CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


WONDER MATERIALS - GRAPHENE AND BEYOND (until 18th April 2018)

What is invisible to the human eye, thinner than human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? It is graphene. A special exhibition entitled "Wonder Materials - Graphene & Beyond" runs from 15th December 2017 to 18th April 2018 at Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition explores this wonder material that can revolutionise electronics, medicine, energy and desalination, as well as a wide range of other industries.

Graphene is a planar form of carbon which is super lightweight and highly conductive yet ultra-strong. The exhibition showcases more than 100 objects from scientists, collections of the UK's Natural History Museum and London Science Museum, and interactive exhibits and video programmes, introducing to visitors the history and properties of graphene and the working environment of graphene researchers.

Pioneering products with graphene incorporated such as graphene light bulbs, a flexible electro-luminescent display and a graphene biosensor will also be featured in the exhibition to illustrate how graphene can improve human life while reducing environmental impacts.

 

Graphite from Sri Lanka

To complement the exhibition, the Hong Kong Science Museum has prepared a series of inspirational scientific activities for the public to participate in. The public can also learn about the latest research on 2D materials conducted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to gain a better understanding on graphene from different angles.

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. It is supported by the Department of Applied Physics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve.

For further information including admission charges see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/graphene2017/eindex.html

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GROWING CITY. GROWING HOME (until November 2018) 

An exhibition "Growing City • Growing Home", organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is taking place in the Art Square at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, displaying two outdoor art installations related to growth and home. The exhibition runs from 8th December 2017 until November 2018 (exact closing date not yet announced).

The artworks are "Million Lights" by Kevin Fung and "Time Slip" by Stanley Siu, inviting viewers to rethink the different interpretations of the concept of growth at home and in the city with the artists, evoking memories of the rapidly changing cityscape and harbourscape while envisioning the future.

By juxtaposing neon signs, construction cranes and old tenement buildings with monumental tree trunks, Kevin Fung's work "Million Lights" captures and reinterprets the ever-changing yet familiar Hong Kong street scenes, allowing visitors to reflect on the past, present and future of the city.

The artwork "Time Slip" by Stanley Siu is inspired by the craftsmanship and design of Chinese wooden junks. The work attempts to merge the vanished imagery of home with today's cityscape by capturing the silhouette of the Chinese junks and presenting the negative spaces therein.

 

Stanley Siu's work "Time Slip"

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/program01b.html

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MILES UPON MILES: WORLD HERITAGE ALONG THE SILK ROAD (until 5th March 2018) 

“Miles upon Miles: World Heritage along the Silk Road is being held at the Special Exhibition Gallery and the 1/F Main Lobby of the Hong Kong Museum of History from 29th November 2017 to 5th March 2018. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the historical and cultural significance of the Silk Road through enjoying this display of cultural relics.

The ancient trade route known as the Silk Road, stretching from Chang'an (present day Xi'an) in China, measured 10,000 kilometres from east to west, and 3,000 kilometres from north to south. Until the 16th century, this network played a significant role in fostering economic, cultural, religious and technological exchange among countries in the East and the West.

The focus of this exhibition is on the route network of the Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road. Some 160 exhibits of invaluable artefacts have been selected from Shaanxi, Henan, Gansu and Xinjiang on the Mainland for display at the exhibition. Over half of these are grade one national treasures, while a further 50 exhibits have come from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The exhibits include jade ware, textiles, sancai figurines, gold and silver ware, bronze ware and large-scale murals. The exhibition is complemented by multimedia programmes and interactive elements to enrich the visitors' experience.

In addition to being a historical transport network for trade and commercial activities in the Eurasian continent, the Silk Road has performed a key role in fostering cultural, religious and technological exchanges. This exhibition will highlight the routes network of the Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road spanning China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This network was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2014 in view of the unique cultural value of its archaeological sites and religious buildings.

 

One of the highlight exhibits - an altar with figures of horsemen and animals from the 2nd to 1st century BC - from the collection of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan

One-hour public guided tours are available from 7th December onwards on a “first come, first served” basis.

