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Aside from a full program of conversations, the LIVE AT ART CENTRAL theatre hosts the participation of regional and international organizations holding open sessions of arts-related educational and cross-functional meetings. Presented in partnership with Education Partner, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.

Natee Utarit at Art Central 2019.

About Asia Society Hong Kong Centre

As an affiliate of the Asia Society global network of 13 centers, Asia Society Hong Kong Center was established in 1990 by a group of Hong Kong community leaders, led by the late Sir Q.W. Lee, honorary chairman of Hang Seng Bank.

In February 2012, the Hong Kong Center established its new home in Admiralty at the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks.

Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty, the 1.3 hectares site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for explosives and ammunition production and storage. Through careful conservation, restoration and adaptive re-use, this heritage site was successfully transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in Hong Kong in 2012 and offers a broad variety of programs in the form of lectures, performances, film screenings and exhibitions to the community.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center was established entirely with local funding and is supported through membership dues, fundraising events, and contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations that work together to support and advance its mission.

  • 2019


    Education Partner Asia Society Hong Kong Center returned to Art Central in 2019 to present a daily programme of talks and panel discussions.

    The past edition’s talk programme featured a conversation with the 2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Honourees on the third day of the Fair. The honourees shared personal and inspirational thoughts related to the significant contributions they have made to the development of the modern and contemporary art industry in Asia.


    Imran Qureshi

    Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes. His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

    Moderated by Michelle Yun [Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum, New York]

    Natee Utarit

    Natee Utarit is a Thai artist best known for his photorealist paintings that subtly critique the socio-political dynamics of post-colonial Thailand. His neoclassical compositions often feature biblical and Buddhist symbols and anthropomorphize animals in the manner of Aesop’s Fables and George Orwell’s Animal Farm as a means to illuminate uncomfortable truths about contemporary society. Utarit’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions including at the Ayala Museum, Manila (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art (now Kiasma), Helsinki (2001); and the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1999).

    Moderated by Boon Hui Tan [Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs, and Director of Asia Society Museum, New York]

    Christine Ay Tjoe

    Christine Ay Tjoe is an Indonesian artist whose multimedia practice includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Her psychologically-charged abstractions address philosophical themes relating to spirituality and the human condition filtered through the artist’s personal experiences. Ay Tjoe recently had a major midcareer retrospective at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary, Kanazawa (2018) and has been featured in many international exhibitions, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2012); National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2009); and Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2005).

    Moderated by Noorani Sukardi [Former Deputy Director, Yuz Foundation and Yuz Museum, Shanghai]

    Fang Lijun

    Fang Lijun is one of the leading figures of the Cynical Realism movement that emerged in China in the 1990s. This group sought to capture the disillusionment of China’s youth following the optimism of the 1980s. Fang’s bald figures, captured in mid-yawn, portray the alienating feelings of apathy and helplessness that permeated contemporary society during this period. Fang has exhibited internationally, including at the Kunst Museum Bern (2016); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2009); the 48th Venice Biennale (1999); Asia Society Museum, New York (1998); and the 22nd São Paulo Art Biennial (1994).


    4A in conversation with Project's artist Heri Dono

    Thursday 28 March 2019, 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

    Speakers: Heri Dono [Exhibiting artist] & 4A performance artist
    Moderator: Mikala Tai [Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art]

    Arts Hidden Forests: Connecting Art and Environmental Awareness

    Thursday 28 March 2019, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

    Speakers: James Prosek [Artist, Writer & Naturalist], Tam Wai Ping, Lucas [Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong] & Billy Hau [Principal Lecturer, HKU]
    Moderator: Joyce Wong [Curator, Asia Society Hong Kong]
    The speakers will discuss compelling topics that aim to interrogate relationships between contemporary art and the natural world, its historical implications and impact. James incorporates elements of wildlife in his artwork to ruminate the relationship between human desire and the fluidity of nature. Together they will initiate a dialogue to explore the changes that humans have made to disrupt the world’s ecosystems and share their thoughts on living in the Anthropocene through the lens of art, immersing the audience in a world that predates interconnectivity.

    Light & Space

    Friday 29 March, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

    Speaker: Zheng Chongbin [artist]
    Moderator: Michael Govan [Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art]
    Inspired by the current exhibition at Asia Society Hong Kong Center “A Story of Light: Hon Chi Fun”, the discussion identifies how light and space negotiates and interplays with the transparency and porosity of other materials.

