Danny Yung 50 Year Creations
Thematic Galleries 1 & 2, Courtyard and Corridor, 1/F
17.11.2021 – 1.8.2022
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Zuni Icosahedron
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Zuni Icosahedron
Guest Curators: Freeman Lau, Mathias Woo and Wong Yue-wai
Danny Yung is a trailblazer in the advocacy of international cultural exchange and development. Before his return to Hong Kong from New York in the 1970s, he adopted crystalized thought in the vital inter-relationship among research, exchange and policy advocacy. Besides devoting himself to theatre-making and Tian Tian Xiang Shang (TTXS), he has initiated a number of international cultural exchange platforms, such as the International Network of Cultural Diversity, Asia Arts Net, the World Culture Forum, the Conference of Asian Foundations and Organisations, and the City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference, which have helped lay a solid foundation for Hong Kong as a hub of international cultural exchange.
Danny has been an experimental art pioneer for over 50 years. Since the 1970s, he has been keen on cross-media art creations, including film, comics, installations, video, theatre and conceptual art. In 1982, he co-founded Zuni Icosahedron (Zuni), the epitome of experimental art in Hong Kong, and led the team to Taipei for performances and cultural exchange in the same year. The present Co-Artistic Director of Zuni, Danny has established various platforms for exchange and experimental art creations on- and off-stage. For over 50 years, Danny's devotion to fostering cross-cultural experimentation and exchange has persisted. In return, with the unwavering support he has received from a generous number of invited artists of various backgrounds, regions and cultures, a rich body of works involving cross-media creations and dialogues has been created.
This exhibition is a re-construction and re-imagination of some of Danny's classic works of art, including Video Circle, which was exhibited in Hong Kong and Berlin; Tian Tian Xiang Shang, a large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation, which was exhibited at the National Mall in Washington, DC, US; and Tian Tian Xiang Shang conceptual comics and figurines, which were co-created and exhibited in Europe, America and Asia.
Renowned designer Freeman Lau, Zuni's Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director Mathias Woo, and Zuni's International Exchange Director Wong Yue-wai are the guest curators of the exhibition. On display will be Danny's visions and contributions in various areas, including cross-media and experimental art, visual and performing arts, art criticism, cultural advocacy, and the preservation and development of traditional craftsmanship.
Based on the large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation exhibited in the 48th Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the US in 2014, Danny Yung created another similar installation, GATEWAY – Flower Plaque Secret Garden, in the Courtyard of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum by combining the traditional craftsmanship of bamboo scaffolding and flower plaque with contemporary creativity.
Danny Yung and his "Tian Tian" figure.
Over the years, Danny Yung invited people from different backgrounds to design their own Tian Tian figurines and create nine-frame comic as a collaborative project.
Video Square by Mathias Woo is a tribute to Danny Yung's Video Circle.