Hidden Forests Opening Day
Our summer exhibition,To See the Forest and the Trees, opened this Saturday to much fanfare. In response to Hong Kong’s devastating loss of trees caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018, this exhibition explores the role and significance of local trees to our environment, culture and history. Highlights of the environmental fun day included storytelling by the artist James Prosek, botanical drawing workshops with the artist Sally Grace Bunker, a gallery and nature tour led by our star docent Olivia Leung, and a special Ode to Trees (the first of a series) musical performance curated by PROJECT 21st. To view more photos from opening day, please see below.
The To See the Forest and the Trees artworks serve to address urgent environmental themes of local and global relevance, with new commissions created in consultation with local ecological scientists, including Dr. Gunter Fischer, Head of Flora Conservation, and Dr. Stephan Gale at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden; Dr. Richard Saunders, Professor, Dr. Stefano Cannicci, Associate Professor, Dr. Billy Hau, Principal Lecturer and Dr. Chiu Chun Pang, Post-doctoral Fellow of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong.
On behalf of our team at Asia Society, we extend heartfelt thanks to the participating artists and collectives, including Allora & Calzadilla, Sally Bunker, South Ho, Vvzela Kook, Post Tree Lifestyle, James Prosek, Frank Tang, Natee Utarit, Haley Alexander van Oosten and Trevor Yeung, as well as Charles Kwong and Sharon Chan for curating and producing the music series in tandem with the exhibition. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from Burger Collection, Hong Kong and Boris Yeung and Amy Ng. Additional support is provided by Moiz Zilberman, Pegi and Michael Touff, and Rosewood Hong Kong. The project has also been enriched by our meaningful collaborations with education partners Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Center and Shakespear4All; outreach partners AMMO and Hang Lung Properties; media partners ArtMap and ArtAsiaPacific; and airline sponsor United Airlines.
Catch the exhibition from Tue – Sun from 11am through 6pm, and join a special guided tour on Thursdays at 11am (English and Cantonese), or Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm (in English) and 3:30pm (in Cantonese).