THE LEGEND OF ELEGANCE: HSIA MOON THE ALL-TIME PRINCESS (until 2nd November 2015)
Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) is presenting an exhibition "The Legend of Elegance: Hsia Moon the All-Time Princess" from 21st August 2015 until 2nd November 2015 at the 1/F foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition will showcase Hsia Moon's film stills and personal photos, as well as an interview with Hsia conducted in her early life and excerpts of relevant films.
Born Yang Meng in Shanghai, Hsia Moon moved with her family to Hong Kong in 1947 and was signed by Great Wall Movie Enterprises Ltd at the age of 17. Her stellar career spanned more than 17 years in 41 films. Hsia had a flawless face and an elegant physique, and embraced the cultures of the East and the West with great intelligence. She was named "The Crown Princess of Great Wall" and hailed as "God's masterpiece". Jin Yong custom-wrote the script of "The Peerless Beauty" (1953) for her, and the leading lady earned the same title for herself.
A prima donna exhibiting faith and inner strength, Hsia built up a diversity of screen personas and acting skills. Performing the role of a young married woman convincingly in her screen debut "A Night-Time Wife" (1951), Hsia proved her acting talent as a new actress. This film topped the box office in 1951 and brought her instant stardom in the 1950s. "A Widow's Tears" (1956) is one of the best works of Hsia. Already married at the time, Hsia once again showed her skills as a dramatic actress in a role that shifted from the joy of marriage to the grief of death. The film soon became an acclaimed work in Mainland China.
Display from the exhibition
The 1950s saw the blooming of Yue opera cinema, and Hsia received dramatic training in postures, poses and other stage manoeuvres at the Shanghai Yue Opera Theater. Starring Hsia Moon and the prince of Yue opera, Ting Sai-chun, the three classic Yue opera films "The Princess Falls in Love" (1962), "My Darling Princess" (1964) and "A Heroic Romance" (1965) were hits for Great Wall at the box office. Having learned Peking opera since her youth, Hsia was gifted in acquiring the Yue opera acting skills. These titles have remained critically acclaimed since their rescreening in the 1970s.
Hsia later established Bluebird Movie Enterprise Ltd at the height of the Hong Kong New Wave and became a producer. A daring filmmaker with vision, she recruited a wealth of talents and good scripts to produce socially relevant works with great quality, including "Boat People" (1982) and "Homecoming" (1984) - two crowd-pleasing films that won multiple awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
On the 65th anniversary of Hsia Moon's film career, the exhibition gathers images and memorabilia of the much-loved screen goddess, who radiates charm and grace across time.
Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho. It is open from 10am to 8pm daily except Tuesdays. Closed on Tuesdays except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.
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SPARKLE! AFTER ONE HUNDRED (until 18th October 2015)
"Sparkle! After One Hundred", the final exhibition of the two-year "Sparkle!" series, runs from 31st July 2015 until 18th October 2015. What changes have been observed and what insights do the artists have after the past 100 weeks?
The guest curator, Cheng Yee-man (aka Gum), set up a punch clock at Oi! in September 2013 to start a project lasting 100 weeks, during which the artists could go to the venue and clock in and out as a way of recording their progress and commitment. The participating artists Peggy Chan, Price Chu, Connie Lo, Vinci Mok, Wen Yau, Wayne Wong and Yuen Chun-tai have engaged in a continuous creative process as a long-term documentation that could record the changes that have taken place at specific sites at Oi! and in its vicinity. Each of the artists chose different entry points and engaged different communities and individuals to collaborate in their projects.
Peggy Chan started an observation that was carried out once a week over two years. "One Hundred Species in Oi!" was created with sunlight and time by applying cyanotype. A research studio has been set up in the exhibition space displaying all constructed images. It aims to guide viewers to explore with artists the relationship between humans and nature.
Price Chu's "Art Vending Machine" gave visitors a chance in September 2013 to invest HK$10 in a piece of local art. They bought a hope that would be realised starting from 31st July 2015. The artwork draws the concept of stock futures into the thinking of the artist.
