CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 



TREASURES OF TIME (until 10th April 2019) 

A special exhibition "Treasures of Time" is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum from 7th December 2018 until 10th April 2019. The exhibition showcases a number of magnificent clocks and watches from the 18th and 19th centuries to highlight their historical significance and technological achievements.

The exhibition displays about 120 mechanical clocks and watches from the collection of the Palace Museum. Most of the items in the collection were tributes from Europe presented by Western missionaries to the Qing court, while others were manufactured by local craftsmen in the Imperial Workshops of the Qing court and Guangzhou. A workshop setting from the 18th century in Europe is also being recreated with tools and equipment provided by the Science Museum, London, which is part of the Science Museum Group, to show how craftsmen worked in the past.

Alongside the treasures, special features with the latest technology, animations, models and interactive exhibits have been created for visitors to learn about the principles of different time measuring tools, from ancient Chinese instruments and mechanical timepieces to the latest atomic clocks. In addition, the Science Museum has specially created a series of WhatsApp emoji stickers (Android version only) for the exhibition. Members of the public can download the stickers through the signage at the exhibition hall or Google Play free of charge.

 

Exhibition hall of the "Treasures of Time" exhibition

The exhibitions is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum and is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Palace Museum and the Science Museum, London and is solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series.

Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10am – 7pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10am – 9pm, Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve: 10am – 5pm. The museum is closed every Thursday (except on public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Adult admission costs HK$30 including admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall, except on Wednesdays when adult admission is HK$10 and admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall is free. Concessionary rates apply for persons with disabilities, senior citizens age 60 and over and child under 4 years.

For further details see the museum website;

https://hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/se/se.html

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LANDSCAPE MAP OF THE SILK ROAD (until 20th February 2019) 

A special exhibition "Landscape Map of the Silk Road" is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum from 7th December 2018 until 20th February 2019. The exhibition displays the 30-metre-long "Landscape Map of the Silk Road", which is an important historical painting with significant cultural value.

"Landscape Map of the Silk Road” is about 30 metres long and 60 centimetres wide. The map was created as an imperial painting for the Jiajing Emperor in the Ming dynasty. With over 200 cities marked on the map, ranging from the Jiayu Pass in Gansu Province in the east to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in the west, it implies that the Chinese had grasped a clear understanding of the Silk Road as early as the 16th century.

Various interactive exhibits, models and maps of China and Hong Kong drawn in the 16th to 20th centuries are also be featured at the exhibition, enabling visitors to know more about the Chinese and Western perceptions of the geography of China in ancient times, as well as different cartographic techniques and functions of maps.

 

"Landscape Map of the Silk Road"

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum. The exhibition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Palace Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History.

Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10am – 7pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10am – 9pm, Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve: 10am – 5pm. The museum is closed every Thursday (except on public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. To visit the exhibition no additional fee is to the standard admission fees for the Permanent Exhibition Hall.

For further information see the museum website;

https://hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/se/se.html

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2018 TEA WARE BY HONG KONG POTTERS (until 2nd December 2019) 

The "2018 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" exhibition is being held from 5th December 2018 to 2nd December 2019 at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. The exhibition shows the unlimited creativity of local potters, with more than 100 works from this year's tea ware competition on display.

This year's competition received an enthusiastic response, with a record number of 451 entries submitted by 332 potters.

In the Open Category, the first prize was awarded to Chan Cheuk-yan's "Encounter", while the second and the third prizes went to Enders Wong's "Joint Call" and Kwok Ka-fei's "Grand Canyon" respectively. The six winning entries for the prize of excellence were Hui Chun-kit's "Eclipse"; Enders Wong's "Your Charm, Your Way"; Monica Lin's "Gentle Thoughts"; Yung Yuk-ming's "Reverie"; Tung Wing-yin's "Encounter"; and Kwan Sau-man's "Paper Cup".

 

First Prize winner in the Open Category, Chan Cheuk-yan's "Encounter"

In the School Category, the winner of the first prize was Lau Hui-yau's "Tip of Dawn at Sixteen", while the winners of the second and the third prizes were Nicholas Leung's "The Price of Peace" and Leung Ching-tung's "Tea Time" respectively.

The "Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" competition was first held by the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in 1986 with the aim of promoting ceramic art in Hong Kong. This year's competition, the 11th edition, features 101 items of selected tea ware made by 88 local potters.

For more exhibition details, please visit the museum's website at;

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


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 closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Closed every Tuesday (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

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GILDED GLORY: CHAOZHOU WOODCARVING (to 25th February 2019) 

The exhibition "Gilded Glory: Chaozhou Woodcarving" is running at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 8th November 2018 to 25th February 2019. With around 120 exhibits, the exhibition reveals the practical uses and artistic qualities of Chaozhou woodcarving, while also giving the audience a taste of the customs and humanistic spirit of Chaoshan region.

