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

中文

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.

 


SPECIAL THANKS

The Ha Family
Walid Raad
Luke Casey
Spring Workshop
The AAA Team

 
David Boyce, Johnson Chang, Fat Gor, Marysia Lewandowska, 
Loretta Lo, Phoebe Wong, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
 
Exhibition Design Partner: SKY YUTAKA LTD.
Graphic Design Partner: GOING MERRY DESIGN co.
 
The Ha Bik Cheun Archive Pilot Project is supported by 
Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  

Image: detail of Ha Bik Chuen collage book from in his archive in To Kwa Wan. Courtesy of the Ha family.
Image: Ha Bik Chuen studio detail, 2015. Photo: Jack Chueng of NOTRICH MEDIA, Hong Kong. Courtesy of the Ha family.
Image: Exhibition view of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Exhibition view of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Exhibition view of 'Collage Books' at Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: 'Artist Portraits' detail of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015. Courtesy of the Ha family.
Image: 'Exhibition Documentation' detail of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Exhibition view of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Exhibition view of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: 'Exhibition Documentation' detail of Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Exhibition view of film by Luke Casey for Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015.
Image: Still from a film by Luke Casey at Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice, 11 March-3 July, 2015. Courtesy of Luke Casey.
  
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