THE WHAMPOA MILITARY ACADEMY: MODERN CHINA'S CRUCIBLE FOR MILITARY TALENT (until 14th January 2015)
The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is staging an exhibition "The Whampoa Military Academy: Modern China's Crucible for Military Talent" to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the academy, China's first modern military school. The exhibition enables visitors to learn more about the history of the academy and the contribution of its instructors and cadets to modern Chinese history.
Running from 29th August 2014 until 14th January 2015, the exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History, and is organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.
The founding of the Whampoa Military Academy in 1924 was one of the major decisions made by Dr Sun Yat-sen to re-explore China's revolutionary road. The academy implemented an education policy that combined military and political theory, and its cadets made a significant impact and contribution in China's revolution and the Sino-Japanese War. Hailed as a "Cradle for China's Army Commanders", the Whampoa Military Academy set out to nurture military and political talent and build a revolutionary army to help overthrow imperialism and wrest control of the warlords' power in China during the national revolution. Many instructors and cadets of the academy became political and military leaders of modern China including Chiang Kai-shek, Chen Cheng, Li Zongren, Zhou Enlai, Ye Jianying, Nie Rongzhen, Chen Kefei and Xu Xiangqian.
Dr Sun Yat-sen (third left), Liu Chung-hoi (left), Chiang Kai-shek (second left), Soong Ching-ling (fourth left) and others at the opening ceremony of the Whampoa Military Academy in 1924
Instructors and cadets of the Whampoa Military Academy provided considerable support for the Guangdong Revolutionary Government, profoundly influencing China's modern political history as well as its military development. They took part in suppressing the rebellion instigated by the Guangzhou Merchants' Volunteer Corps in 1924 and from 1925 to 1926 they joined the Eastern Expedition against Chen Jiongming, helped the Nationalist Party unite Guangdong province and contributed greatly to the Northern Expedition that followed.
Cadets take part in an artillery lesson
The exhibition showcases over 60 items drawn from the collections of the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History and the Hong Kong Museum of History, including invaluable historical documents, relics, historic images and academic documents and articles used by the academy's instructors and cadets. These exhibits reveal not only the origins, organisation, framework, and educational vision of the academy and its contributions in a number of battles in modern Chinese history, but also the difficult scholastic life of the instructors and cadets.
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7, Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central and is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. 10am to 5pm Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except on public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
For more information about the exhibition see the museum's website;
CONFLICT AND WAR: CHINA AND JAPAN 1894-95 (until 11th March 2015)
To mark the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War, an exhibition "Conflict and War: China and Japan 1894-95" is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence from 22nd August 2014 until 11th March 2015. The exhibition showcases invaluable artefacts and historical photographs to cover the origins of the war and its far-reaching impacts on the development of modern China.
The First Sino-Japanese War was a watershed in modern Chinese history. As early as the 1860s, the Qing government actively promoted the Self-Strengthening Movement to build a modern naval system, including the establishment of the Beiyang Fleet, to enhance the national defence. However, the war ended with the defeat of the Qing court and the signing of the humiliating Treaty of Shimonoseki, ceding territories and leading to the payment of huge war indemnities.
Featuring around 90 valuable artefacts and more than 50 historical photographs, this exhibition allows visitors to learn more about the establishment of the Beiyang Fleet, the course of the war and its impacts on the development of modern China. Some of the exhibits are being showcased in a place outside the Museum of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 for the first time.
A model of the cruiser Zhiyuan (scale 1:100) on display at the exhibition. Made in Britain, the fast cruiser was delivered to China in 1887. In the Naval Battle of the Yellow Sea, captain Deng Shichang intended to strike the Japanese cruiser Yoshino but was badly hit and sank
China's defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War not only symbolised the failure of the Self-Strengthening Movement of the late Qing period, but also marked the onset of a scramble among foreign powers for concessions from China. In distinct contrast, Japan rose to the level of a military superpower in the Far East, upsetting the status quo in East Asia. Faced with a national crisis, the imperial court and the people of China shouted the battle cry of revenge and reform to save the nation. Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao advocated reforms and modernisation, while Dr Sun Yat-sen and Yeung Ku-wan established the Revive China Society to herald the revolution that would subsequently change the fate of China. As a result, the First Sino-Japanese War has been viewed as transformative in the development of modern Chinese history.
