This July, two consecutive Tai Kwun Conversations foster a reflection and discussion around key challenges and creative solutions in heritage revitalisation. What are the guiding intervention principles for a living site? Contextualising innovative projects that harmonise new construction with its heritage surrounds, the talks explore how historic landmarks relate to the dynamics of local development and offer new spaces for community, arts and culture. The two international speakers will connect online with our Hong Kong audiences.
Led by visionary architect Frank Gehry, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s landmark 1928 building is renewed, honoured, and transformed for art, the community, and Philadelphia. This project represents a major milestone in the renovation, reorganisation, and interior expansion of the museum. Timothy Rub shares the value of Frank Gehry’s brilliant plan, explaining how it honours the past, respect the character of a great historic building, and offers a compelling vision of the future.
The event will be conducted in English.
Timothy Rub | The George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Online)
Dr. Anita Chung | Head of Heritage, Tai Kwun
7pm – 8pm
8pm – 8:30pm
Lenfest Hall, facing east toward the Williams Forum (below) and the Great
Stair Hall (above), revealing pathways to art on multiple levels. Steve Hall
© Hall + Merrick Photographers, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art 2021.
The Williams Forum, facing west toward Lenfest Hall. Steve Hall
© Hall + Merrick Photographers.Image courtesy Philadelphia
Museum of Art, 2021
Signage from a bygone era appears on the walls of the restored Vaulted
Walkway; the 24 ft. ceiling is clad with Guastavino tiles, restored in 2019.
The Walkway is illuminated with natural skylight and bronze-encased LED
lighting. Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers, 2019, courtesy
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.
The North Entrance, for the first time in decades, was restored to
public use in 2019. Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers,
2019, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.