AN AGE OF LUXURY: THE ASSYRIANS TO ALEXANDER (until 3rd September 2018)
A major exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History "An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander" is running from 9th May 2018 until 3rd September 2018. The exhibition showcases treasures from the British Museum, including metalwork, stone wall reliefs, ivory items, gems and jewellery, depicting the luxurious lifestyle of ancient civilisations in the Middle East.
The British Museum has launched the world tour of this prestigious exhibition in Hong Kong, enabling visitors to learn about the luxurious lifestyle in ancient times through the objects that were meticulously selected from the collections of the British Museum.
From 900 BC to 300 BC, mighty empires like Assyria, Babylon and Achaemenid Persia created elites that accumulated enormous wealth. They built lavish palaces and pleasure gardens filled with immense quantities of treasure. These luxurious and opulent objects not only brought them luxuries and pleasures, but also displayed their social status and power.
The exhibition features around 210 exhibits, with highlights including a wall relief that depicts the conquest and looting of an Elamite city by Assyrian soldiers, a fish-shaped perfumed oil flask made from a hammered sheet of gold, kohl bottles and pots, the Hellenistic jewellery item "Herakles knot", and decorative plaques carved in elephant ivory. Ancient counterfeited luxurious items will also be displayed.
Wall relief depicting the conquest and looting of an Elamite city by Assyrian soldiers. (Collection of the British Museum)
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the British Museum. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is sponsoring the exhibition's education and extension programmes.
Admission fee for this special exhibition is HK$10. A concessionary rate of HK$5 is available for senior citizens, full-time Hong Kong students and people with disabilities.
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Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui.
BEHIND THE ART: CHINESE EXPORT TEA WARE (until 31st October 2018)
An exhibition entitled "Behind the Art: Chinese Export Tea Ware" is on display from 18th April 2018 to 31st October 2018 at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, showcasing more than 60 pieces of export tea ware from the collections of the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
These fascinating and exquisite pieces of Chinese export tea ware reflect the increasing cultural exchanges and integration between China and the West during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition looks at the special styles and decorative motifs of Chinese export tea ware, and reveals its influence on tea ware decoration in Southeast Asia and Europe. Collectively the exhibits demonstrate the artistic and economic interaction between East and West during a unique economic period in which art and trade became synchronised. While appreciating the exhibits' rich and varied styles of decoration, visitors will also be able to learn the stories behind the art, and come to better understand the artistic decisions behind the creation of these popular Chinese-made objects of art.
Highlight exhibits include a cup decorated with a harbour view in fencai enamels from the 18th century; a Woodley Crest tea set in fencai enamels decorated with a picture of owl; and an export teapot of globular shape with painted Western figure scenes in opaque enamels and gilt added in England.
An export teapot of globular shape with painted Western figure scenes in opaque enamels and gilt added in England from the Qing dynasty
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, co-organised by the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware and the Art Museum of the CUHK.
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 closed on Tuesdays except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday.
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"BACK TO THE BASICS" SERIES (until 20th May and 18th June 2018)
Organised by Oi!, the "back to the basics" exhibition series showcases the artworks of local artist Kwan Sheung-chi and Romanian artist Daniel Knorr and screening programmes curated by Oi! and Videotage, aiming to show the meaning and impact of art in everyday life through a direct dialogue between art and life.
The series comprises three exhibition projects, namely Kwan's "Travel in the Universe", Knorr's "Artist Book" and Oi! and Videotage's collaboration project "Image Bite". The artists creatively redefine objects and places which exist in our daily life and open up new perspectives in art with the media they are good at.
"Travel in the Universe" showcases a video film and art installations to tell a space adventure story. Produced in Oi!, the film tells of the main character who lives on the moon and learns about his "hometown" earth in his adventure. Through his work, Kwan wishes to look for the possibility of reconstructing history.
"Artist Book" is the Hong Kong stage of Knorr's world art exhibition project. He has made his 12th Artist Book, which was made of household waste and other discarded items, for the Oi! exhibition. The project started in Romania in 2007, and Knorr has tailor-made books for eleven countries previously.
Romanian artist Daniel Knorr's exhibition "Artist Book"
"Image Bite" invited eight eateries in North Point to showcase a series of video artworks, examining the ways of presenting and viewing contemporary art, as well as trying to break the audience's predetermined concepts about public space.
