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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series:
The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum

Overview

Exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the MiC – Italian Ministry of Culture
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
Supported by: The Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong
A programme of Italia Mia
A programme of Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism
A programme of 25th Anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Characterised by the dramatic contrast of light and dark, exaggerated movement and pronounced figures' facial expressions, historians coined the term Baroque to define 17th century Italian art which focuses on high tension and realistic representations of emotions. Baroque artists were arguably the originators of immersive experiences. Their paintings are compelling and strikingly real, often immersing the audience in the scene.

Showcasing around 40 Neapolitan paintings from the Capodimonte Museum, its debut exhibition in Hong Kong includes works of 16th and 17th century masters, such as Titian, Annibale Carracci and Artemisia Gentileschi. The exhibition is curated by Dr Sylvain Bellenger, Dr Carmine Romano and Dr Caroline Paganussi. To complement the exhibition, Professor Johnny Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) and Founding Dean of the School of Creative Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University designs Baroque music and soundscapes for selected paintings. These aural elements add a new dimension to art appreciation and help open the door to Baroque art. Local artists Kingsley Ng and Chow Chun-fai provide artistic responses with various creative media to the works of the Baroque masters, and missquai creates illustrations for the exhibition. Their efforts have enriched the exhibition with a Hong Kong perspective, allowing the audience to enjoy an art experience that connects past and present.

©Images by concession of the Ministry of Culture–Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

All the content of works are independently produced by the organiser/ creative team, and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series nor the Sponsor.

  • Date
    2022-07-152022-11-02
  • Venue
    The Special Gallery, 2/F
  • Fee
    $10│$7│$5│Free (Museum Pass)

Audios

Playlist

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  • 500 Exhibition Overview
  • Boy Blowing on an Ember 501 Boy Blowing on an Ember
  • Portrait of Pope Paul III with the Camauro 502 Portrait of Pope Paul III with the Camauro
  • The Last Judgment (copy after Michelangelo) 503 The Last Judgment (copy after Michelangelo)
  • Danaë 504 Danaë
  • Antea 505 Antea
  • Judith and her maidservant Abra with the head of Holofernes 506 Judith and her maidservant Abra with the head of Holofernes
  • Saint Agatha 507 Saint Agatha
  • Apollo and Marsyas 508 Apollo and Marsyas
  • Perseus and Medusa 509 Perseus and Medusa
  • Madonna and child 510 Madonna and child
  • Saint Cecilia in ecstasy 511 Saint Cecilia in ecstasy
  • Still Life with Festoons of Flowers and Game 512 Still Life with Festoons of Flowers and Game
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Talk Series and Online Programmes

" The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum" Talk Series

This Talk Series is an extension of the exhibition " The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum". The HKMoA has invited a total of 6 scholars and artist in the fields of art history, classical music and local art to discuss and share their insights on topics concerning Baroque art.

Date: 2022.9.24 (Saturday), 2022.10.15 (Saturday), 2022.10.22 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Venue: B/F Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Fee: Free admission
Seats allocated for each session*: 127

*The Lecture Hall will be open for admission 20 minutes before the event commences on a first come, first served basis. The number of audience members may vary in accordance with the latest social-distancing measures.

Details:

2022.9.24 (Saturday)
In this session, Dr Angelo lo Conte, Assistant Professor of Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University, will first talk about the development of the Baroque style and its significance for the city of Naples, the second largest metropolis in Europe at the turn of the 17th century. Local artist Mr Kingsley Ng will then explore the relationship of Baroque art and his installation, providing more insights into his artistic response to the works of the Baroque masters.

Date: 2022.9.24 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Speaker: Dr Angelo lo Conte and Mr Kingsley Ng
Language: English
Links of live online broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/events/491693052474725/?post_id=491693072474723&view=permalink

2022.10.15 (Saturday)
In this session, Dr Denise Fan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Hong Kong Baptist University, will speak about the techniques used in Baroque music to move human passions. Professor Johnny Poon, Music Director of this exhibition, Associate Vice-President and Founding Dean of School of Creative Arts at HKBU, will join to discuss the concept of affekt.

