The World Is Full Of Signs
The Rediscovery Of Iconography

Date:  17 Jan 2024 - 17 Jan 2024

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (HKT)

Venue: Fang Zhaoling Gallery, 1/F, T. T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Language: English



Joseph Leung Mong Sum | Artist, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Harald P Kraemer | Curator, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 



Narratives are experiencing a resurgence in contemporary art, with symbols and signs frequently used to tell stories. This resurgence also requires an understanding of ancient mythologies, a knowledge that is gradually fading. The artist Joseph Leung Song Sum and art historian Harald P Kraemer will discuss the significance of iconography and why the old stories are still of value today.



Hong Kong and Vienna-based artist Joseph Leung Mong Sum uses a variety of symbols and signs in his artworks, which range from photography and installations to found objects. These symbols refer to Christian and Asian mythologies as well as contemporary icons. Leung is currently researching digital anxiety as a PhD student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Harald P Kraemer, Curator at UMAG, developed an interest in iconography and iconology during his studies of art history and classical archaeology. He often uses this knowledge to work with symbols and motifs in his exhibitions.


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