Calligraphy Rhapsody - Retrospective Exhibition of Georges Mathieu showcases 14 major paintings spanning 40 years; from Mathieu’s early practices which emphasize the calligraphic gesture and speed in the 1950s to the paintings from the “cosmic shift” starting from 1984 which highlight his potent intrinsic energy, especially through the three pieces of six-metre-wide canvases that Mathieu specially created for his Grand Palais retrospective in 1978.
Join us on 10 & 17 June for a series of lectures on his life and work. As a “rebel dandy”, Mathieu embraced risks and challenged the world of order, inspirational for Graffiti artists today. His achievements thrived from the deconstruction of the past and reconciliation of the conflicts of the present: emotion and logic, spontaneity and model, chance and consistency, spiritual and physical, personal expression and shared experiences.
Photo: Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation and Comité Georges Mathieu / ADAGP, Paris - SACK Seoul, 2021.
Curator, Calligraphy Rhapsody – Retrospective Exhibition of Georges Mathieu
Founder and CEO, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
Since its foundation in 1991, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery has expanded into a gallery of repute in Hong Kong through its organization of over a hundred exhibitions, eleven major art events at museums, production of over thirty-five art catalogues, and publications of one hundred and twenty-five lithographs.
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery specializes in 20th century modern Chinese art and Asian Contemporary Art, with a focus on artists who have extensive artistic and cultural experience in the West, China and greater Asia Pacific region.
Alongside Ms Catherine Kwai’s devotion to build up a successful gallery, she is also actively involved in charity work and public service. She is currently Member of the Board of Directors of the Association Culturelle France-Hong Kong Ltd. (Le French May), Member of the Court of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Member of the Board of Governors of City University of Hong Kong Foundation, Member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development (ACAD) of Home Affairs Bureau and Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation.
Ms Kwai’s contribution to cultural exchanges between the East and the West has earned her the awards “Knight of the National Order of the Merit” by the French Government in 2011 and "Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy" from the Consulate General of Italy in 2021.
Managing Director, CoBo Social
Denise Tsui is the Managing Editor for CoBo Social. Her research interests are primarily in the dynamics of the art market, modes of display and the study of exhibition models. Denise holds a BA in Fine Arts and a MA in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. Previously she was an editor for ArtAsiaPacific and curator for a private collection of Australian and New Zealand art.
Professor Frank Vigneron
Chair and Professor, Department of Fine Arts
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Vigneron received a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from the Paris VII University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK in 2004, teaching courses on the History of Western Art, the theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in art, and Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. His research focus is on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th century onwards and on different aspects of contemporary Chinese art seen in a global context. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong and a Museum Expert Adviser for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR. Professor Vigneron is also a practicing artist. He has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions.