CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


 

BRAVING UNTOLD DANGERS: WAR CORRESPONDENTS (until 31st January 2018)

From 30th June 2017 until 31st January 2018 Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is holding an exhibition "Braving Untold Dangers: War Correspondents", with about 30 sets of exhibits including equipment used by local and foreign war correspondents and valuable news reports, images and footage. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to gain a better understanding of the dangers war correspondents face working on battlefield front lines, as well as the devastation that war brings to communities and nations.

The exhibition outlines the emergence of war correspondents and their coverage of various wars including the Crimean War, the First Sino-Japanese War, the two World Wars and the Vietnam War. It also shows how local journalists covered hostilities in various regions, enabling visitors to learn more about the efforts of devoted war correspondents, to better understand the cruelty and brutality of war, and to reflect on how precious peace is.

Highlight exhibits include a Leica I camera which was used by journalists during World War II; a protective suit and mask worn by a Hong Kong reporter during the Iraq War in 2003, and helmets and bulletproof vests worn by journalists in war zones. Valuable photos including “The Terror of War”, a series of out-of-focus pictures taken among soldiers, are also on display.

 

Panel antenna, satellite phone and video-capturing device used by journalists in war zones are included among the exhibits

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 until 30th September (closed on Thursdays except on public holidays). From 1st October it is open from 10am to 5pm (closed on Thurdays except on public holidays. Admission is free.

For further details of the exhibition see;

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

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INHERITANCE: CERAMIC ART OF CHASHAN KILN EXHIBITION (until 3rd September 2017)

The "Inheritance: Ceramic Art of Chashan Kiln Exhibition" runs from 30th June 2017 until 3rd September 2017 at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. The exhibition displays more than 100 pieces of ceramic artwork made at Chashan Kiln, enabling visitors to appreciate the commitment and efforts of the master and his apprentices in preserving the traditional craft of ceramic making.

The art of making ceramics has a long history in China. Owing to the gradual decline of ceramic craftsmanship in contemporary society, Chi Lin Nunnery established Chashan Kiln, a ceramics workshop in Dongguan, Guangdong, to preserve this fine tradition and pass on the art and craft of ceramic making to the next generation by offering apprenticeships.

The exhibition features more than 100 ceramic artworks from Chashan Kiln which showcase traditional handicrafts as well as more innovative work, such as the skills of engraving and incision, the "skip-cut" technique, making leaf patterns and golden beads in the glaze, and more. Highlight exhibits include the temmoku glazed small cup with golden beads ("Come and Go"), ash glazed marbleware spherical jar ("Clouds after Rain"), a plum green glazed jar with lid ("Green Plum"), an ash-glazed plate with brushed lotus and skip-cut patterns ("Shower of Flowers") and a running marbleware plate with skip-cut pattern ("Interesting Clouds in the Sky").

 

Plum green glazed jar with lid named "Green Plum".

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Chi Lin Nunnery, and organised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located inside Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open on Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 7pm. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is free.

For further details see;

http://www.amo.gov.hk/en/whatsnew_20170629.php

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THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SERIES: LONGEVITY AND VIRTUES: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS OF THE QING EMPERORS AND EMPRESS DOWAGERS (until 9th October 2017)

The exhibition "Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers" runs at Hong Kong Museum of History from 2nd July to 9th October 2017.

The Qing court attached great importance to the emperor's birthday celebrations since it was believed that the emperor's longevity was a testimony of his great virtue and effective rule over the nation. The Emperor's Birthday, New Year Day and Winter Solstice were the three most important festivals in the Qing palace. The grand celebration of Emperor Kangxi's sixtieth birthday set the precedent for the birthdays of the later emperors to be magnificently celebrated. Since then, the birthdays of Emperor Qianlong's mother Empress Dowager Chongqing, Emperor Qianlong, Emperor Jiaqing and Empress Dowager Cixi were also grandly celebrated.

To celebrate the birthdays of the Qing emperors and empress dowagers, all princes and their children, peers, ministers and foreign envoys would present birthday gifts or tributes. The imperial route stretching tens of miles between the imperial garden in the western suburbs and the Forbidden City would be resplendently decorated with lanterns and other festive decors, and punctuated with ornamental awnings. Many temporary operatic stages would be erected in the capital to perform a repertoire of congratulatory operas. Male and female elders throughout the nation would be awarded with bestowals. All these were launched to allow the whole nation to share the festivities of the occasion.

The exhibition is a highlight of the programmes launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 210 sets of precious exhibits associated with the grand birthday celebrations of Emperor Kangxi, Emperor Qianlong, Empress Dowager Chongqing (mother of Qianlong), Emperor Jiaqing and Empress Dowager Cixi, from the collection of The Palace Museum in Beijing will be displayed. The exhibits will showcase the ritual system related to the birthday celebrations of the Qing emperors and empress dowagers, and the rich culture of ancient Chinese birthday celebration will also be revealed.

 

One of the selected exhibits, "Ladies' Padded Bright Yellow 'Zhuanghua' Brocade Satin Robe with Bats, Clouds and 'Longevity' Roundels". (© The Palace Museum)

Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays and on Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays).

Admission to this special exhibition* is HK$20 for adults or HK$10 for concessions (seniors age 60 or over, persons with disabilities and full-time Hong Kong students). Admission is free for Museum Pass holders,

A combined ticket for both this exhibition and "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum - Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors" at Hong Kong Heritage Museum is available for HK$30 adults and HK$15 concessions.

* admission to the permanent exhibitions of the museum is free

One hour public guided tours are available from Wednesday 5th July onwards. 

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Palace Museum, jointly organised by Hong Kong Museum of History and The Palace Museum and solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

For further details of the exhibition and guided tours see;

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

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THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SERIES: HALL OF MENTAL CULTIVATION OF THE PALACE MUSEUM - IMPERIAL RESIDENCE OF EIGHT EMPERORS (until 15th October 2017)

The exhibition "Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum - Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors" runs at Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 29th June 2017 until 15th October 2017.

Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian) was the living place of the Qing emperors and the political centre of the Qing dynasty. It is one of the mostly visited places in The Palace Museum, and it houses the most well-known and invaluable artefacts relating to the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, etc.

As the Hall is closed for large-scale renovation, artefacts previously housed in the Hall will be selected for touring exhibition. The exhibition features over 200 representative exhibits of the Hall to show its political, historical and cultural importance in the history of the Qing dynasty.

 
One of the highlight exhibits, a "zitan" hanging panel depicting gilded cranes in a bamboo grove. (© The Palace Museum)

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.

Admission to this special exhibition* is HK$20 for adults or HK$10 for concessions (seniors age 60 or over, persons with disabilities and full-time Hong Kong students). Admission is free for Museum Pass holders.

A combined ticket for both this exhibition and "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers " at the Hong Kong Museum of History is available for HK$30 adults and HK$15 concessions.

* admission to the permanent exhibitions of the museum is free

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Palace Museum, jointly organised by Hong Kong Museum of Art and The Palace Museum and solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

For further details of the exhibition see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid245.html

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HONG KONG ∞ IMPRESSION (until 30th November 2017) 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, an exhibition entitled "Hong Kong ∞ Impression", jointly presented by the Development Bureau and the Planning Department, is running from 20th June until 30th November 2017 at the City Gallery and the adjoining Edinburgh Place, Central.

The exhibition takes inspiration from different artistic movements to interactively showcase how city planning and infrastructure development have shaped Hong Kong as Asia's world city. The exhibition comprises four thematic zones of Hong Kong - Liveable, Visionary, Cultural and Playful - that together present the infinite future possibilities for the city, and which also form the theme of the show.

"Liveable Hong Kong" takes inspiration from the Impressionist movement to showcase Hong Kong's on-going transformation across six different aspects of liveability: housing, places for the community, green and blue spaces, managing water resources, keeping the city moving and connecting with the world.

"Visionary Hong Kong" uses a postmodernist approach and five interactive models to detail the projects that will keep Hong Kong moving forward as Asia's world city.

"Cultural Hong Kong" aims to show the future of arts development through the lens of the West Kowloon Cultural District, where people will be able to visit world-class venues and enjoy a wide array of classic and contemporary visual and performing arts.