Highlight exhibits include a gilt wooden diamond-shaped food container featuring a pigmented lacquer painting of "Wine from Wang Maosheng"; a small gilt wooden shrine featuring a biwu dingshuai (awarding marshalship through a martial arts contest) motif; a gilt wooden divine sedan chair; painted queti brackets featuring "Tale of the lychee and mirror carved in relief"; a gilt wooden beam cushion featuring crab and plum blossoms in openwork; and a large gilt wooden lobster and crab cage in openwork provided by Mr Gu Liuxi, who inherited the national intangible cultural heritage of Chaozhou woodcarving.

 

A gilt wooden diamond-shaped food container featuring a pigmented lacquer painting of "Wine from Wang Maosheng"

Chaozhou woodcarving is known as "gilt wood", as lacquer and gold foil are often applied to give key parts or the entire work a magnificent gold finish. The ingenious openwork carving techniques, together with meaningful folk motifs and patterns, showcase the traditional lifestyle of the Chaoshan region. The exhibition also illustrates customs and traditions of the Chaoshan community in Hong Kong through various woodcarving works, including the Yu Lan Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community, Chaozhou opera, Chaozhou music, dietary habits, customs and religious rituals.

Chaozhou woodcarving is a traditional Chinese folk handcraft with a long and distinguished history, and was popular across the Chaoshan region. Chaozhou woodcarving, along with Dongyang woodcarving, Huangyang woodcarving and Longyan woodcarving, are known as the "Four Greatest Schools of Woodcarving in China". In 2006, Chaozhou woodcarving was inscribed onto the first national list of intangible cultural heritage.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Guangdong Museum.

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Admission is free.


For further information see;

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

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90 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG (until 25th February 2019)

The "90 Years of Public Service Broadcasting in Hong Kong" exhibition is running from 7th November 2018 to 25th February 2019 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The exhibition showcases special moments in the history of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and the broadcasting industry in Hong Kong over the past 90 years.

To celebrate the milestone of the 90th anniversary of public service broadcasting in Hong Kong in 2018, the "90 Years of Public Service Broadcasting in Hong Kong" exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and RTHK and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and RTHK. Through the presentation of a recording studio, classic scenes from programmes including "Below the Lion Rock" and "City Forum" and displays of RTHK's invaluable photos and audio-visual archival materials, the exhibition showcases the development of Hong Kong's broadcasting industry with RTHK as the focus and lets visitors revisit glorious moments of the industry's history through sound and image.

 

Visitors can listen to various sound effects used in broadcasting

Radio and television broadcasting is closely related to the daily lives of Hong Kong people. The broadcasting industry provides news and entertainment, bears testimony to social events, and promotes history, culture and art. It has developed alongside society and has captured collective memories along the way.

In June 1928, the then Hong Kong Government took over a non-governmental radio broadcasting body, the Hong Kong Radio Society, to commence its broadcasting services. With "GOW" as its call sign, the broadcaster marked the founding of what is known today as RTHK. Since then, RTHK has become the sole public service broadcaster in Hong Kong. As the years passed, technological advances facilitated RTHK's innovation and evolution of programmes. In addition to its long-established radio service, RTHK later launched its TV service followed by the development of its website and mobile apps. News, information and entertainment are provided on various platforms to suit the public's changing lifestyle.

For details of the exhibition see;

https://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid253.html 


Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.

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THE BEIYANG WARLORDS: WAR AND POLITICS (until 23rd January 2019) 


The exhibition "The Beiyang Warlords: War and Politics" runs from 26th October 2018 to 23rd January 2019 at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The exhibition displays about 100 invaluable relics to present the rise and development of the Beiyang warlords, as well as China's political development in the late Qing and early Republican periods.

The Beiyang warlords were among the extremely influential military and political powers in modern Chinese history beginning in 1895 with Yuan Shikai training soldiers in Xiaozhan, Tianjin. Over time, the Beiyang warlords headed by Yuan, powerful enough to influence the politics of the late Qing and early Republican periods, were formed. Following Yuan's death in 1916, the Beiyang warlords split into the Anhui, Zhili and Fengtian cliques. Each clique took turns to rule the north. The Beiyang warlords ceased to exist as a viable political force when the Northern Expedition of the Nationalist Party succeeded in 1928.

The exhibition displays a variety of valuable artefacts from the Tianjin Museum, as well as items from the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and collectors, allowing visitors to know more about this tumultuous period of political instability and conflicts among warlords.

Highlight exhibits include a contract for purchase of weapons from Mitsui & Co and Okura & Co of Japan, a letter from Yuan Shikai to his family, a date conversion table for the first year of Hongxian, an officer's sword decorated with nine lions, a plaque bearing the words "shan yu ren tong" (charity brings happiness to the giver) presented to Tung Wah Hospital by Feng Guozhang, the 1st Order of Golden Grain, and more.

