Message by Dr. Yeewan KOON
Department of Fine Arts
University of Hong Kong
This exhibition is the product of hard work that began with serendipity and thrived with synergy. A number of students at Hong Kong University were discussing the ways in which exhibitions tell stories. The Art Promotion Office was reaching out to different institutions to create collaborative projects that can promote visual arts in the region. The Austrian Consulate was keen to introduce two leading Viennese artists to Hong Kong. “Fantasies and Crises: Works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele” is the coming together of people and ideas from different places.
Fantasies and Crises tells the story of two important artists at the turn of the twentieth century when the world was rapidly changing, and which ultimately led to the First World War. It is often at these cataclysmic moments when creativity finds a voice to express, to question, and to retreat. Klimt, known for his erotically charged decorativeness, and Schiele, known for his intense and daring portraits, approach their work from different places, but common threads tie these two artists. The HKU curatorial team led by Candy Leung and Grace Cheng with Yu Shijia, Miles Dugan and Zhu Wenqi, brings the stories of the two artists together and do so with the help and support of the Art Promotion Office, the Austrian Consulate of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts Student Knowledge Exchange Scheme.
這次展覽始於一次偶然的機遇，而在協力合作中成長。幾位香港大學的學生在研究如何透過藝術展覽來講述故事；藝術推廣辦事處聯繫不同的機構力求開發合作項目在本地推廣視覺藝術；而奧地利領事館熱心於將兩位維也納藝術大師介紹給香港。“幻想與危機：奧地利畫家古斯塔夫･克林姆及埃貢･席勒展覽 ” 匯集了來自不同地方的人及各方的意念。