THE ROAD TO MODERNISATION - 70 YEARS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (until 26th August 2019)
An exhibition "The Road to Modernisation - 70 Years of the People's Republic of China" runs at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY from 3rd July to 26th August 2019. Featuring some 210 invaluable relics, including nine grade-one national treasures, the exhibition illustrates the modernisation of the People's Republic of China during the 70 years since its founding.
Hong Kong has played a unique role in the reform and opening up of China, and the future of Hong Kong will continue to be tied to the development of the country. The connection of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link with the Mainland's network, together with the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, has further fostered Hong Kong's integration into the overall development of China.
The exhibition provides a good opportunity for visitors to learn about the achievements of China over the past 70 years and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Museum of China (NMC) by providing its precious cultural relics on loan to Hong Kong. Showcasing some 170 exhibits including pictorials, newspapers, medals, certificates, artworks and models from the NMC, and some 40 exhibits from the Hong Kong Museum of History, along with multimedia programmes and videos, the exhibition focuses on the modernising achievements of China in the areas of the economy, education, technology, culture, sports and people's livelihood.
Highlight exhibits include the first volume of the Citizen Literacy Textbook compiled and printed by the Taiyuan Association for the Elimination of Illiteracy; a uniform worn by members of China's Arctic Scientific Expedition Team during their expedition to the North Pole; the training diary of astronaut Yang Liwei; a share of the Shanghai Feilo Acoustics Company Limited purchased by Meng Jinmei for RMB50; "Dunhuang Paradise", a boxwood carving created by master of Chinese arts Gao Gongbo; grade-one national treasure inscriptions on the Monument to the People's Heroes by Zhou Enlai; and a section of the first China-made seamless steel pipe presented to Mao Zedong by staff of Anshan Iron and Steel Company.
Photo shows a share of Shanghai Feilo Acoustics Company Limited purchased by Meng Jinmei with a par value of RMB50
This exhibition is one of the programmes celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Admission is free. It is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the NMC.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. It 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).
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50th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING (until 2nd September 2019)
A special exhibition "50th Anniversary of Moon Landing" is running from 3rd July to 2nd September 2019 in the foyer of the HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM. The exhibition showcases images, footage, models and interactive exhibits relating to the first manned moon landing mission and serves both to introduce lunar science to members of the public and highlight the challenging mission of lunar exploration.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, the exhibition looks at the rocket, spacecraft, spacesuit and flight path used in the first manned lunar exploration, as well as a piece of lunar meteorite. The exhibition also features a 5-metre-high Saturn V rocket model that has been specially created by Lego Hong Kong Limited for the exhibition. The Saturn V rocket was a three-stage liquid-fueled rocket used to send the Apollo spacecraft to the moon. The rocket model consists of more than 200,000 interlocking bricks, showing space technology from a new perspective.
Model of an Apollo 11 spacesuit
In tandem with the exhibition, the Space Museum has arranged a series of educational programmes including workshops, special lectures and astronomical observations to arouse visitors' interest in astronomy and enhance their knowledge of space exploration.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Space Museum and Lego Hong Kong Limited.
During the successful moon landing by NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon, opening a glorious chapter in manned lunar exploration.
Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 9pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10am to 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Admission to the foyer for this exhibition is free.
WINTER GAMES (until 16th October 2019)
HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM is holding an exhibition "Winter Games" from 14th June to 16th October 2019, offering visitors a glimpse of exciting winter sports and giving members of the public a taste what it feels like to be a winter sports athlete.
Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have taken their remarkable creativity to another level entirely, exporting the thrills and chills of the Nordic winter sports to Hong Kong. Hong Kong Science Museum will be home to a variety of interactive winter sports and games exhibits. Through the Museum's high-tech collaboration with its counterparts in the four collaborating Nordic countries, a "cooling experience" of the Nordic winter will be offered in subtropical Hong Kong. Four science centres from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been involved in creating the exhibition, both to promote science and showcase how science is related to people's daily lives and sports.
The exhibition features 20 interactive exhibits which simulate various winter sports, allowing visitors to feel like they are experiencing real winter games. Examples include imitating a figure skater and attempting some challenging rotations; participating in an exciting biathlon to test your skiing speed and shooting accuracy; sitting on a bobsleigh and working with teammates to cross the finish line as quickly as possible; delivering a curling stone and helping it slide to the desired position; and learning different ice hockey shots so as to score in the most efficient way.
