LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia


This exhibition presents some of the most memorable works by the legendary American artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018) (b.1928) along with works by eight artists and collectives from Asia: Kutluğ Ataman, Candy Factory, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Chim↑Pom, He An, Hung Keung, Charwei Tsai, and Xu Bing. Threading through these multilingual, multicultural works is a sustained investigation of language. These artists share poetic sensibilities with Indiana, creating work that examines the nuances between words and images. LOVE Long affirms that art is a universal language built upon the fundamental human desire to express and communicate. The Guest Curator is Dr. Miwako Tezuka, with Kaitlin Chan serving as Assistant Curator.

Visitors are welcome to take photos and share on social media with our exhibition hashtags: #RobertIndiana #LOVELongHK #AsiaSocietyHK #MSandtheArts. Find out more about our Instagram photo contest via the menu bar on the left.

Free Admission

Special opening hours and closed days during 16 - 19 February and 21 - 31 March.


Organizer and Sponsors
About the Exhibition

Exhibition Period: February 7 – July 15, 2018

Exhibition Venue:
Chantal Miller Gallery
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Last Thursday of each month: 11am - 8pm
Closed on Mondays

Operational Hours for Hung Keung’s Control Freak (ver.01) installation:
Saturdays and Sundays: 1pm – 5pm

Special Opening Hours/ Closed Days:
Closed Lunar New Year Day 1 and 2: February 16 – 17, 2018
Open Lunar New Year Day 3 and 4: February 18 – 19, 2018

Closed: March 21 – 26, 2018

Special Opening Hours for Art Basel (March 29 – 31)
March 27 – 31, 2018: 11am - 8pm

Last Admission: 30 minutes before closing

Admission: Free

About the Artists
Robert Indiana in his Spring Street Studio, 1966
Robert Indiana in his Spring Street Studio, 1966. Photograph by Basil Langton. © The Estate of Basil Langton. Photograph courtes

Robert Indiana (1928-2018) (b.1928, New Castle Indiana, U.S.A), one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, has played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting, and Pop Art. A self-proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana pioneered the use of the written word as a central element in his work, drawing upon the common forms of American highway culture — highway markers, pinball machines and flashing “Eat” signs — to create a highly personal and immediately recognizable visual language.

Indiana’s artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, and his works are in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Tate Modern, London; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Shanghai Art Museum, China; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Biography courtesy of Robert Indiana Catalogue Raisonné LLC.

Kutluğ Ataman's headshot
Courtesy of Serkan Taycan

Kutluğ Ataman (b.1961, Istanbul, Turkey) is an acclaimed film-maker and contemporary artist. In his work, he examines the ways in which people and communities create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction. Ataman’s more recent works explore history and geography as man-made constructs. His works are in major international collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. 

Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries presents
Courtesy of the artists

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, comprised of Marc Voge (b. Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A) and Young-hae Chang (b. Seoul, Korea), is a net art duo formed in the late 1990s. Known for their signature Flash animated texts set to music, their work blurs boundaries between visual art, digital literature, and social commentary. Their animations have been shown internationally as institutions including Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Whitney Museum and the New Museum, New York. YHCHI has participated in an artist residency at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong in March 2011. They are currently based in Seoul.

Chim↑Pom, LOVE IS OVER, 2014. Courtesy of Chim↑Pom Studio.

Chim↑Pom is an artist collective formed in 2005 in Tokyo with members Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka, and Toshinori Mizuno. Responding to the social issues of their times, Chim↑Pom creates multi-disciplinary artworks as critiques of Japanese contemporary society. In addition to presenting solo and group exhibitions and participating in art festivals worldwide, they also initiated, organized, and participated in the international exhibition Don’t Follow the Wind. The exhibition was launched on March 11, 2015, inside Fukushima’s nuclear exclusion zone, so designated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. In 2015, they were awarded Overall Best Emerging Artist at the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art.

He An's head shot
Courtesy of Kaitlin Chan

He An (b.1970, Wuhan, China) creates installations, sculptures, and photography that examine the physical and psychological impact of rapid urbanization in China. He explores the affective potential of found materials in urban spaces, including concrete, billboards and neon lights. His works are often tangible monuments to fleeting and fragile nature of relationships in contemporary life. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; the Redtory Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Saatchi Gallery; London; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, U.S. He An graduated from the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in Wuhan, China, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1996. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Hung Keung's head shot
Courtesy of Hung Keung

Hung Keung (b.1970, Kunming, China) is a Hong Kong-based new and digital media artist and scholar. His innovative practice encompasses interactive performance, installation art, experimental ink painting, photography, moving images and writing. Intrigued by the interconnectedness of time and space, as well as between the viewer and the work itself, his latest works incorporate moving digital images to explore human limitations and attempt to extend them using technology. He has held solo exhibitions at Art Basel Hong Kong, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, U.K. and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon, U.S., Hung has also exhibited in various group exhibitions in Finland, Australia and the Greater China Region.

