Enid Tsui

Hong Kong

Enid Tsui

Senior Reporter, Culture

Enid joined the SCMP as senior culture writer in 2015 after many years of covering business and politics in Hong Kong and London. She edited and wrote for the Financial Times and the Nikkei Asian Review, presented on RTHK Radio 3, and launched the Economist Group's first Chinese-language publication, CFO China.

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The Collector | Hong Kong’s art auction market is even more opaque in the post-Covid-19 era, something needs to change

Italian artist-cum-activist Paolo Cirio is highlighting the lack of transparency with his ‘Art Derivatives’ project.

23 Jun 2020 - 8:30AM

Italian artist-cum-activist Paolo Cirio is highlighting the lack of transparency with his ‘Art Derivatives’ project.

Hong Kong’s art auction market is even more opaque in the post-Covid-19 era, something needs to change
The Collector | Chinese demand saved the art industry post the global financial crisis – who will come to the rescue now?

With galleries reopening around the world and art fairs launching, the global art industry has reason to be optimistic, but uncertainty lingers in Hong Kong as fresh political turmoil erupts.

6 Jun 2020 - 12:30PM

With galleries reopening around the world and art fairs launching, the global art industry has reason to be optimistic, but uncertainty lingers in Hong Kong as fresh political turmoil erupts.

Chinese demand saved the art industry post the global financial crisis – who will come to the rescue now?
The Collector | Does the M+ Sigg Prize, which went to a video artist, accurately showcase contemporary Chinese art or is it out of step?

The international jury selected four video works and not a single painting among its six finalists.

23 May 2020 - 12:28PM

The international jury selected four video works and not a single painting among its six finalists.

Does the M+ Sigg Prize, which went to a video artist, accurately showcase contemporary Chinese art or is it out of step?
The Collector | Art in the time of coronavirus captures our dystopian reality, highlights potential of the digital world

Independent artists are tapping the internet’s limitless potential for post-pandemic posterity.

7 May 2020 - 3:05PM

Independent artists are tapping the internet’s limitless potential for post-pandemic posterity.

Art in the time of coronavirus captures our dystopian reality, highlights potential of the digital world
The Collector | As the art world goes online, look to social media and virtual exhibitions for your cultural fixes

Deep dive into the world’s digital museum collections, from Hubei’s ancient bronze bells (with chimes) to Rijksmuseum’s Instagram feed, or dress up like an Old Master and get your Renaissance portrait painted, courtesy of AI Gahaku.

14 Apr 2020 - 8:05PM

Deep dive into the world’s digital museum collections, from Hubei’s ancient bronze bells (with chimes) to Rijksmuseum’s Instagram feed, or dress up like an Old Master and get your Renaissance portrait painted, courtesy of AI Gahaku.

As the art world goes online, look to social media and virtual exhibitions for your cultural fixes
The Collector | How the coronavirus pandemic has forced art fairs and galleries online

Hong Kong’s art institutions are joining forces to crowdfund an online resource, Art Power HK.

26 Mar 2020 - 11:23AM

Hong Kong’s art institutions are joining forces to crowdfund an online resource, Art Power HK.

How the coronavirus pandemic has forced art fairs and galleries online
The Collector | San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum shifts focus from antiquities of sometimes dubious origin to contemporary works

The institution moves beyond colonial-era acquisitions to focus on contemporary works that will become the classics of the future.

20 Mar 2020 - 3:37PM

The institution moves beyond colonial-era acquisitions to focus on contemporary works that will become the classics of the future.

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum shifts focus from antiquities of sometimes dubious origin to contemporary works
The Collector | Is this the end of physical art galleries in Hong Kong, not only deserted but plagued by high rents?

Months of protests followed by the coronavirus outbreak have dealt a blow to Hong Kong galleries, already weighed down by crippling rents, but most owners believe galleries will survive.