A young visitor experiencing simulated ice hockey at the exhibition
In addition to the interactive experiences, information on the history of each of the winter sports is presented along with the various competition formats and rules, as well as the scientific principles behind them.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, and produced by four science centres, namely the Experimentarium in Denmark, Heureka in Finland, the Tekniska museet in Sweden and VilVite in Norway. It is supported by the Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macao and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
To ensure safety, visitors are advised to wear suitable clothes and shoes for playing simulated sports when visiting the exhibition.
Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East.
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BECOMING JANE - INSPIRING A SHARED PLANET (until 2nd October 2019)
An exhibition "Becoming Jane – Inspiring a Shared Planet" is being held at the HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM from 24th May to 2nd October 2019. The exhibition highlights some of the amazing stories and experiences of the renowned British biologist Dr Jane Goodall, who spent many years observing chimpanzees in the jungles of Africa, and aims to encourage Hong Kong youths to take constructive action to protect wildlife and the environment as well as live a sustainable lifestyle.
Dr Goodall is one of the world's most respected conservationists and scientists, and her pioneering study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania over some 60 years revolutionised our understanding of the relationships between chimpanzees and humans. She set up the Jane Goodall Institute with the aim of drawing global attention to the protection of chimpanzees. In supporting the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute, the Hong Kong Science Museum will strive to further promote science and technology to the young generation and inspire them to further apply knowledge to help conserve the planet.
For the exhibition, the exhibition hall has been transformed to resemble an African jungle to reflect the habitat of chimpanzees. Visitors will be able to improve their knowledge of chimpanzees, including their unique kinship with humans, the emotions shown by their facial expressions, their ability to make and use tools, and their self-medication methods using forest resources. A projection of Dr Goodall at work in a jungle tent is also being shown as she shares her stories from the African forests.
The exhibition hall, which has been transformed to resemble an African jungle to reflect the habitat of chimpanzees. Visitors are able to deepen their knowledge of chimpanzees in different exhibition areas
The exhibition presents the first holistic projection of Dr Goodall making her early scientific discoveries, and will also showcase her dedicated contributions to environmental conservation and youth empowerment through various interactive devices.
The "Becoming Jane – Inspiring a Shared Planet" exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong), and solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
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). Admission fee HK$20 (HK$10 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 and full time Hong Kong students free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays. Box Office closes one hour before museum closing time. There is no additional fee to visit this special exhibition.
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INVISIBLE PERCEPTION - FILM SCORES AND SOUND EFFECTS (until 25th August 2019)
Music and sound in films subtly create mood and tone, which in turn influence the emotion of the audience. The exhibition "Invisible Perception - Film Scores and Sound Effects", organised by the HONG KONG FILM ARCHIVE (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held from 24th May to 25th August 2019 at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA. The exhibition showcases the development of sound films, as well as the technology and functions of film scores and sound effects.
In a simulated Foley studio, visitors to the exhibition will be able to experiment using props to create sound that matches the visuals in films. Visitors can also better understand the subtle relationship that exists between film scores and movies through interactive games and interview videos. The show also features a Nagra magnetic tape audio recorder used in the 1970s for recording sound and manuscripts for the film "Magnificent 72" (1980), composed by Yang Ping-chung.
A simulated Foley studio has been set up in the venue for visitors to experiment creating sound effects
To tie in with the exhibition, a seminar entitled "'Listen' to a Film - Living Scoring Performance" hosted by film score researcher Angela Law and film score composer Julian Chan, including a live music accompaniment demonstration by students of the Hong Kong Design Institute, will be held at 2pm on July 6 at the HKFA Cinema. Also, 10 sessions of 30-minute workshops entitled "A Different Cinematic Voice - Sound Effect" will be held between 1.30pm and 6pm on July 7 at the HKFA Exhibition Hall, where participants can try their hand at being Foley artists. Both the seminar and workshops will be conducted in Cantonese.
Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (Sai Wan Ho MTR Station Exit A). It is open from 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Opening hours of museum facilities are;
Box Office - 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening)
Resource Centre – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday and public holidays 1pm to 5pm
Exhibition Hall – opens 10am to 8pm but is closed when no exhibition is taking place. Admission to the exhibition is free
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A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS (until 9th September 2019)
"A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum", one of the main exhibitions to be presented by the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM this year, is running from 18th May until 9th September 2019. The exhibition features 100 specially selected items from the British Museum collection to tell the story of human civilisation and review common themes of human development from a new perspective. The exhibition, which is based on a popular radio programme by the BBC and the British Museum, uses 100 objects selected from the encyclopedic collections of the British Museum to tell the story of human civilisation and showcase the essence of global culture across 2 million years.
