CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


 

ETERNALLY REVOLVING TWIN ROCKS: QI BAISHI AND SHI LU (until 9th July 2016)

The exhibition "Eternally Revolving Twin Rocks: Qi Baishu and Shi Lu" runs at the Sun Museum from 6th May until 9th July 2016.

Qi Baishi and Shi Lu are masters of Chinese painting in the twentieth century. While continuing the traditions of Chinese painting, they searched for new directions of Chinese art and produced works of art that evoke amazement to this day. The exhibition features over 40 items of works by Qi and Shi, selected from two Hong Kong private collections, Debonair Villa and Yitao Collection. Drawing a comparison between the two masters, this exhibition explores their artistic development and the processes in which they innovated the traditional Chinese art.

 

Sun Museum is a non-profit, private museum established in 2015 by the Simon Suen Foundation. The museum aims to promote Chinese arts and culture and enable an understanding of how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enriched by a wealth of Chinese traditions.

 

Exhibition Hall, Sun Museum

The museum is located along the Kwun Tong Waterfront on the fourth floor of SML Tower, overlooking Kwun Tong Promenade, with spectacular harbour views beyond the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to the coastline of Hong Kong Island from Eastern District to Wan Chai.

The exhibition is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Guided tours are available in Cantonese, English and Mandarin at specified times and all visits are by appointment only.

For more information regarding Sun Museum, the exhibition and to book an appointment see the museum's website;

http://www.en.sunmuseum.org.hk/

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CLAUDE MONET: THE SPIRIT OF PLACE (until 11th July 2016)

"Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place", which runs at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 4th May to 11th July 2016, is the largest thematic exhibition of paintings by Monet, the master of Impressionism, ever held in Hong Kong. The exhibition features 17 artworks, including some of Monet's very emblematic masterpieces conserved in French public collections, presenting the spirit of place and the artist's legacy through the imperceptible differences captured over hours, days and seasons.

The exhibition is one of the highlights of this year's Le French May Arts Festival. Claude Monet was not only one of the greatest landscape artists in the history of painting, but also a prominent figure of French Impressionism in the 19th century. The 17 splendid and emblematic landscape paintings of Monet, have been assembled from 11 museums in France and private collections.

The exhibition is jointly presented by Le French May Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department and co-organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, with major sponsorship from Mr and Mrs Cheung Chung-kiu, and major support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The exhibition is also supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.

The Impressionist master Claude Monet (1840-1926) is regarded as one of the greatest landscape artists in the history of Western art. During an artistic journey of nearly 70 years he tirelessly depicted the essence and spirit of different landscapes. The breathtaking coastline of Normandy and the idyllic landscape along the Seine inspired Monet to develop his distinct style, departing from tradition and the mundane. The emphatic treatment of colour, fleeting light and shadow in his works paved the way for modern art in the 20th century.

"Effect of Spring, Giverny" (1890)

The exhibition showcases Monet's paintings of places in four sections, which are: Normandy and Brittany; Paris and the Île-de-France region; London and Venice; and Giverny's famous water lily garden. Each section features an audio-visual and multimedia display, enabling visitors to follow the footprints of Monet and feel the natural beauty and spirit of place conveyed by his brushstrokes. Exhibits include "Water Lilies", "Effect of Spring, Giverny" and "The Break-up of the Ice at Vétheuil, facing Lavacourt".

"The Break-up of the Ice at Vétheuil, facing Lavacourt" (1880)

In the exhibition's education zone, reconstructed scenes are set up to resemble various spots in Monet's home in Giverny, a small town in France, including his living room, dining room, studio and garden. The setting will enable visitors to have a more comprehensive understanding of Monet's life, the way he lived, and his works of art. Multimedia technologies are being applied to reconstruct the famous garden and water lily pond for special visual impact.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin (MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit A). The exhibition is open on Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Admission fee is HK$20 except on Wednesdays, when the fee is HK$10. Half-price concessionary admission applies to full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), and senior citizens aged 60 or above showing valid identity document.

For details of the exhibition and related programmes see the museum's website;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid234.html

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MERRY-GO-MOVIES • STAR KIDS 2 (until 28th August 2016)

To tie in with the screening programme "Merry-Go-Movies • Star Kids 2" as part of the "Morning Matinee" series from May to August, an exhibition of the same title is being held by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department until 28th August 2016 at the 1/F Foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition follows 17 outstanding child stars of the 1950s and '60s, showcasing numerous precious film stills and biographies. Admission is free.

The exhibition consists of four parts. "From Child Stars to Veteran Actors" introduces actors who have continued to work in the film industry for over half a century since they were kids. They are Paul Chun (aka Yan Chang) and his brother John Chiang (aka Yan Wei) from a famed acting family; Nancy Sit Kar-yin, a popular movie and television star; and Rosanne Lui (aka Shan Shan), a talented singer.

"Child Stars Dearly Remembered" features late actors whose enchanting performances as child stars were unforgettable to audiences. Those featured are the agile Siu Kei Lun (1946-1987), the brilliant Yuen Siu-hoi (1940-1994), the debonair and handsome Lam Kam-tong (1948-2013) and the smart and cheerful Chiang Kwai-lam (1942-2015).

In the Cantonese and Mandarin cinema circles of the '50s and '60s, children of filmmakers frequently visited sets with their parents and their appearances in movies were not uncommon. "The Offspring of Famed Directors" features gifted children of famed directors, namely Fung Hak-on (son of Fung Fung), Li Zhendi (son of Li Pingqian), Ng Ka-lai (daughter of Ng Wui), Chu Tin-wai (daughter of Chu Kea) and Wong Kam-fung (daughter of Wong Fung).

Cantonese films from that time often feature scenes in which children are abused by their stepmothers. Although the child stars may not play leading roles in those movies, their impressionable performances touched the heart of many audiences. "Poorly Treated Kids" introduces Yuen Siu-fai, Tsui Siu-ming, On Wai-lin and Leung Chun-mut, who played kids receiving poor treatment and won much sympathy with their powerful and tear-jerking performances.

The HKFA publication "Merry-Go-Movies: Star Kids of HK Cinema in the 50s and 60s" from 2014 also includes the profiles of several child stars featured in the exhibition, together with photos, film stills and oral history interviews of other famous child stars, such as Fung Bo-bo, Michael Lai, Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao and Bruce Lee. The book, priced at HK$80 and in Chinese, is available for sale at the HKFA.

 

The book cover of "Merry-Go-Movies: Star Kids of HK Cinema in the 50s and 60s"

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station exit A). Opening hours are 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). The Box Office is open from 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm.

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights.html

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THE 6th ARTISTS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHEME: 7-PAPERHOLIC (until 24th July 2016)

An exhibition entitled "The 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme: 7-Paperholic" is being held at Oi! from 22nd April to 24th July, showcasing the landscape and the community of North Point from local artists' perspectives with the use of paper.

One of the selected proposals of the 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, the exhibition is curated by the project team Hong Kong Open Printshop with the participating artists being Ho Yuen-yu, Rex Koo, Liz Lau, Prodip Leung, Ranee Ng, Yeung Hok-tak and Alvin Yiu. Inspired by daily life in North Point, the artists have documented their thoughts and impressions of this old district in their works. The works not only show the diverse possibilities of paper as an art medium, but also encompass sentiments of the artists towards the community.

 

The paper installation "You are Here" by Ho Yuen-yu, which is on display at the exhibition "The 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme: 7-Paperholic" at Oi!, documents the changes of North Point and shows how the original shoreline was swallowed up by urban development.

In conjunction with the exhibition, guided tours will be held to let participants explore creative ideas through strolling along the streets and alleys in North Point. The artists will also conduct various types of paper-art workshops at Oi! and invite participants to savour the special flavour of the community. For details of the exhibition and programmes, please visit;

https://www.facebook.com/oioilstreetartspace/

The Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme under the Art Promotion Office supports local artists to go into community and to promote visual arts. The works of about 200 artists have been showcased in different communities since the launch of the programme in 2000. In addition to promoting local art in the communities, the scheme emphasises the connection between contemporary art, local historical culture and humanity through the mutual creative process by the artists and local communities, which turns art and aesthetics into indispensable aspects of our daily lives.

Oi!, an art space located at 12 Oil Street, North Point, was officially opened in May 2013. Under the management of the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) the venue, converted from a grade II historic building which was originally home to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, provides a space for the community to experience art and a platform for art practitioners to experiment with their ideas of artistic creation.

Oi! is open on Mondays from 2pm to 8pm and on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Oi! is closed until 2pm on Mondays, except on public holidays when it opens at 10am. Admission is free.

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THE 6th ARTISTS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHEME: NORTH POINT DREAM PROPERTIES LIMITED (until 17th July 2016)

An exhibition "The 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme: North Point Dream Properties Limited" is being held at Oi! from 15th April to 17th July 2016. It enables visitors, through an art perspective, to look into the housing problem in Hong Kong and get to know more about the North Point community.

One of the selected proposals of the 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, this thematic exhibition on the local housing problem, aims to let the participants, through art, learn about the community of North Point and get a feel for the area, just as they would when carefully hunting for a dream property. The exhibition is curated by the project curator Mr John Wong and the project team "In the Wanderland", including artists Clarie Ko, Edmond Wong and Marco Yau.

The exhibition is divided into different sections and is presented in the form of a show flat for a new property. The video installation "Le Grandview de North Point" and three installations, namely "Rashomon Royale", "Big Gui Garden" and "1 Luka Hill Road", help to reflect the relationship between housing and living for Hong Kong people, and allow visitors to experience the values and culture of living in the past and the present.

 

The installation "Big Gui Garden"

During the exhibition period, special programmes such as a talk and workshops as well as exhibition guided tours will be available. For details see;

https://www.facebook.com/events/207997226233179/ 

The Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme under the Art Promotion Office supports local artists to go into the community and promote visual arts. The works of about 200 artists have been showcased in different communities since the launch of the programme in 2000. In addition, to promote local art in the communities, the scheme emphasises the connection between contemporary art, local historical culture and humanity through the mutual creative process by the artists and local communities, which turns art and aesthetics into indispensable aspects of our daily lives.

Oi!, an art space located at 12 Oil Street, North Point, was officially opened in May 2013. Under the management of the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) the venue, converted from a grade II historic building which was originally home to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, provides a space for the community to experience art and a platform for art practitioners to experiment with their ideas of artistic creation.

Oi! is open on Mondays from 2pm to 8pm and on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Oi! is closed until 2pm on Mondays, except on public holidays when it opens at 10am. Admission is free.

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THE GREAT ENTERTAINER - THE HEYDAY OF CINEMA CITY (until 19th June 2016)

An exhibition entitled "The Great Entertainer - The Heyday of Cinema City", organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) is being held from 8th April to 19th June 2016 at the HKFA Exhibition Hall. The exhibition looks at the heyday of Cinema City Company Limited, a groundbreaking company in the history of Hong Kong cinema, during the 1980s. Admission is free.

The highlight of the exhibition is a reconstruction of the "War Room", where the seven creative masterminds of Cinema City created countless memorable films. Five of them also shared their fond memories of the times they spent inside the room at the ceremony. In addition to reviewing Cinema City's development under the leadership of the "Team of Seven", "The 80s Carnival" section examines the company's positioning in the film industry and its creativity, while the "The Star-Studded Stage" section focuses on their successful remake of film stars and discovery of new talents. The exhibition also showcases interviews with key Cinema City figures as well as valuable artifacts and photographs.

Founded in the early 1980s by Karl Maka, Dean Shek and Raymond Wong, Cinema City was later joined by Eric Tsang, Tsui Hark, Teddy Robin and Nansun Shi, together forming a new force in the local film industry. A box office guarantee in the 1980s, Cinema City was the brainchild of the seven multi-disciplinary stars who were variously film producers, scriptwriters and directors, actors and musicians. The "Team of Seven" created numerous classic works inside the "War Room", including "Aces Go Places" (1982), "The Happy Ghost" (1984), "A Better Tomorrow" (1986) and "Prison on Fire" (1987), leading the Hong Kong film industry into a golden era.

In addition to the exhibition, the screening programme "The Wit and Wisdom of Cinema City" will showcase 28 masterpieces produced by Cinema City in the 1980s at the HKFA Cinema from April to May, complemented by four free seminars. Film tickets are priced at HK$45. For details of film screenings and ticketing arrangements see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp/en_US/web/fpo/programmes/2016wwcc/film.html

 


Cinema City's creative masterminds pictured inside the "War Room"

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station exit A). Opening hours are 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). The Box Office is open from 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm.

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COLLIDER: STEP INSIDE THE WORLD'S GREATEST EXPERIMENT (until 25th May 2016)

An exhibition entitled "Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment" is being held from 18th March 2016 until 25th May 2016 at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition introduces the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, to reveal the secrets of the universe through particle physics experiments.

The special exhibition is part of a celebratory programme to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Science Museum. Visitors can enjoy exclusive access to real artefacts and view some of the most precious collections from the Science Museum in London. The exhibition also highlights the role of scholars and scientists from Hong Kong in the research at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Scientists believe that the origin of the universe will be revealed once they are able to delve into the secrets of particles, as everything is composed of particles. CERN built the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, across the border between Switzerland and France in 2008. Inside the collider, scientists are able to reveal clues about how particles interact and gain an insight into the fundamental laws of nature from the experiments.

 

The exhibition showcases real components that have been used at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), including a two-tonne superconducting magnet

Presenting multimedia programmes, simulated laboratory environments and real components of the Collider, including a 2-tonne superconducting magnet, the exhibition aims to show the special structure and detectors of the experimental facility. It will highlight the role played by such a facility in the cutting-edge research of particle physics, as well as how scientists can use it to reveal the secrets of the universe.

 

The Collision Theatre allows visitors to get inside the detectors, watching the magnificent sight during a collision

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Jonathan KS Choi Foundation, co-organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and China Association (H.K.) for Science and Society Ltd, and sponsored by Sunwah Foundation. Supporting organisations include the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, and the Department of Physics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The exhibition is produced by the Science Museum in London.

The museum, located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Fridays, 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Museum admission fee is HK$25. Concessionary rate of HK$12.5 applies to seniors age 60 and over. Free admission for children under 4 accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for all visitors on Wednesdays. There is no additional fee to visit the exhibition.

For further information see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/collider2016/eindex.html

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BRAVING THE STORM: HONG KONG UNDER JAPANESE OCCUPATION (until 29th June 2016)

An exhibition, "Braving the Storm: Hong Kong under Japanese Occupation", is running at the Thematic Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence from 22nd January 2016 to 29th June 2016. With the display of invaluable artefacts and historical images from the war of resistance against Japan, the exhibition sheds light on the contributions that the people of Hong Kong made to the anti-Japanese efforts in China, and the city's days of darkness during the Japanese occupation.

After the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 7, 1937, the Chinese people put up fierce resistance together. Hong Kong's unique political and geographical position made it an ideal and major channel for China to import overseas supplies and a base camp for promoting the anti-Japanese campaign abroad. Throughout the war, the people of Hong Kong supported their compatriots in China with both human and material resources. The exhibits, including photos and letters on fundraising, bear testimony to how the intimately connected people of China and Hong Kong stood by one another through thick and thin.

Following 18 days of fierce fighting, the troops defending Hong Kong finally admitted defeat and surrendered on December 25, 1941. The dark days of the Japanese occupation lasted three years and eight months until Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945.

 

Film star Nancy Chan sells "save-the-nation flowers" to raise funds for the anti-Japanese efforts

During the occupation period, the Japanese army implemented a raft of harsh measures: supplies were requisitioned and military banknotes were over-issued, with the result that the economy stalled and people were forced to live in misery. Visitors will have a better understanding of the harsh life of the Hong Kong people through invaluable exhibits such as comics, utility bill receipts, newspapers and historical photos.

 

After the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the executives of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation were forced to sign the banknotes discovered in the vault of the bank in order to purchase supplies from Macau and China. Known as "duress notes", these unbacked banknotes were not recognised shortly after the end of the war, but were later validated as legal tender

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. Admission is HK$10, Seniors (aged 60 or over) HK$5. Free admission on Wednesdays and for the whole of the month of January 2016.