 

An officer's sword decorated with nine lions, which is on display at the exhibition

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Tianjin Museum, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. 10am to 5pm Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except on public holidays). Admission is free. 

For further details see;

https://hk.drsunyatsen.museum/en_US/web/sysm/exhibition/special_exhibition_warlords.html

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SPARKLE! SHOW ART'S HAND: AN INVESTIGATION ON ART LABOUR (until 6th January 2019) 

"Sparkle! Show Art's Hand: An Investigation on Art Labour" exhibition organised by Oi! is the final exhibition of the "Sparkle!" series. The first phase of the exhibition runs from 12th to 28th October 2018, while the second phase will run from 3rd November 2018 to 6th January 2019. The special programme “Mahjong for Art” will be held on 27th (Saturday) from 3pm to 5pm.

In an attempt to reconcile the dichotomies between practice and theory, the exhibition encourages visitors to reflect on the meaning of artistic labour. Is art a labour of love or a game of chance? The exhibition opens the debate with an illustration by Justin Wong, Wilson Shieh’s "2014 Calendar" and Jaye Rhee's video creation "The Perfect Moment". During the first phase of the exhibition, four new fine art graduates, namely Lawrence Cheng, Joanne Law, Livy Leung and Chivas Leung, are invited to present proposals for their solo exhibitions under the guidance of independent curators Ying Kwok and Suzanna Chung. They will then play mahjong to determine who will get to execute his/her exhibition proposal in the second phase of the exhibition. The project curator, Anthony Leung, sees this exhibition as both action-research and an experiment with resource distribution, reflecting the overall process of artistic labour.

 

Artist Jaye Rhee's video creation "The Perfect Moment"

To coincide with the exhibition, Oi!, in partnership with orleanlaiproject, invited Vee Leong and four performers to present their durational work "On A New Day", which explores the contemporary notion of fatigue in relation to labour.

For details of the exhibition, see;

https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/sparkle_show_arts_hand.html 

For the "Sparkle!" exhibition series, eight local artists, namely Movana Chen, Enoch Cheng, Tang Siu-wa, Jeff Leung, Solomon Yu, Yentl Tong, Sara Wong and Anthony Leung, were invited to use Oi! as a platform to plan and stage exhibitions and other events that showcase the artistic qualities of the younger generation. Focusing on the relationship between art and contemporary living, the artists reflect on pressing issues in life and society using various means of artistic expression.

Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. It is open from 10am to 8pm daily (closed from 10am to 2pm on Mondays except Mondays which fall on a public holiday).

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THE ACADEMIC & ART PUBLICATIONS OF PROFESSOR JAO TSUNG-I (until 26th February 2019) 

To commemorate the life and achievements of Professor Jao Tsung-i, the master of Chinese studies, an exhibition "The Academic & Art Publications of Professor Jao Tsung-i" is being held from 3rd October 2018 until 26th February 2019 at the Hong Kong Central Library. The exhibition demonstrates Professor Jao's endeavours to pass on Chinese traditional culture, as well as his research achievements in the academic and art fields.

Professor Jao was very learned in matters of the ancient and modern worlds and strong in both the academic field and fine arts. His significant achievements contributed tremendously to the promotion of Chinese traditional culture. Professor Jao's research, spanning decades, covered areas including history, literature, language and religious studies as well as philosophy, arts and Chinese and Western cultures. He was world-renowned for his outstanding achievements.

Co-organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of the University of Hong Kong, with the support of the Jao Link, the exhibition comprehensively displays Professor Jao's publications on various subjects in academic and art research, as well as calligraphy, manuscripts, offprints and more, along with works on studies of Professor Jao by scholars from Mainland China and Hong Kong.

 

The exhibition comprehensively displays Professor Jao's publications of various subjects in academic and art research, as well as calligraphy, manuscripts, offprints and more

To complement the exhibition, three talks, to be conducted in Cantonese, about Professor Jao's new approaches to painting and calligraphy, life wisdom and theory development will be held at the Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Central Library during October and December. Moreover, four bookmarks featuring Professor Jao's work "Four Screen Lotus" will be distributed for free to members of the public in phases while stocks last during the exhibition and the talks.

Admission to the exhibition and the talks is free.

Hong Kong Central Library is located at 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay.

For further information regarding the exhibition and talks see;

https://www.hkpl.gov.hk/en/extension-activities/event-detail/140515/the-academic-art-publications-of-professor-jao-tsung-i

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THE GREAT WAR AT ITS CENTENARY -  EXHIBITION CANCELLED - HONG KONG MUSEUM OF COASTAL DEFENCE IS CLOSED FROM 17th SEPTEMBER 2018 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR REPAIR OF TYPHOON DAMAGE AND MUSEUM RENOVATION

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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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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"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 20th July 2020*)

*Closure date extended from 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