Price Chu's "Art Vending Machine" gave visitors a chance to invest HK$10 in a piece of local art
The way of presenting "From one to hundred" has been gradually transforming. Connie Lo has gathered information and transformed it into a large puzzle in the form of sound and text. These are some hints for all viewers to look for the connection between the old and new in the Oil Street art space.
One hundred guests were invited by Vinci Mok to introduce their ideal Oi! to a person who has never been to the art space. She grouped different opinions from the guests, and in a work entitled "If I won't go to Oi!, who will go to Oi! - with your 100 dreams in Oi!" presents them in the form of multimedia.
In a work entitled "If I won't go to Oi!, who will go to Oi! - with your 100 dreams in Oi!", Vinci Mok presents a different Oi! according to public opinion
Wen Yau uses the painting techniques she learnt from various Hong Kong artists each month and depicts a place in North Point suggested by them in her ongoing project "Painting like an Artist: Plein Air - Artwork on Loan". She did plein-air painting in the neighbourhood area within North Point to re-observe the community she finds familiar.
Through three different stories - Luna Park, a father's life in an old North Point building and a time capsule project with a setting in Oi! - Wayne Wong presents "Untitled" to investigate the relationship between the past, the present and the future.
Yuen Chun-tai's "7.2°" is a two-year art project focusing on observing the changes in the area within a half-mile of the Oi! art space. She selected 36 specified sites for observation and invited the community to get involved and complete the project.
"Sparkle! After One Hundred" is the final exhibition in the "Sparkle!" exhibition series organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by seven young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with design partner Karr Yip, the guest curators have drawn up plans for exhibitions that look into the possible merging of art and daily life and its promotion. The exhibitions encourage creativity while making available an open and experimental art creation platform at Oi! for local art practitioners.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point on Hong Kong Island.
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SPARKLE! LETS ART (until 18th October 2015)
"Sparkle! Let's Art" exhibition opened on 24th July at Oi! and runs until 18th October 2015, allowing visitors to appreciate scenes from the community and gain extra sensitivity to what is happening around them.
Guest curator Vivian Ting invited eight local artists to participate in the exhibition, namely Amy Chan, Brandon Chan, Priscila Chu, Fung Hing-keung, Kwong Man-chun, Maggie Lin, Wong Wing-fung and Rachel Yan. The artists went into the North Point community and connected with different groups including residents, students, domestic helpers and bookshop customers to explore how art is related to everyday life.
In the exhibition the artists present their community exploration using a variety of media. Collecting stories from North Point residents as well as myths, old newspaper clippings and movie plots, Amy Chan and Wong Wing-fung have created "Legacy of Seven Sisters". Weaving romance, sports development, memories of natural disasters, the beauty of women and anecdotes of movie shooting, a multi-layered narrative of North Point is presented in the form of a sound tour, images and installation.
Amy Chan and Wong Wing-fung created "Legacy of Seven Sisters" to present a narrative of North Point through a sound tour, images and installation artwork
In "Castle of the North Kingdom", Brandon Chan has transformed items of daily life such as cushions, furniture, paper boxes and plastic bottles into toys that suggest imaginations of the cityscape. The artwork encourages adults and children to see the city from different angles that may be playful, tactile and multi-layered in reflecting on what our city means to us.
Priscila Chu and Kwong Man-chun collected life stories from domestic helpers who work and hang out in North Point. The collaborative work "Thinking of You", which comprise visual elements and musical composition, seeks to pay tribute to the domestic workers and highlight their passion, hope, and humanity.
"Thinking of You", created by Priscila Chu and Kwong Man-chun, comprises visual elements and musical composition, highlighting the passion, hope, and humanity of domestic helpers in North Point
Fung Hing-keung captured the footprints of cats in North Point on video, allowing visitors to explore the city from the perspective of cats through his work "Serious Cats and Their Approaches to Memory Reproduction".
The name "Hong Kong", which means "Fragrant Harbour", comes from its history as an incense producer and exporter. Maggie Lin and Rachel Yan present "Nose HK", inviting visitors to go on a sensory walk in different places in North Point such as a hotel, a garden, a household, a noodle restaurant and a pier to gain a deeper understanding of the city.
