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Hong Kong Art Biennial extends creative horizons

A total of 110 works by 91 Hong Kong artists will be on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from tomorrow (November 21) until February 1, 2004, part of a citywide art bonanza, which includes 30 fringe exhibitions and activities.

The Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003, an important art event since 1975, has served as a major platform for nurturing new artists and extending the horizon of Hong Kong art through open competition. Many distinguished artists, who have taken part in the past biennials, have gone on the break new ground in the art world. The entries in this year's biennial, in a wide range of media, show the creativity, artistic vocabulary and ideas of Hong Kong artists. They represent the stylistic diversity of contemporary Hong Kong art.

The Chief Curator of the Museum of Art, Dr Christina Chu Kam-leun, said that Hong Kong art had developed progressively in the past decades and the biennials provided important clues to document this development.

"New breakthroughs are evidenced in creative concepts. With the increasing number of cross-media works, the biennial spells out the uniqueness and diversity of Hong Kong art.

"The organisation of the current Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition commenced at a critical time when Hong Kong was beginning to recover from the ravages of SARS. The painful memories of the experience are evidenced in many entries," said Dr Chu.

Based on originality, creativity and technical competence, 10 prizes of excellence were awarded from 1,500 entries, and another 100 works were chosen for the exhibition.

The 10 winning works are "Diamond Sutra in Small Regular Script" (Calligraphy) by Wong Yat-sun, "The Duo Clubs" (Painting) by Wilson Shieh Ka-ho, "Waywards" (Photography) by Wu Kin-yat, "This is an Orange" (Photography) by Cheng Kwong-chuen, "Monument/Anagama in Shigaraki" (Ceramics) by Annie Wan Lai-kuen, "Naboon Dragonfly" (Installation) by Joyce Hsu Soong-wei, "A Tree to be Found" (Installation) by Seeman Ho See-man, "Attire" (Installation) by Sara Tse Suk-ting, "Res Extensa" (Video in digital) by Hector Rodriguez, and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (Other media) by Man Fung-yi.

To explore new areas in collaboration and present a more comprehensive picture of contemporary art trends in Hong Kong, the Museum of Art has teamed up with various local art groups and institutions to organise a wide variety of fringe programmes. They include Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Arts School, the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Design Centre, the Fringe Club, Para/ Site, Art Map Ltd, Plum Blossoms (International) Ltd, the Contemporary Ceramic Society (HK) and the artists of Fotan.

For details of the programmes and exhibitions, please visit the Museum of Art's website at or refer to the Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003 Programme Guide which is available at the Museum of Art and all participating organisations.

A catalogue on the current biennial has also been published and is available at the Gift Shop of the Museum of Art.

The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It opens from 10am to 6pm daily and closes on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. On Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve, the museum will close at 5pm. Admission is $10 and half-price concession is available to full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For enquiries, please call 2721 0116.

Major events of the Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003:

Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003
21.11.2003 - 1.2.2004
Navigating the Dot: Documentary Exhibition
A Retrospective of the Exhibition at Hong Kong Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale
21.11.2003 - 1.2.2004

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Mapping Asia - 18th Asia International Art Exhibition
10.12.2003 - 1.3.2004

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II:
Look for Equilibrium - Works by Rachel Cheung
11.11.2003 -30.11.2003
Art Works of Alumni of Fine Arts Department,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2003
22.11.2003 - 30.11.2003
Business of Design Week 2003 -
Designergy 7: In Search of Anonymous Designers
3.12.2003 - 9.12.2003

4/F Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Pleasurable Pursuits - Artworks of Docents of the Hong Kong Museum of Art
3.1.2004 - 11.1.2004
SPACE ArtEx 2003
2.12.2003 - 17.12.2003
Trifling Skill
13.1.2004 - 1.2.2004

High Block Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong City Hall
Distinguished Works by Hong Kong Calligraphers
8.12.2003 - 12.12.2003

Exhibition Gallery 1, Hong Kong Central Library
The Hong Kong Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society Exhibition 2003
12.12.2003 - 15.12.2003
VAS Energetic 30
9.1.2004 - 24.1.2004

Grotto Fine Art Ltd
Where is Hong Kong?: Colour Works by Leung Chi Wo
12.11.2003 - 29.11.2003
Ho Siu Kee: The Visible Form of Intention
3.12.2003 - 27.12.2003

Shanghai Street Artspace
Playful Mind - An Exhibition of Artworks with Comic Elements
1.12.2003 - 15.12.2003

Wah Luen Industrial Centre
Yue Cheung Centre and Goldfield Industrial Centre
6.12.2003 - 7.12.2003
13.12.2003 - 14.12.2003

Hanart T Z Gallery
Exhibition of Liu Kuo Sung
6.12.2003 - 31.12.2003

Hong Kong Arts Centre
Cheng Ming in All Directions: 40 Years Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
9.12.2003 - 30.12.2003

Fringe Club
Slightly Out of Tune
2.1.2004 - 20.1.2004

1A Space
Painting, Unpainting
3.1.2004 - 25.1.2004

Plum Blossoms (International) Ltd
Through the Kaleidoscope: A Group Exhibition of Hong Kong Artists
6.1.2004 - 17.1.2004

Art Gallery, The Creative Arts Department
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
An Exhibition of Artworks by Staff and Students of Department of Creative Arts, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
13.1.2004 - 31.1.2004

Alisan Fine Arts
Kaleidoscope - Contemporary Hong Kong Art 2003
15.1.2004 - 7.2.2004

Ends/Thursday, November 20, 2003
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