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2009
May
Works from international artists go on display at Museum of Art
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     The creativity and passion of a number of internationally acclaimed artists will be manifested at a large-scale exhibition - "Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation" which will run at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from tomorrow (May 22) to August 9.

     The exhibition was officially opened today (May 21) by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang. Other officiating guests were the Chairman and CEO of LVMH/Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mr Bernard Arnault, the Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, Mr Yves Carcelle, the President of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Mr Jean-Baptiste Debains, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow, and the Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, Mr Tang Hoi-chui.

     Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Louis Vuitton and the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong, the exhibition has been organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and is an event of Le French May.

     The composition of this exhibition demonstrates different concepts and practices of contemporary and avant-garde art. It begins with antique trunks and suitcases of Louis Vuitton which have evolved as a symbol of "art travelling". Artists and designers, including Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince, who share a close partnership with Louis Vuitton, have been invited to display their works of painting, installations, fashion and sculpture created exclusively for this exhibition. By artfully incorporating into the Louis Vuitton monogram, their works show how commercial elements merge with art and design to showcase the high adaptability and evolution of contemporary art.

     The second section of the exhibition features a fine selection from the contemporary art collection of the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, including works by renowned Chinese, French and American artists: Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Bertrand Lavier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Prince, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Marclay, Jeff Koons, Robert Boyd, Paul Chan, Cao Fei and Yang Fudong.

     Also on display at the exhibition is a three-dimensional model and brief introduction to the forthcoming Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création Museum, designed by iconic architect Frank Gehry. To be inaugurated in France in 2012, the new museum is a fusion of technology, architecture and aesthetic. Its naturalistic curving contours and forms are innovative and representative of the architect's signature style, and will act as an enlightened inspiration to cultural facilities in the future. Renowned American artist Richard Prince has wrapped the façade of the Hong Kong Museum of Art with his work "Hong Kong After Dark", presenting a new landmark landscape of art to the panoramic Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong.

     To tie in with the Hong Kong context, and in extension of its principle of nurturing creative talents, the Fondation has invited a curator to commission seven young Hong Kong artists to participate in this exhibition. They are Leung Chi-wo, Tsang Kin-wah, Lee Kit, Tozer Pak, Doris Wong, Adrian Wong and Nadim Abbas. Working in different media and styles, their works originate from their thoughts and passion for the unique urban life, social affairs, cultural heritage and psychology of Hong Kong, and are a mirror to the creative expression and characteristics of Hong Kong contemporary art.

     To enhance viewers' appreciation of the exhibition, an education gallery has been set up with introductory text, books and interesting activities. Audio guides, free public guided tours, video programmes, a workshop and an exhibition web-kit will also be provided. Finally, a fully illustrated catalogue will be published and available at the Gift Shop of the Museum of Art.

     Admission to "Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation" is $30. A half-price concession will be available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, full-time students and people with disabilities. "Free Admission on Wednesdays" and the Museum Weekly Pass will not apply to this exhibition.

     The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and Fridays, and from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).

     For details of the exhibition, please visit the Museum of Art's website http://hk.art.museum . For enquiries, call 2721 0116.

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Model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création. Designed by iconic architect Frank Gehry, the new museum will be inaugurated in Paris in 2012. © Fondation Louis Vuitton - Nicolas Borel (Project cf 2008)

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"RMB City secondlife city planning", a 3D animation video produced by Cao Fei in 2007. ©Cao Fei, DR Courtesy Vitamin Creative Space

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"Monkey Train (Birds)" created by Jeff Koons in 2007 © Jeff Koons, DR

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"Class War, Militant, Gateway" created by Gilbert & George in 1986. © Gilbert and George, DR

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"F1 Boxenstopp I-IV", a photographic work by Andreas Gursky taken in 2007. ©Courtesy: Monika Spruth Galerie, Koln, Adagp, Paris, 2009 Courtesy of Monika Spruth Galerie

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The opening ceremony of the “Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation” was held today (May 21) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Pictured shows the officiating guests cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony. They are (from left) the Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, Mr Tang Hoi-chui, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, the Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, Mr Yves Carcelle, the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, CEO of LVMH/Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mr Bernard Arnault, Dr Stanley Ho, the President of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Mr Jean-Baptiste Debains, and the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow.

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The opening ceremony of the “Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation” was held today (May 21) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Pictured shows (from left) the officiating guests, namely the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow, CEO of LVMH/Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mr Bernard Arnault, and the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, viewing the exhibits and listening the iconic architect Frank Gehry (right) to introduce his work - the model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création Museum.

 

“LOUIS VUITTON: A PASSION FOR CREATION” Lecture Series
Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Louis Vuitton

 "Contemporary Master佚ong Kong Museum of Art"

The Art of Richard Prince
Mr Richard Prince (Artist)
2009.05.22 (Fri)
4:30 – 5:30pm
Lecture Hall (B/F), Hong Kong Museum of Art
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
(Conducted in English)
Enquiries: 2734 2099
Email application is required, 70 seats. Each email can apply for only one seat, first come, first served. Application period: from now until fully booked
Please click to the hyperlink for details of application:
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/english/activities/activities01.html

To coincide with the “LOUIS VUITTON: A PASSION FOR CREATION” art exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Louis Vuitton have jointly organized the lecture “Contemporary Master佚ong Kong Museum of Art”. We are proud to welcome the internationally renowned artist, Mr Richard Prince, to present a lecture on May 22, 2009. Don’t miss the chance to meet Mr Prince in person.

Richard Prince (b. 1949) was born in the Panama Canal Zone and is now living in New York State, USA.
 

 
“LOUIS VUITTON: A PASSION FOR CREATION” Lecture Series
Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Louis Vuitton

"Curators" Series

Lecture Hall (B/F), Hong Kong Museum of Art
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Free programme
150 seats  first come, first served  no application required
Enquiries: 2734 2099

Louis Vuitton and Art
Mr Hervé Mikaeloff (Curator of "Louis Vuitton and Art" of this Exhibition)
2009.05.23 (Sat)
10:00 – 11:00am
(Conducted in English)

Mr Hervé Mikaeloff is graduated from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris. As an independent curator, he curates and provides art advice for Louis Vuitton’s exhibitions. In this lecture, Mr Hervé Mikaeloff will introduce the Louis Vuitton heritage and “Louis Vuitton and Art” the exhibition.

Guests of the Fondation: The Hong Kong Seven
Mr Philip Tinari (Curator of "Guests of the Fondation: The Hong Kong Seven" of this Exhibition)
2009.05.23 (Sat)
2:30 – 4:30pm
(Conducted in English)

Mr Philip Tinari will talk about the work of the seven artists included in the show "Guests of the Fondation: The Hong Kong Seven" in the larger context of Hong Kong, Chinese, and international contemporary art.

Philip Tinari is an art critic and curator based in Beijing. He is a contributing editor to Artforum, and assistant professor of art criticism and theory at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He founded the Office for editorial studio and publishing imprint focused on research and translation related to Chinese contemporary art.

 

 

 

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