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.
For further information see the museum's website;
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.
For further details of the exhibition and education activities, see the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence website at;
THE LABYRINTH OF FILM SCRIPTING (until 26th July 2015)
"The Labyrinth of Film Scripting" exhibition runs from 24th April to 26th July 2015 at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA). Organised by the HKFA of the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the exhibition showcases valuable artefacts and manuscripts of numerous famous Hong Kong scriptwriters, together with multimedia installations, interviews with scriptwriters and film footage selections.
The exhibition features works by 24 famous local scriptwriters, namely Joyce Chan, Alfred Cheung, Raymond To, Alex Law, Mabel Cheung, Chan Man-keung, Lam Chiu-wing, Evan Yang, Lin Huan (aka Jin Yong), Doe Ching, Szeto On, Chor Yuen, Lo Yu-kei, Chiu Kang-chien, Barry Wong, Szeto Cheuk-hon, Ho Pik-kin, Ni Kuang, Peter Yung Wai-chuen, Edward Lam, John Woo, Chan Hing-kai, Wong Kar-wai and Yuen Kai-chi. Visitors will gain a better understanding of the screenplays and take a
journey through the labyrinth of film scripting.
As film genres vary, scriptwriters also apply different techniques and plot patterns in creating their scripts. In addition to the general skills of scriptwriting, the exhibition introduces four specific techniques, namely "fabrication of theme and narrative", "scripting on genre films", "construction of dramatic conflicts", and "character, scene and dialogue design". Five local scriptwriters - Joyce Chan, Chan Man-keung, Alfred Cheung, Raymond To and Lam Chiu-wing - will also share their writing experiences, their pain and joy as scriptwriters and their views on Hong Kong's film industry in pre-recorded interviews broadcast at the exhibition.
"The Labyrinth of Film Scripting Exhibition" at Hong Kong Film Archive's Exhibition Hall
Twenty-eight film title manuscripts are on display at the exhibition, including the original manuscript, handwritten dialogue script, scene and location breakdown table of "The Autumn's Tale" (1987); the original manuscript, handwritten scene cards, and character analysis table of "The System" (1979) and more. Visitors can also flip through replicas of the scripts for these two films. The exhibition also provides a rare display of the script for the film "Ye Ye Feng Liu", written by Szeto On, which has never been shown in Hong Kong before. It includes the film's handwritten and printed synopsis, original manuscript and manuscript copy.
Dialogue Script on display at the exhibition
The HKFA will also hold two seminars in collaboration with the Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild during the exhibition period, at which visitors can gain a better understanding of the film scriptwriting profession. Details of the seminars will be announced later.
Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho. The Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 8pm on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Admission to the Exhibition Hall is free.
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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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CHARMING AND EXQUISITE: NANCY CHAN (until 17th July 2015)
Whether playing the valiant heroine Mulan in the movies or appearing as the exotic modern beauty in the pictorials, Nancy Chan has always exuded her unique charm in various roles. The Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) is holding an exhibition "Charming and Exquisite: Nancy Chan" from 2nd April 2015 until 19th July 2015 at 1/F foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition showcases numerous valuable film stills of Chan and magazine artefacts featuring her as the cover girl. Admission is free.
Nancy Chan, originally named Chan Man-keung, was born in Hong Kong and started learning performing techniques from the famous opera virtuoso Yik Kim-cheun in Guangzhou when she was young. In 1938, Chan followed movie mogul Zhang Shankun to start her career in Shanghai, and at the age of 16 she first won fame by playing Mulan in "Mulan Joins the Army" (1939). Chan's portrayal of a loyal and filial Mulan became a patriotic model, motivating many to fight for the country during wartime. Screened for 83 consecutive days in Shanghai, the film made a huge splash and led to the blooming of period movie productions, subtly carrying patriotism forward. Chan continued with the patriotic and heroic persona in her subsequent movies, namely "Fei Zhene Stabs a Tiger" (1939), "Qin Liangyu" (1940) and "Su Wu Herds Sheep" (1940).
