Alice King Biography
Founder and director, Alice King is a true patron of the arts. Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, she received a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and MSc in Library Science from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York for a year before returning to Hong Kong in the 1970s with her husband and children.
Mrs King is the Chairman of the Ink Society (2007-present), Trustee of the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art (2010-present), Director, Association Culturelle France, Hong Kong Limited (2004-present), Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Sinfonietta (1999-present). In the past she served as Art Adviser to the Arts Development Council (2003-2004), Founding Member of The Opera Hong Kong (2003), Member of Museum sub-committee of the Culture and Heritage Commission of Hong Kong (2001-2002), Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta (1997-1999), Vice-Chairman of Friends’ Committee of Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong (1987-88), Steering Committee of Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong (1998), Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Centre Gallery Committee (1985-86), Chairman of the Ladies Committee of The Hong Kong Arts Festival (1982-83), and Chairman of the Ladies Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic (1979-80).
For her tireless contribution to the arts, Mrs King was awarded by the French government the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1995, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000 and Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2013, Gold Dragon Award (as an outstanding overseas Chinese) by Literature & Artists Association of Hong Kong in 1999, and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2004.
Over the years, Mrs. King has been involved in many professional projects including:
- 2008 — Curator, New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond (The Hong Kong Museum of Art)
- 2007 — Curator, A Lyrical Journey: Chinyee’s 50-Year Retrospective (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 2007 — Co-organizer, Floating Reeds- An Installation by Ming Fay (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai)
- 2007 — Curator, Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai (The Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai)
- 2007 — Moderator of symposium, The New Face of Ink Painting – Modern Ink Painting Group Exhibition and Symposium (Central Plaza Lobby & Olympic City 1, Hong Kong)
- 2004 — Curator/co-presenter, Love of the Cosmos: The Art of Chao Chung-hsiang (The National Art Museum of China, Beijing; The Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Galerie Adler, Paris & The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 2004 — Co-presenter, Chao Chung-hsiang: An Eternal Searcher (The National Museum of History, Taipei)
- 2001 — Co-presenter, John Way: A Retrospective at 80 (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 2001 — Curator, Enlightened Blackness: Ink Paintings by Yang Jiechang – Le French May, University Museum and Art Gallery (The University of Hong Kong)
- 2000 — Organizing committee － Shanghai Biennale (he Shanghai Art Museum)
- 2000 — Coordinating committee, Chu Teh-chun (The Shanghai Museum)
- 2000 — Curator, Oriental Plaza: Selected Contemporary Sculpture from China (Oriental Plaza, Beijing)
- Nov 1999-Jan 2000 — Curator, Chao Chung-hsiang: His Singular Legacy (The Zhejiang West Lake Art Museum, Hangzhou)
- 1999 — Coordinating committee, The Centenary of Lin Fengmian: Exhibition of Lin Feng Mian & Chao Chung-hsiang and symposium (The Shanghai Chinese Painting Institute)
- 1999 — Organizing committee, The Second Annual China Contemporary Sculpture (The He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shenzhen)
- 1998 — Honorary Committee, A Century in Crisis, Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth-Century China (The Guggenheim Museum, USA)
- 1998 — Organizing committee (Shanghai International Sculpture Symposium)
- 1998 — Coordinating committee, Exposition Zao Wou-ki En Chine (The Shanghai Museum)
- 1997 — Co-curator, Chinese Roots: Works from Mainland and Oversea Chinese Artists (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 1995 — Coordinator, Bernar Venet: Indeterminate Lines (The Shanghai Museum)
Alisan Fine Arts Director
Daphne King Biography
Born in America, Daphne has lived in Hong Kong since she was five. She graduated from Philips Academy, Andover and the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History. After graduation she worked in the advertising industry in New York and Hong Kong. In 1996, she joined Alisan Fine Arts and was promoted to Director in 2005; in 2011 she formally took over operations at the gallery. Since then she has curated several landmark exhibitions, the most recent being a celebration of Alisan Fine Arts 35th Anniversary in 2016 at the Central Public Library, accompanying the exhibition was the launch of a 300page monologue highlighting the galley’s history. Other exhibitions include Selected Asian Cultural Council Fellows: Then and Now held at the Asian Cultural Council and Alisan Fine Arts in 2011; Fang Zhaoling, Vigorous and Fresh Chinese Ink Painting held at Fine Art Asia and Alisan Fine Arts in 2012; Rhythms of Creation – Chinyee held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Alisan Fine Arts in 2013; Mountainscapes: New Ink Art by Wang Tiande held at Alisan Fine Arts in 2014; The Ink Discipline, A series of rare original prints by Fabienne Verdier held at Alisan Fine Arts in 2014; Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong held at the Hong Kong Central Library and Alisan Fine Arts in 2015; A Legacy of Ink: Lui Shou-kwan 40 Years On held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Alisan Fine Arts in 2015.
A patron of the arts, Daphne was a Friend of the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 1997–2000 and is currently a Trustee of the Friends. In 2011 she was appointed Director of The Ink Society and in 2016 she was appointed Director of Association Culturelle France Hong Kong Ltd. Daphne has been a keen supporter of the Hong Kong Ballet since 2002, and was co-chair of the Guild from 2011-2015, she currently is an Executive Member of the Board. Since 2015 she has been a patron of Asian Cultural Council Friend’s Circle. She founded the University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund in Hong Kong and was the President of the Fund from 2002-2014.
Since taking over Daphne has curated several landmark exhibitions, including:
- 2015 — Ink Asia – Tracing the Brush, Transformed Text (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre)
- 2015 — A Legacy of Ink: Lui Shou-kwan 40 Years On: An exhibition of Lui Shou-kwan, his students’, and a new generation of artists (Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 2015 — Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong－Le French May (Hong Kong Central Library and Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2014 — Mountainscapes, New Ink Art by Wang Tiande (Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2014 — The Ink Discipline: A series of rare original prints by Fabienne Verdier－Le French May (Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2014 — Beyond the Jade Terrace, works by Chu Chu, Wang Mengsha, Yao Yuan, Zhang Yirong (Curated by Tiffany Beres) (Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2013 — Rhythms of Creation – Paintings by Chinyee (Hong Kong Arts Centre and Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2013 — Lui Shou-kwan – Zen Ink Art, Fine Art Asia (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)
- 2012 — Fang Zhaoling, Vigorous and Fresh Chinese Ink Painting, Fine Art Asia (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)
- 2011 — Selected Asian Cultural Council Fellows: Then and Now, Works by Wei Ligang, Wei Qingji, Zhang Jianqun (Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong and Alisan Fine Arts)