Setting Off Fireworks Since Childhood

Frog King (born Kwok Mang Ho) is a towering figure in the history of performance art, and formed a bridge between the Asian and American art scenes as far back as the 1980s. Frog King won’t be confined to any one art medium, instead mastering sculpture, installation, painting and, most of all, performance; his performative bent became clear when he set off a firework with his bare hands as a child, landing him in the hospital!

The truly prolific artist has staged more than three thousand events over five decades, mounting performances at high-profile art world affairs like the Art Basel Hong Kong fair; at international venues like Hong Kong’s M+ Museum of Art and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; and at major international exhibitions, such as Hong Kong’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale and at the Gwangju Biennale, in Korea. You’ll find his artworks in collections of major institutions like the M+ Museum; the Denver Art Museum; and the Smithsonian Video Collection, in Washington, D.C.

In this video, the artist demonstrates his flair for performance, introducing us to his studio, and recalling his days of kissing girls in New York.