Thanks to the great success of "Mulan Joins the Army" in Shanghai, Chan became the barometer of the modern female with her every move. She also outshone other qipao-wearing Shanghai movie starlets at the time with her fluent English, exotic demeanour and athletic charm. "The Angel" (1939) was a movie tailor-made for Chan, and it featured her singing talent with dazzling set design and captured her charm with various close-ups on the face. Chan gained an enormous number of fans coming from different walks of life, which made her the first movie star in China to have her own fan club.
Display from the "Charming and Exquisite: Nancy Chan" exhibition
Chan won the title of "Movie Queen" of China for three consecutive years starting in 1939. She stepped away from the limelight after marrying prominent doctor Tang Yuhan in 1945 and moving back to Hong Kong. She reappeared on the screen at the end of the 1940s to support Zhang Shankun's career in Hong Kong by starring in his movies "The Goddess and the Devil" (1952) and "Her Secret Past" (1952).
Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho and is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10am to 8pm.
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BRING ME HOME - THE STORY OF HONG KONG CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN (until 31st May 2015)
The "Bring Me Home - the Story of Hong Kong Culture, Art & Design" exhibition is running at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 18th April 2015 until 31st May 2015. Featuring local designers' souvenir creations inspired by museum collections and collective memories of Hong Kong people, the exhibition enables visitors to gain a greater insight into museums and their collections.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and features the "Bring Me Home - the Story of Hong Kong Culture, Art & Design" museum souvenir design project series. Guest curator, Stanley Wong (anothermountainman), and six renowned local designers, namely Dr Kan Tai-keung, Alan Chan, Hon Bing-wah, Freeman Lau, Sandy Choi and Benny Au, have been invited to design different museum souvenirs.
Of the seven major museums managed by the LCSD, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum each has its own unique and diverse collections. Inspired by the collections of these three museums, and images which evoke the collective memory of Hong Kong people, the participating designers have designed about 30 proposals for museum souvenirs, each of which has a local flavour. The exhibition will display the blueprints and prototypes of the souvenirs, as well as the posters created by the participating designers, allowing visitors to understand more of the style of designers as well as the museum collections that inspired them.
Seven of the proposals have been adopted for the production of souvenirs which will be available for public sale. Souvenir items will include umbrellas, postcards, wrapping paper, a cup, a bookmark, a tie pin, a lapel pin, ties, handkerchiefs, scarves, cufflinks, vases, coin banks and pillow cases. Visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition and purchase these unique souvenirs to take home and cherish.
Pillow cases designed by Dr Kan Tai-keung, which will be available for sale, are adapted from his Chinese ink painting "Forever"
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, a 3-minute walk from Che Kung Temple MTR Station Exit A. It is open from 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.
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.
THE WONDERS OF BAMBOO: CHINESE BAMBOO CARVING DONATED BY DR IP YEE (from 14th March 2015, closing date not yet announced)
The famous quote by Song dynasty scholar Su Shi, "Rather eat without meat than live without bamboo", reveals the high status in which bamboo was once held among China's literati and high society. Running from 14th March 2015 "The Wonders of Bamboo: Chinese Bamboo Carving Donated by Dr Ip Yee" exhibition showcases over 150 Chinese carved bamboo artefacts from different periods, providing visitors with a comprehensive display of this particular genre of Chinese art.
All exhibits were donated by collector Dr Ip Yee (1921-1984), and they reveal both the development of Chinese bamboo carving and the exquisite craftsmanship of bamboo carvers. The exhibition also commemorates the generosity of Dr Ip Yee, who went to great lengths to promote the art of bamboo carving before bequeathing his collection to the people of Hong Kong.
Highlights include a bamboo toad carved by the renowned bamboo carver Zhu Ying in the Ming dynasty; a brush pot depicting in low relief "Ding Shan shooting a wild goose" carved by the Qing master Wu Zhifan; a monkey on a horse carved in the round from the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty; a wrist-rest engraved with the god of longevity from the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty; a brush-rest in the form of nine chi-dragons carved in the round from the 18th century; and a cricket cage carved with flowers and insects in "liuqing" low relief by the famous 20th century liuqing bamboo carver Xu Subai.