3 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

Months of protests followed by the coronavirus outbreak have dealt a blow to Hong Kong galleries, already weighed down by crippling rents, but most owners believe galleries will survive.

Is this the end of physical art galleries in Hong Kong, not only deserted but plagued by high rents?
The Collector | Thai tycoon’s son Kit Bencharongkul to help father’s Bangkok museum move with the times

Founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Thai capital, Boonchai Bencharongkul, hands the reins to his son, Kit, who plans to modernise, edit and expand the collection beyond Buddhist art.

18 Feb 2020 - 10:45AM

Founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Thai capital, Boonchai Bencharongkul, hands the reins to his son, Kit, who plans to modernise, edit and expand the collection beyond Buddhist art.

Thai tycoon’s son Kit Bencharongkul to help father’s Bangkok museum move with the times
The Collector | Are intense emotions fuelling a great period of art-making in Hong Kong?

Long dismissed as a place where art is sold and not made, a recent exhibition reflected a new energy in the city’s art landscape.

24 Jan 2020 - 10:13AM

Long dismissed as a place where art is sold and not made, a recent exhibition reflected a new energy in the city’s art landscape.

Are intense emotions fuelling a great period of art-making in Hong Kong?
Christian Deydier, the ‘first antiques dealer in Hong Kong to offer a guarantee’, defies market sentiment with new gallery

The French dealer, and expert on Chinese bronzes, is so confident in his knowledge about fakes that he is offering authenticity guarantees on all purchases.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:47AM

The French dealer, and expert on Chinese bronzes, is so confident in his knowledge about fakes that he is offering authenticity guarantees on all purchases.

Christian Deydier, the ‘first antiques dealer in Hong Kong to offer a guarantee’, defies market sentiment with new gallery
The Collector | Should Asia’s art museums embrace cross-border exchanges and tailored exhibitions?

The public museum makes a welcome return, but is its first exhibition too generic for the local audience?

14 Dec 2019 - 11:30AM

The public museum makes a welcome return, but is its first exhibition too generic for the local audience?

Should Asia’s art museums embrace cross-border exchanges and tailored exhibitions?
The Collector | Why Irene Chou’s art was not dominated by her troubled marriage

An untitled work may shed light on why one of the city’s greatest artists didn’t get the credit she deserved.

2 Dec 2019 - 11:30AM

An untitled work may shed light on why one of the city’s greatest artists didn’t get the credit she deserved.

Why Irene Chou’s art was not dominated by her troubled marriage
The Collector | Hong Kong art market battles jitters as protests escalate, but there are reasons to be optimistic

The ongoing political crisis may be affecting its art market but robust demand for Chinese works means the outlook remains positive for the city’s auction houses.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:12AM

The ongoing political crisis may be affecting its art market but robust demand for Chinese works means the outlook remains positive for the city’s auction houses.

Hong Kong art market battles jitters as protests escalate, but there are reasons to be optimistic
The Collector | He Art Museum, like China’s other private museums, faces many challenges – an impressive art collection isn’t one of them

Opening in March 2020, Shunde’s He Art Museum hopes that it has what it takes to attract an audience.

4 Nov 2019 - 1:31PM

Opening in March 2020, Shunde’s He Art Museum hopes that it has what it takes to attract an audience.

He Art Museum, like China’s other private museums, faces many challenges – an impressive art collection isn’t one of them
The Collector | Art dealer Anna Maria Rossi on driving through Middle East with her children in the 1970s

Unfazed by the unrest in Hong Kong, the octogenarian founder of Rossi & Rossi travelled from her home in Italy to her regular booth at the Fine Art Asia fair

21 Oct 2019 - 1:30PM

Unfazed by the unrest in Hong Kong, the octogenarian founder of Rossi & Rossi travelled from her home in Italy to her regular booth at the Fine Art Asia fair

Art dealer Anna Maria Rossi on driving through Middle East with her children in the 1970s
The Collector | How a Guangzhou gallery engaged its market stall neighbours with the art world

