ACROSS THE OCEANS: THE LOCAL CONNECTIONS AND GLOBAL DIMENSIONS OF CHINA'S MARITIME SILK ROAD (until 27th December 2016)
An exhibition entitled "Across the Oceans: the Local Connections and Global Dimensions of China's Maritime Silk Road" is running from 26th October 2016 until 27th December 2016 at the Hong Kong Museum of History. The exhibition will display precious relics from eight major Chinese port cities and explores the vibrant development of China's maritime transport, trade and cultural exchanges throughout different periods.
The Maritime Silk Road was a major trade route between China and foreign countries in ancient times. Not only did it promote trade and exchanges of artworks, religion and technology, it also enhanced the development of the world's civilisations. After the Agreement on Cultural Exchange and Co-operation was signed between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture in 2012, the Hong Kong Museum of History and Ningbo Museum signed a Letter of Intent in 2014. The exhibition is the result of this co-operation.
In the context of the Belt and Road Initiative of the Central Government, and given that China has already begun work on its nomination of the Maritime Silk Road for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage List, the exhibition can help the public review the historic evolution and significance of our cultural heritage.
The exhibition is a joint cultural exchange programme between the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau in 2016, and is supported by the Chinese Culture Friendship Association. By showcasing about 170 sets of cultural relics from eight major Maritime Silk Road cities, namely Ningbo, Penglai, Beihai, Yangzhou, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou and Guangzhou, the exhibition focuses on the roles and functions each had as they grew and prospered on the Maritime Silk Road. It also reflects on the impact and contribution of the Maritime Silk Road to the development of the world's civilisations. The exhibition also displays related artefacts from Hong Kong to introduce the role played by the city in the history of the Maritime Silk Road.
A Yue kiln sitting lion from the Tang dynasty, recovered from the Heyi Road pier site, Ningbo (Collection of Ningbo Museum)
In addition to the precious relics, the exhibition also features a series of interesting educational and interactive programmes which aim to provide visitors with varied viewer experiences and a deeper understanding of the exhibition content.
The exhibition features a series of interesting educational and interactive programmes, which aim to provide visitors with varied viewer experiences and a deeper understanding of the exhibition content
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department; the Ningbo Bureau of Culture, Radio & TV, Press and Publication; and Art Exhibitions China, and is co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Ningbo Museum and the Art Exhibitions China.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Tsa 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). Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve. Admission is free
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FASHION + PAPER, SCISSORS AND ROCK (until 6th February 2017)
An exhibition "Fashion + Paper, Scissors and Rock" is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 24th September 2016 until 6th February 2017. Combining fashion design and craftsmanship, fashion designers and artists have worked collaboratively with traditional craftsmen to reflect the unique culture of Hong Kong in the exhibition. Visitors can experience the passion of Hong Kong designers and the persistence of traditional craftsmen while appreciating the creative exhibits.
For the exhibition, five young fashion designers and artists were invited to take part in cross-disciplinary collaboration with six groups of traditional craftsmen, creating works of fashion which showcase the culture of Hong Kong.
Koyo William Cheung collaborated with gilding master Lai Yui-kwong. The designer incorporated the most important aspect of gilding - the even application of force - into his work "Finding Balance in Life" to express the traditional Chinese philosophy of yin and yang and tai chi.
Inspired by copperware making masters Luk Shu-choi and Luk Keung-choi, as well as Cantonese opera headgear making teacher Chow Yin-wen, Meiyi Cheung created her work "Lost in Possession" without technology, machines or electronics to reflect the creativity of humans.
Tricia Flanagan worked collaboratively with rattan weaving factory owner Chan Chor-kiu. She created a signature sound for each costume in her series "Cricket Songs" by harnessing the resonance of different materials used for cricket cages and amplifying the vibration of the digital bugs inside.
"Cricket Songs" by artist Tricia Flanagan in collaboration with rattan weaving factory owner Chan Chor-kiu
Evoking a journey along the Silk Road, Kenny Li created "The Six Hues of Guanyin" with paper-crafting master Kenneth Mo. The designer used different techniques such as folding, printing and paper crafting to provide a new interpretation of Guanyin's costumes.
