THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SERIES: TREASURES FROM TSARSKOYE SELO, RESIDENCE OF THE RUSSIAN MONARCHS (runs until 16th March 2015)
A large-scale exhibition entitled "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo, Residence of the Russian Monarchs" is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 29th October 2014 until 16th March 2015, to showcase artefacts from Russia's Romanov dynasty. The exhibition represents a major collaboration between government museums in Russia and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong and Russian governments signed a memorandum of understanding on cultural co-operation in September 2011.
The Russian artefacts exhibition is the largest of its kind ever staged in Hong Kong. Hundreds of exhibits selected from the collections of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve of Russia are on display. These include paintings, costumes, porcelain, works of art and a spectacular carriage. They give a clearer picture of the history and culture of Russia and, in particular, evidence of the long-lasting exchanges between Russia and China.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve of Russia, with the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve of Russia as the co-organisers. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the 2014 Hong Kong Jockey Club Series.
Tsarskoye Selo, a summer residence of the Russian monarchs, witnessed not only the birth of the Russian Empire in the 18th century, but also the end of its monarchy in 1917.
One of the exhibit highlights, a richly decorated carriage with harnesses used for the coronation of Emperor Alexander II in Moscow in 1856, has been loaned out by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve of Russia for the first time.
Pulled by six horses fitted with decorative harnesses, this four-seater carriage was made on the orders of the imperial court for the ceremonial entry of Emperor Alexander II into Moscow during his coronation on August 29, 1856. The decor repeatedly features heraldic two-headed eagles as well as blossoming pomegranates bearing fruit. In Europe, pomegranate blossoms symbolised friendship and amity, while the fruit itself denoted national unity under imperial power
Since the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913, the full set of carriage and harnesses has not been used again or put together for public viewing. The Hong Kong Museum of History has taken this opportunity to showcase the full set of the artefacts with a view to introducing the splendour of the coronation of the Russian monarchs as well as the high standards of craftsmanship maintained by the imperial manufactories in Russia. Other highlights include decorative items from Tsarskoye Selo produced by imperial manufactories in Russia and diplomatic gifts presented to Russia from foreign royal houses.
In addition, visitors will be able to see Chinese artefacts, including an 18th century Guangdong lacquer vase presented to the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, in the name of the last emperor of China, Puyi, as well as Chinese-style works of art produced by imperial manufactories in Russia.
This drawing depicts the coronation of Emperor Alexander II held in Moscow in 1856. The cathedrals of the Kremlin were richly decorated, while the Ivan the Great Bell Tower was brightly illuminated and there was a vast assembly of people. (©The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve, St Petersburg, 2014.)
Beyond the attractive exhibits, multimedia programmes are also available during the exhibition period. For example, the Catherine Palace, one of the palaces in Tsarskoye Selo, will be presented in a 360-degree virtual reality zone, where visitors will be shown eight of its rooms in life size, including the Amber Room, which has been acclaimed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
To tie in with the exhibition, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will host three sessions of Russian music performances at the 1/F Lobby of the Museum of History for visitors to learn more about the history and culture of Russia. The performances will be held on November 16, December 28; and February 8, 2015. The exhibition is also being supplemented by two publications: a fully illustrated catalogue and a specially designed pop-up children's booklet. This is the first time that the Museum of History has produced a children's booklet with rich graphics, easy-to-read text and interactive elements, including pop-ups, through which readers will be able to familiarise themselves with the history of Tsarskoye Selo and the broader context of Russian history.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. 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 standard admission fee for the "Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo, Residence of the Russian Monarchs" exhibition is HK$20. Groups of 20 persons or above can obtain a 30 per cent discount, with each ticket priced at HK$14. The concession ticket is HK$10. Free admission on Wednesday is not applicable for this special exhibition.
For further information see the Hong Kong Museum of History website;
ALL ARE GUESTS - HOMECOMING (from 18th October 2014 - closing date not yet announced)
After being well received in Liverpool and Taipei, the artworks from the "All Are Guests" exhibition are now back in Hong Kong and on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
The "All Are Guests - Homecoming" exhibition, which opened on 18th October 2014, features works by artists Leung Mee-ping, Chow Chun-fai and art group CoLAB x SLOW. Through different media, the participating artists examine their own sense of self in relation to the city in the light of the intricate yet subtle host-guest dynamics of the contemporary world.
