Chinese Art

Robert Ho Tung's granddaughter seeks revamp of city's art scene

Semi-abstract painter Wendy Yeo shows her "Inspired by Travel" series at The Space Gallery in Sheung Wan. Photo: May Tse

The last time artist Wendy Yeo was in Hong Kong was 21 years ago. Since then, much has changed and this time around Yeo has enjoyed soaking up the modern architecture and vibrancy of the city.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:35am

Auctions speak louder

Zeng Fanzhi's Mao's Song Poem of Snow, No 2. Auction houses are once again bullish about sales now that mainland buyers are returning to the art market. Photo: Poly Auction Hong Kong

The art market seems to be recovering its allure after a year in which no amount of wooing was able to rekindle the fervour of buyers. Sotheby's early April six-day sale indicated that the market had hit bottom last year.

8 May 2013 - 12:04pm

Chinese masterworks fetch HK$202m

Wang Yidong's Teasing the Newlyweds sold for HK$19.1million. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Aficionados of 20th century Chinese art were out in force yesterday, spending HK$202 million on a variety of works sourced from around the globe at a Hong Kong auction.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

New York's Guggenheim Museum gets US$10m grant for Chinese art

New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and Hong Kong's Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation have announced a US$10 million grant to the museum - the largest ever given to any US museum - to expand its collection of Chinese contemporary art.

It will go into commissioning new works aimed at increasing contemporary Chinese art's profile among mass audiences.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:05am

China artists work up-close with old masters in Madrid

Guo Zhongzheng paints a version of Titian's "The Emperor Charles V at Muchlberg" at the Prado Museum. Photos: AFP

With brushes and paint-daubed palette, Chinese artist Yang Feiyun adds the finishing strokes to his latest work: a portrait of the moustached 17th century Spanish King Felipe IV.

An untrained eye would fail to tell the difference between Yang’s canvas and the original by the Spanish master Velazquez, hanging inches away in a crowded gallery at Madrid’s Prado Museum.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

China’s state cultural authority criticised a French auction house for selling a historic seal allegedly looted by foreign troops in the 19th century, state media reported on Wednesday.

An unidentified official from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage said China opposes and condemns the sale of cultural relics illegally taken out of the country, the Beijing News reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

French auction house urged to drop sale of China imperial seal

An association for the protection of Chinese art on Sunday warned it would pursue legal action if a French auction house goes ahead with the sale of an imperial seal it says was looted.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Globetrotting with Charley Lanyon

Globetrotting with Charley Lanyon

Tomorrow marks the end of Art Toronto, Canada's largest contemporary art fair. More than 100 galleries from Canada and abroad draw art lovers and gallery owners from around the world. 

28 Oct 2012 - 4:49pm

Auctions consolidate HK's status as art powerhouse

Buyer representatives in action at the China Guardian auction at the Mandarin Oriental yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong's status as an art auction powerhouse was underlined yesterday with record prices and frantic bidding at two sales.

In its debut sale in the city, China Guardian, a major mainland auction house, performed beyond expectations, reaping HK$354 million, which was almost three times the predicted HK$120 million.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:44am

China art auctioneer debuts in Hong Kong market

An art buyer makes a big at China Guardian's debut sale in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo: Edward Wong

A leading China auctioneer holds a debut sale in Hong Kong on Sunday, lured by the city’s international buyers, low tax regime and stable regulatory framework in a trend that could bring more competition for global firms.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Grey areas

East Meets West, Victoria Harbour, 1963.

The photographic work of Ho Fan is a stark reminder of old Hong Kong.

7 Oct 2012 - 12:08am

Licence of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei's art firm to be revoked

Ai posted the notice online.

Beijing authorities say they are revoking the business licence of the art firm that handles dissident artist Ai Weiwei's affairs.

The firm, Beijing Fake Cultural Development, lost its final appeal last week against a 15 million yuan fine for tax evasion.

2 Oct 2012 - 5:08am

Artist Yue Minjun seeks out Hong Kong malls to bond with the public

Mainland artist Yue Minjun in front of one of his paintings, which will be on display at the Harbour City mall's gallery. Photo: May Tse

Staging his first solo public art exhibition in Hong Kong in a shopping mall is a challenge, but Yue Minjun finds it an easier way to establish a closer relationship with the public.

"Hong Kong's life evolves around shopping malls. Showing artworks at a mall means that they can get closer to the audience, and that can be more meaningful," Yue said.

25 Sep 2012 - 11:47am

Tianjin Song Art Troupe

Li Shaojie (left) and other members of the Chinese Opera music troupe perform Quyi (aka 'song art'), involving storytelling and singing, with music or percussion accompaniment. In northern Chinese dialects with Chinese surtitles and English synopsis. Jul 30-31, 7.30pm, 7.30pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$220 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Eight Immortals' Adventures Prequel

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am