For further information see the museum website;

http://hk.coastaldefence.museum/en_US/web/mcd/aboutus/introduction.html

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UNDER THE SAME ROOF: RESETTLEMENT IN THE 1950s OF HONG KONG (from 16th December 2015 until further notice) 

Presented by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS), the exhibition "Under the Same Roof: Resettlement in the 1950s of Hong Kong" runs from 16th December 2015 until further notice at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, taking visitors on a tour of the era of squatters and resettlement in the 1950s.

The PRO is the government body 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 the Housing Department and its forerunner the Resettlement Department.

Among the Resettlement Department's archival records in the PRO are reports that document the progress of resettlement in the 1950s. These historical records enable the public to understand Hong Kong's developments in regard to resettlement during that period.

The exhibition presents the history of Hong Kong's progress from a place scattered with squatter huts to the building of resettlement blocks by showcasing about 60 exhibits and images. Highlight images depict scenes including squatter huts built in caves and on trees; some of the earliest resettlement estates in Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk, Lok Fu and Wong Tai Sin; and the past and present contrasts of Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk and Central, where squatter huts or resettlement estates were once built.

 

Photo of Shek Kip Mei in 1958
 
Other exhibits include a document analysing the cause and a map on the coverage of the squatter fire at Shek Kip Mei, statistical data on the squatter population, a plan showing the location of resettlement estates and cottage areas and three-dimensional and floor plans of resettlement blocks. The exhibition also shows the steps of how a family moved from a squatter hut to a unit in a resettlement estate and the basic facilities provided in a resettlement estate graphically.

 

A squatter area in 1955

To complement the exhibition, the GRS has also specially developed a new Reference Resource Page entitled "Under the Same Roof" with an interactive guide to help users understand life in squatter areas. In the "What Records Tell Us?" section, the squatter areas are introduced and explained. Through this simple and quick introduction, users are able to better understand the life of squatter residents. The "Image Gallery" section includes more than 140 historical images of the squatter areas and resettlement estates in different regions of Hong Kong, and most of the pictures are being displayed for the first time. The "Online Catalogues and Reference List" section sets out the relevant historical records of the PRO. The Reference Resource Page can be easily accessed via the GRS website;

http://www.grs.gov.hk/ws/index.htm

The exhibition is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays), from 9am to 5-45pm. Admission is free.

The PRO is located on 1/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
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FREEMAN LAU & DESIGN: INTER-DEPENDENT DECISIONS (until 30th May 2016)

The "Freeman Lau & Design: Inter-dependent Decisions" exhibition is being held from 3rd December 2015 to 30th May 2016 at Hong Kong Heritage Museum. By viewing the selected works of renowned local designer Freeman Lau, members of the public will be able to understand his contributions to the design and creative industry as well as Hong Kong's cultural development.

Freeman Lau is regarded not only a designer with clear goals in mind but also an artist whose creativity reaches no bounds. This exhibition presents a comprehensive retrospective of Lau's works and offers a thought-provoking journey to visitors.

The exhibition is being held with substantial support from Lau and consists of eight sections, covering the cultural, commercial and public art space projects, as well as the "Chairplay" series, which Lau has been involved in over the past years.

The exhibition also shows interviews with Lau and his mentors as well as other designers, artists, friends and partners who have provided support and interacted with him. Visitors can get to know Lau and his design concepts more comprehensively.

 

“Ming Intertwined” by Freeman Lau

Over a creative career spanning 30 years, Lau has won more than 300 international and local awards. He has made significant contributions in enhancing the identity of Hong Kong design overseas and in promoting design education locally, and was thus awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2006. Lau is now the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre and the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Ma Lam Road, Sha Tin.

Opening hours – 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

Admission – HK$10 (HK$5 seniors over 60, children under 4 free). Free admission on Wednesdays and throughout the whole of the month of January 2016.

Getting there – MTR Che Kung Temple Station exit A then 3 minute walk via footbridge over river or from MTR Sha Tin or Tai Wai Stations 15 minute walk. Bus routes A41, E42, 80M, 86, 89 and 282 stop on Lion Rock Tunnel Road near the museum.

For more information see the museum’s website;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid231.html

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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.

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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.

For further details of the exhibition, see the museum's website; 

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/eng/attractions/attractions.aspx 



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;

http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/passenger/attractions-at-hkia/attractions-at-hkia.html