"Sparkle! Let's Art! is the sixth exhibition in the "Sparkle!" exhibition series organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by seven young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with design partner, Karr Yip, the guest curators have drawn up plans for exhibitions that look into the possible merging of art and daily life and its promotion. The exhibitions encourage creativity while making available an open and experimental art creation platform at Oi! for local art practitioners.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point on Hong Kong Island.
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THE RISE OF THE CELESTIAL EMPIRE: CONSOLIDATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE DURING THE HAN DYNASTY (until 5th October 2015)
The Han dynasty, the longest of all unified dynasties in China, was a peak in the development of Chinese culture and the Han empire became one of the world's most prosperous regions. An exhibition of Han relics entitled "The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty" is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 24th June 2015 until 5th October 2015. The exhibition is the most comprehensive of its kind ever held in Hong Kong. Visitors are able to take a close look at more than 160 sets of valuable relics and learn more about the rich culture and history of the Han dynasty, as well as the colourful spirit of the times.
The Han dynasty, as the longest among all unified dynasties in China, had a far-reaching influence in many aspects, including politics, religion, art and literature. The Chinese civilisation also spread to Central Asian countries along the Silk Road. Today, the national "One Belt, One Road" initiative is being pursued to strengthen economic and cultural co-operation among the countries along its route. The exhibition enables visitors to gain a greater understanding of China's cross-border transportation and cultural exchange with other countries 2,000 years ago.
The exhibition is organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History to mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb. Featuring more than 160 sets of invaluable artefacts selected from 40 cultural institutes in the Mainland, the exhibition focuses on the formation of the Han empire and introduces the development of politics, art, society and culture during the Han dynasty under the themes of "The strengthening and expansion of the Han empire", "Everyday life during the Han dynasty" and "The technology, culture and cross-border transportation of the Han dynasty". The exhibition also introduces the development of the Lingnan region, to which Hong Kong belonged, during the Han periods.
Exhibits in the exhibition include several grade 1 relics, including a jade suit sewn with gold thread from Western Han, which is the oldest and best crafted of the unearthed Han jade suits sewn with gold thread. It also has the most jade pieces and the best-quality jade of any Han burial suit. Other grade 1 items include the two stone animals "bixie" (dispeller of evil) and "tianlu" (heavenly emolument), which were auspicious items placed in front of tombs during the Eastern Han period, and the "Imperial Seal of Emperor Wen" (King Wen of Nanyue) with a dragon knob. The seal belonged to Zhao Mo, the second-generation king of the Nanyue Kingdom, and is by far the biggest Western Han golden seal discovered in archaeological excavations. Also on display is the imperial golden "Seal of Madam You" with a turtle knob, which was probably owned by Madam You, a concubine of Zhao Mo; this too is a grade 1 relic.
The jade burial suit from the Mausoleum of Prince Chu at Xuzhou, one of the grade 1 relics in the exhibition, is the oldest and best crafted of the unearthed Han jade suits sewn with gold thread. It also has the most jade pieces and the best-quality jade of any Han burial suit
Hong Kong Museum of History has also produced an interactive multimedia programme to reconstruct a Han palace named the Weiyang Palace, which was seven times the size of the Forbidden City of the Qing dynasty in Beijing. Visitors are able to learn how this huge architectural complex symbolised the scale of the empire and its majestic prowess.
This square golden seal "Imperial Seal of Emperor Wen" (King Wen of Nanyue) with a dragon knob belonged to Zhao Mo, the second-generation king of the Nanyue Kingdom. It is by far the biggest Western Han golden seal discovered in archaeological excavations
The Han dynasty, including the Western and Eastern Han dynasties, lasted more than four centuries. Despite an interruption created by the usurper Wang Mang, there was a high level of political, cultural, educational, military and social continuity between the two Han eras. An effective legal system was also established during the Han dynasty, facilitating efficient implementation of administration decrees across the nation. These in turn facilitated stable socio-economic development and laid important cornerstones for subsequent dynasties. The prolonged political stability of the Han dynasty created a favourable environment for the consolidation and refinement of culture. As a result, many elements of Han culture, including Han written characters, Confucian ethics, beliefs and ideologies, as well as social practices, have become integral parts of traditional Chinese culture, still interwoven in the way Chinese people live today.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Art Exhibitions China, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and Art Exhibitions China. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series and also a highlight programme of Transcend - Hong Kong Muse Fest 2015.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Admission HK$10 (HK$5 for seniors 65 and over). Children under 4 free. Free admission on Wednesdays.