Clever moves by Fei Gallery including an exhibition of photos of market stall holders’ hands - broke down barriers between art world and local community

5 Oct 2019 - 11:15AM

Clever moves by Fei Gallery including an exhibition of photos of market stall holders’ hands - broke down barriers between art world and local community

How a Guangzhou gallery engaged its market stall neighbours with the art world
The Collector | How American cleric amassed a powerhouse Chinese art collection: he spent first pay cheque on it and just kept buying

Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Fu Baoshi, Li Keran – American priest Richard Fabian has works by them all, and more, in a collection he started at Yale in the early 1970s. Now some of his art is up for auction in Hong Kong.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:46AM

Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Fu Baoshi, Li Keran – American priest Richard Fabian has works by them all, and more, in a collection he started at Yale in the early 1970s. Now some of his art is up for auction in Hong Kong.

How American cleric amassed a powerhouse Chinese art collection: he spent first pay cheque on it and just kept buying
The Collector | Sotheby’s stays upbeat amid global slowdown and turmoil in Hong Kong

An 18th century Qing dynasty glass vase estimated to be worth US$25 million is up for grabs, among other items, in Sotheby’s’ October sales, but as the Asian auction season rolls around, will buyers be willing to open their wallets?

10 Sep 2019 - 5:29PM

An 18th century Qing dynasty glass vase estimated to be worth US$25 million is up for grabs, among other items, in Sotheby’s’ October sales, but as the Asian auction season rolls around, will buyers be willing to open their wallets?

Sotheby’s stays upbeat amid global slowdown and turmoil in Hong Kong
The Collector | Luggage-based art for Hong Kong’s turbulent times – two projects capture the zeitgeist

Art imitates life as Six Briefcases and the Suitcase Institute symbolise the city’s current fight and flight mindset.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:45AM

Art imitates life as Six Briefcases and the Suitcase Institute symbolise the city’s current fight and flight mindset.

Luggage-based art for Hong Kong’s turbulent times – two projects capture the zeitgeist
Christie’s Asia chairman Rebecca Wei quits unexpectedly after fall in auction sales

Resignation of one of the most senior Chinese executives in the auction world surprised art market insiders, and apparently Christie’s staff; Wei is close to Christie’s clients such as billionaire Modigliani buyer Liu Yiqian.

20 Aug 2019 - 6:25PM

Resignation of one of the most senior Chinese executives in the auction world surprised art market insiders, and apparently Christie’s staff; Wei is close to Christie’s clients such as billionaire Modigliani buyer Liu Yiqian.

Christie’s Asia chairman Rebecca Wei quits unexpectedly after fall in auction sales
Protest art to highlight Chinese urban village dwellers’ plight earns Shenzhen artist a visit from police

Performance artist known as Nut Brother staged protest using giant excavator and dolls given by residents of Baishizhou, Shenzhen, who face losing their homes; police question him for several hours before releasing him.

13 Aug 2019 - 2:20PM

Performance artist known as Nut Brother staged protest using giant excavator and dolls given by residents of Baishizhou, Shenzhen, who face losing their homes; police question him for several hours before releasing him.

Protest art to highlight Chinese urban village dwellers’ plight earns Shenzhen artist a visit from police
Maggi Hambling, British artist, at 73: ‘I wake up every day at 5am full of optimism and the first thing I do is make a drawing’

Briton known for craggy self-portraits and public sculptures shows another side to her work – drawings of her father as he lay dying – in retrospective at Guangdong museum. Painting the dead is ‘like grieving but in a positive way’, she says.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:49PM

Briton known for craggy self-portraits and public sculptures shows another side to her work – drawings of her father as he lay dying – in retrospective at Guangdong museum. Painting the dead is ‘like grieving but in a positive way’, she says.