The exhibits are selected from various geographical areas and include the first human stone tool from Africa; evidence of the first city from Iraq's "The Standard of Ur"; 50 manillas (a form of currency) from the slave trade; a ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle of Darwin's world voyage; and Japanese artist Hokusai's famous woodblock print "Under the Wave off Kanagawa" from the series "36 Views of Mt Fuji". Each object tells a story that invites the viewer to travel in time and to far corners of the world.
Photo shows evidence of the first city, from Iraq's "The Standard of Ur"
In tandem with the exhibition, the museum has specially arranged a display in the Education Gallery with the theme of 100 historical items about Hong Kong. A series of education programmes including talks, guided tours of the exhibition, activities for students and children, workshops for young and elderly people, social harmony events and cross-generational programmes will also be held to arouse visitors' interest in world history, culture and art.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the British Museum, and solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It is one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. 3 minute walk from exit A of MTR Che Kung Temple Station. It 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). Admission to the permanent exhibitions is free. Admission to the Special Exhibition "A History of the World in 100 Objects" is HK$10 for adults, HK$5 concessionary rate.
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THE AWAKENING OF A GENERATION: THE MAY FOURTH AND NEW CULTURE REVOLUTION (until 25th August 2019)
To mark the centenary of the May Fourth Movement, the DR SUN YAT-SEN MUSEUM is holding an exhibition "The Awakening of a Generation: The May Fourth and New Culture Movement" from 26th April to 25th August 2019. The exhibition features 81 sets of precious artefacts and historical documents to revisit the movement that illustrated the patriotism and national awareness of the Chinese people, and to let visitors understand its impact and significance in the development of modern China.
Highlight exhibits include "Qingnian Zazhi" (Youth Magazine or La Jeunesse) founded by Chen Duxiu in 1915; the "Xinchao" (The Renaissance) magazine sent by Fu Sinian to his friend; the appointment letter issued to Lu Xun by the Chinese Department of Peking University; "Wuren Zuihou Zhi Juewu" (Our Final Awakening) written by Chen Duxiu in 1916; "Kexue Huabao" (Popular Science) published in 1933; Hu Shih's "Wenxue Gailiang Chuyi" (Preliminary Discussion on Literature Reform) copied by Qian Xuantong in 1920; and the first edition of Lu Xun's first collection of short stories, "Nahan" (Call to Arms).
Photo shows "Qingnian Zazhi" (Youth Magazine or La Jeunesse) founded by Chen Duxiu in 1915, which is on display at the exhibition
To coincide with the exhibition, Associate Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University Dr Daniel Lau, along with students and alumni of the academy, were invited to create a series of artworks on the exhibition theme to echo the spirit and patriotic feelings of students 100 years ago. These artworks are also displayed in the exhibition.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Beijing Lu Xun Museum (the New Culture Movement Memorial of Beijing), and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. Admission is free.
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. It is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am - 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am - 7pm. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).
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ONCE LOST BUT NOW FOUND (until 28th July 2019)
Two arts projects "Once lost but now found" and "Contagious Reading" are being held at OI! from 22nd March 2019. The former exhibition sees artists respond to the environment and the location of the venue, thus creating artworks with the elements of a city by the sea, while the latter project hold workshops by drawing inspiration from stories about libraries with the aim of sharing insights into the power of reading and art.
Oi! is a Grade II historic building that was built in 1908 as the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. It is also the only building remaining from the original North Point coastline. The coastal area has witnessed the changes of the times, including the development of Oi! in the community. For the "Once lost but now found" exhibition, artists Leung Chi-wo, Zheng Bo and art group MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix) were invited to create three sets of site-specific artworks by responding to the environment. Their artworks are "Scratching On The Surface", "YOU ARE THE 0.01%" and "Ghost Island" respectively.
The artwork "Ghost Island" by art group MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix) at the "Once lost but now found" exhibition
"Contagious Reading" is part of the international collaborative project "Contagious Cities", developed by the Wellcome Trust, which explores local epidemic preparedness and how it shapes a city's physical, social and cultural landscape. Writer Lawrence Pun writes stories to stimulate imagination about libraries, while artist Pak Sheung-chuen transforms the written concepts into activities and invites the public to participate. The outcome will be displayed through different forms and practices. Visitors may experience how the "reading antibody" can help in the fight against contagious diseases and to spread it through human transmission, as something infectious in itself.
