• About Us
    • History
    • Vision and Mission
    • Staff
    • Copyright And Permission
  • Visit Us
    • Location and Admission
    • Opening Hours and Holidays
    • Transportation
    • Accessibility
    • Museum Map
    • Guided Tour/Visit
  • Collections
    • Highlights
    • Bronzes
    • Ceramics
    • Paintings
    • Calligraphy and Rubbings
    • Prints and Photographs
    • Sculptures
    • Wood Carvings and Furniture
    • Works of Art
  • Education
    • Research
    • Teaching
  • Exhibitions
    • Current Exhibitions
    • Upcoming Exhibitions
    • Past Exhibitions
  • Events
    • Current Events
    • Past Events
  • Press
    • Media Center
  • Support Us
    • How to Support
    • Volunteers
    • The Hong Kong University Museum Society
    • The Hong Kong University Alumni
  • Shop and Tea Gallery
    • UMAG publications
    • Gifts and Stationery
    • How to order
    • Tea Gallery
EXHIBITIONS
  • CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
  • UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
  • PAST EXHIBITIONS
CHEN XI: SO WE REMEMBER
< Back

02 Mar 2016 - 15 May 2016

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) is collaborating with Chen Xi and ART HONG KONG MAGAZINE on the exhibition Chen Xi: So We Remember. The painter created this series of contemporary images to commemorate, to document and to provoke thought. The paintings illustrate important events that have shaped our modern world. In the current show, we present her preliminary pen and watercolour drawings along with the finished oil paintings. Meticulous in her research and true to both the documented incident and the domestic details, Chen Xi creates historical paintings for our present and future generations. Her method directly relates to contemporary life and to a society that is informed and influenced by modern-day media. Interestingly, the painter does not simply depict a historic event, but frames within a TV screen each episode of her sequential and international narrative. By presenting the paintings within the TV’s glass, they become screen shots linked to a specific moment in time and space, as well as to the living room setting where the news would have been seen. In addition, the exhibition includes four early paintings that relate to the TV series and Chen Xi’s development as an artist.

Chen Xi’s connection to her audience is as multifaceted as the international community viewing the paintings. Individuals are reminded of the broader implications and specific details of the political or social events being depicted. In concert with this, viewers are drawn in, sometimes uncomfortably close, to the domestic interior within the work. The artist’s dialogue recalls and re-presents a moving tribute to the events, and we are thankful to Chen Xi for this opportunity to share such an intimate encounter.

 

Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games

 Oil on canvas

 2010

 150 x 180 cm

 

Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games

 Watercolour on paper

 2009

 31 x 41 cm

 

Hong Kong's Return

 Oil on canvas

 2008

 155 x 210 cm

 

Hong Kong's Return

 Watercolour on paper

 2008

 31 x 41 cm

Address: 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong View the location on Google Maps
Tel: (852) 2241 5500 Fax: (852) 2546 9659 Email: museum@hku.hk
© 2018 by University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU. All Rights Reserved.