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Ha Bik Chuen Archive

Brief overview (-)

The Ha Bik Chuen Archive presents one window into Hong Kong’s art history: through exhibition history, circulation of artistic practices and reading materials, and international exchange. Primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, artist Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009) had parallel practices of photographing exhibitions he attended, and collecting materials including illustrated magazines and artist portraits, in part for the construction of book collages. Ha’s entire collection has been stored in his Hong Kong studio since his passing.

Asia Art Archive began an initial pilot project to map, assess, and selectively digitise Ha’s archive by invitation of the Ha family in 2013. Made available to a wider audience for the first time, the archive consists of a continuously growing selection of Ha’s collage books, exhibition documentation, and exhibition catalogues. Due to the vast volume of Ha’s archive, materials digitised and shared on this platform are prioritised by their rarity and relevance to AAA’s ongoing lines of inquiry such as exhibition histories, alongside other AAA projects and programmes Hong Kong Art History Research Project, Sites of Construction, Hong Kong Conversations, and the 2015 exhibition ‘Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice’.

More material will be gradually made accessible through the AAA website.

The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Pilot Project (2014–16)
is supported by

  The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project (2016–19)
is funded by


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