The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. It is jointly presented by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Gansu Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Bureau of Cultural Heritage, the Luoyang Administration of Cultural Heritage, and the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, with co-ordination by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center.

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm on Monday and Wednesday to Friday; 10am to 7pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays; and 10am to 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

Admission fees are as follows:

Standard: HK$20; Group (20 persons or above): HK$14; Concessionary: HK$10
Free admission for Museum Pass holders.

For further information see;

http://hk.history.museum/en_US/web/mh/exhibition/current.html

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TOUCH – HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL POSTER TRIENNIAL 2017 (until 26th March 2018)

An exhibition "Touch – Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2017" is being held at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 25th November 2017 to 26th March 2018. The exhibition features almost 200 entries from around the world as well as masterpieces designed by five internationally renowned judges, presenting the uniqueness of different cultures along with the designers' colourful and varied creativity.

Poster art has become an integral part of people's daily lives. Good and creative posters can captivate people's attention and hearts by aesthetic designs. Posters has long been an important platform of communication among people and a witness of time. In order to recognise the distinguished nature of poster art and pay tributes to the talented designers, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is partnering with the Hong Kong Designers Association to hold Hong Kong International Poster Triennial, and show the Government's support to the development of design industry.

There were four categories in this year's competition, namely Ideology, Promotion of Cultural Events, Commercial and Advertising, and Thematic – "Touching". In addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in the four categories, there were also five Judges Awards to accord recognition to outstanding designs.

The competition attracted more than 2,000 entries from 42 countries and regions, covering a wide range of issues on the environment, politics and culture.

A total of 191 shortlisted entries selected by a professional judging panel and representative works designed and donated by the five judges are featured in the exhibition. The professional judging panel comprised five internationally renowned designers, namely Mr Kjell Ekhorn from Norway, Mr Kazunari Hattori from Japan, Mr Tommy Li from Hong Kong, Ms Ariane Spanier from Germany, and Mr Niklaus Troxler from Switzerland. Their donations will become part of the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

 

Photo shows the winner of the Gold Award in the Commercial and Advertising category, "Parco Lily FW14, SS15" by M/M (Paris)

Hong Kong Heritage Museum has organised six consecutive editions of the Hong Kong International Poster Triennial since 2001. Through competitions, exhibitions and symposiums held every three years, the event has documented the development of international poster design by showcasing and collecting outstanding works from all over the world.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line. It is open from 10am to 6pm* on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm* on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

*The museum closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.

For further details of the exhibition see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid248.html

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PIXAR 30 YEARS OF ANIMATION: HONG KONG CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY (until 5th March 2018)

From "Toy Story" to "Cars 3", audiences have grown up with the classic characters of Pixar animation. The exhibition "Pixar 30 Years of Animation: Hong Kong Celebration of Friendship and Family" runs from 17th November 2017 to 5th March 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Themed on "Friendship and Family", the exhibition features a fine selection of more than 300 exhibits, among which are sketches and sculptures related to the new film "Coco", which have not been seen outside Pixar Animation Studios before. Visitors will be able to have a glimpse of the creative magic behind some of the world's best-known animated films.

Pixar first brought items from its stunning collection to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in 2011 for a hugely successful exhibition. This year, the museum has collaborated with Pixar again to present the "Pixar 30 Years of Animation" exhibition, offering a rare and unique opportunity for visitors to revisit the many computer-animated films created by Pixar over the past three decades, and learn about the artistic techniques and story concepts behind these successful productions.

The exhibition showcases handpicked artworks created on traditional and digital media, including hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, which are complemented by video clips of interviews with artists discussing their sources of creative inspiration. A 15-minute video, "Artscape", will also be shown in the exhibition. The video uses digital technology to explore art in simulated 3-D motion, inviting viewers to consider how concept art inspires the imagination of a film's entire production crew.

Founded in 1986 in California, the US, Pixar Animation Studios combines art and technology to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. In Pixar films, one of the recurring themes is the intimate interpersonal relationships among friends and family, like the friendships between Mike and Sulley from "Monsters Inc." and Carl and Russell from "Up", or the family relationships of Bob Parr in "The Incredibles", Marlin and his son Nemo in "Finding Nemo" and Riley and her parents in "Inside Out".

 

Picture shows a digital painting of "Toy Story 3" (2010)

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Pixar Animation Studios, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Pixar Animation Studios, and fully supported by the Walt Disney Company (Hong Kong) Limited. It is part of a series of cultural activities for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

To tie in with the exhibition, another exhibition, "Moving Tales of Hong Kong Animation", jointly presented by the LCSD and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, will also be held at the Function Place of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum until 5th March 2018. The exhibition showcases influential and representative works by renowned and up-and-coming local animators together with their oral history interviews, to give visitors a better understanding of the dynamics and creativity in the local animation industry.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line. It is open from 10am to 6pm* on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm* on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

*The museum closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.

Admission to the museum is free. Admission to the exhibition is HK$20. Concessionary admission of HK$10 applies to full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and one accompanying carer and senior citizens aged 60 or above.

For further details of the "Pixar 30 Years of Animation: Hong Kong Celebration of Friendship and Family" exhibition see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid247.html

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SAILING THE SEVEN SEAS: LEGENDS OF MARITIME TRADE OF MING DYNASTY (to 4th March 2018)

An exhibition "Sailing the Seven Seas: Legends of Maritime Trade of Ming Dynasty" is running from 3rd November 2017 to 4th March 2018 at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. The exhibition displays around 200 archaeological finds from old ships of the Ming dynasty, together with ceramics of the same period unearthed in Hong Kong, to showcase the flourishing trade of the Maritime Silk Road.

Highlight exhibits include the water storage utensil "blue and white kendi with elephant head design"; the "blue and white bowl with wucai and golden outline" decorated with panchi (a hornless dragon) and a heron in a lotus pond; the "Great Ming paper currency" that circulated during the Ming dynasty; and Chinese herbal medicines, food and daily necessities collected from old ships, such as poria, copper acupuncture needles and bone dice.

The Maritime Silk Road was a major conduit for China's international trade in ancient times. In addition to promoting trade, it also enhanced the exchange of art, religion and technology. During the Ming dynasty, the seafaring activities of the Maritime Silk Road became even more frequent and prosperous. By featuring valuable artefacts from old ships dated to the Ming dynasty, the exhibition will enable visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the vibrant maritime trade at that time. It will also showcase Ming ceramics unearthed from Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island and Wun Yiu in Tai Po, Hong Kong, to provide visitors with insights on the role Hong Kong played in South China Sea trade.



Water storage utensil " blue and white kendi with elephant head design "

The exhibition, which offers free admission, is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Guangdong Museum, and organised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. For details of the exhibition, please see the Antiquities and Monuments Office's website;

http://www.amo.gov.hk/en/whatsnew_20171031.php

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located in Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10am – 7pm, Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve, 10am – 5pm. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) , and the first two days of the Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

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A MATTER OF RECORD (until 28th March 2018) 

The exhibition "A Matter of Record: Dr Sun Yat-sen in the Historical Archives" is running at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum from 20th October 2017 until 28th March 2018. The exhibition displays 28 replicas of historical documents, enabling visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the dauntless revolutionary and patriotic spirit of Dr Sun Yat-sen.

Archives, which collect documents that recorded matters first-hand, are important materials that show the historical and cultural heritage of a particular time and place. By showcasing replicas of selected documents from the collection of the Second Historical Archives of China, together with historical images, the exhibition looks back on the arduous journey that Dr Sun faced in the early years of the Republic of China.

Highlight exhibits include the "Order issued to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wong Chong-wai by Dr Sun Yat-sen" to prohibit the export of labourers, the "Letter to the Bank of Communications from the Ministry of Finance of the Beijing government" to confiscate the bank assets of Dr Sun and others accused of treason, and the "Letter written to Chiang Kai-shek by Dr Sun Yat-sen" to explain the importance of the Northern Expedition.

 

"Order issued to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wong Chong-wai by Dr Sun Yat-sen" to prohibit the export of labourers, which is on display at the exhibition

The exhibition, which has free admission is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Second Historical Archives of China, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. It is open from Monday to Wednesday, Friday, 10am - 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10am - 7pm, Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve: 10am - 5pm
It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays, the anniversaries of Dr Sun's birth on 12th November and death on 12th March), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year.

For further information see;

http://hk.drsunyatsen.museum/en_US/web/sysm/exhibition/hist_archives.html

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SPARKLE! ROOM FOR A BOOK (until 2nd January 2018) 

The "Sparkle! Room for a Book" exhibition runs from 6th October 2017 until 2nd January 2018 at Oi! in North Point. The third exhibition of the "Sparkle!" series organised by Oi!, "Sparkle! Room for a Book" showcases five books themed around the topic "home". Using an artistic visualisation and interdisciplinary approach spread over different sessions, the exhibition allows visitors to enjoy an unprecedented reading and viewing experience.

Inspired by the "one book, one space" concept, project curator Tang Siu-wa invited five Hong Kong authors, namely Hon Lai-chu, Dorothy Tse, Cally Yu, Him Lo and Ho Sin-tung, to create five new books exploring the meaning of "home" from different perspectives. The exhibition consists of five consecutive sessions, each of which focuses on one of the five books. Artistic visualisation is used to present the literature in a way that liberates visitors from a traditional reading medium. The authors and exhibition periods are:

October 6th to 22nd: Exhibition of Hon Lai-chu
October 24th to November 12th: Exhibition of Dorothy Tse
November 14th to December 3rd: Exhibition of Cally Yu
December 5th to 18th: Exhibition of Him Lo
December 20th to January 2nd of next year: Exhibition of Ho Sin-tung

 

The third exhibition of the “Sparkle!” series organised by Oi!, "Sparkle! Room for a Book" showcases five books themed around the topic "home".

For further details of the exhibition see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/sparkle_room_for_a_book.html 

For the "Sparkle!" exhibition series eight local curators, namely Movana Chen, Enoch Cheng, Tang Siu-wa, Jeff Leung, Solomon Yu, Yentl Tong, Sara Wong and Leung Po-shan have been invited to use Oi! as a platform to plan and stage exhibitions and other events that reveal the artistic qualities of the young generation. Focusing on the relationship between art and contemporary living, the artists reflect on pressing issues in life and society using various means of artistic expression. Eight projects under the series will be presented at Oi! during the year 2017-18.

Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. It is open from 10am to 8pm daily except on Mondays, when it is open from 2pm to 10pm (open from 10am to 8pm on Mondays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free.

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THE STARS, THE SILVER SCREEN AND THE QIPAO (until 1st January 2018)

A daily wear of women in bygone days, qipao has become a distinctive kind of costume in cinema. The exhibition "The Stars, the Silver Screen and the Qipao", organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA from 1st September 2017 until 1st January 2018. The exhibition showcases 24 pieces qipao dresses featured in movies of different eras, which are presented to visitors in their dazzling glamour. The exhibition, taking visitors on a cultural journey through time, comprises five thematic zones, namely "Women in Wartime", "Modern Girls", "Stars on the Stage", "Wife Life" and "Souls in the Shadows". On display are qipao costumes that appeared in movies from the 1940s to the 2000s and were worn by actresses including Bai Guang in "Blood Will Tell" (1949), Zhou Xuan in "The Flower Street" (1950), Linda Lin Dai in "The Orphan Girl" (1956), Hsia Moon in "Sunrise" (1956), Li Xianglan in "An Unforgettable Night" (1958), Anita Mui in "Kawashima Yoshiko" (1990), Maggie Cheung in "Centre Stage" (1992) and "The Soong Sisters" (1997), Joey Wong and Miyazawa Rie in "Peony Pavilion" (2001). In addition, specially edited film clips will be screened at the venue, allowing visitors to admire the charm of the qipao-wearing stars.

 

The exhibition showcases 24 pieces of qipao dresses featured in movies of different eras, which are presented to visitors in their dazzling glamour.

To complement the exhibition, the "Mini Wool Felt Qipao DIY Workshop" will be held from 10-15am to 1pm on November 11, 12, 25 and 26 at the 1/F Foyer of the HKFA, at which participants will be able to try their hand at being a Qipao tailor. Also, a seminar entitled "The Charm of Qipao: The Daily Wear that Became a Cultural Icon" will be held at 4-30pm on 25th November at the HKFA Cinema, to be hosted by textile and costume specialist Edith Cheung in Cantonese.

Admission to the exhibition, workshop and seminar is free. The workshop will be open for application from 25th September onwards.

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, about 5 mins walk from exit A of Sai Wan Ho Station on the MTR Island Line. The exhibition is open from 10am to 8pm Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Christmas Eve opening hours 10am to 5pm..

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights/highlights48.html

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THE LEADING ACTRESS, PERFIDIOUS CONCUBINE AND BELOVED GRANDMA - LEE HONG KUM'S ARTISTIC CAREER (until 29th August 2018)

An exhibition entitled "The Leading Actress, Perfidious Concubine and Beloved Grandma - Lee Hong Kum's Artistic Career" is on display from 30th August 2017 until 29th August 2018 at the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. It showcases about 50 objects and photos, including Cantonese opera costumes and theatrical items donated by the renowned Cantonese opera star Lee Hong-kum, allowing visitors to revisit Lee's opera career and remarkable performances on the silver screen.

Throughout a career in the performing arts spanning more than 60 years, Lee Hong-kum has made outstanding contributions to Cantonese opera, film and television. In 2016, she generously donated more than 200 Cantonese opera treasures to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and the donation was an invaluable addition to the museum's collection.

 

Part of the exhibition now on display at Hong Kong Heritage Museum

During the exhibition period, six movie excerpts starring Lee Hong-kum are being screened at the screening room of the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall.

For further information regarding the exhibition see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/permanent_exhibitions/permanent_cantonopera.html

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line. It is open from 10am to 6pm* on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm* on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

*The museum closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.

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BRAVING UNTOLD DANGERS: WAR CORRESPONDENTS (until 31st January 2018)

From 30th June 2017 until 31st January 2018 Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is holding an exhibition "Braving Untold Dangers: War Correspondents", with about 30 sets of exhibits including equipment used by local and foreign war correspondents and valuable news reports, images and footage. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to gain a better understanding of the dangers war correspondents face working on battlefield front lines, as well as the devastation that war brings to communities and nations.

The exhibition outlines the emergence of war correspondents and their coverage of various wars including the Crimean War, the First Sino-Japanese War, the two World Wars and the Vietnam War. It also shows how local journalists covered hostilities in various regions, enabling visitors to learn more about the efforts of devoted war correspondents, to better understand the cruelty and brutality of war, and to reflect on how precious peace is.

Highlight exhibits include a Leica I camera which was used by journalists during World War II; a protective suit and mask worn by a Hong Kong reporter during the Iraq War in 2003, and helmets and bulletproof vests worn by journalists in war zones. Valuable photos including “The Terror of War”, a series of out-of-focus pictures taken among soldiers, are also on display.

 

Panel antenna, satellite phone and video-capturing device used by journalists in war zones are included among the exhibits

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.


Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan. It is open from 10am to 6pm until 30th September (closed on Thursdays except on public holidays). From 1st October it is open from 10am to 5pm (closed on Thurdays except on public holidays. Admission is free.

For further details of the exhibition see;

http://hk.coastaldefence.museum/en_US/web/mcd/exhibition/special/warcorrespondents.html 

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"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 20th July 2018)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the
Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and runs for five years until 20th July 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.



The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition

Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.

Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).

Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.

In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.

Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.

 

Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition

The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.

To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee). 

In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.

 

The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.

To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.

To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.

During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.

Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:

* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)

* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)

Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.

For further details of the exhibition, see the museum's website; 

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/eng/attractions/attractions.aspx 



EXHIBITIONS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Hong Kong International Airport holds a number of concurrent small exhibitions which departing passengers can visit. For details of current exhibitions at the airport see;

http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/passenger/attractions-at-hkia/attractions-at-hkia.html