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WESTERN SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS OF THE QING COURT (until 23rd September 2015)
A large-scale exhibition "Western Scientific Instruments of the Qing Court" is running at Hong Kong Science Museum from 26th June 2015 until 23rd September 2015. The exhibition, jointly presented by The Palace Museum, Beijing and the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), presents a combination of science and history to the people of Hong Kong and overseas visitors to the Science Museum. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the 2015 Hong Kong Jockey Club Series.
The Western science and technology items being showcased in the exhibition were given in tribute by Western missionaries and ambassadors visiting China. They are an important legacy and a testimony to scientific and cultural exchanges.
This bicycle was made in England by Birmingham Small Arms Company. It provided fun and entertainment for Emperor Puyi and his empress
China has a rich cultural heritage, and Chinese science and technology contributed significantly to global civilisations in historical times. In the process of science and technological development, China had exchanges with Western countries to varying degrees. During the Qing dynasty, Emperor Kangxi developed a strong interest in different aspects of Western science such as mathematics and natural science. Western missionaries were invited to come to China to share their knowledge. That was a time when more Western scientific apparatus was brought in.
This gilt-silver armillary sphere, engraved with the name of Ferdinand Verbiest, is a small demonstrative apparatus that can show how the sun and moon orbit around the Earth as well as the solar and lunar eclipse
The exhibition showcases about 120 exhibits selected from the Western science and technology collection of the Palace Museum and cover eight main themes: paintings, astronomy, mathematics, measurement, medicine, weapons, articles for daily use, and clocks and watches. Many of these historical relics are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time. Highlight exhibits include a gilt-silver armillary sphere engraved with the name of Ferdinand Verbiest; "All nations coming to the court to present tributes", produced by a court painter under the imperial edict of Emperor Qianlong to show off the power and might of the Qing empire; and a British-made bicycle once used by China's last Emperor Puyi.
Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission HK$25 (HK$12.5 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 free. Free admission on Wednesdays.
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FACTORY HONG KONG (until 13th September 2015)
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Heritage Project, and organised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office, the "Factory Hong Kong" exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from 12th June 2015 until 13th September 2015. The exhibition showcases the industrial development of Hong Kong from the post-war period to the 1980s.
Hong Kong's industrial development boomed after the Second World War. The Chinese Civil War resulted in an influx of immigrants bringing capital, machinery, technology and labour to Hong Kong. Light industries including textiles, garments, plastics, wigs, toys, clocks and watches and electronics grew rapidly. Thanks to the contribution made by entrepreneurs and factory workers alike, Hong Kong products were exported and became well-known around the world. With the northward exodus of the manufacturing sector starting in the late 1970s and Hong Kong's subsequent economic transformation, the golden age of manufacturing has long since passed, but it remains in the collective memory of older Hongkongers.
The exhibition pays tribute to the forerunners of Hong Kong's manufacturing industry - the entrepreneurs and factory workers whose unfaltering commitment contributed to a miraculous economic expansion, while also examining the crucial role that factories played in this process. Exhibits include historical photos, videotaped oral histories and artworks created by students of the Hong Kong Design Institute based on Hong Kong's manufacturing industry. The exhibition allows visitors and especially the younger generation to gain a better understanding of Hong Kong's industrial past.
Students of the Hong Kong Design Institute have created visually arresting works of art which look at Hong Kong's manufacturing industry from a fresh perspective
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located at Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For details of the exhibition, please visit the Antiquities and Monuments Office website;
WALKING IN DREAMS (until 28th September 2015)
An exhibition entitled "Walking in the Dreams" is running at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 3rd June 2015 until 28th September 2015. Featuring works by 11 contemporary artists, the exhibition allows visitors to experience various dreamlike and illusory works created by the artists, enabling them to better examine thoughts and dreams buried deep within themselves.