"The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea" carved in the round in the 19th century
Bamboo is characterised by its hollowness, upright appearance and tenacious quality, and was frequently associated with Chinese literati of lofty temperament as well as with dignity and integrity. Partly for these reasons bamboo became symbolic of the gentleman in historical China. From the Tang dynasty onwards, appreciating, praising, painting and carving bamboo became fashionable. During the Ming and Qing periods, simple and elegant bamboo carvings were favoured by the literati as studio accoutrements, making this a prosperous period for bamboo carving. Bamboo carvings exemplified the artistic preferences of literati in terms of motifs, techniques and charms, thus enhancing the art of bamboo carving and exhibiting the aesthetic value of bamboo artefacts as a fine art.
Dr Ip was a passionate advocate of Chinese antiquities, and with his family's assistance he began collecting them during the 1950s. He was one of the founding members of the Min Chiu Society and a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong. His collection reflected a wide range of interests though he had a preference for bamboo carved artefacts. From the 1960s onwards he put great effort into collecting bamboo carvings and was influential in related research and promotion work. After Dr Ip passed away in 1984 his family donated 200 items of Chinese bamboo carvings to the City Museum and Art Gallery (now the Hong Kong Museum of Art), making the Museum of Art the custodian of one of the most comprehensive and representative collections of Chinese bamboo carving.
Hong Kong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is HK$10 and a half-price concession is available to full-time Hong Kong students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
For further information see the Museum of Art website;
THE HONG KONG MUSICIANS SERIES "ODE TO CHINA", LIN SHENG-SHIH (until 30th June 2015)
Lin Sheng-shih (1914-1991) has been described as an "evergreen musician" in the history of Chinese music, and made remarkable achievements in composition, conducting and music education. To pay tribute to this talented musician the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department have organised a thematic exhibition entitled "The Hong Kong Musicians Series: 'Ode to China', Lin Sheng-shih". The exhibition introduces Lin's life and work by showcasing records, musical score sheets and photographs as well as news clippings about him.
Lin was born in Xinhui, Guangdong province and started learning to play the piano at a young age. He later majored in piano at the National Conservatory of Music (now known as Shanghai Conservatory of Music), where he studied music harmony and composition theories. After his graduation in 1935, Lin embarked on a career as a composer, music teacher and conductor. Having won numerous rewards during his lifelong music career, Lin, along with composer Huang Yau-tai and lyricist Wei Han-tseung, was named one of the "Three Veterans of Hong Kong Music".
In his music career of nearly 60 years Lin composed over 300 songs, including his famous works "River of Crimson" and "Home Behind the Clouds". His work was full of admiration for the country and a passion of life. He was also actively involved in music education and taught at various tertiary schools including the National Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (now known as Sun Yat-sen University), Hong Kong Union College (now United College, Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Lingnan College (now Lingnan University). Lin was also a conductor of the South China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of China.
The exhibition, now open, is being held in the Arts Document Reading Room at 10/F, Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay until 30th June 2015. The library is open from 10am until 9pm daily except Wednesdays when opening hours are 1pm until 9pm and public holidays when the library is open from 10am until 7pm. Admission is free.
Some of the items on display at the exhibition at Hong Kong Central Library
SPARKLE! REGARDING LIGHTNESS: ON LIFE'S WAY (until 21st June 2015)
"Sparkle! regarding lightness: On Life's Way" exhibition opened at Oi! at North Point on 13th February 2015 and runs until 21st June 2015. The exhibition features works by several artists dedicated to different creative aspects and aims to explore the unique worlds that the artists inhabit and the trajectories of their lives.
The exhibition is curated by Yeung Yang, Susi Law, Joao Li, So Wai-lam and Wong Chun-hoi and is the result of an in-depth dialogue among the curators and the artists that took place over more than two years. The exhibition suggests three states of going - "Where else to go", "Elsewhere to go" and "Way to go" - as entry points to consider the different forms of life journeys and the introspection of the artists, and to prompt people to pay attention to and appreciate the trivial things in daily life through videos, installations, drawings and mixed media works.