 

The "Cultural Hong Kong" zone aims to show the future of arts development through the lens of the West Kowloon Cultural District

"Playful Hong Kong" at Edinburgh Place enables young artists and members of the community to express their impressions of the city through digital art, mosaic and play. The centrepiece is a "∞" shaped Möbius strip structure, a "never-ending" surface echoing the city's infinite possibilities.

To tie in with the exhibition, a family fun day and a series of workshops will be held throughout the exhibition period.

City Gallery is located at the City Hall Annexe, Edinburgh Place, Central. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except Tuesdays which fall on a public holiday). Admission is free.

For more information about the exhibition and activities, see the City Gallery website;

http://www.citygallery.gov.hk/en/index.html

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SPARKLE! TEMPERATURE OF COMMUNICATION (until 10th September 2017) 

The "Sparkle!" exhibition series has been unveiled at Oi! in North Point. "Sparkle! Temperature of Communication".

The first exhibition of the series organised by Oi!, runs from 16th June to 10th September 2017 and explores how new digital communication methods influence people's thinking and feeling, identity formation and building and maintaining interpersonal relationships.

Curated by Movana Chen, the "Sparkle! Temperature of Communication" exhibition showcases artworks by local artists Hung Keung and Sara Tse, Australian artist Tunni Kraus and Toronto and Tokyo-based artist Daisuke Takeya.

Hung Keung's artwork "Only Observation Market Observation: Envelope Observation: Audience Observation" questions whether a digitalised lifestyle can shorten the distance between people. The artist invites visitors to interact with him through letters and action, creating a new medium to communicate and collect emotions.

Sara Tse used ceramics and handwritten letters to create the artwork "Porcelain Letters", enabling visitors to feel the warmth of receiving letters and understand the writers' uniqueness and feelings from their handwriting.

Through collecting and reassembling mobile phone components, Tunni Kraus in his artwork "A long distance relationship" explores how mobile technologies and personal communication devices heighten users' tensions and anxiety.

Daisuke Takeya's artwork "Field Trip Project Asia / Hong Kong" is an exhibition centring on recent natural disasters in Asia in which he injected creativity into a batch of relief supplies comprising Japanese elementary school backpacks.

 

Toronto and Tokyo-based artist Daisuke Takeya's artwork "Field Trip Project Asia / Hong Kong".


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, have been invited to use Oi! as a platform to plan and stage exhibitions and other events that will show the art sense of the young generation. Focusing on the relationship between art and contemporary life, the artists reflect on pressing issues in life and society through various means of artistic expression. Eight projects of the series will be presented at Oi! during the year 2017-18.

 

Officiating guests at the launch of the Sparkle! exhibition series including (from left) : Museum Expert Advisor, Mr Fung Ho-yin; the Curator (Community Art) of the Art Promotion Office, Ms Ivy Lin; Australian artist Tunni Kraus; Toronto and Tokyo-based artist Daisuke Takeya; project curator Movana Chen; local artist Sara Tse; local artist Hung Keung; the Head of the Art Promotion Office, Dr Lesley Lau.

Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point and is a converted grade II historic building, originally headquarters of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. It is open from 10am to 8pm from Tuesdays to Sundays and on public holidays, and from 2pm to 8pm on Mondays. Admission is free.

For further information see;

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

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ETERNAL LIFE - EXPLORING ANCIENT EGYPT (until 18th October 2017)

A major exhibition entitled "Eternal Life - Exploring Ancient Egypt" is running at Hong Kong Science Museum from 2nd June to 18th October 2017. The exhibition not only showcases a number of mummies and objects from the collection of the British Museum, but also uses the latest computerised technology to explore the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

The exhibition crosses the boundaries between art, history, culture and science. Visitors can not only appreciate the rich culture of the Egyptian civilisation, but also recognise the pivotal role played by science and technology in the journey of discovery and innovation. It is hoped that the exhibition and its fun activities and programmes will encourage youngsters to be inquisitive and inspire their interest in the learning of science, technology and history.