The "Once lost but now found" exhibition runs until July 28 2019, while the "Contagious Reading" project will showcase its outcome in three stages. The first stage of the project runs from 22nd March to 18th April 18th while the second and third stages will run from 26th April to 23rd May and from 31st May to 23rd June respectively.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point (Fortress Hill MTR Station Exit A) It is open Monday : 2:00pm — 8:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday : 10:00am — 8:00pm, Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve : closed at 5:00pm, Closed on Mondays from 10:00am to 2:00pm (except public holidays), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year. Admission is free.
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PLEASURE AND LEISURE: A GLIMPSE OF CHILDREN'S PASTIMES IN HONG KONG (until 31st December 2019)
The PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE (PRO) of the Hong Kong Government Records Service is holding the "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" exhibition at the Hong Kong Public Records Building from 25th February to 31st December 2019 to showcase how children's pastimes in Hong Kong evolved from the 1950s to the 1980s through the display of a variety of the PRO's holdings. Apart from reliving childhood moments, one can also learn more about the transformation of Hong Kong's society and livelihoods in those years.
The historical photographs, audio-visual materials and government archival records on display in the exhibition document how children spent their leisure time in the old days, as well as how toys and games, recreational facilities and community activities catering for children evolved over the decades.
The variety of the exhibits is enriched by the Hong Kong Museum of History and local toy collectors Mr Chong Hing-fai, Mr Ricky Lau and Mr Eddie Yuen, who generously allowed their precious toy collections to be displayed in turn during the exhibition period. While immersing in childhood joy, visitors will also be able to understand more about the different facets of Hong Kong's society and people's lives in those days.
The PRO has for the first time combined an exhibition with two public engagement programmes, namely "Childlike Innocence on Camera" and "Share the Joy", inviting members of the public to contribute photographs taken from the 1950s to the 1980s that depict their childhood play times and contribute plastic or metallic toys popular at any time during the same period. Selected photographs and toys contributed by the public will be uploaded to the exhibition's dedicated webpage and displayed in the Exhibition Hall respectively, thereby completing the exhibition as a collage of fond memories of fun childhood times unique to each and every person.
One of the PRO's photographic holdings, taken in the 1970s and featuring children playing with Chinese billiards borrowed from a mobile library
The dedicated webpage for the exhibition contains reference resources, details of the aforementioned public engagement programmes and information on the upcoming roving exhibitions and talks under the same theme which will be held from April to December at various Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Members of the public are welcome to view some 200 photographs from archival holdings which depict interesting moments of childhood play in the old days in the "Image Gallery" section of the webpage;
The exhibition is located at Exhibition Hall, 2/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.45pm (closed on public holidays). Admission is free.
2018 TEA WARE BY HONG KONG POTTERS (until 2nd December 2019)
The "2018 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" exhibition is being held from 5th December 2018 to 2nd December 2019 at the FLASTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE. The exhibition shows the unlimited creativity of local potters, with more than 100 works from this year's tea ware competition on display.
This year's competition received an enthusiastic response, with a record number of 451 entries submitted by 332 potters.
In the Open Category, the first prize was awarded to Chan Cheuk-yan's "Encounter", while the second and the third prizes went to Enders Wong's "Joint Call" and Kwok Ka-fei's "Grand Canyon" respectively. The six winning entries for the prize of excellence were Hui Chun-kit's "Eclipse"; Enders Wong's "Your Charm, Your Way"; Monica Lin's "Gentle Thoughts"; Yung Yuk-ming's "Reverie"; Tung Wing-yin's "Encounter"; and Kwan Sau-man's "Paper Cup".
First Prize winner in the Open Category, Chan Cheuk-yan's "Encounter"
In the School Category, the winner of the first prize was Lau Hui-yau's "Tip of Dawn at Sixteen", while the winners of the second and the third prizes were Nicholas Leung's "The Price of Peace" and Leung Ching-tung's "Tea Time" respectively.
The "Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" competition was first held by the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in 1986 with the aim of promoting ceramic art in Hong Kong. This year's competition, the 11th edition, features 101 items of selected tea ware made by 88 local potters.
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Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is located at 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, (inside Hong Kong Park). It is open from 10am to 6pm but closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Closed every Tuesday (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.
"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 20th July 2020*)
*Closure date extended from 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.
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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;