The last highlight event of the fourth edition of Hong Kong Culture Festival, Heaven and Earth – Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition Featuring Artists from Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia, takes place between 11 and 25 February 2019 at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre to displays the result of an artistic exploration and represents a cornerstone of a remarkable cultural exchange between artists from Hong Kong and Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia and draws the fourth edition of the Hong Kong Culture Festival to a perfect end.
“Although Inner Mongolia and Hong Kong are thousands of miles apart, art knows no boundary,” said Mr. Zhao Zhijun, curator of the exhibition. With the aim to start a cultural and artistic dialogue between Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia, back to the summer in 2018, Hong Kong Culture Festival had its first ever collaboration with Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia. A group of Hong Kong artists encamped in Inner Mongolia, and drew inspiration from the fascinating landscapes and contrasting lifestyle and culture in Inner Mongolia. During the exhibition period, it is Inner Mongolia artists to visit famous attractions of Hong Kong – Cheung Chau and Tai O, for a sketch tour, as well as to carry forward the cultural dialogue between the two regions.
Artists from the two culturally and geographically divergent regions, Hong Kong and Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, were gathered for this first-ever massive artistic collaboration to demonstrate the subject of this exhibition – Heaven and Earth in the northern and southern poles of China. They painted, from a foreigner’s perspective, the city of Hong Kong, and the Inner Mongolian deserts and meadows, and created a unique experience of cultural exchange through arts.
The exhibition will showcase over 80 ink art works of 11 Hong Kong artists and 15 Inner Mongolia artists. Apart from individual works, Hong Kong artists who had participated in the
Inner Mongolia sketch tour, including Hung Hoi, Chen Wei, Wong Di Wah, Lee Chiching and Zhao Zhijun created a majestic collaborative art work to give the mother nature of Inner Mongolia the highest praise; Inner Mongolia artists such as Zhou Jinyue, Tolguur, Fan Zunhai and Gao Tianji, contributed original art works which allow us to immerse ourselves into culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Inner Mongolia; and established and emerging artists from Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia, including renowned Hong Kong artists Shen Ping and Yi Xing, who had contributed an amazing collection of their works.
Hong Kong Culture Festival’s theme, “Dialogue / Fusion”, has been carried through till the end. The ink art exhibition itself initiated a dialogue between the two regions that are thousand miles away apart, making a huge step for bridging the cultural gaps between borders and building a utopia for artists and art lovers. It will be a celebration of diverse cultures and an appreciation of divergent artistic expressions.
Exhibition Period:11 to 25 February 2019
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 9pm
Venue:Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre(7A Kennedy Road, Central)
Organiser: Intangible Cultural Heritage Earthpulse Society
Co-organisor: Hong Kong Culture & Art Exchange Association
Partner:Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Fully Supported by: Art Promotion Office
Supported by:Julius Industries Limited, Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, PRIZM, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited
About Intangible Cultural Heritage Earthpulse Society Limited
Earthpulse Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Mr. Hing Chao in 2009, is dedicated to preserving and revitalising Chinese cultural heritage. The Society, with support from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department – Intangible Heritage Culture Office, organized the first edition of Hong Kong Culture Festival in Sep and Oct 2015. The festival was the first in its kind for local cultural survival and re-vitalising the traditions in the contemporary Hong Kong society. The name of the society changed to Intangible Cultural Heritage Earthpulse Society in early 2016.
展覽策展人趙志軍先生表示：「內蒙古和香港雖然相距萬里，但藝術沒有界限。」是次文化交流活動旨在促進兩地文化與藝術的長期交流。2018年夏天，香港文化節首次與中國內蒙古自治區呼倫貝爾市攜手合作，安排香港藝術家前往內蒙古采風寫生，從大自然壯麗的風景及與香港截然不同的生活及文化中取得藝術靈感。展覽期間，一眾內蒙古藝術家將到訪香港著名景點 – 長洲及大澳進行寫生，延續兩地的文化交流。
本年度香港文化節以「對話 · 交融」為主題並貫徹始終。水墨展為相距千公里的香港及內蒙古展開了一場對話，為打破文化彊界、建立一個屬於藝術家及藝術受好者的「藝術交融烏托邦」踏出了一大步，亦將會是一個慶祝文化多樣性及欣賞不同藝術表現形式的活動。
地脈基金會為慈善團體，於2009 年趙式慶先生成立。地脈基金會致力於保護中國文化和促進其傳承。2015 年9 月及10 月，在康樂及文化事務署 非物質文化遺產辦事處的支持下，啟動首屆「香港文化節」，提高公眾對保存當地文化的關注。2016 年初易名為非物質文化遺產地脈協會有限公司。