Jia Aili, Throw Over to the Wasteland, 2007. © Jia Aili Studio

Contemporary Asian Art: An Insider’s View

Date: 6 - 10 July 2016            
Time: 9:30am – 5pm (Wed to Sat) & 9:30am – 2:30pm (Sun)
Venue: Run Run Shaw Tower, The University of Hong Kong

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Yeewan Koon -  Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Elaine Kwok - Director, Christie’s Education, Asia
Jonathan Stone - Chairman of Asian Art, Christie’s
Roslyn Hammers - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
William Lim - Founders and Managing Director of CL3 Architects
Edouard Malingue - Owner, Edouard Malingue Gallery
Henry Tang - Former Chief Secretary for Administration, GBM, GBS, JP
Kathleen Wyma - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Dominique Chan - Head of Gallery & Exhibition, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Pauline Yao - Lead Curator, Visual Arts, M+

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Wednesday 6th July – Creating the Modern

The program begins by looking at what was “modern art” in the early 20th century. We will examine the writings of British artist and critic Roger Fry (1866-1934), who linked the aesthetics of Chinese art with that of Modernism in Britain. We will also look at Chinese artists, who lived and worked abroad but embraced different aspects of European art. In the afternoon seminar, we will hear from Henry Tang - Former Chief Secretary for Administration, GBM, GBS, JP, to better understand the city’s motivations and ambitions in developing its cultural landscape. We will have conversation with Edouard Malingue – his father was the dealer for some of the greatest masters of European modernity, while Edouard has set up his own gallery for international artists working today.

  • Course Introduction
  • Writing: Roger Fry and China
  • Image: China looking at the West
  • Development of Hong Kong's Cultural Landscape by Henry Tang - Former Chief Secretary for Administration, GBM, GBS, JP
  • Two Generations of Art Dealing @ Edouard Malingue gallery

Thursday 7th July – Contemporary Artists in Asia

On day two, we look at examples of key artists working in Asia today, in particular artists from China, Japan, India, as well as local artists in Hong Kong. Questions discussed include what makes an artist important, what is unique about contemporary art, and the different media through which artists engage. We will visit artist studios in Hong Kong, and hear firsthand from artists about their ideas, methods, and practice.

  • 5 Japanese artists
  • 5 Chinese artists
  • 5 Indian artists
  • 5 Hong Kong artists
  • Visit to Artist Studios @ Fotan                                

Friday 8th July – Contemporary Art Markets

Day three is about how the market shapes our understanding of contemporary art. We begin by discussing how in the absence of official patronage, artists had to look for different places to display and market their work. We will also look at the different roles within the art industry – dealer, critic, art fair, auction house, collector, and museum – as well as the relationship between these roles. Then, Jonathan Stone, Chairman of Christie’s Asia Art, will analyze the different attributes that determine the value of a work of art. We will also hear from collector and architect William Lim, who engage with the arts in other ways, whether through consulting by leveraging relevant expertise, or being an art collector, and supporting artists and institutions through patronage 

  • Creating an Audience for Modern Art
  • Mapping the World of Contemporary Art
  • What Makes Art Valuable? @ Christie’s
  • Conversation with a Collector @ Wong Chuk Hang

Saturday 9th July – Art & Place Identity

The fourth day is about how a nation or a city’s arts scene can shape its identity. First, we will start with a visit to the Asia Society, where we will hear from their Head of Gallery & Exhibition Dominique Chan and Asistant Curator Ashley Wu about their current exhibition. Then, we will examine mega-events, such as Biennales and Art Fairs, which have the power of attracting visitors from all over the world to the host city.  We will also discuss the role of museums, and how to make such institutions relevant to local, regional, and international audiences.  A visit to Asia Art Archive and some of the top art galleries in Central concludes the day’s program.

  • Visit to Asia Society - Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power
  • Conversation with Head of Gallery & Exhibition, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
  • What is a Biennale?
  •  A Museum for Today
  • Visit to Asia Art Archive
  • Pedder Building Gallery Crawl

Sunday 10th July – Paths of Passion

The program concludes with a series of case studies on different ways to pursue a passion in the arts. There will be a discussion with young people who are starting careers in different areas of the art world, offering perspectives from both the commercial and academic sectors.  We will learn about how auctions work, engage in a mock auction. Last but not least, we finish with a networking brunch, where participants can have the opportunity to chat with select speakers and others working within the industry. 

  • Panel discussion: How to Start a Career in the Art World?
  • Working Art into your Career
  • Mock Auction Challenge
  • Networking Brunch: Spring Workshop

Seminars, discussions, and program materials will be in English.

Program details are subject to change.

Letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend all sessions.

Regular: HK$22,000
HKU student, alum, or Friend of UMAG: HK$21,000
Early bird (payment before 10 June): HK$20,000

Group Discount:

3 persons or more
HK$18,000 per person for payments made by June 10, 2016
HK$19,800 per person for payments made after June 10, 2016

10 persons or more
HK$16,000 per person

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For more information on group discount, please contact Mr Cyrus Chan (

Limited scholarship positions are available at HK$10,000.  Applicants will be required to submit a short essay.  Please contact Mr Cyrus Chan for more information and to apply

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