This exhibition is part of the Dutch Days in Hong Kong, an annual festival in celebration of Dutch culture and innovation. The theme of the 2019 edition of the Dutch Days is “Rembrandt as Innovator”, coinciding with the official Rembrandt Year in the Netherlands. Three young Hong Kong artists Jess Lau Ching Wa, Siu Wai Hang and Tung Wing Hong have created new media artworks in relation to the Dutch master.
Rembrandt van Rijn, better known as Rembrandt, was born in 1606 in Leiden, the Netherlands. As soon as he moved to Amsterdam in his mid-twenties, his popularity arose. The painter became known for both painted portraits of wealthy Amsterdam citizens as well as his etched (self-) portraits. Nowadays, Rembrandt is especially praised for his innovative use of light and dark. His most famous painting, The Night Watch, is a great example of this masterly technique and keeps inspiring contemporary artists around the world.
The exhibition, curated by Eric Leung, highlights new artworks that are inspired by the Dutch master painter. The exhibition represents a crossover between the latest contemporary art and Dutch Golden Age painting; emerging artists and the old master; Western and Eastern culture. The three Hong Kong artists created cutting edge new media artworks including videos and kinetic installations to reveal the historical value of the great artist.
About Dutch Days in Hong Kong
Dutch Days in a Hong Kong is a series of events held every year in April in celebration of Dutch culture and innovation, presented by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and co-organized with Asia Week Hong Kong. The programme will contribute to stronger people-to-people ties as well as foster cultural and intellectual exchange between the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
The festival, this year in its fifth inception, consists of a diverse programme of events and activities in the field of art, culture and innovation, taking place all over Hong Kong throughout April. The month of April is selected for the Dutch Days as it coincides with the festive celebrations of King’s Day in the Netherlands on the 27th. The programme is a collaboration of many partners in the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
Dutch Days in Hong Kong 2019 features a museum lecture series, exhibitions, innovation talks, a film festival, family fun activities and performances. We aim to weave an engaging dialogue for the sharing of ideas and best practices between artists, the greater public, students, the innovation sector and art patrons.
“Handnote” is a frame-by-frame animation. The protagonist is the artist’s left hand, the artwork is about her attempt to capture disappearing memories.
Light, made the man in Rembrandt’s painting alive.
Would the flashing Light in modern age project our faces sincerely and create resonance with us deeply?
Inspired from Rembrandt’s painting “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” and his series of Self-Portrait, I made a contemporary interpretation of the paintings in the way of self-reflection.