Artists

WONG Hoy Cheong

WONG Hoy Cheong

WONG Hoy Cheong was born in 1960 in George Town in Penang, Malaysia. He studied literature, education and fine arts at Brandeis University, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the USA. WONG is currently based in Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, Malaysia.

WONG’s intellectual and academic background began in the field of literature rather than fine art, which serves as an explanation for his continuous fascination for scholarship and rhetoric shown in his works.

Underlying WONG’s playfulness is a serious inquiry into Asian and world history, society and politics as seen through the lens of Malaysia’s colonial and post-colonial experience. His has sought to disturb our sense of security, reminding us of the slipperiness that lies between fact and fiction, past and present, and the perpetual reinvention of our own histories.

WONG is an artist unrestricted by style or medium, his diverse education background led to his inter-disciplinary works, involving areas such as drawing, installation, photography, theater/performance and video; and has explored the interrelationship of history, politics, culture and ethnicity.

WONG was awarded by The Rockefeller Foundation with the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows in 2011. In 2000, Newsweek (International) named him as one of the 10 trailblazers of Asia under the title “Mavericks & Rebels”. In 1999, Asiaweek named him as one of the10 art and culture “Leaders of the Next Millennium”. Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany collects his work and has a floor named after him. Cornell University even has a scholarship - “H. C. Wong Scholarship” – named after him for his work as “Outstanding Educator.”

EDUCATION
1986        Master of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
1984        Master in Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
1982        Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum Laude with Honors), Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
    
SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
2010        "Days of Our Lives: Wong Hoy Cheong Selected Works 1998-2010", ESLITE GALLERY,

                Taipei, Taiwan
2008        "Wong Hoy Cheong 2002-2007", NUS Museum & Gallery, Singapore
2006        "Bound for Glory", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004        "Selected Works 1984-2004", National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "Re:Looking", Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany
               "slight shifts", Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK
2003        "fact-fiction", Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
               "Selected Works 1994-2002", Djanogaly Gallery, Nottingham; Organisation for Visual Arts,

                London, UK
2002        "Selected Works 1994-2002", John Hansard Gallery, Southampton;  Organisation for Visual

                Arts, London, UK
               "Selected Works 1994-2002", Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool / Organisation for Visual Arts,

                London, UK
               "Whose text?", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1999        "Seeds of Change", Habitat, London, UK
1996        "Of Migrants and Rubber Trees: Drawings and Installations", Creative Centre, National

                Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
2010        "Culture(S) of Copy", Goethe Institute, Hong Kong / Edith Russ Site for Media Art,

                Oldenburg, Germany
               "Unreal Asia", Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland
2009        "Code Sharing", Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
               "55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen: Unreal Asia", Oberhausen, Germany
               "Magnetic Power", Coreana Museum of Art & other galleries, Seoul, Korea
               "4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial", Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
               "10th Lyon Biennale", Lyon, France
               "Non Everyday: Hidden Force Fields", Hong Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2008        "Orienting Istanbul", College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA
                Taipei Biennial 2008, Museum of Fine Arts & other venues, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia", ESLITE GALLERY,

                Taipei, Taiwan
               "The Independence Project", Gertrude Contemporary Space, Melbourne, Australia / Petronas

                Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007        Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
                Print Basel, Basel, Switzerland
               "Koloniale Träume - Autonome Zonen", Graz, Austria
2006        "Naked Life", Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Asian Contemporary Art in Print", Asia Society Gallery, New York City / Tyler Print

                Institute, Singapore
2005        Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China 
               "Colonialism without Colonies?", Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
               "Contact", Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
               "Strategy", Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2004        "Ethnic Marketing", Center for Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
               "Minority Report", Aarhus Art Building, Aarhus, Denmark
                Art Forum, Berlin, Germany
               "Liverpool Biennial", Liverpool, UK
               "Asian Traffic", Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia
               "SHAKE", OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria / Villa Arson, Nice, France
2003        "Cam-taten", Kunstraum, Linz, Austria
               "Dreams and Conflicts (Z.O.U. and Utopia Station)", 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
               "handlungsanweisungen - instructions for actions", Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
2002        "The Spice Route", ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
               "Identities: Who We Are", National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "Refuge", Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
               "Asian Party Global Game (curated project)", ARCO, Madrid, Spain
2001        "ARS 01", KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
               "Flashpoint", Rimbun Dahan Gallery, Sungai Buloh, Malaysia
               "Headlights", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000        "Overtag", BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden
               "Lines of Descent", Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (touring exhibtion)
               "La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire", Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
               "Poisonous Targets (2-persons show)", Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia
               "Mutations / Urban Rumours", Fri-Art Contemporary Art Centre, Fribourg, Switzerland
               "Invisible Boundary", Utsonomiya Museum of Art, Utsonomiya, Japan
                3rd Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea
1999        "Time for Tea", National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "babel", Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
               "Sogni / Dreams", Fondazine Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L' latre, Torino; Venice Biennale,

                Venice, Italy
               "Cities on the Move 5", Hayward Gallery, London, UK
                1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
               "Cities on the Move 4", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
               "Intervention", Museum-in-Progress, Vienna, Austria
1998        "Siapa? Apa? Kenapa?", Artis Pro Activ, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "Schools: Textual Works", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "Cities on The Move 2", CapcMusee d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
               "Rupa Malaysia", Brunei Gallery, London, UK / National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1997        "Cities on The Move", The Secession, Vienna, Austria 
               "Art in Southeast Asia: Glimpses into the Future", Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

                (touring exhibition)
1996        "Imagining the Contemporary Body: Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore", Petronas Gallery,

                Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
               "2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial", Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1995        "Visions of Happiness: 10 Contemporary Asian Artists", Japan Foundation Forum Gallery,

                Tokyo, Japan
    
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan 
ArtNow International, San Francisco, USA
Canberra Institute of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany
Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio Di Modena, Modena, Italy
KLM, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
National Bank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

 

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SOLO EXHIBITION
2010        "Days of Our Lives: Wong Hoy Cheong Selected Works 1998-2010", ESLITE GALLERY,

                Taipei, Taiwan

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2008        "Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia", ESLITE GALLERY,

                Taipei, Taiwan

 

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