Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint

Intimate Exchanges: Kinship, Madness, and Obsession in the Scholar’s Garden

The Chinese scholar’s garden epitomises the social world of Ming- and Qing-era literati gentlemen. It was a site of private contemplation, a place for literary gatherings, and a space where expressions of culture and artworks were made, viewed, and circulated to reinforce the idealised world of educated male scholars. In this talk, artist and professor Yeewan Koon examines how depictions of gardens were used to address emotions and viewpoints that co-existed alongside the ideal image of scholars and the relationships they cultivated in late-imperial China.

This talk was held in conjunction with the Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint exhibition in the M+ Pavilion. The concept of the scholar’s garden was instrumental to the spatial arrangement of the exhibition. The talk challenges the conventional way of looking at the garden and explores the spaces of tension that open up when madness, obsession, and unusual claims of kinship transgress the traditional boundaries of the scholar’s world. How are issues such as love between men, devotion to a favourite rock, and memories of loved ones revealed?

Event Details:

Date: 9 January 2019
Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre