CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


LEUNG SI-HOI: THE SILHOUETTE ON STAGE AND SILVER SCREEN (until 29th October 2018)

To commemorate the comedy legend Leung Sing-por on the 110th anniversary of his birth, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in association with UA CineHub, is holding the exhibition "Leung Sing-por・The Silhouette on Stage and Silver Screen" from 3rd August to 29th October 2018 at the 1/F Foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition revisits Leung's silver screen career and his signature acting style, which integrated the techniques of Cantonese opera, as a tribute to the master performing artist.

Affectionately known as Uncle Por (1908-1981), Leung was born Leung Si-hoi in a renowned Cantonese opera family in Singapore. In 1939, Ma Si-tsang invited Leung to come to Hong Kong for career development. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, Leung and his family were forced to move to other places including Guangzhou. Leung returned to Hong Kong after the war and, becoming chubby, he made a transition in his operatic role from wenwusheng (civil and military male role) to chousheng (comic male role). It was through the latter that Leung became known as the "King of Chousheng" for his virtuoso status.

Leung was acclaimed for his ability to move deftly between stage and screen, fusing the two art forms into a performance style uniquely his own. In 1941, Leung made his on-screen debut in "Chaos in the Universe", and he starred in over 400 movies afterwards, essaying many memorable characters like Leung Sing-sung who poses as the manager of a tycoon's company with a smoking cigar, the Dunce, Silly Wong and Obese Cantonese. Leung was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1977 Honours List for his artistic contributions, making him the first Hong Kong artist to receive the honour.

 

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station Exit A). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm (closed on Tuesdays except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free.

For further information see;

https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights/highlights52.html

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1 PLUS 1 EQUALS MORE THAN 2: COMEDY DUOS OF HONG KONG CINEMA (until 1st October 2018) 

Many Hong Kong comedians team up on-screen, with the contrasts in their distinctive characters and appearances arousing much amusement. The exhibition "1 Plus 1 Equals More Than 2: Comedy Duos of Hong Kong Cinema", organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held from 27th July to 1st October 2018 at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA. The exhibition features four comic pairings from different eras to showcase the gradual changes in Hong Kong comedies and society as well.

The four highlighted on-screen pairs are Sun Ma Si-tsang and Tang Kei-chen in the 1950s, the "two fools" who would do anything for a buck; the Cantonese-speaking Leung Sing-por and the Mandarin-speaking Liu Enjia in the '60s, the hefty quarrelsome rivals; Michael Hui and Ricky Hui in the '70s and '80s, the mean boss and the bumbling employee; and Stephen Chow and Ng Man-tat in the '90s, the well-known figures of "mo lei tau", the Hong Kong style of nonsensical humour.

Four scene zones simulating real sets in which the four pairs were shot for their popular comedies have been set up in the venue, namely the barber shop operated by the "two fools" in "Two Fools Catch the Murderer" (1959), the tailor store of the two hefty rivals in "The Greatest Civil War on Earth" (1961), the revamped local barbecue roast-duck restaurant in "Chicken and Duck Talk" (1988) and the corner store that is also the headquarters of an ancient form of kung fu in "Love on Delivery" (1994).

 

The exhibition features four comic pairings from different eras to showcase the gradual changes in Hong Kong comedies and society as well

In addition, the exhibition displays two 3D installations which project film clips highlighting the images, singing, pantomime and scripts of the four pairs. A photo-taking zone with cartoon images of the four pairs allows visitors to have fun in the venue.

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho (MTR Sai Wan Ho Station Exit A). The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm (closed on Tuesdays except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free.

For further information see;

https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights/highlights51.html

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DIGITAL DUNHUANG - TALES OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (until 22nd October 2018) 

"Digital Dunhuang - Tales of Heaven and Earth", the main exhibition presented by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum this year, is being staged from 11th July to 22nd October 2018 The exhibition showcases Dunhuang grottoes and cultural relics and features cutting-edge multimedia technology, enabling visitors to view Dunhuang culture and art up close and enjoy tales of the Buddhist heaven as well as the ordinary world. The exhibition contains over 100 exhibits including a replica of cave 285, the most wonderful cave at Mogao, built during the Western Wei period. The cave, being presented in Hong Kong for the first time, has been reproduced at full scale to reveal its murals and stucco statues. There are also virtual caves 45 and 254, and a huge digitised mural depicting Wutai Mountain in cave 61 (Five Dynasties period), together with precious artefacts and archives, interactive multimedia installations and audio-video programmes, to offer visitors an overview of the history and art of Dunhuang.

 

Photo shows a replica of Mogao cave 285, built during the Western Wei period. The murals in the cave are rich in content and are important evidence of the cultural exchange between China and the West

Brand-new multimedia programmes and interactive installations in the exhibition have been produced by using high-fidelity images and results of cave scanning provided by the Dunhuang Academy. Visitors have an opportunity to view Dunhuang art in minute detail and to acquire an in-depth understanding of life in the Buddhist heaven and the ordinary world as portrayed on the murals, so as to savour the tales of heaven and earth depicted in these paintings.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum collaborated with the Dunhuang Academy in 2014 to hold the exhibition "Dunhuang - Untold Tales, Untold Riches", presenting the story of Dunhuang to the people of Hong Kong. The exhibition was at the time the largest of its kind organised by the museum. In 2015, a Letter of Intent on Collaboration was signed between the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Dunhuang Academy to strengthen collaboration and training of professionals between the two parties in various areas including curating, publicity and heritage conservation, resulting in the exhibition "Digital Dunhuang - Tales of Heaven and Earth".

With their vast repository of Buddhist art, the Dunhuang Caves have been acclaimed as an "Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages". As early as the 1990s, the Dunhuang Academy had already collaborated with domestic and foreign scientific research institutions to explore the role of new technologies in preserving historical relics. In recent years, the Academy has even taken the initiative to share the results of the digitisation projects, allowing the public to browse selected caves and murals through the "Digital Dunhuang" website. The Mogao Grottos Digital Exhibition Centre has also been established to give visitors a new visual experience.

To tie in with the exhibition, the museum is launching a series of programmes, including concerts, educational activities, talks, guided tours and outreach drama performances. During the exhibition period, a video show entitled "A Thousand Years of Mogao Caves" will be screened and a mini-display on Dunhuang music culture will be held at the Function Place on the first floor of the museum.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the LCSD and the Dunhuang Academy and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Dunhuang Academy. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series. The exhibition is also supported by Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong).

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 Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday). Admission to the museum is free. Admission to this special exhibition is HK$10 and a concessionary rate of HK$5 applies to seniors age 60 and over, full-time Hong Kong students and persons with disabilities.

For further information see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid252.html

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THE GREAT WAR AT ITS CENTENARY (until 30th January 2019) 

In commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War I, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is holding an exhibition "The Great War at its Centenary" from 15th June 2018 until 30th January 2019. Through the display of news publications, postcards, fund-raising posters, commemorative medals and guns from the war period, the exhibition revisits the Great War that changed the world order, as well as reflects on the cost of war.

An assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 became the immediate cause of World War I. An arms race between the Central Powers and the Allies escalated, close to 65 million soldiers were mobilised, and devastating new weapons were introduced during the War, causing more than 30 million casualties among the warring countries. The exhibition reveals the situation on the battlefield, as well as illustrates the far-reaching impact the War had on modern China and Hong Kong on political, military and social levels.

Highlight exhibits include a postcard sent from a war prisoner in the Hung Hom internment camp to Germany, a postcard showing warships anchored in Victoria Harbour before the outbreak of World War I, a Shanghai pictorial that illustrates the military actions of the Allies during the war, and a .303" British Lee-Enfield rifle used in the War.

 

The exhibition revisits the Great War which through the display of news publications, postcards, fund-raising posters, commemorative medals and guns from the war period

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan. It is open from 10am to 6pm daily (10am to 5pm from October to January), closed on Thursdays (except Thursdays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free. For further information see;

http://hk.coastaldefence.museum/en_US/web/mcd/exhibition/special/wwi.html

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SPARKLE! A GOOD WASTE OF TIME (until 9th September 2018) 

"Sparkle! A Good Waste of Time" exhibition runs at Oi! in North Point from 15th June to 9th September 2018. Under the theme "Fun and play", the exhibition gallery has been converted into a funhouse brimming with fantasy, inviting visitors to interact with artworks and make discoveries during a journey of play.

For the fifth exhibition of the "Sparkle!" series, artist Solomon Yu was invited to be the project curator and six local artists from different disciplines with diverse styles have created artworks on the theme of "Fun and play". The participating artists are Cheuk Wing-nam, Moss Ho, Koko Ko, Lau Ming-hang, Rogerger Ng and Thomas Yuen.

The exhibits on display are a mysterious scene created by Cheuk Wing-nam, an installation by Moss Ho that rediscovers the sensitivity of the body, a sound-producing toy made of water pipes by Koko Ko, a spatial setting transformed from origami by Lau Ming-hang, a machine that tests the ultimate elasticity of plastic gloves invented by Rogerger Ng, and a computer game designed by Thomas Yuen. Visitors are invited to interact with these exhibits and consider the messages about living attitudes that they carry.

 

Under the theme "Fun and play", the exhibition gallery has been converted into a funhouse brimming with fantasy

Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point (Fortress Hill MTR Station Exit A). The exhibition is open from 10am to 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays, 2pm to 8pm Mondays (10am to 8pm on Mondays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free.

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/sparkle_a_good_waste.html

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ABOVE AND BEYOND and SEMPER PARATUS (both until 7th October 2018)

Two special exhibitions entitled "Above and Beyond" and "Semper Paratus - The Government Flying Service" are being held at Hong Kong Science Museum from 15th June to 17th October 2018. The former exhibition enables members of the public to experience the fun of flying on a simulated journey from the ground to the sky or even the edge of space, while the latter will introduce the daily work of the Government Flying Service (GFS) and its important role in emergencies.

It is hoped that these exhibitions will enhance the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) capabilities of students and young people, provide them with an enlightening and inspiring interactive learning experience, and help broaden the horizons of young visitors and motivate them to continue to participate in STEM developments in the future.

The "Above and Beyond" exhibition, which is sponsored by Boeing, offers an unprecedented interactive demonstration of human advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on earth and in space. Visitors can venture into the five main zones of the exhibition to interact with a number of flight-related exhibits. Visitors are also be able to experience a ride to the edge of space in a simulated space elevator, or test their own supersonic fighter-jet design in a virtual high-speed flying competition, as well as experience flying like a bird in a flock using motion-sensing image capture.

 

The interactive exhibit "Spread your Wings"

The "Semper Paratus - The Government Flying Service" exhibition introduces the daily work of the GFS and its important role in emergency services, such as providing search and rescue and emergency air medical services, assisting in firefighting, performing photography for aerial surveys and supporting other government departments. The exhibition includes videos as well as various tangible objects including a fixed-wing training aircraft, scaled-down models of the service fleet, the main rotor blade and turboshaft engine of a helicopter, an air-droppable life raft and a specialised bucket used for aerial firefighting.

 

Acting Senior Pilot (Special Duties) of the Government Flying Service, Miss Emily Wong (right), introducing the contents of the exhibition to the officiating guests at the opening ceremony of the exhibition

The two exhibitions are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, with the Hong Kong Science Museum co-organising them with Boeing and the GFS respectively.

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).

For further information see;

http://hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/index.html

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PROJECTS . OBJECTS . PLAY . TOMMY LI  P.O.P. DESIGN SHOW (until 24th September 2018)

An exhibition entitled "Projects ∙ Objects ∙ Play - Tommy Li P.O.P. Design Show" is being held from 9th June to 24th September 2018 at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, revealing renowned local designer Tommy Li's source of inspiration and key to success.

The exhibition is divided into three zones with different themes, namely "Play", "Objects" and "Projects", presenting Li's perspectives on life, culture, society and design aesthetics. It will also showcase his personal selection of 97 objects that have been most influential in his design career and the cross-disciplinary design works and projects created with his team over the past 30 years, including commercial brand designs, books, periodicals and posters. In the exhibition, visitors will be able to witness Li's journey of more than 35 years in the design industry and his philosophical ideas about the economy, pop culture, art and design. Visitors will also gain a better understanding of how foreign pop culture influenced Hong Kong and its unique culture from the view of Li.

 

Tommy Li’s artwork "The Grandeur Consumerism"

Tommy Li, a renowned Hong Kong graphic designer and brand consultant, has been actively involved in the local design scene and won numerous international and local awards over the years. He graduated from the former Swire School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic in the 1980s and has worked in many culture-related positions since then, such as magazine column writer, disco DJ, and art director for films and a radio station.


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)

For further information see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid251.html

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PHOTO EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THIRTY YEARS OF CHINA'S WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE (until 12th August 2018) 

An exhibition "Photo Exhibition Celebrating Thirty Years of China's World Cultural Heritage" is running from 30th May to 12th August 2018 at Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. The exhibition introduces China's world heritage sites which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List through valuable photos, enabling visitors to learn about the sites' cultural value.

In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The aim of the Convention was to protect cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value. China has been one of the State Parties of the Convention since 1985. China has had 52 items inscribed on the World Heritage List over the past 30 years, starting with the inclusion of its first batch of six heritage sites on the List in 1987, and these have included 36 items of cultural heritage and four items of mixed cultural and natural heritage.

The exhibition showcases these items of cultural heritage and mixed cultural and natural heritage, such as the Great Wall, Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Beijing, Mogao Caves, Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains, Old Town of Lijiang, Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun, Longmen Grottoes, Fujian Tulou, Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and Kulangsu - a Historic International Settlement, featuring heritage sites, architectural clusters, cultural landscapes and historic towns and cities.

 

The exhibition introduces China's world heritage sites which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List through valuable photos

The exhibition, which has free admission, is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Chinese National Committee for the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and organised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. For further details of the exhibition see the exhibition pamphlet;

http://www.amo.gov.hk/form/e-pamphlet_30th.pdf 

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located in Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays and 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, The Centre is closed on Thurdays except Thurdays which fall on a public holiday.

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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.

For further details of the exhibition and opening times, please see;

http://hk.history.museum/en_US/web/mh/exhibition/current.html

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui.

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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.

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/mt-thematic-exhibition.html

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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).

For further details see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/sophie2018/eindex.html

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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.

For further information see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid250.html

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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)

For further information see;

http://www.grs.gov.hk/ws/online/twac/en/index.html

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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"

For further information see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/program01b.html

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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.

For further information regarding the exhibition see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/permanent_exhibitions/permanent_cantonopera.html

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.

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"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.

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