Jacket of the uniform of the Ming Army, which was one of the strongest divisions of the Huai Army formed by Li Hongzhang
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Shandong Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Museum of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895. Among the exhibits are telescopes used by the generals of the Beiyang Fleet, letters of appointment, war maps produced by Japan, military uniforms, propaganda materials, funeral orations for both Chinese and Japanese military officers killed in action, and medals of merit.
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm during October to February, 10am to 6pm during March to September. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Admission HK$10, seniors age 60 and over HK$5. Free admission on Wednesdays.
For further information see the museum's website;
SPARKLE! CAN WE LIVE (TOGETHER) (until 19th October 2014)
An exhibition entitled "Sparkle! Can We Live (Together)" runs from 1st August 2014 until 19th October 2014 at Oi!. The exhibition brings together a group of artistic talents and examines the collaborative relationship between artists.
The exhibition is curated by Lee Chun-fung, a co-founder of the art organisation Wooferten, who has extensive experience in connecting communities. His interest in the ecosystem of local art organisations that come together on their own initiative has led him to examine the productive means and sustainability of collaborative art. In this exhibition, Lee has brought together several artists and projects including Michael Leung of the Community Farming Project, Him Lo of People's Pitch, Kobe Ko of the Chow Kai Chin project and Elaine W Ho, an artist who has previously established an art space in the hutong, narrow streets and alleys of Beijing. Also involved in the exhibition are the mini art space 100 ft. PARK and the Tuna Prize, an art award organised by alumni of the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Michael Leung explores the possibility of growing plants in various urban settings in the Community Farming Project
The exhibition showcases the development of the participants' schemes and shares their experiences of running these programmes. The creative approaches break away from the traditional ways of thinking in generating art from a personal perspective. Instead, art is created through deliberation, co-operation, conversation and the building of relationships: a common idea is developed using a bottom-up approach to achieve the ideals of "being together".
In addition, artists Joe Yiu and Ocean Leung together with BLOKE will develop the creative ideas of "What If (Artist Village)", which was presented in the launch exhibition of the "Sparkle!" exhibition series in response to the imaginative ideas of an ecosystem of projects initiated by art organisations.
"Sparkle! Can We Live (Together)" is the third exhibition of the "Sparkle!" exhibition series, which is organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with their design partner, Karr Yip, the curators have been drawing up plans for exhibitions that will look into a possible merging of art and daily life and its promotion. The exhibitions encourage creativity while making available an open and experimental art creation platform at Oi! for local art practitioners.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. The venue opened in May 2013 and is converted from a grade II historic building which was originally home to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club It provides space for the community to experience art and a platform for art practitioners to experiment with their ideas of artistic creation. For more details about Oi! see WHAT'S NEW.
For further details of the exhibition see the Oi! website;
SPARKLE! ZOO AS METAPHOR (until 5th October 2014)
An exhibition "Sparkle! Zoo as Metaphor" is being held at Oi! from 26th July 2014 until 5th October 2014. The exhibition combines visual arts with theatrical elements to offer a unique experience to visitors.
The exhibition is curated by Orlean Lai, who has extensive experience in stage production and planning cross-media projects. Working in partnership with visual artist Au Wah-yan, composer Steve Hui, theatre director and writer Vee Leong, media artist Kingsley Ng and photographer Wong Hung-fei, Lai has created a multi-dimensional space that brings together the real and the imaginary.
Featuring scattered objects including ancient texts, redeemed toys, newspaper clippings on animals and fallen teeth, the exhibition will tell the story of an unusual collector. Through personal experiences and participation, and drawing on their curiosity and artistic instinct, visitors can experience the collector's view of the city's different cultures, features, social values and faded memories through exploring the collection.
Exhibits in the "Sparkle! Zoo as Metaphor" exhibition
"Sparkle! Zoo as Metaphor" is the second exhibition of the "Sparkle!" exhibition series, which is organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with design partner Karr Yip, the guest curators have been drawing up plans for exhibitions that will look into and promote a possible merger of art into daily lives. The exhibitions encourage creativity while making available an open and experimental art creation platform at Oi! for local art professionals.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. The venue opened in May 2013 and is converted from a grade II historic building which was originally home to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. It provides space for the community to experience art and a platform for art practitioners to experiment with their ideas of artistic creation. For more details about Oi! see WHAT'S NEW.
