Hong Kong Eye presented by Prudential - Major International Showcase of Hong Kong Contemporary Art Launches Today

Hong Kong, 20 November 2012

Hong Kong Eye presented by Prudential will be the first major international showcase of Hong Kong contemporary art. A touring exhibition presenting over 50 works by 18 emerging Hong Kong artists will be held at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 5 December 2012 to 12 January 2013 and at ArtisTree in TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong in May 2013. To mark the start of this significant programme, a major publication, entitled Hong Kong Eye: Hong Kong Contemporary Art, edited by Serenella Ciclitira and Chang Tsong-Zung, published by Skira, launches today. The publication includes over 100 artworks by 76 artists, offering the largest survey to date on Hong Kong contemporary art.

Hong Kong Eye presented by Prudential is curated by Chang Tsong-Zung, guest professor of China Art Academy and Director of Hanart TZ Gallery, Serenella Ciclitira, CEO of Parallel Contemporary Art and Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art, and Nigel Hurst, Director and CEO of the Saatchi Gallery. Prudential is the principal sponsor for the Hong Kong Eye programme and aspires to foster a legacy of greater insight and appreciation of Hong Kong art.

The book gives crucial recognition to Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene and provides a new resource and education tool for teachers, pupils and residents in Hong Kong, as well as worldwide. It features 66 emerging artists and 10 pioneers who have had a significant influence in shaping art in Hong Kong. The publication will be available at all good book stores, distributed by Rizzoli in the US and globally by Thames & Hudson. 350 books will also be donated to educational institutions and public libraries in Hong Kong.

The exhibitions will be free to the public and will provide vital international exposure for emerging Hong Kong artists, with the majority of works being shown for the first time outside of Asia. The works span across a range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and installation. Exhibiting artists are: Amy CHEUNG, CHOW Chun Fai, Silas FONG, HO Sin Tung, KONG Chun Hei, KUM Chi Keung, LAM Tung Pang, LEUNG Kui Ting, Otto LI, LUI Chun Kwong, Florian MA, Joao Vasco PAIVA, Hector RODRIGUEZ, Angela SU, Annie WAN, Adrian WONG, Justin WONG Chiu Tat and Fiona WONG Lai Ching. Asia Art Archive will also use theHong Kong Eye exhibition as a platform from which to conduct a series of programmes for teachers and its youth group as part of its ongoing educational programmes.

“As an international business with a long heritage in Asia, we feel it is important to support the development of local talent by providing global exposure for them. Prudential is proud to be principal sponsor of Hong Kong Eye and with the accompanying arts education programme, we hope to inspire the future generations of Hong Kong to participate in this exciting art scene.”

– Barry Stowe, Chief Executive, Prudential Corporation Asia

“The contemporary art scene in Hong Kong has been growing rapidly since David and I first visited in 1982. A few years ago Hong Kong was called a cultural desert, but since then there has been a growing pool of exceptionally talented artists. Drawing on their specific cultural baggage instead of concentrating on political formulas, they have expressed the nuances of their own artistic environment showing a wealth of talent and quality. For this project we received an extraordinary quantity of artists portfolios, a testament to the important contribution that Hong Kong Art will make to the global contemporary art scene.”

– Serenella Cicilitira, CEO, Parallel Contemporary Art

Hong Kong Eye is the third ‘Eye’ initiative following Korean Eye and Indonesian Eye. The Hong Kong Eye exhibition will be the 11th major exhibition over 4 years and the 5th at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the ‘Eye’ programme, which has attracted over 1 million visitors. The ‘Eye Initiative’ is founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira of Parallel Contemporary Art. Prudential is the principal sponsor of Indonesian Eye and Hong Kong Eye in partnership with Parallel Contemporary Art, the organiser of the ‘Eye’ programme in Asia and the Saatchi Gallery. For Hong Kong Eye, Swire Properties is a venue partner for the exhibition in Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific is a sponsor.

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