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Kindly note the changes of the event:
The guided viewing of Tobias Klein: Metamorphosis or Confrontation with Tobias Klein will be rescheduled until further notice and will be replaced by Chak: Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences with Chak.
The guided viewing of Jen Bervin: Silk Poems exhibition will be held as scheduled.
Thank you for your kind attention.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Language: English
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome. Please click here to register.
**Please reserve your space by 19 February 2020. No walk-in accepted. ID (HKID/Passport) matching registered name required for entry.**
The University Museum and Art Gallery and the HKU Museum Society are pleased to present guided viewings of two exhibitions, Jen Bervin: Silk Poems and Chak: Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences. We will be guided by Museum Curator Christopher Mattison and the artist Chak 翟宗浩.

Jen Bervin: Silk Poems

Beyond silk’s traditional use in textiles, researchers are now experimenting with the material in novel forms of biomedical technology; as silk is compatible with human tissue, the immune system can accept silk on surfaces as sensitive as the human brain. In the UMAG exhibition Silk Poems, visual artist and author Jen Bervin melds the medium’s traditional applications with cutting edge research – engaging with silk’s cultural, scientific and linguistic complexities.

Chak: Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences

翟宗浩 graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the CUHK and later studied with Liu Kuo-sung. In his early years, Chak incorporated a number of contemporary theories and materials into his practice for which he received several prestigious awards, and scholarships in Japan and the USA. After living abroad for nearly 30 years, Chak returned to Hong Kong and continued to create abstract landscapes that explores traditional elements in Chinese art while incorporating more contemporary mediums and motifs.

Resource Person

UMAG curator Christopher Mattison's current research focuses on the interplay of text and image in the museum environment. Mattison received his MA in Comparative Literature and MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, where he worked closely with the International Writing Program and a diverse range of visual artists. After completing the course work for a PhD in Comparative Literature, he abandoned the classroom for Boston, where he re-booted the literary publishing house Zephyr Press and developed projects with private galleries and university museums. Before taking up the positions of curator and publisher at UMAG, Mattison was Assistant Director for the Advanced Institute of Cross-Disciplinary Studies at City University.
Images (from left to right): Jen Bervin with silk cocoon and silk film, © Jen Bervin; Early Spring, Chak, 2019. 182.88 x 121.9 cm, © Chak

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