For details of the exhibition, see the Oi! website;
ASSIMILATION INTO HAN CULTURE: THE ANCIENT FUNERARY POTTERY OF GUANGXI (until 15th September 2014)
An exhibition titled "Assimilation into Han Culture: The Ancient Funerary Pottery of Guangxi", is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 16th July 2014 until 15th September 2014. The exhibition reveals details of how Guangxi people lived and the dwellings they lived in more than 2,000 years ago by showcasing historic clay models including houses, granaries and wells unearthed in Guangxi.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Department of Culture of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Bureau of Cultural Relics of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and is co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology.
As they are both situated in the Lingnan region, Hong Kong and Guangxi share similar cultural roots. The exhibition features 76 items/sets of rare burial pottery dating from the Western Han to the Southern Dynasties including model houses, granaries, wells, stoves, and boat and animal figurines. These precious cultural relics reflect the assimilation of the Yue and Han cultures in the Lingnan region, and illustrate details of residential architectural features and social and economic life in Guangxi during the Han Dynasty.
A clay model house with hip roof of the Eastern Han Dynasty. Collection of Hepu County Museum
Two pottery models - a granary and a well - unearthed from the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, the forms of which were very similar to those unearthed in Guangxi, are highlighted at the exhibition to demonstrate the common Lingnan cultural roots shared by Hong Kong and Guangxi.
As beliefs and customs such as "ruling by filial piety" and "honouring the dead as if they were alive" were advocated in the early Han, funerals involved many burial items - sometimes as many as those needed by the living. Pottery items related to eating, living, clothing and even travelling were made and buried in tombs with the deceased. These items were buried alongside the dead so they could enjoy an equally pleasant life in the afterworld.
A red clay boat with drum and figurines of the Eastern Han Dynasty vividly depicts the structure of boats from that period and also shows how people lived on the water. Collection of Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology
During the mid-Western Han to late Eastern Han, funerary objects closely related to daily life were found in large quantities. These include various pottery items such as model houses, granaries, wells, stoves, paddy fields, and human and animal figurines. In particular, the model houses faithfully depict the living conditions of the time as they encapsulate in miniature people's dwellings during the Han dynasty. The changes in the pottery models' shapes and forms also reflect the interaction of various cultures and the socio-economic development of the time. These pottery models created more than 2,000 years ago not only reveal people's beliefs, they also illustrate forms, features, and development patterns of ancient architecture. Moreover, they provide crucial data in the study of social and economic development.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Admission to the exhibition is free. For further details see;
PARIS•CHINESE PAINTING - LEGACY OF THE 20th CENTURY CHINESE MASTERS (until 21st September 2014)
Works by prominent 20th century Chinese artists are on show at an exhibition entitled "Paris•Chinese Painting - Legacy of the 20th Century Chinese Masters" at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 20th June 2014 until 21st September 2014. The exhibition will feature works by artists including Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian, Pan Yuliang, Sanyu, Pang Xunqin, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun and Wu Guanzhong.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the exhibition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Musée Cernuschi and the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, and is supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. It is sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Private Banking and is one of the programmes of Le French May. Le French May, which is now in its 22nd edition, has been one of the most prominent and long-standing international cultural exchange programmes in Asia.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations, the Hong Kong Museum of Art organised this large-scale Chinese painting exhibition in collaboration with renowned arts institutions in France such as the Musée Cernuschi, the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, the Musée d'Orsay and the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition is one of the major events commemorating the artistic exchanges between China and France, and the artworks on display reflect the close relations between the two nations dating back to the early 20th century.
"Seated Nude" by Pan Yuliang
The exhibition has been created by the distinguished curators from museums in France and Hong Kong and presents the exquisite works of world-renowned Chinese painters who furthered their studies in France in the last century from a unique and innovative perspective. As pioneers of the artistic and cultural exchanges between the two countries, the artists have contributed enormously to the blending of Eastern and Western painting skills in their artworks and showcased the distinctive beauty and charm of the two cultures.
"Ladies in a Garden" by Lin Fengmian
Since the early 20th century, generations of Chinese artists have undergone training in oil painting and sculpture in France. In Paris, the capital of art and culture, they explored Western painting techniques and concepts. The exposure helped these artists to draw on both Chinese and Western cultures, and inspired them to create many stunning works of art. Their achievements resulted in a new artistic phenomenon in China. Featuring about 100 works including oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, sketches, lithographs, sculptures and more, the exhibition will demonstrate the impact of European art on 20th century Chinese painting.
