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[GUIDED TOUR 導賞] Chen Xi: So We Remember 陳曦:所以記憶
posted by University Museum and Art Gallery for HKU and Public
Event Type: Exhibition
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details




UMAG is delighted to collaborate with Chen Xi on the exhibition Chen Xi: So We Remember from March 2 to May 15, 2016. The artist 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 artist 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.

Date/Time09/04/2016 15:00-15:25
Venue1/F T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 22/02/2016 13:00(HKT) to 06/04/2016 13:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 20.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Elena Cheung by email at