Danny Yung 50 Year Creations
1/F Thematic Galleries 1 & 2, Courtyard & Corridor
17 November 2021 – 14 March 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.
The Tian Tian Xiang Shang large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation was exhibited in the 48th Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the National Mall in Washington, DC, US, in 2014.
These Tian Tian figurines, created by primary and secondary students, as well as people from various community groups, were exhibited at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 2012.
Danny Yung Experimental Theatre, The Trial – Contempt (2013)
Zuni Icosahedron initiated the "Hong Kong Belt Road City to City Cultural Exchange Conference" in 2017 to promote arts and cultural exchanges and collaboration among Belt and Road cities.