HKDI Gallery

About the Exhibition

Marking the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in Hong Kong, “Tim Yip: Blue – Art, Costumes and Memory” captures over 30 years of artistic evolution of the award-winning Tim Yip. Lauded for his artistic direction and costume designs for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Oscar Academy Awards; British Academy of Film and Television Award), Tim Yip is a world-renowned visual artist, stage and film art director and costume designer who has over the years left an imprint in art, culture and performance across the globe.

“Blue” is the starting point for this exhibition: it plays on ideas and symbolisation from nature of human imagination to the depths of the subconscious mind, from collective history to human memory. The exhibition, curated by Mark Holborn, is separated into 3 stages, bringing to life Tim Yip’s multidisciplinary works along with his collaborations with some of the world’s best filmmakers.

Tim Yip

As a world-renowned visual artist, costume designer, and art director for stage and film, Tim Yip continuously seeks to explore and communicate his aesthetic concept of “New Orientalism”, drawing on ancient culture as a means to inspire the future. He works widely in contemporary art, costume, theatre, film, literature, and other creative fields. In 2001, Tim won the Oscar for Best Art Direction, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Costume Design for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, becoming the first Chinese person to receive these accolades.

Over the past 16 years, Tim has held special exhibitions in Taiwan, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. In addition, his works have been featured in the New York International Asian Art Fair and other significant arts events worldwide. In 2016, he held solo exhibitions, In Parallel, and Tim Yip: Reformation at the Maison de la Culture d’ Amiens, France, and Shanghai Power Station of Art, China, respectively. In 2017, a further solo exhibition, Tim Yip: Migong, took place at the Yuan Museum, Chongqing, China.

Mark Holborn

Mark Holborn is renowned internationally as an editor, designer, and curator, and Tim Yip was the first Chinese artist with whom he collaborated. This exhibition marks their fifth collaboration following Silent Passenger, In Parallel, Tim Yip: Reformation, and Tim Yip: Migong.

Mark Holborn was the former editorial director of Jonathan Cape, London, part of publishers Penguin Random House. He has worked with many of the world’s leading photographers and artists, including William Eggleston, Annie Leibovitz, Issey Miyake and Daido Moriyama, and since the 1990s has helped to produce many important books as an editor and/or designer or publisher.

He is a recipient of the Photographic Society of Japan’s International Award in recognition of his contribution to the understanding of Japanese culture and more recently received the Hood Medal from the UK’s Royal Photographic Society.

Collapsed Lili, 2010

Sight, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2010

Insects, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2013

Black Flower, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2013

Black Armor, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2008

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Directed by Ang Lee, 1999

Marco Polo created by John Fusso Costume Design by Tim Yip, 2014

White Haired Witch, Directed by Jacob Cheung, 2012

Shaping, Tim Yip for Swarovski, 2016

Tim Yip Special Creation for Dior, 2013

Sweater Van Gogh, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2013

Spinning Top, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2003

Red Vampire, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2008

The Banquet, Directed by Feng Xiaogang, 2006

Building Garden, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2013

Red Cliff, Directed by John Woo, 2008

Snake Lady, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2008

The Sound of Mountain, Tim Yip Independent Creation, 2012

Dog, 2010

Fragments Lili, 2010

Outdated Magazines, 2017

Student Lili, 2010

Blue (17 mins Short Film), 2018

Pregnant Lili, 2010

Robot Lili, 2018

Events & Public Services

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Curator-Led Tours



29 March 2019 (Friday)


11:00am-11:30am & 3pm-3:30pm


HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute (MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station Exit A2)

RSVP: / +852 3928 2566


*Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.



16 November 2018 (Friday)

Master Lecture:







Hong Kong Design Institute (MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station Exit A2)

Lecture Speaker:

Mr Tim YIP, in conversation with Curator Mr Mark HOLBORN






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Exhibition Period 
17.11.2018 - 31.03.2019
(Closed on Tuesdays, 25.11.2018, 2.12.2018 and 9.12.2018)

Opening Hours 
10:00 - 20:00

HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute
3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O
(MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station Exit A2)

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