Duplex Studio at Block 01 | 19 Oct 2018 - 27 Jan 2019
The famed historical figure General Kwan Yu, also known as Kwan Kung, is the revered guardian of Tai Kwun as well as a major symbol of loyalty and righteousness in our city, worshipped by all walks of life and profession. “Salute to Kwan Kung” is an exhibition about Kwan Kung. Charting the changing influence of this deity from the Three Kingdoms period to contemporary Hong Kong, the show explores how Kwan Kung’s symbolism is deeply embedded in our daily lives, our communities and our
JC Contemporary | 8 Sep 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Cao Fei's art is a study in exuberant ambiguity. Her early works were among the first to tackle the vibrant youth, factory, online and regional cultures of the Mainland, capturing and reflecting upon the new kinds of human subjects and social relations that its economic transformation was making possible. This exhibition, Cao Fei’s first large institutional exhibition in Asia, revolves around a newly commissioned film, Prison Architect, that engages directly with Tai Kwun's layered history.
JC Cube | 22 - 26 Dec, 2018
Get ready to be dazzled by Gandini Juggling's beautiful new show Sigma. Performed by a virtuosic cast led by the award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel, Sigma is a sensational mix of shadowy plays, fun use of mirrors, breathtaking patterns and magical juggling. This family-friendly show’s exquisite choreography, seductive percussion-driven score and cool backdrop of multimedia projections is guaranteed to stimulate your imagination.
JC Cube | 28 - 30 Dec, 2018
Complete a thrill-packed family fun day with one of Australia’s hottest and most original circus troupe. In this award-winning and rollicking show, seven young acrobats go beyond their physical limits with supreme acrobatic ability and skills. Featuring sheer physical virtuosity and fun-filled interactions enjoyed by children and adults alike, A Simple Space is where talent and creativity shine through in a celebration of strength, playfulness, friendship and boisterous fun.
Site-wide | 22 - 30 Dec, 2018
This trio of street circus masters is the perfect treat for the entire family. As Otto Bassotto performs magic and classic clown acts, Reuben DotDotDot defies gravity with acrobatic stunts while Katay Santos thrills the crowd with daredevil performances and interactive comedy.
From displaying the gong once used in Central Police Station, playing a video of the first case heard at Central Magistracy, to projecting moving silhouettes inside 6 cells of Victoria Prison, we have deployed a number of ways in our 8 designated heritage storytelling spaces to feature the history, stories, and lives of people inside Tai Kwun.
JC Contemporary | 15 Sep 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Not everyone is a collector but one often ends up amassing keepsakes to which we attach our emotions. Here, seven local artists and groups will examine the many items gathered in order to discover the imagination and interpretations behind such artistic practices.
JC Contemporary | 15 Sep 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
In “Our Everyday—Our Borders”, the artists Tang Kwok Hin (Hong Kong) and Motoyuki Shitamichi (Japan) reflect on the notions of the everyday and of borders with a series of objects, installations, and dialogical practices.
Site-wide | 17 - 18 Nov, 2018
Hong Kong Ballet launches its two-year Ballet in the City initiative by imbuing the entire Tai Kwun heritage site with two exciting afternoons of pop-up performances, site-specific activations and unbound creativity.
JC Cube | 20 Sep 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
The Met: Live in HD presents high-definition screenings of opera performances in the Metropolitan Opera House, one of the best opera house in the world. Its dazzling productions are filmed by 14 different cameras in high definition format and transmitted to cinemas across the world. The Metropolitan Opera, under its 16th general manager Peter Gelb, pioneered live HD movie-theater simulcasts in 2006.
(Barrack Stories) 1/F, Block 03 Barrack Block; (Stamp Locations) All levels of Block 03 Barrack Block | 10 Oct - 10 Dec, 2018
The TK16 series, which tells the stories of the 16 historic buildings located in the Central Police Station compound, begins with the Barrack Block, the site’s oldest police building. Step through the door adorned with a “TK 16” sign on 1/F to experience this heritage building from various perspectives. Walking along the old staircase, you can explore the spaces where policemen once relaxed after work.