For further details of the exhibition see the museum's website;
HISTORICAL IMPRINTS OF LINGNAN: MAJOR ARCHAELOGICAL DISCOVERIES OF GUANGDONG, HONG KONG AND MACAO (until 1st September 2014)
An exhibition titled "Historical Imprints of Lingnan: Major Archaeological Discoveries of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao" is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 11th June 2014 until 1st September 2014, tracing the history and development of civilisation in the Lingnan region through archaeological finds from a number of important sites in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region Government (SARG), and is co-organised by the Guangdong Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Macao Museum.
Archaeological work has taken giant strides in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in the last three decades, and has recorded outstanding accomplishments. Nine excavation projects in the region have been named among the "Ten Most Significant New Archaeological Discoveries in China", including an excavation project in Ma Wan in Hong Kong in 1997. The exhibition is the largest exhibition yet of archaeological discoveries in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, showcasing over 700 archaeological items on loan from more than 30 cultural organisations and museums.
Blue and white kraak dish with deer design of the late Ming dynasty unearthed from the site at St Paul's College, Macau. Collection of the Cultural Heritage Department of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau
The exhibition highlights the close cultural connection between the three places since ancient times, as well as covering the technological advancements in archaeological excavation and the progress made in promoting archaeology to the public in the three places over the decades. Archaeological findings indicate that the human history and culture of the Lingnan region date back more than 100 000 years. The exhibition explores the historical and cultural development of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau from the Palaeolithic Period to the Ming dynasty. Highlights include exquisite stone tools and pottery unearthed from Neolithic sites in the three places, architectural relics and burial items discovered in the palace and mausoleum sites of Guangzhou's Nanyue Kingdom, exported porcelain items of the Song and Ming dynasties salvaged from the shipwrecks of the Nanhai No. 1 in Yangjiang and the Nan'ao No. 1 in Shantou, and the Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains excavated from the St Paul's College site in Macau.
Dehua white-glazed ewer with melon-shaped belly in the Southern Song Dynasty salvaged from Nanhai No 1 shipwreck. Collection of the Maritime Silk Road Museum of Guangdong
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Admission to the exhibition is free. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). For details of the exhibition see the museum's website;
In conjunction with the exhibition, an international conference will be held on August 16 and 17 at the Hong Kong Museum of History. Twenty experts and scholars from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, the United Kingdom and New Zealand will share their latest research on the Song and Ming periods of Lingnan history, archaeological technology, conservation of archaeological sites and recent archaeological discoveries. Details will be available on the museum's website in mid-July.
THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY: CHAIRS FOR VIEWING THE WORLD THROUGH TIME (until 15th September 2014)
American poet Theodore Roethke once wrote, "A funny thing about a chair: You hardly ever think it's there." Chairs are very much part of everyday life as we spend a lot of time sitting down, whether we are at home, at work, commuting, resting or at a social gathering. However, how many of us appreciate the designs of chairs and the stories behind these pieces of furniture?
From 7th June 2014 until 15th September 2014, visitors to Hong Kong Heritage Museum can view precious chairs from around the world in an exhibition entitled "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time", and discover the hidden facets of chairs spanning history, culture and art from ancient times to the recent past. Presented by the the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), and co-organised by the Palace Museum and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is a highlight under "Please Have a Seat", the first large-scale event on the theme of chairs launched by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and featuring a wide range of programmes to bring visitors closer to the world of chairs.
More than 100 valuable exhibits have been selected for display from the collections of the world's leading museums as well as some of the LCSD's museums. These include the Palace Museum, the Trustees of the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the United States (US), the Brooklyn Museum in the US, the Science Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum in the United Kingdom (UK), the National Trust in the UK, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the UK, the Imperial Furniture Collection - Vienna Furniture Museum in Austria, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
This bidet chair in carved walnut and mounted with a removable, carved cover was a piece of luxury furniture in Europe in the 18th century. It has compartments with a hinged flap for storing small things, as well as a porcelain basin
Different types and styles of chairs are displayed in the exhibition, including seats used by emperors, the nobility and commoners and chairs designed for specific functions and trades, as well as those specially designed for men, women, children and the elderly. Visitors are able to learn more about the seating customs of select ethnic groups, the evolution of chairs, chairs as symbols of authority and status, chairs in everyday life, chairs in religion and beliefs, and the role of chairs in political, economic and cultural exchange.
