• Hong Kong Exhibition in Venice

    13 May 2016

    (28  April 2016, Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong Exhibition at the 15th  International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) – will be unveiled in Venice on 27th May, 2016 while the Venice Biennale will open to the public on 28th  May. Sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) as partner, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation (HKIABF) is co-organising the exhibition with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) to showcase Hong Kong architectural excellence on the international stage.

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    Facing the dilemma and predicament across the globe, Alejandro Aravena, Curator of the 15th Venice  Biennale  International  Architecture  Exhibition,  calls  for  exhibits  under  the  theme  of “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT”, encouraging all to share constraints and challenges, believing that collective wisdom could spark fresh imagination and break new grounds. Under this theme, the Hong Kong curatorial team aims to show the world how young Hong Kong architects and artists break the norms and test the limit of the city to unleash own unique vitality and imagination in the Hong Kong Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

    “The  Hong  Kong  team  leverages  on  the  Stratagems  in  Architecture,  a  concoction  blending architecture   with   ancient   Chinese   war   wisdom   to   surmount   difficulties   and   achieve groundbreaking creations. Motivating us all is the Hong Kong spirit of unparalleled perseverance which is known to be capable of turning adversities into opportunities,” said Mr. Stanley Siu, Chief Curator  of  the  Hong  Kong  Exhibition  at  the  15th   Venice  Biennale.  Together  with  6  curatorial members, he leads a team of 17 young architects and artists in this international initiative. Inspired by the ancient Chinese military strategies, the 36 Stratagems, and steered by the Stratagems in Architecture, the Hong Kong exhibition will demonstrate how Hong Kong architects attempt to address the needs of the public and challenges faced by the professionals in the current social climate,   through   its   13   exhibits,   for   example,   the   community’s   desire   for   conservation, environmental protection, as well as their crave for space and decent urban planning.

    “The theme of this year’s Venice Biennale is unique and powerful. By drawing reference to the classic collection of Chinese military tactics in ‘the Thirty-Six Stratagems’, the Hong Kong exhibition is unique too and will showcase, subtly but relentlessly, how our young architects and artists formulate strategies and tactics in the reflection of lifestyles in the metropolis and how they transcend social norms in our city. I sincerely hope that visitors around the world will enjoy our exhibition,” said Mr. William Tseng, the Chairman of HKIABF, at the press conference today.

    2ty3“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the HKADC. We have stepped forward to showcase outstanding works of Hong Kong artists via various international platforms. Apart from architects, artists and scholars from different sectors have been involved in the Hong Kong exhibitions at Venice Biennale. I look forward to seeing more spark of creativity from the collaboration between architecture and various arts forms.” said Ms. Winsome Chow, the Chief Executive of HKADC.

    “The Hong Kong exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016 has been another milestone of the HKIABF since its inception. The HKIA is proud to be a partner to the youthful Curatorial Team. Nurturing the next generation of architects is indeed at centre of what the Institute is doing,” said Mr. Vincent Ng, the President of HKIA.

    This is the fourth time that CreateHK, HKSAR Government, sponsors the Hong Kong exhibition at Venice Architecture Biennale to promote Hong Kong’s architectural sector.

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