"Travel in the Universe" and "Artist Book" run until 20th May 2018. "Image Bite" runs until 18th June 2018.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point (Fortress Hill MTR Station Exit A). It is open from 2pm to 8pm on Mondays (10am to 8pm on public holiday Mondays), 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free.
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SOPHIE - IVE's SOLAR CARS DRIVING THE FUTURE (until 12th September 2018)
An exhibition "SOPHIE - IVE's Solar Cars Driving the Future" is being held from 13th March until 12th September 2018 at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition displays the solar car SOPHIE IV, which was locally developed by a group of teachers and students from the Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC).
The SOPHIE project is of great significance as it not only puts STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education into practice, but also contributes to achieving the vision of the Government to improve transportation efficiency through innovation and technology. It is hoped that the exhibition will stimulate the interest of young people in innovation and technology and inspire them to take up a career in the industry for developing Hong Kong as a smart city.
Since 2009, engineering teachers and students at the IVE have been developing a series of solar cars named SOPHIE in Hong Kong. Their aim is to develop a greener vehicle that can convert renewable solar energy into electricity more efficiently.
After years of research and improvement in SOPHIE's overall performance, the team and its fourth-generation solar car, SOPHIE IV, participated in the World Solar Challenge in 2013 for the first time and completed the 3,000-kilometre race from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia to Adelaide in South Australia in fourth place in the GoPro Adventure Class. In 2015, SOPHIE IV became the first solar car to be driven on a highway in Hong Kong.
SOPHIE IV, which was locally developed by a group of teachers and students from the Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, a member institution of the Vocational Training Council
Through video programmes, the display of physical parts of the cars and interactive exhibits, the exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the car body design and introduce how various technologies are applied in solar cars.
To tie in with the exhibition, the new sixth-generation solar car SOPHIE VI is on display at the Hong Kong Science Museum until 14th March.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the IVE, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the IVE.
No additional admission fee is required for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions.
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).
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PORCELAIN AND PAINTING (until 19th November 2018)
An exhibition "Porcelain and Painting" is running from 9th February 2018 to 19th November 2018 at the Chao Shao-an Gallery of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The exhibition features joint works on paper and porcelain by two masters of the Lingnan school of painting, Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen. These works provide valuable evidence of their friendship and artistic dialogue as well as the relationship between the Lingnan school and the Guangcai ceramic industry in Hong Kong.
Chao Shao-an (1905-1998) and Yang Shanshen (1913-2004) were close friends. Both Chao and Yang settled in Hong Kong in the late 1940s, and thereafter often met in the Lingnan Art Studio. They also spent leisure time together and created joint paintings. After making friends with the owner of Yuet Tung China Works, Mr Tso Wing-shui, they took up painting on porcelain, using their unique artistic style.
The exhibition features more than 40 joint works on paper from the 1950s and paintings on porcelain done at Yuet Tung China Works from the 1960s to the 1980s. The joint works on porcelain, such as "Insect in Moonlight", "Cicada and Bamboo" and "Bamboo and Insect", serve as expressions of their exploration of a new medium. Yang usually depicted the foliage in outlines, while Chao added the insects and inscriptions. Yang also made gifts of his works to Chao and his wife, for example "Rooster", "Fish", "Prawn" and "Two Goldfishes". These works are evidence of the enjoyable times and friendly gatherings they had.
A dish of enamels on porcelain, "The Scent of Peony"
Yuet Tung China Works was established in Hong Kong in the 1920s. In the 1950s, the second generation owner of the factory, Mr Tso Wing-shui, took over management of the Works, and made friends with Chao and Yang. The duo often visited the Works to paint on porcelain. Yang also took his students to the factory to give them demonstrations every two years or so. The experiments they did with this medium opened up new possibilities for artistic creation. They also created a new page in perpetuating the connection between ceramics and Lingnan painting.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line. 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) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
* closes at 5pm on Chinese New Year's Eve
Admission is free.
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TRACKING WINDS AND CLOUDS: A CENTURY OF ARCHIVED STORIES OF THE OBSERVATORY (until 31st December 2018)
"Tracking Winds and Clouds: A Century of Archived Stories of the Observatory", an exhibition co-organised by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), runs from 6th April to 31st December 2018 at the Exhibition Hall, 2/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. The exhibition is open from 9am to 5-45pm on Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays). Admission is free.
