A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun |光的故事 : 韓志勳
Asia Society Hong Kong is honored to present A Story of Light, an exhibition of the groundbreaking Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun (1922–2019). A postal inspector by trade, Hon was a self-taught artist who rose to prominence in the 1960s with his radical artistic experiments that combined international influences as a response to Hong Kong’s multi-cultural context. A Story of Light re-contextualizes the evolution of Hon Chi-fun’s practice by contrasting his continual fascination with light as both a material and subject with his deployment of various media and cultural influences. The exhibition presents over thirty artworks spanning four decades of his trailblazing practices in painting, printmaking, and photography.
Through considering the different ways Hon focuses on light in his work, one can discern his desire to resist being labelled or historicized. While Hon was undoubtedly informed by various dominant art movements, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong, he created a visual language that uniquely expresses his multicultural influences and evolving viewpoints spanning multiple geographies and time periods. His diverse oeuvre, developed over years of experimentation and travel, addresses questions of cultural identity through a radical approach to materials and the use of new artistic techniques. For Hon, to be a Hong Kong artist was to remain porous and question boundaries between cultures, mediums, and within the self.
A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun is co-curated by Katherine Don and Kaitlin Chan.
亞洲協會香港中心榮幸呈獻香港藝術家韓志勳（1922 - 2019）個展《光的故事》。原任職於郵局，韓志勳在藝術創作上無師自通，並憑其前衛的藝術手法於1960年代開始受藝壇注目。 透過審視韓志勳對光線作為素材和創作主體的興趣，並與其媒介和文化的運用做對比，《光的故事》重新闡述了韓志勳藝術手法的演變 。是次展覽將展覽逾三十件橫跨他四十年藝術生涯的作品，涵蓋了他在繪畫，版畫和攝影方面開拓性的創作。
Supported by 資助:
Art Logistics Partner 藝術物流伙伴:
Media Partner 媒體合作伙伴:
Outreach Partner 外展活動伙件:
Design Partner 設計伙件:
Exhibition Supporters 展覽贊助:
Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Désirée and Hans Michael Jebsen
Janet Nathanail and William Flanz
Wellington and Virginia Yee
Gokul and Lakshmi Laroia
Hon Chi-fun (1922–2019) was one of Hong Kong’s most groundbreaking visual artists, best known for his abstract paintings and silkscreen prints that layer various international influences onto the expressive motif of the circle. A self-taught artist, Hon joined Hong Kong’s Modern Literature and Art Association in 1958 and later in 1964 co-founded the pioneering artistic collective the Circle Art Group. He was the first in Hong Kong to receive a fellowship grant from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund (now Asian Cultural Council) in 1969. He has been the recipient of solo exhibitions at City University of Hong Kong Gallery (2007), the Hong Kong Museum of Art (2005), and the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong (1988). In 2013, he received the Medal of Honor from the Hong Kong SAR Government in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements and in 2017 was named an Asia Arts Game Changer Awards honoree by Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
韓志勳 (1922–2019) 自學而成，是香港最具代表性的視覺藝術家之一，曾於1964年聯合創辦現代藝術先軀組織──中元畫會。他曾於香港城市大學畫廊（2007）、香港藝術館（2005）以及香港大學美術博物館（1988）等舉辦個展。韓氏為香港首位獲取洛克菲勒三世基金會（現為亞洲文化協會）獎助金的藝術家；及後於2013年獲香港特別行政區政府頒發榮譽勳章，表揚其卓越藝術成就；更於2017年獲得亞洲協會香港中心頒發「亞洲藝術創變者大獎」。
March 12 2019 – June 9, 2019
Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Last Thursday of every month: 11am - 8pm
Closed on Mondays
Art Week Period
March 25 – 31, 2019: 10am - 8pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Our docent-led tours provide additional insights into the life of the Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun and shed light on the curatorial themes of the exhibition. Tours last approximately forty five minutes and are provided free of charge. The tour includes both A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun and Yukaloo by James Turrell. For group or student tours, please send an email to ExhibitionsHK@asiasociety.org at least one month in advance to request an appointment.
We welcome Asia Society members and the public to join us one art-ful weekend!
Saturday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)
Sunday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)
Mandarin language tours can be arranged upon request with advance notice.
March 16, 2019 | 2:30pm (In English)
Kaitlin Chan, Assistant Curator
April 20, 2019 | 2:30pm (In English)
Kaitlin Chan, Assistant Curator
June 8, 2019 | 2:30pm (In English)
Kaitlin Chan, Assistant Curator
Tours are open to the public. No registration is required.
逢星期六 | 下午2時半 (英語) | 下午3時半 (粵語)
逢星期日 | 下午2時半 (英語) | 下午3時半 (粵語)
1. Exhibition Introduction 展覽介紹
2. Bath of Fire 《火浴》
3. Floating Weight 《浮提》
4. Untitled 04, 13, 14, 05《無題04、13、14、05》
5. Frozen Blue 《凝碧》
6. Plunge and Live 《一蹤》
7. Breaking the Cocoon《破繭》
8. Chasm Forever 《恆淵》
In conjunction with the exhibition A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun, Asia Society Hong Kong Center will host a variety of related programming, including discussions, lectures and themed workshops.
Discussions and Lectures
March 14, 2019: Avant-garde Art in the 1960s: Hon Chi-fun and His Contemporaries 60 年代的前衛藝術：韓志勳與他的當代藝術家
Discussion with Mr. Quanan Shum, Dr. Louis Ho, Ms. Choi Yan-chi and moderated by Tang Siu Wa, in Cantonese, 7:00-8:00pm
March 29, 2019: A Story of Light and Space: discussion at Art Central with Michael Govan, C.E.O and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Zheng Chongbin, artist, 5:30-6:30pm
April 9, 2019: Lecture on Hong Kong Printmaking in the 60s and 70s, with Yung Sau-mui
June 2, 2019: Conversation on music and visual art
Workshops, Tours and Performances
April 6, 2019: Slow Art Day guided docent tour, 3:30 - 5:00pm
April 13, 2019: Printing workshop at Hong Kong Open Printshop
May 5, 2019: Walk with Hon Chi-fun: Hong Kong colonial era retrospective tour with Leung Po Shan Anthony 梁寶山
June 2, 2019: Music x Hon Chi-fun Showcase 音樂遇上韓志勳, presented by Composers & Authors Society of Hong Kong
March 31, 2019: Art A-Go-Go: Art After Party, with theme "Hong Kong in the 1960s" to celebrate Hon Chi-fun
Downloadable learning resources will soon be 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.
For school tours, please contact our Outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obituary: Hon Chi-fun (1922-2019), ArtAsiaPacific, February 26, 2019
ArtAsiaPacific Monthly Picks March - April 2019, ArtAsiaPacific, March 21, 2019
Hong Kong or the history of a global art hub, Art Basel, February 2019
Hon Chi-fun (1922–2019), Artforum, February 28, 2019
Hon Chi-fun at Asia Society Hong Kong Center: Critic's Picks, Artforum International, March 2019
Beyond Art Basel: 9 Non-Profit And Museum Shows To See In Hong Kong, Hong Kong Tatler, March 19, 2019
Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun, who blended traditional East with modern West, dies aged 96, South China Morning Post, February 27, 2019
Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun’s fascination with light explored in new show, South China Morning Post, March 15, 2019
《光的故事 》念韓志勳，《U周刊》， 2019年3月15日
光 · 圓：韓志勳以光入畫，《大公報》，2019年3月17日
【叛逆之徒】96歲藝術先驅個展前離世 韓志勳留下無限雲彩， 《蘋果生活》， 2019年03月06
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