In this Yuen Campus Lecture Series program, renowned international artist Wucius Wong looks back at an illustrious career spanning over six decades during which he experimented with ink in Hong Kong.
Mark Barnekow, Executive Director of the University of Chicago, Francis and Rose Yuen Campus Hong Kong, interviews the artist as the two reflect upon Hong Kong as the subject of Wong’s paintings in the 1950s-1970s, the cultural ethos of Hong Kong, and its emerging artistic influencers and movements. Wong shares his reflections of Hong Kong as a city transitioning from a quaint port town to a sprawling city and describes the influences of teachers, of peers, and of the post-war American art scene on his career. Finally, Wong shares insights and memories regarding his paintings that are apart of the Yuen Campus collection.
Fine Arts Department
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor
Wucius Wong was born in 1936 in Guangdong Province, China. He worked as assistant curator at the City Museum and Art Gallery and principal lecturer at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic from 1967 to 1984. He received the John D. Rockefeller Fund Grant in 1971, and the Emeritus Fellowship of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1998. The Hong Kong Museum of Art presented his retrospective exhibition in 2006, and the Hong Kong SAR Government honored him with the Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal in 2007. He is also the only visual artist honored with the Life Achievement Award from the HK Arts Development Council in 2016 which is the top award from the Council. He is currently Adjunct Professor of the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, expert adviser to the Leisure and Culture Department, committee member of the Chinese Painting Institute in Beijing, and founding chairman of the Chinese Painting Institute in Hong Kong. He concentrates on creating ink paintings which have been widely collected by museums in Hong Kong, China, Europe, America, and Australia.
This program will be broadcast in English with Chinese and English subtitles. 本節目將以英語廣播，附有中、英文字幕。
The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
About Hong Kong Redux
The UChicago Yuen Campus’ new Yuen Lecture Series ‘Hong Kong Redux’ seeks to explore the deep corners of Hong Kong’s cultural history and society. UChicago and other subject matter experts representing decades of knowledge of Hong Kong will join together to celebrate the evolution of Hong Kong’s arts, literature, cinema and more. Get in the Yuen Campus team’s virtual time machine to have a nostalgic look back at Hong Kong’s bygone Post War era and discover how Hong Kong became the mega-city it is today. Read More