Emmanuelle Houdart brings her dark art to Hong Kong

Paintings from Ma Mere and La Garde-robe show Swiss artist’s imaginative world

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 November, 2015, 5:12pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 November, 2015, 6:16pm

The world of Emmanuelle Houdart is both dark and light – and that’s just how the Swiss illustrator and textile designer likes it.

Known in Europe for her imaginative illustrations that often mix the human form with the non-human, Houdart has published more than 20 books, mainly for children.

Next month (December) Houdart will be in Hong Kong for her first Asian exhibition. The show and workshops will take place at Charbon, a new multipurpose art space in Wong Chuk Hang.


December 10 to February 6

Houdart will attend the opening on December 10 where she will present 13 original paintings she created for her latest book, Ma Mère (My Mother), written by Stéphane Servant, edited by Thierry Magnier and launched in September 2015. Additionally, 18 drawings from her only book for adults, La Garde-robe (Wardrobe), will make their first appearance in Asia in this exhibition. Both books are available for sale during the exhibition period.


December 10, 7pm

Houdart has turned some of her illustrations into fabrics and costumes, and during this parade six costume designs can be seen on adult and children models during a 15-minute performance. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a book signing.


December 12 and 13. 10am-12.30pm, 2.30pm-5pm. In English and French. HK$390 per person – all materials included.

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Charbon, 8/F, Sing Tek Factory, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, tel: 2518 0035