Some people think dreams are based on past experiences while others believe that dreams are reflections of the subconscious. For artists, dreams are often a source of inspiration and a starting point for creativity. To create the "Walking in the Dreams" exhibition, the Heritage Museum invited 11 local artists to create artworks with dreams as the main theme. Using a variety of media, the artists have tried to explore the nature of dreams and examine the relationship between dreams and life.
Samson Young's installation attempts to re-enact a dream of famous German composer Robert Schumann. It is one person's interpretation of another person's dream using creative imagination, and it also reflects on the relationship between reality, dreams and mental state
The exhibition does not aim to use complicated theories to explain the principles of dreams, nor does it try to interpret dreams for the audience. It aims to invite the audience to explore the relationship between dreams and reality, and to discover the other self that is hidden deep within their hearts through interaction with the artworks.
Dreams are deeply connected with body and soul, conscious and subconscious, imagination and reality. They are places to be discovered and explored, and they help us heal. Featuring artworks in various media such as paintings, ceramic, video, light and sound installation, and mixed media, this exhibition allows visitors to learn more about the dreams buried deep within themselves by exploring 11 dreamy spaces created by contemporary artists. Some will help visitors to recall memories, while others might be projections of hopes for the future, urging visitor to fulfill their dreams.
Leung Mee-ping's video work, "Don't Blame the Moon", is a running interpretation of the dreams of a group of children
The participating artists are Joey Leung, Leung Mee-ping, Kingsley Ng, Ordinary Cavemen, So Yan-kei, Tam Wai-ping, Sara Tse, Wong Chi-yung, Adrian Wong, Kacey Wong and Samson Young.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, a 3-minute walk from Che Kung Temple MTR Station (Ma On Shan Line) exit A.
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).
Admission: HK$10 (HK$5 seniors over 60, children under 4 free). Free admission on Wednesdays.
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THE PRIDE OF LINGNAN: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 110th BIRTHDAY OF CHAO SHAO-AN (until 7th September 2015)
As this year marks the 110th birthday of Professor Chao Shao-an, a master of the Lingnan school of painting, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Guangzhou Museum of Art have jointly organised the exhibition "The Pride of Lingnan: In Commemoration of the 110th Birthday of Chao Shao-an". Featuring more than 130 of Professor Chao's representative works, the exhibition which runs at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 23rd May 2015 until 7th September 2015, offers a comprehensive display of his lifetime of artistic development and his contributions to the world of art.
As a master of Chinese painting in the 20th century, Professor Chao embraced innovation while adhering to tradition. He learned painting from one of the founders of the Lingnan school, Gao Qifeng, and rose to fame in the 1930s. He was renowned for his magnificent landscape paintings as well as his vivid flower and bird paintings. By blending the East and the West, the old and the new, he expounded the doctrine of the Lingnan school in his works and created a strong palette in his own style. In commemoration of Professor Chao's 110th birthday, Hong Kong Heritage Museum is collaborating with the Guangzhou Museum of Art in staging the touring exhibition "The Pride of Lingnan" this year. As works from the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in the United States will also be on display, paintings by Professor Chao are being reunited here in Hong Kong.
Professor Chao Shao-an (1905-1998) was a renowned master of the Lingnan school of painting. Following the tradition of Chinese painting, he aimed to merge art with life in creating a unique artistic style to advocate the "modernisation of Chinese painting" in the Lingnan school. His work has been an important influence not only in Hong Kong, but also by placing the Lingnan school in a significant position in the development of Chinese art.
"Moonlight over the Pond" by Professor Chao Shao-an from the collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Professor Chao had a teaching career of more than 60 years. He founded the Lingnan Art Studio in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, held exhibitions and gave lessons to students in Europe and America. In 1995, he donated his private collection to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and this donation contributed to the establishment of its permanent Chao Shao-an Gallery. He also donated important works to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Guangzhou Museum of Art, showing his support to cultural and museum undertakings.
