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[EXHIBITION 展覽] Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in Philippine Cordillera Art 伊富高雕塑:菲律賓山脈藝術的表達
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“Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in Philippine Cordillera Art” Exhibition

The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, will present Ifugao Sculpture: Expressions in Philippine Cordillera Art from December 1, 2017 to February 4, 2018, an exhibition of tribal art and culture. Rarely shown in such a large group display, both figurative sculptures and ritual boxes exemplify the talent of artists from the Ifugao, Bontoc and Kankanaey tribes in the northern Luzon region of the Philippines. The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Mr Martin Kurer and the Hong Kong-based Asian Art:Future (AA:F), a collection specialising in contemporary and antique Asian art.

The works displayed in the show range from sculptural objects, including ‘bulul’ statues, deities associated with the production of bountiful harvests; ‘hipag’ (or ‘hapag’) figures, war deities used as vehicles through which divine help can be summoned; sculptural boxes used in ceremonies, the ‘punamhan’; and various boxes for the storage of food—sometimes called ‘tangongo’ or ‘tanoh’—along with other functional items such as ‘kinahu’, food bowls, and toys. Fascinated with the modern abstract style of these carved 19th- and 20th-century sculptures, the exhibition takes an artistic rather than an anthropological approach, highlighting the aesthetics of the displayed artworks rather than signifying them as ethnic markers or religious tools. Both the bulul figures and boxes are deeply connected to cultural rituals, while they present abstract expressions of a group of talented rural artists.

Together, these selected pieces showcase the aesthetic and artistic side of a wide range of Cordillera sculptural art from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The pieces are arranged in line with various centres of artistic gravity—‘archaic’, ‘minimalist’, ‘transition’—although the lines are sometimes blurred, and most of the ‘archaic’ material also shows ‘minimalist’ elements.

One of the essays in the exhibition catalogue draws comparisons with other tribal arts and describes their influence over modern Western artists, such as the Russian Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), the Romanian Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) and the French artist George Braque (1882–1963). This claim is based on visual comparisons and it is each object’s physical structure, design value and international character that is highlighted in the current exhibition.

UMAG is grateful to AA:F for this fortuitous collaboration and we also would like to thank the Philippine Consulate General for its support of this rare public exhibition.

《伊富高雕塑:菲律賓山脈藝術的表達》展覽

香港大學美術博物館榮幸將於2017年12月1日至2018年2月4日呈獻展示部落藝術與文化的《伊富高雕塑:菲律賓山脈藝術的表達》展覽。罕有地作出大規模的展示,這批出自菲律賓呂宋島北部的伊富高、邦都、及坎坎納部落的藝術家之手的人像雕塑和儀式用盒子,印證了藝術家們的天賦。是次展覽是本館與谷馬丁先生,並以香港為基地、專注於亞洲當代與古董藝術的未來亞洲藝術通力合作的成果。

本展覽的展品囊括各式各樣的器物,包括雕塑,如保佑稻米豐收的「布盧爾」米神神像、能召喚神助的「赫伯」戰神神像;盒子,如稱為「普南翰」的慶典用雕塑盒子、稱為「堂宮歌」和「塔諾」之食器盒子;及其他實用器物,如「奇奈胡」、碗和玩具。這些雕刻於十九世紀至二十世紀之間的雕塑,煥發著令人著迷的現代抽象藝術風格。我們將以藝術,而非人類學的角度出發──不以展品為族群標記或宗教工具,而是強調其作為藝術品的美學價值。雖然布盧爾雕像及盒子與文化儀式密切相關,但它們亦是一群別具天賦的鄉村藝術家之抽象寫照。

這些精心挑選的作品,展現出一系列來自十八世紀至二十世紀的山脈雕塑藝術之美感與藝術面貌。展品依據其所屬的藝術重心,即「古典」、「極簡主義」及「過渡」來排列──但其中的分界偶爾會較為模糊,甚至大多數的「古典」風格作品同時兼具「極簡主義」元素。

展覽圖錄內的一篇文章,將伊富高雕塑與其他部落藝術加以比較,及闡述其對西方現代藝術家,如俄羅斯藝術家瓦西里‧康丁斯基 (1866-1944)、羅馬尼亞藝術家康斯坦丁‧布朗庫西 (1876-1957)、及法國藝術家喬治‧布拉克 (1882-1963) 的影響。上述的觀點以視覺比較為基礎,故每件器物的實體結構、設計意涵與國際性特徵均為本展覽所強調的要點。

本館與未來亞洲藝術的合作實屬機緣巧合,為此,本館致以由衷的謝意;亦感激菲律賓駐香港總領事館對是次珍貴的公眾展覽的大力支持。

Date/Time01/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 09:30-18:00
Venue1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
LanguageEnglish and Chinese

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