Working with Guangcai porcelain painting factory owner Joseph Tso, Singchin Lo started his work "Pass and Present" from a dining table. Guangcai patterns have been applied to fashion design and household items so that Guangcai techniques and culture can remain present in daily lives.
"Pass and Present" by designer Singchin Lo in collaboration with Guangcai porcelain painting factory owner Joseph Tso
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin , a 3-minute walk from MTR Che Kung Temple Station. It is open from 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 is free.
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LISTEN TO HONG KONG (to 30th October 2016)
An exhibition "Listen to Hong Kong" is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from 4th September to 30th October 2016, looking at how sound as an artistic language connects everyday experiences with creative expression.
The exhibition contributes to visitors' understanding of sound art and its multifaceted possibilities and also inspires them to question the practice of listening, voicing and using sound. Three participating artists have developed their work on sonic memories of Hong Kong to share their everyday experiences.
Inspired by colloquial dialogues of Hong Kong movies, Cédric Maridet has built an installation of voices to study people's ability to speak the truth. Ellen Pau started with a study on the DNA sequence of the city flower, the Bauhinia blakeana, and has offered an interesting experiment of sound. Samson Young's work is based on a two-year project of sound collecting at the boundary between Hong Kong and the Mainland before transcribing the compositions into graphical notations to challenge people's perception about hearing.
The artwork “Emergence (A Work in Progress)” by Ellen Pau. She started with a study on the DNA sequence of the city flower, the Bauhinia blakeana, and has offered an interesting experiment of sound
Organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and with the art group soundpocket as the Education Programmes Partner, the exhibition offers free art workshops to enrich visitors' listening and sonic experience, as well as the appreciation of sound art.
Hong Kong Discovery Centre is located in Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is free
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FROM SON OF HEAVEN TO COMMONER: PUYI, THE LAST EMPEROR OF CHINA (until 13th February 2017)
To mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of the last emperor of China, Puyi, and the 105th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, a new exhibition entitled "From Son of Heaven to Commoner: Puyi, the Last Emperor of China" is being staged at Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence from 26th August 2016 until 13th February 2017. The exhibition will showcase invaluable artefacts, historical photos and videos relating to the last emperor of China, allowing members of the public to learn more of the history of modern China.
The early 20th century saw the end of China's imperial period, which had spanned more than 2,000 years, and the establishment of the Republic of China. Puyi experienced a very unusual life, from being an emperor to becoming a commoner. Puyi was crowned and deposed three times during his life, and lived through several critical periods of history including the late Qing dynasty and early Republican China, the Warlord Period, the period of the puppet Manchu government, the War of Resistance Against Japan, the Pacific War and the founding of New China. The exhibition is very meaningful as the public can follow the life of Puyi and gain more insight into the history of modern China.
According to Qing rituals, the emperor had to wear ceremonial court dress at his coronation ceremony. The exhibition is displaying a replica of the dragon robe worn by Puyi when he ascended to the throne at about 3 years old. (Collection of the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State.)
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Jilin Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State. It features more than 70 sets of exhibits, including an imported gramophone and a camera from Puyi's sojourn in Tianjin, commemorative medals, official memorials to the throne and the order of appointment from the Manchukuo period as well as Puyi's personal diary and smoking utensils from his time as a commoner in contemporary China. This exhibition showcases the ups and downs of Puyi and also the social changes and upheaval that China underwent in this period.
A camera used by Puyi is displayed at the exhibition. When Puyi was still living in the Forbidden City, he developed an interest in a Western lifestyle and modern gadgets under the influence of his English teacher, Reginald Fleming Johnston. (Collection of the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State.)
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan It is open from 10am to 5pm during October to February and 10am to 6pm during March to September. The museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Admission is free.
The museum is about 15 minutes walk from Shau Kei Wan MTR Station (Exit B2) and Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus and the route is marked by the tourist direction signs.
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ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY (until 2nd November 2016)
From 1st July until 2nd November 2016 the Special Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum will be transformed into a colourful spectacle of oddities of the natural world, introducing animal habits that are both interesting and unusual. Many of these peculiarities will be demonstrated through robotic animal models and games. The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is fascinating as well as educational. It is based on the children's book of the same title, which examines some of the animal kingdom's unpleasant characteristics and habits. Through the introduction of strange animal features such as slimy skin and a ruminant's digestive system, and habits like blood-sucking and dung-eating, it presents the fascinating but gross world of animals. These habits and phenomena, though strange and perhaps unpleasant to humans, give us clues about how animals fight for survival.
