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Duddell’s Presents Hong Kong Debut of Celebrated Conceptual Artist Danh Vo

October 28, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

The highly acclaimed conceptual artist Danh Vo curates his first Hong Kong exhibition with on-site installation at Duddell’s starting 29 November.

Titled Duddell’s Presents: Danh Vo, the exhibition adds to the global contemporary art conversation revolving around Vo’s larger than life creations; these conceptions examine dominant values and historical conflicts such as colonialism, migration, and cultural collective memory and its cross-border existence.

“Danh Vo is recognised globally as one of the most influential artists of his generation,” says Duddell’s co-founder Alan Lo. His selection by the Danish Arts Foundation to represent Denmark at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 is evidence of his international prominence.

Born in Vietnam and brought up in Denmark, Vo’s cross-cultural background greatly fuels the artist’s creativity and aestheticism. He persistently deconstructs, interprets, and reinterprets history in surprising and innovative ways; Vo’s installations, which are composed of photos and documents of works of other artists, often address the issues of belonging and identity. Arranged by Exhibition Organiser William Zhao, Duddell’s Presents: Danh Vo embodies Vo’s vision and identity as an artist – the installations, which are inspired by the late French designer Janette Laverrièr, fully illustrate Vo’s aesthetic and cultural consciousness.

“This exhibition couldn’t come to Hong Kong at a more relevant time, as the city confronts its own issues of belonging and identity,” Lo says.  The exhibition is part of the Duddell’s Art Programme, a calendar of exhibitions, film screenings and discussions, with the goal of contributing to the importance of Hong Kong as the leading Asian contemporary art hub, leading the global art conversation in Asia. Past curators who have exhibited at Duddell’s include Amelie von Wedel, MAP Office, Ai Weiwei, Inti Guerrero and Philip Tinari. Duddell’s Art Programme is overseen by the Art Committee, which is led by cultural leaders Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chrissy Sharp and Alan Lo.

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