Leung Mee-ping's video installation "Out of Place" focuses her lens on drifters roaming in different Asian cities and expresses her concerns about marginalised social groups while exploring the identity of urban visitors. In a regional perspective, her work reveals the hefty social price in terms of wider wealth gaps and unemployment resulting from globalisation of trade and extraordinary economic growth. Being an artist based in an international city, Leung produces work that reflects the tension between individuals and collectives in developing cities. Her work addresses social issues and shows the depth of her human concern, which is also expressed in most works by Hong Kong artists.
In "Reproducing 'Hong Kong Our Home Theme Song'", Chow Chun-fai rediscovers the city in which he was born and bred and ponders the meaning of a city's "real" portrait through the process of reconstruction and integration. His work examines and searches for the cultural identity of Hong Kong in a satirical mood, echoing the signs of identity crisis and black humour prevalent in Hong Kong art.
"Reproducing 'Hong Kong Our Home Theme Song'", Chow Chun-fai
"So... Soap!" by CoLAB x SLOW is a cross-disciplinary collaboration project that brings together creative forces in design, music and video-making with community-based non-governmental organisations. Participants intervene in the city and serve the grass roots with social enterprise initiatives. As a social enterprise project and a design product making its way towards an art exhibition, it blurs the subject-object roles in the art world in a thought-provoking way. The project's existence helps challenge established thinking and conceptions in the contemporary art world.
As a social enterprise project and a design product making its way to an art exhibition, "So...Soap!" by CoLAB x SLOW helps challenge established thinking and conceptions in the contemporary art world
The "All Are Guests" exhibition has participated in the Liverpool Biennial 2012 in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong Week 2013 in Taipei. The Hong Kong Museum of Art has brought the artworks back to Hong Kong to share with locals and visitors the artists' creativity and achievements.
Hong Kong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and is open 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.
For further details of the exhibition see the museum's website;
TWIN PEAKS: CONTEMPORARY HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHY (until 3rd November 2014)
A photographer can capture a moment and preserve it as a photograph, which in turn will allow others to witness the scene in the future. From tomorrow 4th October 2014 until 3rd November 2014 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the "Twin Peaks: Contemporary Hong Kong Photography" exhibition will showcase works by nine local photographers in eight groups. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the trends and diversification of Hong Kong contemporary photography. The exhibition is a partnership project of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2014 and shows the achievements of photographers in exploring different topics in their artworks. It demonstrates two separate approaches to photographic art, as reflected by the "Twin Peaks" in the title of the exhibition.
A total of nine photographers making up eight groups are participating in the exhibition. They are anothermountainman (Stanley Wong), Almond Chu, Ng Sai-kit, Dr Leo Wong, Martin Cheung & Topaz Leung, Joseph Fung, Ringo Tang and Vincent Yu. Each group features two sets of photographs in totally different styles.
Artwork by Almond Chu "Fairies in the Woods" (2012)
The photographs by Almond Chu, Vincent Yu and Martin Cheung & Topaz Leung reveal the divergence and convergence of their professional careers and personal styles as they progressed along their creative paths, and bring out the dual character of their identities in their collections. Dr Leo Wong and anothermountainman infuse their philosophy of life into their artistic creations. Their works, which show the compatibility between a person's inner cultivation and his exploration of external objective matters, demonstrate the artists' overriding pursuit of ideals and show their concern about our society. The works of Joseph Fung, Ng Sai-kit and Ringo Tang show how technology has impacted the creative and aesthetic aspects of photography. Although the nine photographers show diverse styles in their works, a sense of continuity can be traced among them. Their works demonstrate the changing development of Hong Kong contemporary photography and allow visitors to look at the artistic significance of photography from different perspectives.
Artwork by Vincent Yu "The last day of Kai Tak Airport" (1998)
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin 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). Admission charge HK$10 adult, Child and senior concession HK$5. Admission is free to all on Wednesdays.
For further information see the museum's website;
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;
"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;