Fung was born in China’s Guangdong Province (b.1951) and raised in Hong Kong. He is now based in Hong Kong after living in New York and Taipei. Apart from practicing calligraphy and seal carving, Fung also writes essays, fictions, and poems.
Fung began carving seals in 1975, and started his practice of shufa - the art of Chinese writing - soon afterwards. He has invented over one hundred calligraphic scripts that explore the process of embedding time in writing, and explored through his art and writing the challenge of reading time in works of shufa. Building upon and challenging traditional practice, Fung’s contemporary shufa has experimented with musical notation, numbers, and mechanical processes.
In 2012, Fung was invited by Maxwell K. Hearn, Curator of Asian Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to select a work of shufa from the Met’s permanent collection and create a new work in response. Fung selected “Boat on the Wu River” by the Northern Song dynasty artist and scholar Mi Fu (1051-1107.) In the 1980’s Fung first encountered this hand scroll on view at the Museum and was entranced, struck by the beauty of Mi’s elegant brushwork: He stood there for over an hour. In Fung’s response, he reproduced the composition and content of the original, but systematically and playfully modified the characters to reflect his own, distinctly contemporary approach to shufa. Fung’s completed piece, “Response to Mi Fu’s Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River,” is now a part of the Met’s permanent collection. Fung’s work was also featured in the Met’s 2014 show, “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China.”
Fung’s works have been collected by a number of major art institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago; the White Rabbit Collection, Sydney; the Brooklyn Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among others. Fung held a major solo retrospective at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 1999. He was an artist in residence at Cambridge University in 2004. In 2008, Hermes invited Fung to create a tableware pattern titled “Les Poemes du Mandarin”.
|2020||The Null Set, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York, USA|
|2017||MEME, Galerie Du Monde, Hong Kong, China|
|2015||Shu-fa Sutra, Galerie Du Monde, Hong Kong, China|
|2013||Meaning in Timing, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong, China|
|Fung Ming Chip Solo Exhibition, M. Sutherland Fine Arts, New York, USA|
|2012||To Be & Not To Be, The Private Museum, Singapore|
Asia One Art Fair, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong, China
|Miami Art Fair, State of Florida, China|
|2010||Fung Ming Chip Solo Exhibition, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong, China|
Fung Ming Chip Solo Exhibition, Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
|2006||Recent Work, Fung Ming Chip, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, China
Fung Ming Chip Solo Exhibition, Leda Fletcher Gallery, Shanghai. China & Geneva, Switzerland
|2022||The Magic of Zen, New York United Nations Header Headquarters, New York, USA|
|2019||Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition: Arts of China Gallery Reopenings,|
|Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA|
|2018||A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, China|
|Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamakazi and Jerry Yang, The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA When Less is More, Alisan Fine Arts Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China|
|2017||Art Taipei, Alisan Fine Arts, Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, China|
|2016||Magie der Zeichen, 3000 Jahre chinesische Schfiftkunst, Museum of East Asian Art,|
|The 9th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen, China|
|2015||Tracing the Brush: Transformed Text, 1st Ink Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong|
|Writing/Non-writing, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China|
|Magie der Zeichen, 3000 Jahre chinesische Schfiftkunst, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland|
|A Tale of Two Cities, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong|
|The Garden of Winter Light, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China|
|Echoes of One Hand Clapping: Picturing Sound in Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA|
|2013||Noirs D’Encre. Regards Croisés, Fondation Baur Musée des Arts|
|D’Extreme-Orient, Genéve, Switzerland|
|Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA|
|2011||Ink Art vs Ink Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China|
Interview | Fung Ming Chip: Traces of TimeThe conversations between the curator and artist May 16, 2023Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is currently exhibiting a special presentation of Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip (冯明秋, b. 1951)’s latest series, NumberS , while also...
News | Brooklyn Museum Presents New Installation of the Asian Gallery, Highlighting Fung Ming Chip’s Calligraphy and Seal CarvingsBrooklyn Museum August 18, 2022Installation View ©The FQM, 2022 Brooklyn Museum has a long tradition of collecting Chinese art. Since 1909, when the museum received its first gift of...
News | Fung Ming Chip is featured at Hong Kong Museum of ArtHong Kong Museum of Art August 17, 2022Hong Kong Museum of Art “City Rhythm” The works of our artist Fung Ming Chip (b.1951) “Border script-sound seeing” (1998) and “Heart Sutra” (2010) are...
News | Five artists FQM represents are exhibiting at United NationsIn Celebration of Chinese Language Day at United Nations April 23, 2022In celebration of UN Chinese Language Day 2022, the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Translation Office of DGACM/DD, and UNSRC Chinese...
News | Michael Cherney and Fung Ming-Chip are featured in Ink Dream at LACMANovember 19, 2021Artists Michael Cherney and Fung Ming-Chip are featured in Susanna Ferrell’s article The Spirit of Ink: Meditations, Apparitions, Dreamscapes on the Ink Dreams exhibition publication...
News | Auction Result | White Ground Project at Christie’s is 100% Sold.October 6, 2020Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is pleased to announce that the special project White Ground , co-organized by gallery director Fu Qiumeng and Christie’s during Christie’s...
News | Fung Ming Chip’s Light Line Script Acquired by the Art Institute of ChicagoAugust 29, 2020Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is delighted to announce two acquisitions of work by Fung Mingchip by North American institutions: an ink on rice paperwork Light...
News | Fung Ming Chip’s wood seal entered Princeton University Art Museum’ collectionJuly 30, 2020In 2020, a wooden seal created by Fung Ming Chip, originally in the collection of Asian American Arts Centre, has recently entered the collection of...
News | Fung Ming Chip - Les Poèmes du Mandarin by HèrmesJanuary 28, 2020When we designed the Krug Room at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, we initially approached Hermès to provide the tableware. After looking through...
Fung Ming Chip | The Seals of Ming-Chip Fung by Wang FangyuFred Wang Fangyu January 28, 2020Orignally published in the brochure for the exhibition Ming-Chip Fung : The Seal 1975-1985, New York Chinese seal carving is a special form of literary...
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