Date: 2022.10.15 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Speaker: Prof Johnny Poon and Dr Denise Fan
Language: Cantonese
Links of live online broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/events/474359721381815/?post_id=474359734715147&view=permalink

2022.10.22 (Saturday)
Dr Isabelle Frank, Consulting Curator of the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery of The City University of Hong Kong, will start the session by looking into the depiction of the emotions in Italian Baroque, one of the defining characteristics of this period. Dr Sim Hinman Wan, Lecturer of Department of Art History of the University of Hong Kong, will then delve into the theatricality of still-life and landscape paintings, a genre which allowed Baroque masters such as Caravaggio to achieve the best possible representation of reality through technical virtuosity.

Date: 2022.10.22 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Speaker: Dr Isabelle Frank and Dr Sim Hinman Wan
Language: English
Links of live online broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/events/415829960553488/?post_id=415829970553487&view=permalink

Online Programmes

By pairing the paintings with contemporary Baroque music, the Music Director of the exhibition, Professor Johnny M Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) and Founding Dean of the School of Creative Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University, helps the audience experience the paintings aurally. The audience will better understand the history and background of the Baroque music and paintings through a series of online tour, dialogues and performance.

Walk & Talk
Join Johnny M Poon (Music Director of the exhibition) for a special walking tour to explore and discuss musical works chosen for the pairing of Baroque music and paintings taken from the Capodimonte Museum.

Date: 2022.10.9 (Sunday)
Time: 8:00pm
Link: https://youtu.be/FQgAn2K1_OI

Feel & Talk
Lo Yan-yan, Curator (Learning and International Programmes) of HKMoA and Johnny M Poon, Music Director of the exhibition, will present a cross-disciplinary conversation on the similarities between paintings and music in the Baroque period, in the areas of visual art and music respectively.

Date: 2022.10.16 (Sunday)
Time: 8:00pm
Link: https://youtu.be/LoAzElVr0bc

Listen & Talk
Bringing together artistic and scholarly viewpoints on topics integral to art and music-making inspired by Baroque paintings from the Capodimonte Museum. Chat with musicians, Vivian Yau (Soprano), Roberto Alonso Trillo (Violin), Prof Johnny M Poon, Music Director of the exhibition

Date: 2022.10.23 (Sunday)
Time: 8:00pm
Link: https://youtu.be/vnulGqeTtq0

Think & Talk
New perspectives on art and music are uncovered through guided conversation with Helen So (Lead for Arts & Culture, Our Hong Kong Foundation), facilitated by Johnny M Poon (Music Director of the exhibition). Join them in exploring complex social and historical contexts, themes, and ideas connected to Baroque paintings from the Capodimonte Museum.

Date: 2022.10.30 (Sunday)
Time: 8:00pm
Link: https://youtu.be/nMPhOzs1rZs

Music Videos
The Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Music has produced a series of music videos to augment audience's experience in appreciating the artworks displayed in this exhibition. Not only will viewers enjoy filmed version of the music heard in the gallery, they will also be enchanted by improvised music and dance as well as novel sonic-visual pairing arise out of the curatorial team's deepening perception of the arts. Each video reflects the evolving process of artistic innovation and interpretation.

2022.10.9 (Sunday) 8:00pm
1. Stradella - Sinfonia in D minor
    Link: https://youtu.be/4uOdjGdGq_c
2. Vivaldi - Si fulgida per te
    Link: https://youtu.be/LMl7IssWG5w

2022.10.16 (Sunday) 8:00pm
1. Terpsichore: Violin & Dance Improvisation
    (Roberto Alonso Trillo & Sudhee Liao)
    Link: https://youtu.be/jqbzPE-nUJ0
2. Merula - Folle è ben che si crede
    Link: https://youtu.be/Diy6ADhJ2f0

2022.10.23 (Sunday) 8:00pm
1. Falconieri - La Suave Melodia
    Link: https://youtu.be/8LiC1uzFSJI

2022.10.30 (Sunday) 8:00pm
1. Strozzi - Che si può fare
    Link: https://youtu.be/wKgk8dIeNQs

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