JC Contemporary | 29 Sep - 2 Dec, 2018
As a participant in Tang Kwok Hin’s Every Pandiculate, Yang Yeung reads from a selection of short writings on topics such as ‘diversity of cultural expressions’, ‘solitude’, ‘socially-aspired’, ‘trust’, ‘infinity’ and other concepts related to Tang Kwok Hin’s artistic practice and share her thoughts with a reading group inspired to read during everyday pandiculations.
Please refer to the programme webpage | 15 - 16 Nov, 2018
Outdoor projections of Tsai Ming-liang’s works include shorts No Form (2012) and Walker (2012) from his “Slow-Walking Series” and footage from Stray Dogs (2013). The outdoor rehearsal will occur in the Prison Yard, while Tsai will use the indoor performance to share stories about his life and perform his favourite songs.
JC Cube | 30 Nov 2018
In Tsui Hark's "The Blade," Ding-On embarks on an obsessive path to avenging the death of his father. Following the screening of this classic "wuxia" film in the 1990s will be a discussion between Davide Cazzaro and Eric Choi, editors of NANG, an English-language 10-issue magazine which covers cinema and cinema cultures in the Asian world.
F Hall Studio | 14 Dec 2018
Portraying the banal daily lives of new urban residents that left behind traditional living arrangements for the comfort of the city, Cao Fei’s “Haze and Fog” is a new take on zombie movies set in modern China.
Laundry Steps | 27 Nov 2018
Featuring plenty of real scenery, dynamic camera movements and slick action editing, Patrick Lung Kong’s “Story of a Discharged Prisoner” proved a breath of fresh air for Cantonese audiences. Adding character Mark Lee, “A Better Tomorrow” reprised Kong’s storyline but turned the conflict between human relationships and the law into a romantic Hong Kong classic.
JC Cube | 11 Dec 2018
In Hiroshi Teshigahara’s “The Face of Another”, based of Kobo Abe’s novel, Okuyama undergoes facial reconstruction following an accident. Fashioning a mask for him, his psychiatrist warns it may change his personality. In “Cosmetic Emergency”, Martha Colburn mixes news stories, found footage and film sequences to deconstruct the notion of beauty.
Laundry Steps | 4 Dec 2018
A quirky Super 8 home movie, “DROGA!” traces the material condi-tions of Los Angeles’ Filipino-American community. In “Recollection”, Aljafari uses Israeli and American feature films shot in the town of Jaf-fa from the 1960s to 1990s as raw material to his own take on the city.
F Hall Studio | 18 Dec 2018
Poking fun at the concept of Freudian lack, Naomi Uman’s “Removed” uses nail polish remover and household bleach to physically erase the female body from old porn footage. Similar fantasy bodies also appear in Donoso’s “Casa Roshell”, which follows male crossdressers roaming free inside the haven created by Roshell and Lilana.
Laundry Steps | 22 Dec 2018
Starring Ivy Ling Po and Betty Loh Ti, “The Love Eterne” was a huge hit in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1960s, and remains the most beloved cinematographic adaptation of the classic Chinese story “Butterfly Flowers”. Defying tradition, Yingtai impersonates a man to attend school, only to hopelessly fall in love with her male classmate Shanbo.
2/F, JC Contemporary
The Artists’ Book Library is an ongoing collection of artists’ books from Asia and an integral part of Tai Kwun Contemporary.
JC Cube | 14 - 16 Dec, 2018
After “Beyond the Long Arm of the Law” and “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”, it finally comes to “Beyond the Wall.” Inside the compressed walls of a prison is the tightest of scenarios, as we, and our heroes, look inward and outward for escape.
Laundry Steps / Prison Yard
Located in the heart of Central, Tai Kwun is perfectly located to offer a brief reprieve from the chaos of the workplace.
Kung Chi-shing, the seminal figure in Hong Kong independent music, is invited to curate outstanding music works from local and international musicians on the first Saturday afternoon of every month.
Films for free every Sunday at the Laundry Steps, for you, your family and friends.
Tai Kwun Contemporary has commissioned four local and international artists to create public artworks at Tai Kwun. We welcome you to check them out at the Prison Yard!
JC Cube | 17 Nov 2018
JC Cube | 25 Nov 2018
JC Cube | 22 - 24 Nov, 2018