the application of chiaroscuro filters, and drawing tools based on Caravaggio’s color palette.

In additional, Asia Society Hong Kong Center has hosted 8 sessions of Little Caravaggio - Light and Shadows Multimedia Learning App Workshop at Pacific Place to demostrate how to create your very own Baroque style masterpiece with this app. If you missed out on our workshops previously, download our Little Caravaggio app now from iTunes or Google Play store and follow the demostration video below.    


Artworks created in our Little Caravaggio - Light and Shadows Multimedia Learning App Workshops





Thank you for your support to the Light and Shadows exhibition. We are glad to see the popularity of the show and noticed some feedback from the visitors. Here are some FAQ you may find useful:

Q1: Do I need a ticket for the exhibition?
A: Yes, for security and conservation reasons, everyone needs a ticket for the exhibition. Tickets are FREE.

Q2: How do I get a ticket for the exhibition?
A: As our collaboration with Pacific Place ends with an impressive 20,000 plus people having queued up for tickets to the Light and Shadows exhibition, we have partnerships in place with Hysan and sky100 Hong Kong to ensure the public continues to have easily accessible locations – in addition to Asia Society Hong Kong Center – to obtain tickets for the show.
From now until the end of the exhibition, free admission tickets are available from the Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens One Concierge Desks. Tickets will also be available from sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck 1/F Ticket Centre from April 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this remarkable Baroque masterpiece. Tickets are limited, first-come-first-served.

Q3: How many tickets can I get?
A: Each person can get maximum 10 tickets for any designated day.

Q4: Can I just show up at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center without a ticket and see the exhibition?
A: Everyone needs a ticket. To avoid having to wait or line up at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, we recommend from now until Sunday April 13, to get your tickets from Lee Gardens, Lee Gardens One and sky100 Hong Kong to make sure you get in to see the exhibition!  You may also get tickets at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center but you may need to wait.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Q5: How will visitor’s traffic and crowd control management be done during the exhibition?
A: As we expect a great number of visitors for this exhibition, especially at weekends, for security and conservation reasons, visitors may be required to wait for 20 to 30 minutes before getting into the Gallery when the venue reaches its maximum capacity.  For your enjoyment pleasure, we encourage visitors to visit the exhibition on weekdays, and from 9am to 12 noon or after 5pm on weekends. We aim to minimize the waiting period but your patience is highly appreciated.

Q6: What are the hours of exhibition?
A: Monday to Sunday 9am to 9pm (last admission to Asia Society Hong Kong Center at 8 pm and to Asia Society Gallery at 8:30pm)

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