    Connecting City Landscape and Arts in Hong Kong

    Sunday 31 March, 2 pm - 3 pm

    Speakers: Christopher DeWolf [Author of “Borrowed Spaces: Life Between the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong], Ekkehard Altenburger [Sculptor & Assistant Professor, HKBU], Ying Kowk [Curator of PROJECTS, Art Central]
    Moderator: Ingrid Chu, [Curator, Writer and Cultural Entrepreneur]

    The Synergy in Collective Art

    Sunday 31 March, 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

    Speakers: C&G Artpartment, Dirty Paper, Otto Ng [LAAB] and PHUNK
    Moderator: Vivian Ting [Assistant Professor, CUHK]
  • 2018



    Subodh Gupta

    Subodh Gupta draws from a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and video in his practice. Gupta is best known for his use of the mass-produced stainless steel and brass cooking vessels ubiquitous throughout India, which he transforms into monumental sculptural installations that explore migration, globalization, and the social repercussions of economic development. Gupta has held solo exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2017); and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015). He has participated in Performa 13, New York (2013); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, (2012); and the 51st Venice Biennale (2005). In 2018, Monnaie de Paris will present a retrospective exhibition of the artist.

    Park Seo-Bo

    Park Seo-Bo is a seminal figure in Korean contemporary art and a founding member of the Dansaekhwa movement in the 1960s, which defined postwar Korean abstract painting. Park is best known for his ongoing Ecriture series which he began in 1967. His minimalist paintings have evolved with time to feature meticulously inscribed surfaces that he builds up with acrylic and Korean hanji paper, emphasizing the materiality of the painting while evoking a Taoist sense of pure emptiness. He work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the Daegu Art Museum (2012) and Tate Liverpool (1992), and group exhibitions at the Carlo Bilotti Museum, Rome (2013); and the 43rd Venice Biennale (1988).

    Shirazeh Houshiary

    Shirazeh Houshiary, a member of the New British Sculpture movement in the 1980s, employs painting, sculpture, and video installations, often incorporating elements of Islamic texts and imagery, including Sufi poetry, as a means to ruminate on the intangible nature of spirituality and our common humanity. Her work was included in the groundbreaking exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989). She has had solo exhibitions at Tate Liverpool (2003) and the British Museum (1997). Her work has been featured in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2004); and São Paulo Biennial (1996). Houshiary was shortlisted for the Tate Modern’s prestigious Turner Prize in 1994.

    Ju Ming

    Ju Ming has been lauded as one of the most celebrated sculptors from Taiwan for his minimal yet fluid aesthetic. His signature reductive style is best illustrated in his acclaimed Taichi Series and Living World Series, created in a diverse range of mediums including wood, iron, bronze, and stainless steel. Ju has been the recipient of solo exhibitions at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (2014); the National Art Museum of China (2010); the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2006); and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire (1991). A permanent museum dedicated to the artist was founded in 1999 in Chinshan, Taiwan.


    Art and Conflict

    Wednesday 28 March,  3:00 – 4:00 pm

    Speakers: Adeela Suleman [Artist], Dinh Q. Lê [Artist] & Nathalie Johnston [Curator and Founder of Myanm/art]

    Moderator: Maurice Benayoun [Professor, School of Creative Media, CUHK / Artist]

    The Complexities of Text in Art

    Wednesday 28 March, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

    Speakers: Dr. Miwako Tezuka [Co- Director of PoNJA-GenKon] and Charwei Tsai [Artist]
    Moderator: Cailin Broere [Art Consultant]

    Queerness in Art – A conversation with the players

    Thursday 29 March, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Speakers: Patrick Sun [Collector and Founder of the Sunpride Foundation], Jes Fan [Artist] & Ming Wong [Artist] Moderator: Dominique Chan [Head of Gallery and Exhibition, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre]

    Shirazeh Houshiary, in conversation with Michelle Yun

    Friday 30 March, 11:30 – 12:30 pm

    Speakers: Shirazeh Houshiary [Artist] Moderator: Michelle Yun [Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society]

    Subodh Gupta, in conversation with Elaine Ng

    Friday 30 March, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Speakers: Subodh Gupta [Artist] Moderator: Elaine Ng [Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific]

    In the Public Eye: The Art of Creative Activism

    Saturday 31 March, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Speakers: Mikala Tai [Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art], Dr. Kacey Wong [Artist] & Sampson Wong [Artist]
    Moderator: Cosmin Costinas [Executive Director/Curator,
    Para Site]

    Myths and Histories in Contemporary Practices

    Saturday 31 March, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

    Speakers: Ying Kwok [Curator], Andrea Wolf [ Artist] & Lavar Munroe [Artist]

    Moderator: Laure Raibaut [Head of Visual Arts, Le French May]





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