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Ha Bik Chuen Archive

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The Ha Bik Chuen Archive presents one window into Hong Kong’s art history: through exhibition history, circulation of artistic practices and reading materials, and international exchange. Primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, artist Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009) had parallel practices of photographing exhibitions he attended, and collecting materials including illustrated magazines and artist portraits, in part for the construction of book collages. Ha’s entire collection has been stored in his Hong Kong studio since his passing.

Asia Art Archive began an initial pilot project to map, assess, and selectively digitise Ha’s archive by invitation of the Ha family in 2013. Made available to a wider audience for the first time, the archive consists of a continuously growing selection of Ha’s collage books, exhibition documentation, and exhibition catalogues. Due to the vast volume of Ha’s archive, materials digitised and shared on this platform are prioritised by their rarity and relevance to AAA’s ongoing lines of inquiry such as exhibition histories, alongside other AAA projects and programmes Hong Kong Art History Research Project, Sites of Construction, Hong Kong Conversations, and the 2015 exhibition ‘Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice’.

More material will be gradually made accessible through the AAA website.

The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Pilot Project (2014–16)
is supported by

  The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project (2016–19)
is funded by


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Contact Sheet of Photographs of Group Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Manila in Philippines (1 of 9), 22 September 1982.

: Contact Sheet of Photographs of Group Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Manila in Philippines (1 of 9), 22 September 1982
: CS_Shelf 253_1982_No. 127_菲律賓市立博物館聯展
: Wucius WONG(王無邪), VAN Lau(文樓), CHEUNG Yee(張義), Antonio MAK(麥顯揚), Luis CHAN(陳福善), POON Suiwah(潘瑞華), TONG Kingsum(唐景森), LIU Kuo-sung(劉國松), KWONG Yeuting(鄺耀鼎), Petra HINTERTHUER
: HA Bikchuen(夏碧泉)
: 1 of 9 contact sheets of photographs documenting a visit on 22 September 1982 to the group exhibition of Hong Kong art titled 'Contemporary Hong Kong Art' that took place at Metropolitan Museum of Manila in Philippines from 22 September 1982 to 3 November 1982. The exhibition was organised by Gallery Art East/Art West, Hong Kong, and was sponsored by Mr. Gordon Wu and Mr. Eddie P.C. Ho of Hopewell Holding Ltd., Hong Kong.

This is the 127th roll of film taken in 1982, as indicated by Ha Bik Chuen's own annotation on the contact sheet folder and contact sheet itself.
: Contemporary Hong Kong Art
: 22 September 1982 - 3 November 1982
Location of Exhibition | Event: Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines
: Gallery Art East/Art West
: event photograph/recording;artwork documentation;personal record
: Exhibition Histories, Group Exhibition
: The Ha Family
: Online
: ©Free Access - no-reuse