In addition to the exhibition, another highlight programme entitled "A Fantasy of Chairs - Creative Art Zone" will be held under the "Please Have a Seat" event. For "A Fantasy of Chairs - Creative Art Zone", students from the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee) have designed and created 300 fantastic chairs for display at the museum lobby, making the public space outside the exhibition hall a platform for local young designers to showcase their creativity. In addition, students have also produced an interactive game and an animation featuring the story of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun and his Golden Throne for showing in the exhibition.
300 chairs, designed and created for the exhibition by students are on display in the museum's lobby
From 7th June to 31st August 2014, members of the public can visit the two spectacular exhibitions being concurrently staged in the museum at a concessionary price by buying combined tickets for this exhibition and the "Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation" exhibition (see below).
For further details of the exhibition see the museum's website;
STUDIO GHIBLI LAYOUT DESIGNS: UNDERSTANDING THE SECRETS OF TAKAHATA AND MIYAZAKI ANIMATION (until 31st August 2014)
The secrets of excellent animation films are hidden in the layouts. A layout not only contains the director's ideas and spirit, but also codes of directions for team members including animators and cameramen. The "Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation" exhibition is being staged in Hong Kong from 14th May 2014 to 31st August 2014 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
The exhibition, which is the first in Hong Kong to cover the work of Studio Ghibli, is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum with the co-operation of Studio Ghibli and the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the 2014 Hong Kong Jockey Club Series.
Photography areas are provided at the exhibition where visitors can take pictures with little Princess Kaguya
Studio Ghibli, co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is firmly established as one of the most important makers of animated films. Over the years, Takahata and Miyazaki have both brought to life many masterpieces of animation, including the highly acclaimed "My Neighbor Totoro", "Castle in the Sky" and "Spirited Away", in which the stories are rich in imagination and thought-provoking.
The exhibition provides a perfect opportunity for art lovers and the general public to take a close-up look at some 1,300 original works of layout designs and animation clips.
The layout designs from Studio Ghibli's films on display in the exhibition have acted as "blueprints" in the animation-making process. Such layouts were first introduced into the production system by Takahata and Miyazaki in 1974 for the TV series "Heidi a girl of the Alps". A layout is an individual piece of paper onto which all the relevant information of a scene is written, such as the relative positions of the backgrounds and characters, directions on action, indications on whether or not there will be camera movement and, if so, at what speed, and any other camerawork effects. The role of a layout is crucial in providing an overview and sense of unity for a production.
Visitors can take photos with Totoro and Ponyo at the photography area "Totoro's Wonderland and Ponyo's Beach"
Following Studio Ghibli's touring stops in Japan and Korea, layout designs selected from its classic works including "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind", "Grave of the Fireflies", "Kiki's Delivery Service", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Howl's Moving Castle", "Spirited Away", "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" and the latest release "The Wind Rises" are being exhibited in Hong Kong. Visitors also have the privilege of viewing layouts from Takahata's "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" before the film screens in Hong Kong cinemas this summer.
During the exhibition period, exhibition booklets and a series of souvenirs produced by Studio Ghibli are available for purchase at the gift shop of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, while stocks last.
In addition, photography areas will be provided at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum where visitors can take photos with the family of raccoon dogs of "Pom Poko" and little Princess Kaguya. Photo-taking with Totoro and Ponyo will be also available at "Totoro's Wonderland and Ponyo's Beach". Also, "Studio Ghibli Poster Retrospective" will feature posters of 15 films on display to rekindle visitors' memories, and "Soot-Sprite Workshop" allows visitors to create their own soot-sprites, upload their works and participate in a game entitled "Soot Sprite • A Stylish Call".
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is also holding a special series of education programmes with the theme of "Studio Ghibli's Animation World Series: Far Beyond Your Dreams and Imagination". These will include lectures, workshops and screenings, providing participants with chances to explore the animation art of Studio Ghibli and to discover the latest developments in animation production in Japan and Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories and is open from 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).
For further details of the exhibition and education programmes see the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's website;
"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (five-year exhibition, runs from 20th July 2013 until 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 will run for five years 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;
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;