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Art Basel Hong Kong

Convention& Exhibition Centre

25 - 29 May, 2022

Art Basel Hong Kong

Tales of "Kowloon King" - Solo Exhibition of "King of Kowloon" 

Through the exhibition, we hope to share his lesser-known story and his cultural values.Born in Guangzhou in 1921, Tsang Tsou Choi travelled to Hong Kong as a poor, barely literate teenager. After discovering some important ancestral documents, Tsang claimed that the land of Kowloon belonged to his family, thereby adopting the title “King of Kowloon”.

Family features prominently in Tsang's art. He would often detail his lineage, listing the names of his ancestors all the way back to the original landowner, demonstrating his rightful inheritance of the land in Kowloon. His wife also frequently appears in his works as “The Empress”. One work reads: “ The Empress Man Fook-choi has just come back from a meeting with the British Queen”.

Although only three of his public works have not been destroyed, rebuilt, eroded, or covered, his influential practice left an enduring legacy: He represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and his works were exhibited in the Hong Kong Pavilion. In addition, his works were also exhibited in Daejeon Fine Arts in 2019 and Tai Kwun in 2021. His works are also being shown in Google Virtual Museum and sold at Sotheby's auctions. After his death, the government kept the cement pillar at the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui and the calligraphy on the lamp post next to the Temple of the Lords of the Three Mountains in Ping Shek Village. In addition, M+, a new visual culture museum in Hong Kong, also exhibits and collects his artworks.

Art Fair Details:

Artists: "King of Kowloon" Tsang Tsou Choi

Date: 27 - 29 May 2022

Private View (by invitation only)

25, May (Wednesday) 12nn-8 pm

26, May (Thursday) 12nn-8 pm

27, May (Friday) 12nn-2 pm

28, May (Saturday) 12nn-2 pm

29, May (Sunday) 11 am-12 pm

Show Hours:

28, May (Saturday) 2 pm-8 pm

29, May (Sunday) 12nn-6 pm


Convention & Exhibition Centre,1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Booth: 1D52


Instagram: @lucie_chang_fine_arts


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