THE LEGACY OF LIANGZHU CULTURE: NEOLITHIC RELICS FROM THE ZHEJIANG PROVINCIAL MUSEUM (until 30th May 2017)
An exhibition "The Legacy of Liangzhu Culture: Neolithic Relics from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum" is being held at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware from 2nd March until 30th May 2017. The exhibition, which is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, showcases artefacts loaned from Zhejiang Provincial Museum and uncovers the glorious legacy of the Liangzhu culture in neolithic China.
The curated artworks reflect the spirit and creativity of the Liangzhu people, revealing the glorious achievements of their ancient civilisation. Visitors will be able to appreciate the fineness of the artworks and feel the deep-rooted Chinese culture within.
The Liangzhu culture of southern China, which disappeared about 4,000 years ago, is an ancient civilisation of the neolithic age. Although no records remain describing the Liangzhu people's culture and religious beliefs, the thousands of high quality artefacts unearthed from Liangzhu archaeological sites in the Yangtze River delta allow us to better understand the importance of this ancient culture on the development of Chinese civilisation. The exhibition features 118 sets of Neolithic artefacts from excavation sites, including delicately carved burial jades, stone farming tools and unique items of black pottery, through which visitors can learn about the daily life, religious beliefs and intellectual pursuits of this ancient people, revealing the glorious legacy of the Liangzhu culture in neolithic China.
One of the exhibits, jade cong cube excavated from Fanshan, Yuhang county, Zhejiang province
The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The 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. Closed on Tuesdays (except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday. Admission is free.
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performingART (until 31st August 2017)
The "performingART" project series organised by Oi! runs from 3rd March to 31st August 2017, inviting artists to use ordinary things to explore the delicate relationship between the real and unreal.
The "performingART" series comprises exhibitions and engagement
projects, featuring artists including Wong Wai Yin, Xu Bing, Annie Wan and Luke Ching. The artists are invited to present ways of seeing and describing through artistic practices. They use ordinary items to ponder the authenticity and performativity of artistic creations, explore the boundaries of the role and discourse of art in the contemporary setting, and seek to contemplate the essence of art and its unrevealed nature.
Wong Wai Yin's "A place never been seen is not a place" is being staged from 3rd March to 23rd April. The installation reproduces recurring dream-like images and turns them into a real-life setting. Visitors can enter the dream-like setting, pick up the phone and listen to a voice reading a paragraph of text. The space between reality and imitation is where ambiguous daily objects signify a well of hidden meanings.
Artist artist Wong Wai-yin and her artwork
Xu Bing's work "Dragonfly Eyes", which will be displayed from 6th March to 4th June 4, is a narrative feature film made up of numerous surveillance video recordings. The exhibited trailer invites the audience to re-interpret these moving images, challenging the conventional understanding of films and reality.
Annie Wan's "Collecting Moonlight" and Luke Ching's "Allegory Practice of Personification" will be featured from 20th March to 31st August. Annie Wan brings art further into the living realm by creating ceramics moulded from retrieved objects and placed at Oi!, as well as placing them next to real products in the stores of neighbouring merchants. In this way reality of everyday life is juxtaposed with artistic creation. A map will also be provided to encourage visitors to search for the artworks at Oi! and in the community.
Luke Ching questions and responds to social issues through his art. In this project, he will apply methods of personification and community intervention to the practise of his art, leading to the writing of allegories. Through the communication of delicate sentimentality in the form of allegory, visitors will be able to broaden their perceptions and imagination, while reflecting on public issues.
The "performingART" project is organised by Oi! and presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point and is open from 2pm to 8pm on Mondays, 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, except on public holidays. Admission is free.
THE LEGEND OF HONG KONG TOYS (until 15th May 2017)
"The Legend of Hong Kong Toys" exhibition is being held at Hong Kong Museum of History from 2nd March to 15th May 2017. The exhibition displays toys of different eras, enabling members of the public to learn about the history of toy manufacturing and see the evolution of toys over the past century.
The exhibition displays over 2,000 toys, taking both children and adults on a journey through a "time tunnel" to witness the evolution of toys and discover details of the transformation of the toy industry and the creativity behind the toys. Hong Kong is the world's second largest toy exporter. Toys made in Hong Kong are not only unique and novel, but are also of good quality and safe. The toy industry continues to grow vigorously with outstanding achievements, contributing significantly to Hong Kong's economy.