Maggi Hambling, British artist, at 73: ‘I wake up every day at 5am full of optimism and the first thing I do is make a drawing’
Bruce Lee mantra ‘be water’ inspires modern dance production in Hong Kong

The Odyssey of Little Dragon, commissioned by the City Contemporary Dance Company, celebrates the spirit of the actor and martial arts legend through the eyes of his widow, Linda.

9 Aug 2019 - 5:45PM

The Odyssey of Little Dragon, commissioned by the City Contemporary Dance Company, celebrates the spirit of the actor and martial arts legend through the eyes of his widow, Linda.

Bruce Lee mantra ‘be water’ inspires  modern dance production in Hong Kong
From Gandhi to the UN: Indian artist weaves story of destruction and rebirth in Hong Kong show

N S Harsha’s stimulating and delightful exhibition at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile presents his diverse work that includes a painting of a fetus on one of the saris his mother wore when she was pregnant with him.

9 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

N S Harsha’s stimulating and delightful exhibition at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile presents his diverse work that includes a painting of a fetus on one of the saris his mother wore when she was pregnant with him.

From Gandhi to the UN: Indian artist weaves story of destruction and rebirth in Hong Kong show
The Collector | As the world watches Hong Kong, the city’s art goes global

With the world’s eyes on Hong Kong, its art has received a boost too, as a Korean auction house teams up with collector William Lim to push local artists onto the international stage

9 Aug 2019 - 7:45AM

With the world’s eyes on Hong Kong, its art has received a boost too, as a Korean auction house teams up with collector William Lim to push local artists onto the international stage

As the world watches Hong Kong, the city’s art goes global
Review | Despair. Hope. Depression. Love. True stories of LGBT life in Asia are unflinching, moving and surprising

Intimate Strangers: True Stories From Queer Asia is a collection of non-fiction stories in which Asian and Western writers reflect on what it means to be LGBT in conservative Asia. It’s also a feast of vernacular English.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:33PM

Intimate Strangers: True Stories From Queer Asia is a collection of non-fiction stories in which Asian and Western writers reflect on what it means to be LGBT in conservative Asia. It’s also a feast of vernacular English.

Despair. Hope. Depression. Love. True stories of LGBT life in Asia are unflinching, moving and surprising
Apple to launch augmented-reality art tours in six global cities, including Hong Kong

Three years after Pokemon Go popularised augmented reality, tech giant to begin guided walks whose participants view sites enhanced by computer-generated art. A separate AR work will be visible to iPhone users in Apple stores worldwide.

31 Jul 2019 - 6:36PM

Three years after Pokemon Go popularised augmented reality, tech giant to begin guided walks whose participants view sites enhanced by computer-generated art. A separate AR work will be visible to iPhone users in Apple stores worldwide.

Apple to launch augmented-reality art tours in six global cities, including Hong Kong
Artists wrestle with split identity in Hong Kong shows, and find resonance with city’s own struggle

‘The same urge to split from a body is resonating in the different places I have links with,’ says Mandy El-Sayegh, while Christopher K. Ho’s installation considers Hong Kong’s fate as a place caught between empires.

27 Jul 2019 - 6:51PM

‘The same urge to split from a body is resonating in the different places I have links with,’ says Mandy El-Sayegh, while Christopher K. Ho’s installation considers Hong Kong’s fate as a place caught between empires.

Artists wrestle with split identity in Hong Kong shows, and find resonance with city’s own struggle
Artists make their art sustainable, and their art about sustainability as they catch up to ‘ecological crisis’

More Hong Kong artists are addressing sustainability issues not just in their works’ topics, but in the practise of their art making. Each is bringing their own inimitable style, from the materials they use to the concepts they cover.

24 Jul 2019 - 2:49PM

More Hong Kong artists are addressing sustainability issues not just in their works’ topics, but in the practise of their art making. Each is bringing their own inimitable style, from the materials they use to the concepts they cover.

Artists make their art sustainable, and their art about sustainability as they catch up to ‘ecological crisis’