Participating artists include Mak Ying-tung, Sunday Lai, Wong Chun-hoi, Thickest Choi, Swing Lam, Fiona Lee, Joe Chan and "Wong Kit-yi (with Ali Wong)". Some of them are questioning "where else to go" and search for the direction of their artistic path, some naturally wander and consider "elsewhere to go" in order to gain feelings from other places, and some believe that art becomes powerful as long as they keep pursuing it to find a "way to go".
Joe Chan has created a "mirror" formed by hundreds of bowls to reflect living in a densely populated city and how people cannot detach themselves from it, and "Wong Kit-yi (with Ali Wong)" will invite audiences to participate in her uncompleted North Pole expedition project in this exhibition
Joe Chan has created a "mirror" formed by hundreds of bowls to reflect living in a densely populated city and how people cannot detach themselves from it
Mak Ying-tung uses pedestals that support artworks as a metaphor to reflect the situations of artists, Sunday Lai uses video to capture certain situations or street scenes and puts them together without predetermined direction, and Wong Chun-hoi comments on today's media art through a schema of monotonous and repetitive circuits.
Thickest Choi presents an anthology of diagrams of places in Hong Kong by re-imagining those places through the place names and his personal experiences, while Swing Lam constructs a city from his childhood imagination and Fiona Lee reviews her adventure of exploring the materials of light and sound in the past several years.
"Sparkle! regarding lightness: On Life's Way" is the fifth exhibition of the "Sparkle!" exhibition series, which is organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with design partner Karr Yip, the curators have been drawing 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 platform at Oi! for local curators and art practitioners.
Admission is free. Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. For further details of the exhibition see the Oi! website;
SPARKLE! I WANNA EAT YUMMY (until 31st May 2015)
An exhibition entitled "Sparkle! I Wanna Eat Yummy Yummy" is running from 30th January 2015 until 31st May 2015 at Oi!. The exhibition links eating and art to portray "Hong Kong flavours" in innovative ways.
Guest curator Janet Fong has invited six local artists to create works on the theme of food and art. The artworks draw on the diverse personal experiences and artistic backgrounds of their creators, and guide visitors to reflect on the heterogeneity of the "Hong Kong spirit". The six sets of artworks are distinctive, yet all are rich in "Hong Kong flavours".
Choi Yan-chi sets out to create a dialogue with participants on the concept of virtual space and trigger an exchange of thoughts through food sharing. This dialogue is delivered in video and text formats.
Freeman Lau has created a gigantic fortune cookie made from bamboo for visitors to write down their wishes and blessings and hang them from the giant cookie.
Freeman Lau's gigantic fortune cookie
Inspired by a combination of the streetscapes of Kowloon City, the Sung Wong Toi historic relic and tableware, Li Peng uses powdered spices to create artworks that re-examine the complicated relationship between Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Ng Ka-chun has created utensils from the wooden handles of hoes, extending the life of these old farming tools through his craftsmanship and drawing the audience's attention to the close ties between farmland development in Hong Kong and the city's residents.
Samson Young presents a contemporary version of "Coffee Cantata", a secular music composition by JS Bach written in 1732, using installation with video and music.
Samson Young's contemporary version of "Coffee Cantata"
Morgan Wong uses his installation work to express his concerns about longevity and lifespan.
"Sparkle! I Wanna Eat Yummy Yummy" is the fourth exhibition in the "Sparkle!" exhibition series, which is organised by Oi! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The series comprises seven exhibitions, all conceived by young and outstanding local curators. Collaborating with their design partner, Karr Yip, the curators have been drawing 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. For further details see Oi!'s website;
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.
THE FOUR GENTLEMEN: A SELECTION OF FLOWER PAINTINGS FROM THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION (from 5th December 2014, closing date not yet announced)
An exhibition entitled "The Four Gentlemen: A Selection of Flower Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection" runs from 5th December 2014 at the Chinese Fine Art Gallery of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The closing date of the exhibition has not yet been announced. The exhibited paintings are selected from the museum's collection over 70 pieces of works by calligraphers and painters from the Ming dynasty to modern period, and reveal the charm of the so-called "Four Gentlemen".
Plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums and bamboo each have their own characteristics and are traditionally known by the analogy "The Four Gentlemen". They are widely employed by calligraphers and painters as themes in their paintings and poems. The exhibition has five categories, namely "The Four Gentlemen", "Unyielding Loyalty: Plum Blossom", "Ethereal Elegance: Orchid", "Lofty Reclusion: Chrysanthemum" and "Noble Humility: Bamboo", and showcases artworks by famous calligraphers and painters including Xu Wei of the Ming dynasty, Zheng Xie of the Qing dynasty, and Wu Changshuo and Zhang Daqian of the modern period.
"Plum Blossom and Bamboo" (1961) by Zhang Daqian
The analogy of "The Four Gentlemen" originated in the reign of Wanli during the Ming dynasty, when the literati painter Chen Jiru inscribed the phrase in an artist's manual for painting plum blossoms, bamboo, orchids and chrysanthemums. Famous calligraphers, painters and literati such as Tao Yuanming and Su Shi always employed the theme of "The Four Gentlemen" in their paintings and poems so as to glorify and pursue the noble character and sentiments of a gentleman. During Chinese New Year, "The Four Gentlemen" were commonly used in traditional folk culture as a way of sending blessings.
According to the tradition, plum trees in full bloom during a frosty winter symbolise the steadfast and unyielding qualities of a junzi - a gentleman or nobleman. The orchid, growing in serene valleys with its unique aroma symbolises a gracious character in defiance of the mundane. The chrysanthemum, flowering in autumn and withstanding frost speaks of fortitude and integrity, while the upright bamboo reaching to the clouds represents noble humility. Appreciating and acquiring the characteristics of "The Four Gentlemen" could cleanse one's mind and add gracefulness to one's personality.
Hong Kong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is HK$10 and a half-price concession is available to full-time Hong Kong students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
For further information see the Hong Museum of Art website;
ALL ARE GUESTS - HOMECOMING (from 18th October 2014 - closing date not yet announced)
After being well received in Liverpool and Taipei, the artworks from the "All Are Guests" exhibition are now back in Hong Kong and on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
The "All Are Guests - Homecoming" exhibition, which opened on 18th October 2014, features works by artists Leung Mee-ping, Chow Chun-fai and art group CoLAB x SLOW. Through different media, the participating artists examine their own sense of self in relation to the city in the light of the intricate yet subtle host-guest dynamics of the contemporary world.
Leung Mee-ping's video installation "Out of Place" focuses her lens on drifters roaming in different Asian cities and expresses her concerns about marginalised social groups while exploring the identity of urban visitors. In a regional perspective, her work reveals the hefty social price in terms of wider wealth gaps and unemployment resulting from globalisation of trade and extraordinary economic growth. Being an artist based in an international city, Leung produces work that reflects the tension between individuals and collectives in developing cities. Her work addresses social issues and shows the depth of her human concern, which is also expressed in most works by Hong Kong artists.
In "Reproducing 'Hong Kong Our Home Theme Song'", Chow Chun-fai rediscovers the city in which he was born and bred and ponders the meaning of a city's "real" portrait through the process of reconstruction and integration. His work examines and searches for the cultural identity of Hong Kong in a satirical mood, echoing the signs of identity crisis and black humour prevalent in Hong Kong art.
"Reproducing 'Hong Kong Our Home Theme Song'", Chow Chun-fai
"So... Soap!" by CoLAB x SLOW is a cross-disciplinary collaboration project that brings together creative forces in design, music and video-making with community-based non-governmental organisations. Participants intervene in the city and serve the grass roots with social enterprise initiatives. As a social enterprise project and a design product making its way towards an art exhibition, it blurs the subject-object roles in the art world in a thought-provoking way. The project's existence helps challenge established thinking and conceptions in the contemporary art world.
As a social enterprise project and a design product making its way to an art exhibition, "So...Soap!" by CoLAB x SLOW helps challenge established thinking and conceptions in the contemporary art world
The "All Are Guests" exhibition has participated in the Liverpool Biennial 2012 in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong Week 2013 in Taipei. The Hong Kong Museum of Art has brought the artworks back to Hong Kong to share with locals and visitors the artists' creativity and achievements.
Hong Kong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and is open 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.
For further details of the exhibition see the museum's website;
"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;