The exhibition features Professor Chao's works from the 1930's to the 1990's. The exhibits cover the subjects of birds and flowers, landscapes, insects, animals, figures and calligraphy. Highlights include "Tiger", "White Peacock", "Moonlight over the Pond" and the five-panel screen "Plantain Trees" from the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and "Peacock", "Fishermen Gather in River Bank" and "Flower Bridge in Guilin" from the Guangzhou Museum of Art. Other exhibits include sketches and poem manuscripts by the artist, offering a comprehensive display of Professor Chao's artistic style and talent. Interactive programmes will be set up and precious video clips of the artist offering demonstrations will be shown to increase audience interest.
In addition, "Treasures Abroad: Works of Chao Shao-an from the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco" will also be held at the Chao Shao-an Gallery, featuring 12 signature works borrowed from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Exhibits will include the triplet "Buffaloes at Rest", "Red Kapok Blossoms" and "Rooster". Selections of Professor Chao's seals, old photographs and publications will also be displayed.
"Buffaloes at Rest" by Professor Chao Shao-an, on loan from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, a 3-minute walk from Che Kung Temple MTR Station (Ma On Shan Line) exit A.
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.
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FIGHTING AS ONE: REMINDERS OF THE EIGHT YEARS' WAR OF RESISTANCE IN GUANDONG AND HONG KONG (until 4th November 2015)
China emerged victorious from an eight-year war of resistance when Japan surrendered in 1945. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the war of resistance against Japan, a new exhibition entitled "Fighting as One: Reminders of the Eight Years' War of Resistance in Guangdong and Hong Kong" is being staged at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence from 22nd May 2015 until 4th November 2015. The exhibition showcases invaluable artefacts and historical photos relating to this war, allowing members of the public to learn more of how the war progressed and the roles played by Guangdong and Hong Kong in the fight against Japan.
Guangdong and Hong Kong people, as neighbours, were determined to defend and made significant contributions during the eight-year fight against the Japanese invasion, for instance supplying military goods to the front line as well as playing an important role in propaganda against Japan. Visitors to the exhibition can gain a better understanding of how Guangdong and Hong Kong people joined forces in fighting against the enemy and young people will be able to understand the noble sentiments of older generations in defending their homeland, as well as appreciate the hard-won peace.
Buoyed by its victory in the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95, Japan continued its drive to acquire more territory and influence in China. In 1931, the Japanese forces used the Mukden Incident as a pretext to occupy China's three northeastern provinces. When Japan later launched a full-scale invasion of China following the Marco Polo Bridge Incident on 7th July 1937, it triggered a nationwide resistance effort against the aggressors. The Japanese army later seized control of central China, including Shanghai and Wuhan, before expanding into southern China. Guangzhou and Hong Kong fell in succession.
This savings bond was issued by the Kangyo Bank of Japan in December 1942 to mark the first anniversary of the Greater East Asia War
Realising the extent of the threat, people from all walks of life in Guangdong and Hong Kong came together to support the war effort. Residents of the two places not only raised funds and donated medical and food supplies for the resistance campaign against the Japanese invasion, but also actively helped guerrilla forces that attacked Japanese strongholds and rescued the Allied soldiers who had been left stranded by the Japanese advance. Together with the guerrillas, they also gathered important intelligence for the Allies by spying in areas under Japanese control, making a significant contribution to the war effort. By 1945, China had begun to counterattack and eventually turn the tide in the lead-up to victory.
Binoculars used by a guerrilla of the Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Dongjiang Column
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Administration of Culture, Press, Publication, Radio and Television of Guangzhou Municipality, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History. It features more than 60 sets of war artefacts and historical photos, including a map, a declaration, correspondences and propaganda materials, as well as military banknotes and an identity card issued during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
In addition, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence will organise a series of educational activities during the exhibition period. These will include talks, family programmes, game booths, workshops and video screenings.
