Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Building a Nature-Positive Hong Kong

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Heritage in Times of War

Tai Kwun Conversations: Transformative Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China–25 Years of an Evolving Model

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series-Mental Wellness Promotion amid Covid-19

Tai Kwun Conversations: Negotiating Gender Relations–Insights from the Past

Tai Kwun Conversations: Authenticity vs Interpretation in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Giulio d’Alessio in dialogue with Timothy Calnin

Tai Kwun Conversations: Bridal Laments – The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 3
Heritage, power and gender in cities

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 2
Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 1
Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

Tai Kwun Conversations: Spectre of Truth

Tai Kwun Conversations - Notre Dame – How to rebuild a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in the 21st century?

Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

Tai Kwun Conversations
Dancing with a Stranger

Tai Kwun Conversations - The Making of National Gallery Singapore

Tai Kwun Conversations - Renovation of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Ma On Shan Spirit: Conservation of the Ma On Shan Iron Mine Landscape

CHAOS: Wing Shya × Inoue Tsuguya

Twentieth Century Heritage: Diversifying Hong Kong Stories – Using the ICOMOS ISC20C Historic Thematic Framework

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—Inclusive Conservation and Cultural Connection: Building Resilience for People and the Planet

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations – Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum

Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

20 Jul 2021 7pm-8:30pm


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This July, two consecutive Tai Kwun Conversations foster a reflection and discussion around key challenges and creative solutions in heritage revitalisation. What are the guiding intervention principles for a living site? Contextualising innovative projects that harmonise new construction with its heritage surrounds, the talks explore how historic landmarks relate to the dynamics of local development and offer new spaces for community, arts and culture. The two international speakers will connect online with our Hong Kong audiences.

Led by visionary architect Frank Gehry, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s landmark 1928 building is renewed, honoured, and transformed for art, the community, and Philadelphia. This project represents a major milestone in the renovation, reorganisation, and interior expansion of the museum. Timothy Rub shares the value of Frank Gehry’s brilliant plan, explaining how it honours the past, respect the character of a great historic building, and offers a compelling vision of the future.

The event will be conducted in English.


Timothy Rub | The George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Online)


Dr. Anita Chung |  Head of Heritage, Tai Kwun

7pm – 8pm


8pm – 8:30pm


Lenfest Hall, facing east toward the Williams Forum (below) and the Great
Stair Hall (above), revealing pathways to art on multiple levels. Steve Hall
© Hall + Merrick Photographers, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art 2021.

The Williams Forum, facing west toward Lenfest Hall. Steve Hall
© Hall + Merrick Photographers.Image courtesy Philadelphia
Museum of Art, 2021

Signage from a bygone era appears on the walls of the restored Vaulted
Walkway; the 24 ft. ceiling is clad with Guastavino tiles, restored in 2019.
The Walkway is illuminated with natural skylight and bronze-encased LED
lighting. Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers, 2019, courtesy
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

The North Entrance, for the first time in decades, was restored to
public use in 2019. Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers,
2019, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

Tai Kwun Treats

“Tai Kwun Treats” are now available for the participants of this programme! Get the vouchers and enjoy various privileged offers at designated shops and restaurants.

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