Artwork by Takuji Kogo
Still from *Candy Factory Project’s HALBEATH, (2001). Courtesy of Takuji Kogo

Takuji Kogo (b.1965, Tokushima, Japan) organizes *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS — a mobile platform based in Japan for collaborative art projects. It develops curatorial projects, exhibitions, web projects and publications, and organizes the Kitakyushu Biennial. A selection of web-based projects can be explored at Kogo has produced a large body of work both as a solo artist and in collaborations under *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS, presenting them all over the world. Since 2007, Kogo has been director of the Kitakyushu Biennial in collaboration with the Art Institute of Kitakyushu. He is currently based in Fukuoka, Japan.

Takuji Kogo and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries have been collaborating since 2001 on various works under the rubric *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS.

Artwork by Charwei Tsai
Charwei Tsai, Spiral Incense Mantra- Five Buddha Principles, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Charwei Tsai (b.1980, Taipei, Taiwan) is a multi-media artist with a strong interest in the relationship between people and nature. She captures simultaneously personal and universal concerns through performance, photography, and video, encouraging viewer-participation outside the confines of passive contemplation. Working with motifs of geographical, social and spiritual significance, Tsai meditates on the complexities of cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience. Tsai has held solo and group exhibitions at Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yokohama Triennial; the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland, Australia; among many others.

Xu Bing's head shot
Courtesy of Xu Bing Studio

Xu Bing (b.1955, Chongqing, China) creates mixed-media installations that challenge viewers’ existing notions of language and explore the relationship between meaning and words, writing and reading. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA) in 1981, later earning his Master of Fine Arts in 1987. He is currently a professor and director of the Academic Committee at CAFA. Xu's work has been shown at the internationally acclaimed art institutions worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London as well as at the 45th, 51st, and 56th Venice Biennales, among other major art events. In 2015, he was appointed as an A.D. White Professor-at-large by Cornell University and named an Honoree at the third annual Asia Society Art Gala.

Gallery Guided Tours

Saturday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Sunday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Curator-Led Tours
February 11, 2018 | 2:30pm (In English)
Kaitlin Chan, Assistant Curator

April 1, 2018 | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)
Ashley Wu, Assistant Curator

April 22, 2018 | 2:30pm (In English)
Kaitlin Chan, Assistant Curator

May 19, 2018 | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)
Joyce Wong, Assistant Curator

July 15, 2018 | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)
Dominique Chan, Head of Gallery & Exhibition

Tours are open to the public. No registration is required.








LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia will be published by Asia Society Hong Kong Center on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition held from February 7 to July 15, 2018. Edited by the curator, Miwako Tezuka, and the Center's Gallery Team, the book contains four essays and a catalogue of the exhibition with over 50 color artwork plates. The publication opens with a curatorial overview essay by Miwako Tezuka, followed by a contribution by Susan Elizabeth Ryan, a foremost Indiana scholar. The subsequent essay by assistant curator Kaitlin Chan reflects on Indiana’s signs in a Hong Kong context, preceding a revised version of an essay by artist Xu Bing on the pictographic origins of Chinese characters. The catalogue is now available for purchase at the center’s Asia Society Store, and as overseas delivery via email at

Title: LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia
ISBN: 978-988-12272-0-1
Size: 300 mm x 260 mm portrait, hardcover
Number of pages: 160
Price: HK$320
Publisher: Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Online Learning Resources

Downloadable learning resources are now available for primary and secondary school students. Teachers and educators can explore the background of the exhibition and the artist. Classroom activities and discussions are suggested to enhance the gallery experience, and foster conversation among students after visiting the exhibition.

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#LOVELongBest Instagram Photo Contest
Key visual for LOVE Long Photo Contest

In celebration of Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s new exhibition LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia, we are thrilled to announce the #LoveLongBest Instagram Photo Contest!

What does LOVE mean to you? Come visit the exhibition with your loved ones and snap your loveliest shots with the artworks! Simply follow us on Instagram @AsiaSocietyHK, upload your best photo and tag us #LoveLongBest. Seize this opportunity to win a dinner voucher at AMMO valued at $800 and a one-year Asia Society family membership. All participating entries will also have the chance to be featured in our Center’s booth at Art Central this year — a unique opportunity to spread the LOVE with your loved ones!

LOVE Long exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Morgan Stanley as platinum sponsor.


  • 1st prize — AMMO dinner voucher ($800) and Asia Society Family Membership (1-year)
  • 2nd prize — AMMO afternoon tea voucher for 2 ($796) and Asia Society Individual Membership (1-year)
  • 3rd prize — AMMO afternoon tea voucher for 2 ($796) and Asia Society Individual Membership (1-year)
  • Up to five consolation prizes — Two Art Central Saturday entry tickets per winner)
  • • All winners will also each receive a copy of the LOVE Long exhibition catalogue

Contest period: February 7 to March 14, 2018, 11:59pm
Winners’ announcement: March 28, 2018

Terms and Conditions

#LoveLongBest #AsiaSocietyHK #LoveLongHK #RobertIndiana #MSandtheArts #AMMO #AMMOHK #ShareLove #TellMeYourLoveStory

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