Don't mention the war

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 May, 1993, 12:00am

GERMAN tourists no longer insist on being served beer and sausage with sauerkraut, and have even been known to order foreign cuisine.

What's more they don't click their heels in annoyance when the natives head off for a siesta.

Don't despair. The German tourist still provides ample scope for humour as shown by Caricatours: When A German Embarks On a Tour, on display at the Goethe-Institut, Arts Centre, during the month of June. Almost 100 cartoons by Germany's best-known wits will be featured. LOUISE Soloway has had her work hung at Britain's Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery. She has been filmed by Scottish Television for an Edinburgh Festival special and by BBC-2 for its documentary The Lane. In the 80s, she was a huge hit in India where she studied and exhibited after winning a Commonwealth Scholarship.

We are not talking about a venerable talent. Ms Soloway was born in London in 1962 and as a self-portrait reveals, this is one trendy young artist.

From Wednesday till June 14, Gallery 7 (1 Glenealy, Central) in conjunction with the British Council will be presenting Light Relief: The Serious Work of Louise Soloway, with the artist herself in attendance for the first four days.

Sculptures in relief are her specialty. How she creates them is only marginally less fascinating than the finished products - densely detailed works brimming with people and humour. Nothing like them has ever been shown in Hongkong, says Gallery 7, though they should strike a familiar chord. That's because Soloway's Crazy Life, depicting London's Futures Exchange was used to publicise the Stage Renegades' recent production of Caryl Churchill's comedy Serious Money.

TWO journeys by a Frenchman are the subject of the exhibition showing at the Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hongkong, till June 19.

These took place in 1934 and 1937 and resulted in some intriguing studies of Beijing, Shanghai and Hongkong thanks to legendary photo-journalist Pierre Verger. Born in 1902 and now living in Brazil, Verger's pictures provide rich insights to a bygone era.

SHOWING at the Chinese University till June 27 is the Fine Arts department's Graduation Exhibition '93.

Twenty-three students have contributed to the display which brings together oils, sculptures, installations, prints, ceramics and Chinese paintings and calligraphy. WANG Shouqing hadn't had a formal art lesson in his life when he won first prize in a local Chinese ink painting competition in 1978.

Today, the artist who was born in Fujian Province in 1954 and worked on a farm during the Cultural Revolution, lives in London and holds a degree in fine art from the Wimbledon School of Art.

That followed a year at the Central School of Art where Ching, as he is popularly known, studied under Cecil Collins.

As might be expected, this artist combines the influences of East and West. To appreciate his distinctive style, catch his exhibition at the Arts Centre's Pao Galleries.

It is being held by Shuangle Gallery and ends on Wednesday.