EXHIBITION | TALK SERIES
Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice
|When||11 Mar - 4 Jul 2015|
|Where||Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong|
|Language||English & Cantonese|
Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice is an exhibition in the AAA library stemming from our ongoing research into the archive of Ha Bik Chuen (1925-2009). A Hong Kong-based artist primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, he also had parallel practices: from photographing exhibitions he attended, to collecting materials such as illustrated magazines and artist portraits, and using these to construct book collages. Collectively, this material provides building blocks from which more complex histories of Hong Kong’s art ecology can be constructed. A selection of materials, self-organised, using an idiosyncratic system dating back to the 1960s through to the late 2000s, will be featured in the exhibition.
According to his family’s wish that these materials be made available for public use and research, Asia Art Archive has initiated a pilot project stretching over the next two years that will include select materials from Ha’s personal archive both in physical and digital forms.
Two public programmes organised by local cultural practioner Lau Kin Wah will take place during the exhibition through AAA's Hong Kong Conversations series with more details to come.
The AAA Team
Loretta Lo, Phoebe Wong, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Hong Kong Arts Development Council.