RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .
Any time Tung Tsz in Tai Po is in your line of sight, it’s hard to miss seeing a giant Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy standing in the mountains. It’s the world’s largest Guan Yin statue and a major attraction at the Tsz Shan Monastery. The compound provides visitors with a tranquil and uncontaminated sanctuary for spiritual purification and has several halls and an art museum. Members of the public can visit for free after registering.
Hans Arp, better known as Jean Arp was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist associated with Surrealism, the Dada movement and the 20th century avant-garde. Today he’s perhaps best known for his smooth-surfaced and sensuous abstract sculptures. On show at Hauser & Wirth till the beginning of November, “Arp: Master of 20th Century Sculpture” is the first solo exhibition of Arp’s works in China. It includes 28 works, including woodcuts, cardboard collages, drawings, wood reliefs, and – of course - sculptures.
Ekaterina Machalova was born in Baranovichi in Belarus. She began playing two lute instruments, the mandolin and the domra, at the age of six. Not only has she won prizes in as many as twenty international Russian competitions and festivals, she has also premiered a number of new compositions for the two instruments. She’s in Hong Kong to give a concert at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and she’s here to tell us more.
In a city as densely populated as Hong Kong, the lack of space for artists to do large-scale work is a constant challenge. Lampworking, a type of glasswork in which glass is melted by a torch or lamp doesn’t necessarily require huge amounts of space, but glass art in general can require a large workshop to house the furnaces for glass making. Despite that limitation, Hong Kong does have a few studios, galleries and artists that focus on this art that dates as far back as 4,000 B.C. Sunny Wang is a glass artist who also teaches the art and helped established the glass workshop at Hong Kong Baptist University.
The annual WYNG Media Award is a series of programmes that focus on visual images related to social issues affecting Hong Kong. The programme is curated under a different theme each year. In 2017/2018, responding to the theme of “Transition”, Lee Kai-chung took on Hong Kong’s history through the study of historical records and objects. On show at the WMA Space, “I Could Not Recall How I Got Here” is an interim exhibition that shows Hong Kong’s ‘transition’ through sculptures, photography, videos and installations.
The Romer String Quartet was formed in 2013 when four locally born musicians got together. They were last on The Works five years ago. Today, they’re here again to talk about their upcoming chamber music concert that focuses on five Nordic composers, Sibelius, Leifs, Nielsen, Grieg and Stenhammar.