Gaylord Chan, Emily Cheng, Cheng Tsai-Tung, Guo Tiantian, Leung Kui Ting, LI Xubai, Lin Tao, Luo Ying, Samuel, Stoger, Su Xiangpan, Tseng Yu-Ho, Dagvasambuugiin Uuriintuya, Xu Guodong, Yu Peng, Zheng Li
Jan 10 – Mar 15
Opening: Saturday, Jan 12, 2.30 – 6pm
The Garden of Winter Light intends to create a space for loitering in leisure that is authentic to this moment. The fact that this ‘garden’ is coming into being in a contemporary art gallery, means an inevitable cacophony of contemporary sensibilities: while some of the art celebrates the link to nature, much of it is about the incursion of contemporary culture into the way we view the urban world around us. The city is the ‘natural’ outdoors for most of us who make little effort to go into the hills. In this space one moves through time, encountering moments of artistic creation spanning decades and diverse geographies, from early 1990s Taiwan to present-day Hong Kong, Mongolia, Ghana and elsewhere. This eclecticism is part of the unfolding of small journeys within this space. One of the essential things that connects the works is a concern with that interface between culture and nature which so captivated traditional literati aesthetics. The metaphor of the garden intends also to prompt the observation that culture itself too becomes natural—when it grows and adapts and transforms without losing its source-root.
Hanart TZ Gallery has been a pioneer in exploring the Chinese cultural map for over 30 years, and has represented and worked with numerous artists now internationally prominent. The Gallery opened in November in 1983 with the mission of introducing new Chinese contemporary art both to the Asia region and internationally. The Gallery soon became a magnet for both established and emerging artists from the Greater China areas of Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the international diaspora. As such the Gallery has served as a significant link with the international art world; its role in landmark exhibitions, such as The Stars 10 Years (1989) and China’s New Art Post-1989 (1993, toured until 1998), and Power of the Word (1999, toured until 2002) are iconic.
Other significant shows that Hanart TZ Gallery has organized include: international exhibitions of monumental sculptures by the celebrated Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming at South Bank Centre in London (1991), Place Vendome in Paris (1997-1998) and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (2003); A Strange Heaven, Photography from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Europe tour, 2003); Liu Guosong (Liu Kuo-sung) solo exhibition at the Palace Museum, Beijing (2007); and Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo joint exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2008). In 2010, the Gallery opened a new exhibition space, Hanart Square, for featuring shows of experimental art and installations.
It is our belief that publication and intellectual discourse are critical to encouraging creativity and disseminating information, and over the years the Gallery has worked with many writers and curators, and has produced over a hundred catalogues. In 2015, Hanart TZ Gallery published a major book, 3 Parallel Artworlds: 100 Art Things from Chinese Modern History, featuring texts by fourteen international scholars and interpretations of one hundred Chinese artworks from the past century. In recent years the Gallery has extended its focus to building links and exchanges with artists and scholars of the Pan-Asia region.
Inga Svala THORSDOTTIR and WU Shanzhuan
Estate of Luis Chan
CHOW Chun Fai
CHU Hing Wah
HO Sin Tung
LEUNG Kui Ting