Situated north of Venice’s main island in Italy, Murano is world-renowned for its glass making. For this installation, Hong Kong artist Leung Chi Wo has collected vintage Venetian glass lamps which have been used at various homes and places in Italy from the late 19th century to the 1970s.The flickering light emitted through the vintage Venetian glass together with the sound track recorded by the artist in Venice in September 2023, of waves hitting on the docks of Murano in the background, represents a transcendental meeting across times and geographies. These chandeliers are much more than a display of history or art objects with quotidian traces, they bear the memories and experiences of the past. While visiting “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Titian and the Venetian Renaissance from the Uffizi”, viewers may also explore the subtle yet delicate marks of time through the Leung Chi Wo’s site-specific art installation, Tears of Tempo.
Leung Chi Wo is a Hong Kong visual artist who carries out conceptual exploration on history and culture through installation, photographs, videos, texts and found objects. In 1996, Leung co-founded the Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong. After obtaining a Master of Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997, he received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council and embarked on a residency in New York from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he represented Hong Kong for the first time at the Venice Biennale. Leung’s large-scale art project can be viewed on long-term display at the Hong Kong MTR Exhibition Centre station, and his solo exhibitions have been held at art museums, including the Queens Museum in New York and OCAT Shenzhen. His works have been featured in the Thailand Biennale (2018), Aichi Triennale (2019), Asia Society Hong Kong Center (2020) and Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2023).