WALL-LESS CHIT-CHANT (until 29th May 2016)
Hong Kong Museum of Art has launched an exhibition "Wall-less Chit-ChaNt" which runs from 28th November 2015 until 29th May 2016 at the Art Square at Salisbury Garden. The exhibition showcases two large-scale artworks to invite members of the public to chat, chant and connect with Hong Kong's pluralist society. The outdoor area at the Art Square serves as a wall-less gallery, which enables the public to get closer to artworks.
At the centre of the Art Square, "Agenda No. 3" is an installation created by Freeman Lau. With the unique form of chairs in black and white combined into 24-seat and 36-seat circular structures with a forum setting, the work symbolises the artist's vision for expressions of diversity.
"Agenda No 3" by Freeman Lau
The other artwork, entitled "Sing for Her", is an interactive installation by Dr Zheng Bo. To introduce diverse voices in the heart of the city, Dr Zheng visited different groups and communities living in Hong Kong, including Nepalese, Filipino and Indonesian people, to record music videos that tell of their cultures and histories. Visitors can sing along with the music videos through a huge cornet.
"Sing for Her" by Dr Zheng Bo
In addition, a fringe programme entitled "Live Art Daily" conducted by the programme partner, Make a Difference Institute, has been tailor-made to complement the exhibition. Through a series of interactive activities including chat rooms, lectures, studios and phone-in sessions, the connection between Hong Kong artists' art making and their lives will be introduced.
Art Square is located at the forecourt of the Hong Kong Museum of Art at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Admission to the exhibition is free.
OUR VOCAL TEACHER: HUI PUI (until 30th April 2016)
Hui Pui (1924-2013) was the vocal teacher of many noted singers and artists, including Ivy Ling Po, Stella Chee, Roman Tam, Liza Wang and Adam Cheng. The Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has organised an exhibition entitled "The Hong Kong Musicians Series: Our Vocal Teacher: Hui Pui" to showcase Hui's musical score sheets, records and photographs, enabling visitors to learn more about this respected vocal teacher and to review the prosperity of Hong Kong's pop music industry from the 1960s to the '80s.
Born in Suzhou, Hui Pui (born Xu Ningyi) was devoted to music from a young age. Hui entered St John's University after secondary school graduation. Because of her keen interest in music, Hui quit the university after a year and entered a renowned music school, the National Conservatory of Music, with a major in vocals to receive her official vocal training.
Hui moved to Hong Kong in 1949. She joined Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited as a ghost singer for movies and taught singing skills to actors. After this start to her career as a vocal teacher, she served as a tutor of the artist training course at Television Broadcasts Limited and was known as one of the four most famous vocal teachers in Hong Kong.
The exhibition is now being held in the Arts Document Reading Room at 10/F of Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay and runs until 30th April 2016. Admission is free.
Display at the "Our Vocal Teacher: Hui Pui" exhibition at Hong Kong Central Library
WONDERFUL TIMES, BEAUTIFUL IMAGES - CALENDAR POSTERS AND MODERN SOCIETY IN THE REPUBLICAN PERIOD (until 30th March 2016)
An exhibition "Wonderful Times, Beautiful Images - Calendar Posters and Modern Society in the Republican Period" is being held from 23rd October 2015 to 30th March 2016 at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, showcasing the social and commercial trends of Hong Kong during the Republican period.
The exhibition introduces Hong Kong's commercial activities during the Republican period and also sheds light on fashionable lifestyles and trends of the time by displaying calendar posters and artefacts with a variety of themes.
Due to the increasingly competitive climate of trade in the early 20th century, it became a popular practice for companies in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong to advertise their products through posters given to customers. Since a calendar was usually printed in the lower part of the poster, the term "calendar poster" was used. The calendar poster was a product of its time which combined a practical purpose as a promotion tool with artistic value.
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong.
Opening hours – 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.
Admission – HK$10, Seniors (60 and over) HK$5, Children under 4 free, Free admission on Wednesdays and the anniversaries of Dr Sun Yat-sen’s birth (12th November) and death (12th March).
For further details of the exhibition, see the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum's website;
Poster of the Bakilly Co Ltd, which specialised in cosmetics. The poster reveals that women of the Republican period appreciated a fashionable image. They loved perming hair and wearing Western suits, qipao with improved designs, tights and high heels
BEHIND THE POSTMAN UNIFORM (from 18th December 2014 until early December 2015)
Postal services are closely related to our everyday life. Have you ever thought about how the postman's uniform is designed or how its design has evolved over time? What are the interesting stories that lie behind its evolution?
Presented by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS), the exhibition "Behind the Postman Uniform" runs from 18th December 2014 at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, taking visitors on a retrospective tour of the development of the postman's uniform in the period from the 1950s to 1990s.
The exhibition traces the development of the postman's uniform by showcasing about 60 exhibits and images that document the exchange of ideas on the design and manufacture of the uniform between the department and its employees. Highlight exhibits include a memorandum on uniform designs by the Postmaster General in the 1970s, a questionnaire for postmen on uniform design, design samples of uniform badges and a sizing form. Other exhibits include button samples forwarded from other government departments (for design reference), a summer uniform shirt for an Assistant Postman, and design sketches of summer and winter uniforms.
The PRO is the government section designated for preserving the historical records of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Office is committed to appraising and acquiring records and materials of enduring value and making them available for public access. Since its establishment in 1972, the PRO has acquired historical records from more than 130 government agencies including Hongkong Post, which is one of the oldest government departments. In 2009, the PRO acquired from Hongkong Post 11 historical records which document the development of the postman's uniform. Such records enable the public to understand Hong Kong's postal development through a new perspective and to appreciate the diverse and comprehensive nature of historical records.
Perhaps the term "historical records" may leave an impression that records always comprise paper documents. In reality records are surprisingly diverse, and in this exhibition also uniform shirts, accessories such as gloves and buttons, fabric samples and colourful design sketches.
Postman posing in uniform (1970's)
The postman's uniform may appear ordinary, but it has a significant bearing on work efficiency and departmental image. An ideal uniform strikes a balance between practicality and the need to promote a departmental image. Before World War II, uniform designs were dominated by the considerations of image and appearance, and the representation of the department. Comfort and practical needs of the wearer were not the main concern in designing the uniform. However, in the post-war years a change in attitude and practice emerged when staff opinions were collected and considered in order to improve the qualities and designs of the uniform.
To complement the exhibition, the GRS has also specially developed an online Reference Resource Page with an interactive guide to help users understand government historical records. In the "How to read government historical records?" section, the functions and significance of individual parts of a record are introduced and explained. Through this simple and quick introduction, users are able to grasp the basics of reading government records easily, making archive research more fun for the public. In addition, the page also features articles from local and overseas scholars who share their views and experience of reading government historical records in the PRO. The Reference Resource Page can be easily accessed at;
The exhibition will be open to the public from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5.45pm. Admission is free.
PRO is located on 1/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
"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;