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WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME - ARTEFACTS OF SUN WAN, DR SUN YAT-SEN'S SECOND DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND, TAI ENSAI (until 26th August 2015)
Dr Sun Yat-sen gave up a secure and stable life for the revolutionary cause. The stories of Dr Sun's family members, who gave unwavering support to his revolutionary career, also deserve to be remembered. The latest exhibition at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, "With the Passage of Time - Artefacts of Sun Wan, Dr Sun Yat-sen's Second Daughter, and her Husband, Tai Ensai", reviews the couple's young years and married lives, showcasing their lives as ordinary people.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau Special Administrative Region Government, the Shenzhen Museum, the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History and the Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen's Mansion, and jointly organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum and the Macau Museum, the exhibition runs from 24th April 2015 to 26th August 2015.
The exhibition of artefacts of Sun Wan and Tai Ensai brings together collections from five museums in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau and has arrived in Hong Kong this year after its Shenzhen and Guangzhou stops in 2013 and 2014 respectively, allowing local visitors to take a close look at the precious artefacts of the first family of the Republican period. The exhibition helps to strengthen the cultural exchanges among the five museums in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, and tells the story of Sun Wan and Tai Ensai through collections of artefacts, historical photos and research. The exhibition is a collaborative effort of the five museums and fully reflects the unique characteristics of each place.
A family portrait of Tai Ensai and Sun Wan taken in Hong Kong in 1923
Sun Wan, the second daughter of Dr Sun Yat-sen and his first wife Lu Muzhen, met her father for the first time when she was 5, owing to Dr Sun's long participation in revolutionary activities. She lived abroad with her mother from a young age, and later pursued her studies in the United States and finally settled down in Macau with her husband, Tai Ensai. Having completed his studies in Columbia University in the United States, Tai returned to China and served in the Guangdong military government. The couple had a very close relationship with Dr Sun and played an important role in Dr Sun's revolutionary career. After Tai Ensai and Sun Wan passed away, their belongings, including highly diverse and priceless artefacts characteristic of their time, went into the collections of various cultural institutions and museums in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.
The marriage certificate of Sun Wan and Tai Ensai
Featuring more than 100 precious artefacts and images from the five aforesaid museums in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, this exhibition is divided into four parts, namely "Young Years", "Career in the Government", "Settling in Macau" and "The Golden Years", to introduce the ordinary lives of Sun Wan and Tai Ensai.
The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except on public holidays).
Admission fees are HK$10, Seniors (60 and over) HK$5, Children under 4 free, Free admission on Wednesdays.
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THE PAST IS CONTINUING (until 28th September 2015)
"The Past is Continuing" exhibition is being held at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 11th April 2015 until 28th September 2015. The exhibition invites its audience to embark on a tour of the past re-invented by 18 contemporary artists, providing them with a new visitor experience. Hong Kong Heritage Museum is committed to preserving and promoting the history, culture and arts of Hong Kong through collections in different forms and aspects, enabling visitors to understand the lifestyles in the past. The exhibition is not only a dialogue between local artists and history, but is also inheriting and passing on our culture.
For the exhibition, 18 contemporary artists have drawn inspiration from historical and cultural artefacts in the Heritage Museum's permanent galleries to create artworks in different media, such as painting, ceramics, product design, fashion design, new media, music, sculpture, photography, installation and mixed media. The artworks embody both traditional and contemporary philosophies, and try to reinterpret tradition in a contemporary context.
Johnson Tsang's "bReAk tHE ruLeS" vitalises the artistic creation of ceramics
These artworks reflect the unique characteristics of local art and will be distributed and displayed in several permanent galleries of the Heritage Museum, including the New Territories Heritage Hall, the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and the corridors at the first and second floors.
The painting "Sunset" by Chow Chun-fai
The exhibition is intended to give visitors the impression having boarded a train that travels through time and space to offer a dialogue with history. On the way, they will see scenes of China over the centuries and the changes of Hong Kong in the past years. They will meet trendy ladies with self-confidence, revolutionaries with relentless effort, and liberal-minded literati with ambition, and they can also admire traditional performances, dedicated craftsmanship and touching stories.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin and is 3 minutes walk from Che Kung Temple MTR Station exit A. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Admission to the museum is HK$10 (HK$5 seniors over 60, children under 4 free). Free admission for all on Wednesdays.
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;