The exhibition displays over 2,000 toys of different eras
The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. By showcasing over 2,000 toys new and old which are familiar to Hong Kong people or made locally, members of the public can learn about the trends of toys and the social landscapes of different eras. Highlight exhibits include about 100 "Star Wars" stormtroopers lined up at the museum entrance; a grassy terrain covered with more than 1 000 yellow ducks; a variety of classic toys made over the years such as gung zai zi (portrait picture cards); dress-up paper dolls; ju fan zai (play houses); robots and tin toys; the historical toy series "Mobile Suit Gundam"; toys from "Transformers" and "Star Wars"; Barbie dolls and interactive toys integrated with the latest technologies.
100 “Star Wars” stormtroopers lined up at the museum entrance
The exhibition also introduces toys made in Hong Kong, and how the local industrialists transformed the city into a "toy kingdom".
To tie in with this theme, the Hong Kong Museum of History will organise workshops, lectures and a fun day. In addition, the museum lobby will be turned into a play area featuring all sorts of toys, allowing both grown-ups and children to have fun together. A limited number of souvenir toy items will be presented to visitors during the exhibition period and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. 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). Admission is free.
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INSPIRATION - DREAMS COME TRUE (until 19th April 2017)
An exhibition entitled "Inspiration – Dreams Come True" is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum from 10th February to 19th April 2017. The exhibition, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will display the first locally made and registered aircraft, "Inspiration", which completed a round-the-world journey last year, with the aim of highlighting local skills as well as arousing public interest in aviation technology.
In August 2016, Inspiration successfully took off at Hong Kong International Airport to start a 78-day round-the-world flight piloted by Hank Cheng, the project founder of "Inspiration". After travelling across 20 countries and landing at 40 airports, the aircraft completed its journey and returned to Hong Kong in November.
Apart from the Inspiration aircraft itself, the exhibition will showcase invaluable exhibits including Mr Cheng's flight log book, flight instruments, and tools used to build the aircraft. Through the exhibition visitors will learn how Mr Cheng and his team overcame challenges and finally succeeded with the Inspiration project. Sharing sessions will be held during the exhibition period for the Inspiration team to interact with visitors.
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 is 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.
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REMINISCENCES: LIFE IN HONG KONG'S BUILT HERITAGE (until 1st May 2017)
The "Reminiscences: Life in Hong Kong's Built Heritage" exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from 20th January until 1st May 2017. The exhibition enables members of the public to get to know the historic buildings in Hong Kong and to understand the experiences of built heritage conservation.
The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is presented through a story of two imaginary characters who were born in the 1920s and shows related valuable historic building components, documents, artefacts and photographs, allowing members of the public to understand the rich built heritage in Hong Kong and the earlier social landscape that these historic buildings reflect. Highlight exhibits include the first-generation Bishop's Throne of St John's Cathedral, the wooden signboard of the Chun Yuen Pawn House in Yuen Long Old Market (the oldest surviving pawn shop in Hong Kong), the door lock and key of Victoria Prison in Central and the cast iron halberd of Cheung Chun Yuen in Kam Tin.
The first-generation Bishop's Throne of St John's Cathedral
The gallery also includes various creative interactive exhibits as well as images and models created using advanced 3D stereoscopic scanning and printing technology. Through these displays, visitors will be able to understand the changes of heritage conservation technology and the experiences in conserving built heritage.
The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located at Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.
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GREAT SCENERY ALONG THE WAY: EXHIBITION OF STREET SCENES AT BUS STOPS ON HONG KONG ISLAND IN THE 1970'S (until further notice)
The Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) has launched the "Great scenery along the way: Exhibition of street scenes at bus stops on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s" which runs from 16th December 2016 until further notice at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building.
By displaying around 60 photographs and documents from a series of traffic survey files, the exhibition showcases scenes of bus stops along the coast of Hong Kong Island. Under the themes of buildings, businesses, everyday life and transport, the exhibition enables people to revisit the unique and interesting scenes along the bus routes on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s, including the General Post Office Building, Haw Par Mansion, a tram trailer car and students carrying trendy school bags.