Over 40 items from archival holdings will be displayed to review the early establishment and operation of the HKO from different angles, giving visitors a glimpse of precious meteorological records, including those on the calamities of four destructive typhoons on record in Hong Kong.
The GRS organises for the public annual thematic exhibitions, which feature selections of precious items from the GRS' archival holdings. As this year marks the 135th anniversary of the HKO's establishment, the GRS has chosen a number of valuable and historical items transferred from the HKO to look back on the history of the HKO. Every single item in the archival holdings is a result of the many interconnected work stages of the GRS. These range from appraisal, description and accession of records to preserving and displaying them.
The GRS' archival collections bring back memories of the early establishment and operation of the HKO, as well as the precious meteorological records of Hong Kong. During the past century, the HKO grew and changed significantly from a unit comprising one Observatory director and one assistant in 1883 to a department with over 300 colleagues today, and from using simple apparatus for weather tracking to applying high-end technology like radar, satellites and even mobile phones and the Internet of Things for monitoring weather around the globe and in every corner of a city. It is hoped that through the exhibition, members of the public can learn from history, raise awareness of hazard prevention and tackle climate change proactively.
Picture shows the hoisting of the Standby Signal No. 1 at the Observatory's Headquarters in the 1930s, under the supervision of Mr G S P Heywood, who became the Director of Royal Observatory, Hong Kong from 1946 to 1956 (second right)
Roving exhibitions of "Tracking Winds and Clouds: A Century of Archived Stories of the Observatory" will also take place as follows:
Sha Tin Public Library (2nd to 29th March 2018)
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library (2nd to 29th April 2018)
Chai Wan Public Library (2nd to 30th August 2018)
Kowloon Public Library (2nd to 29th September 2018)
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GROWING CITY. GROWING HOME (until November 2018)
An exhibition "Growing City • Growing Home", organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is taking place in the Art Square at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, displaying two outdoor art installations related to growth and home. The exhibition runs from 8th December 2017 until November 2018 (exact closing date not yet announced).
The artworks are "Million Lights" by Kevin Fung and "Time Slip" by Stanley Siu, inviting viewers to rethink the different interpretations of the concept of growth at home and in the city with the artists, evoking memories of the rapidly changing cityscape and harbourscape while envisioning the future.
By juxtaposing neon signs, construction cranes and old tenement buildings with monumental tree trunks, Kevin Fung's work "Million Lights" captures and reinterprets the ever-changing yet familiar Hong Kong street scenes, allowing visitors to reflect on the past, present and future of the city.
The artwork "Time Slip" by Stanley Siu is inspired by the craftsmanship and design of Chinese wooden junks. The work attempts to merge the vanished imagery of home with today's cityscape by capturing the silhouette of the Chinese junks and presenting the negative spaces therein.
Stanley Siu's work "Time Slip"
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THE LEADING ACTRESS, PERFIDIOUS CONCUBINE AND BELOVED GRANDMA - LEE HONG KUM'S ARTISTIC CAREER (until 29th August 2018)
An exhibition entitled "The Leading Actress, Perfidious Concubine and Beloved Grandma - Lee Hong Kum's Artistic Career" is on display from 30th August 2017 until 29th August 2018 at the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. It showcases about 50 objects and photos, including Cantonese opera costumes and theatrical items donated by the renowned Cantonese opera star Lee Hong-kum, allowing visitors to revisit Lee's opera career and remarkable performances on the silver screen.
Throughout a career in the performing arts spanning more than 60 years, Lee Hong-kum has made outstanding contributions to Cantonese opera, film and television. In 2016, she generously donated more than 200 Cantonese opera treasures to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and the donation was an invaluable addition to the museum's collection.
Part of the exhibition now on display at Hong Kong Heritage Museum
During the exhibition period, six movie excerpts starring Lee Hong-kum are being screened at the screening room of the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall.
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Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line. 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) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
*The museum closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.
"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 20th July 2018)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and runs for five years until 20th July 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition
Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.
Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).
Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.
In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.
Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.
Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition
The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.
To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee).
In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.
The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.
To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.
To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.
During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.
Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:
* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)
* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)
Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.
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EXHIBITIONS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Hong Kong International Airport holds a number of concurrent small exhibitions which departing passengers can visit. For details of current exhibitions at the airport see;