At the exhibition, creatures which can be found include flies, manure-loving dung beetles, bloodsucking mosquitos and leeches, slimy sea cucumbers and snails and more. The exhibition will demonstrate scientific facts about these intriguing animals and enable visitors to learn how they play an important role in nature.
The exhibition includes 16 interactive exhibits including "Party Pooper", which looks at strange animal eating tastes, such as animal poop; "Transfusion Confusion", which looks at the different blood colours in animals; "Chew Chew Express", which shows how cows use their four stomach chambers to digest food more effectively; "Undersea Adventure", which invites you to enter a submarine to explore some amazing marine creatures; "Slippery Slimy", which shows us how animals rely on special slimy skin for defence; and "Dung Ball Rally" which demonstrates the hard work involved in dung collecting by dung beetles.
Among the exhibits is "Chew Chew Express", which shows how cows use their four stomach chambers to digest food more effectively
To enhance children's enjoyment of the exhibition, the special activities "Animal Party Go Go Go!" and "Amazing Animal Fun Tour" will be held at the museum on 1st, 2nd and 9th July, at which young participants will be able to pretend to be insects or animals for interactive theatre, or follow party leaders to play, listen to animal stories and explore the animal kingdom together. The activities will be conducted in Cantonese.
Visitors can cast their vote for the "King of Slime"
The "Animal Grossology" exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, and created and produced by Advanced Animations LLC. Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission fee HK$25 (HK$12.5 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays.
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UNDER THE SAME ROOF: RESETTLEMENT IN THE 1950s OF HONG KONG (from 16th December 2015 until further notice)
Presented by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS), the exhibition "Under the Same Roof: Resettlement in the 1950s of Hong Kong" runs from 16th December 2015 until further notice at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, taking visitors on a tour of the era of squatters and resettlement in the 1950s.
The PRO is the government body 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 the Housing Department and its forerunner the Resettlement Department.
Among the Resettlement Department's archival records in the PRO are reports that document the progress of resettlement in the 1950s. These historical records enable the public to understand Hong Kong's developments in regard to resettlement during that period.
The exhibition presents the history of Hong Kong's progress from a place scattered with squatter huts to the building of resettlement blocks by showcasing about 60 exhibits and images. Highlight images depict scenes including squatter huts built in caves and on trees; some of the earliest resettlement estates in Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk, Lok Fu and Wong Tai Sin; and the past and present contrasts of Shek Kip Mei, Lei Cheng Uk and Central, where squatter huts or resettlement estates were once built.
Photo of Shek Kip Mei in 1958
Other exhibits include a document analysing the cause and a map on the coverage of the squatter fire at Shek Kip Mei, statistical data on the squatter population, a plan showing the location of resettlement estates and cottage areas and three-dimensional and floor plans of resettlement blocks. The exhibition also shows the steps of how a family moved from a squatter hut to a unit in a resettlement estate and the basic facilities provided in a resettlement estate graphically.
A squatter area in 1955
To complement the exhibition, the GRS has also specially developed a new Reference Resource Page entitled "Under the Same Roof" with an interactive guide to help users understand life in squatter areas. In the "What Records Tell Us?" section, the squatter areas are introduced and explained. Through this simple and quick introduction, users are able to better understand the life of squatter residents. The "Image Gallery" section includes more than 140 historical images of the squatter areas and resettlement estates in different regions of Hong Kong, and most of the pictures are being displayed for the first time. The "Online Catalogues and Reference List" section sets out the relevant historical records of the PRO. The Reference Resource Page can be easily accessed via the GRS website;
The exhibition is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays), from 9am to 5-45pm. Admission is free.
The PRO is located on 1/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (five-year exhibition, runs from 20th July 2013 until 2018)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and will run for five years at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition
Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.
Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).
Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.
In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.
Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.
Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition
The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.
To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee).
In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.
The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.
To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.
To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.
During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.
Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:
* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)
* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)
Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.
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EXHIBITIONS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Hong Kong International Airport holds a number of concurrent small exhibitions which departing passengers can visit. For details of current exhibitions at the airport see;