The streetscape of King's Road and a tram trailer car in 1975
Most of these records were created in the 1970s by the Traffic and Transport Survey Division of the then Public Works Department, documenting the study of different bus routes conducted at that time. These records provide valuable information for the study of Hong Kong's transport development and changes of the cityscape. A "Then and Now" element is also included in the exhibition so that the public can learn more about the changes in the streetscape.
The streetscape of King's Road near Cheung Hong Street and the State Theatre, now closed for business, in 1979
To enrich the exhibition, the PRO has also specially developed an online Reference Resources Page, comprising "Introduction to Traffic Survey Files", "Image Gallery" and "Reference List". These are useful educational resources for the public, in particular teachers and students pursuing subjects like Liberal Studies, History and Civic Education. Members of the public may view more than 200 photos of scenes near the bus stops by clicking on an interactive map of Hong Kong Island in the "Image Gallery". The "Reference List" shows the archival materials and library items relating to buses, enabling the public to search for related materials at the PRO.
Members of the public can access the online Reference Resources Page via the GRS website;
As the designated government archives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the PRO is committed to acquiring and appraising records and materials of enduring value and making them available for public access. The "Great scenery along the way" exhibition will be held at the Exhibition Hall, 2/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Opening hours are from 9am to 5.45pm, Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays). All are welcome and admission is free.
In addition, roving exhibitions of "Great scenery along the way: Exhibition of street scenes at bus stops on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s" will be held at Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library (from 2nd to 29th April 2017), Chai Wan Public Library (from 5th to 18th June 2017), Sha Tin Public Library (from 2nd to 29th September 2017) and Hong Kong Central Library (from 19th to 24th October 2017). Refer to the Reference Resources Page for details.
2016 TEA WARE BY HONG KONG POTTERS (until 6th November 2017)
The "2016 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" exhibition is being held from 7th December 2016 to 6th November 2017 at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. The exhibition shows the unlimited creativity of local potters through more than 100 excellent works from the tea ware competition.
The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware started the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters Competition in 1986 with the aim of promoting Chinese tea culture and ceramic art in Hong Kong. Over the past 30 years, the Competition, which held its 10th edition this year, has been nurturing local potters to be devoted to creativity. Some of them have become masters in the field and have contributed in fostering more lovers of ceramics.
The 11 award winners share their life experiences and love for nature through their works. The works from the School Category are also pleasantly surprising, revealing childlike innocence and the courage of exploration.
The 2016 competition attracted a total of 276 participants, higher than the figures recorded for entrants among the previous competitions. The exhibition features 116 items of selected tea ware made by 93 local potters and students. It is the highest number of exhibits recorded among all of the exhibitions.
Picture shows the First Prize winner in the School Category, Tsui Yuen-yi's work "Memory"
The 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.
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BEAR IN MIND (until 30th June 2017)
The "Bear in Mind" exhibition, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is being held from 3rd December 2016 until 30th June 2017 in the Art Square at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, displaying two outdoor artwork installations related to memories. Art Square has hosted three large-scale outdoor exhibitions with more than 1.8 million visitors since its opening in February 2014.
The exhibition features two artworks by Hong Kong artists that help people revisit memories. One installation, "Post a Memory to the Future", created by William Lim, comprises six covered bamboo pavilions based on the concept of a "temporary post office" and inspired by a defunct post office near the former Kowloon Station in Tsim Sha Tsui. The artist also reminisces about the scenery and memories by hanging postcards with images of old Hong Kong inside and outside the pavilion. The artwork not only serves as a display of remembrance, but also enables visitors to revive and experience the joy of writing letters.
The other artwork installation, "Contemplation of Lovingkindness" by Mok Yat-san, is a set of five stainless steel sculptures combining elements of Chinese ink art and the contemporary landscape. The sculptures create a surreal and dreamlike landscape scene, yet items like banyan trees and hexagonal rock columns commonly seen in Hong Kong draw viewers back to reality, signifying the inseparable relationship between the natural world and people in the urban environment. It also reminds people of the importance of treasuring and preserving nature.
"Contemplation of Lovingkindness" by Mok Yat-san reminds people of the importance of treasuring and preserving nature.
In addition, the Education Programmes Partner, soundpocket, will hold a series of sound art activities for this exhibition to invite participants to listen to stories about local culture and society and arouse their memories of the city.
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"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.
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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;