Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice is an exhibition in the AAA library stemming from our ongoing research into the archive of Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009). A Hong Kong-based artist primarily known as a sculptor and printmaker, he also had parallel practices: from photographing exhibitions he attended, to collecting materials such as illustrated magazines and artist portraits, and using these to construct book collages. Collectively, this material provides building blocks from which more complex histories of Hong Kong’s art ecology can be constructed. A selection of materials, self-organised, using an idiosyncratic system dating back to the 1960s through to the late 2000s, will be featured in the exhibition.

According to his family’s wish that these materials be made available for public use and research, Asia Art Archive has initiated a pilot project stretching over the next two years that will include select materials from Ha’s personal archive both in physical and digital forms.

Two public programmes organised by local cultural practioner Lau Kin Wah will take place during the exhibition through AAA's Hong Kong Conversations series with more details to come.

Special Thanks

The Ha Family
Walid Raad
Luke Casey
Spring Workshop
The AAA Team
David Boyce
Johnson Chang
Fat Gor
Marysia Lewandowska
Loretta Lo
Phoebe Wong
Hong Kong Museum of Art

Exhibition Design Partner: SKY YUTAKA LTD.

Graphic Design Partner: GOING MERRY DESIGN co.

The Ha Bik Cheun Archive Pilot Project is supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  

Relevant content

From Exhibition Documentation Album of 'Henry Moore Exhibition of Sculptures and Drawings'
Ha Bik Chuen Archive 夏碧泉檔案
Collection

Ha Bik Chuen Archive 夏碧泉檔案

A Century of Hong Kong (1845 - 1945)
Hong Kong Art History Research Project
Collection

Hong Kong Art History Research Project

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The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away
Ideas | Collection Spotlight

The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away

A collaboration with Guangdong Times Museum

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On Ha Bik Chuen: Collection and Collage
Ideas | Essays

On Ha Bik Chuen: Collection and Collage

Leo Li Chen explores how Ha Bik Chuen’s collection opens up new ways to understand Hong Kong art history

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Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi
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Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi

Suha Traboulsi's "sculptural spaces" and reproductions of canonical modern paintings by Arab artists

Image: Walid Raad: Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi (Editor's Introduction III) for 15 Invitations, 21 Jun–3 Sep 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery. Photo: Kitmin Lee 2016.
15 Invitations | Walid Raad | Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi
Programmes

15 Invitations | Walid Raad | Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi

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Artist Talk with Pablo Helguera and Brunch
Programmes

Artist Talk with Pablo Helguera and Brunch

Sun, 15 Mar 2015