The exhibition is generously supported by the British Museum and the British Consulate-General and as "Asia's World City" and a place where East meets West, Hong Kong aspires to forge closer partnerships with world-class cultural institutions with further collaborations in the coming years.

The exhibition features six Egyptian mummies between 1,800 and 3,000 years old and around 200 invaluable objects. It also demonstrates how archaeologists and other experts use the latest computerised tomography scanning technology to determine the age and gender of mummified bodies, and learn about their former dietary habits and state of health, the mummification process and religious practices without disturbing the cover of the mummies. It allows the public to gain an in-depth understanding of the daily lives and funerary practices of the ancient Egyptians.

 

The mummy and inner coffin of Nestawedjat (about 700 to 680 BC, collection of the British Museum). The panel behind the mummy shows the computerised tomography scanning images of the mummy

 

The inscribed bandage of Hor (about 332 to 250 BC, collection of the British Museum)

In order to further enhance visitors' experiences, the Hong Kong Science Museum has designed and developed a multimedia programme and a series of interactive exhibits using the latest technologies, such as 3D projection mapping, virtual reality and holograms, to examine the myths behind the statues and symbols and comprehensively illustrate the technological development of ancient Egypt.

The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the British Museum. Solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, it is 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, Kowloon. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission, except on Wednesdays, to the exhibition (including admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall) is HK$30. Concessionary admission of HK$15 applies for seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities and HK$5 for full-time Hong Kong students. Free admission for child under 4 accompanied by an adult. On Wednesdays admission to the exhibition (including free admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall is HK$10 with concessionary admission of HK$5 for seniors, persons with disabilities and full-time Hong Kong students. Box Office closes one hour before museum closing time.

For further information see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/el2017/eindex.html

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SPLENDOURS OF DUNHUANG: JAO TSUNG-I'S SELECTED ACADEMIC AND ART WORKS INSPIRED BY DUNHUANG CULTURE (until 18th September 2017)

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is holding an exhibition "Splendours of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i's Selected Academic and Art Works Inspired by Dunhuang Culture" from 24th May to 18th September 2017. The exhibition will display the great master of Chinese studies Professor Jao Tsung-i's publications and artworks inspired by the scrolls, murals and artefacts discovered in Dunhuang, enabling visitors to learn about his scholarly and artistic achievements, and to appreciate how he reveals the unique charm of Dunhuang culture.

In addition to being an erudite and respectful scholar in both research and fine arts, Professor Jao also has made great achievements in Dunhuang studies. He has studied Dunhuang's archaeological finds unearthed since the 1950s. He also went to Paris and London to look into ancient Dunhuang paintings and manuscripts, and published books on Dunhuang studies. He has made significant contributions to the promotion of research and cultural conservation on Dunhuang.

 

The exhibition will feature 115 sets of Professor Jao's publications and artworks inspired by Dunhuang's ancient manuscripts and relics. Highlight exhibits include "Five-character Couplet in Dunhuang Sutra Scroll Style", "Self Poem in Cursive Script" and the paintings "Flying Apsaras", "Holding the Lotus", "Avalokitesvara under the Tree", "Scenery of Dunhuang" and "Phoenix".

 

The painting "Flying Apsaras"

The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the University of Hong Kong, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of the University of Hong Kong. The Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Fan Club, the Jao Studies Foundation, the Jao Link, the Jao Tsung-I Academy and the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology of the Hong Kong Baptist University are the supporting organisations.

For further information see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid244.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). Admission is free. The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.

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INVENTING LE LOUVRE: FROM PALACE TO MUSEUM OVER 800 YEARS (until 24th July 2017)

"Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years", the main exhibition presented by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum this year, is running from 26th April to 24th July 2017. The exhibition illustrates the diversity and richness of the collections at the world-renowned Louvre Museum in France, enabling visitors to appreciate art treasures from different periods and to explore the rich history of the Louvre.

2017 is a special year because it marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the 25th edition of Le French May in Hong Kong. Under the theme “Together . Progress . Opportunity”, the Government of the HKSAR is organising a wide range of celebration events including blockbuster exhibitions on art, history and science, as well as cityscape enhancement projects. The 'Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years' exhibition is one of the celebration highlights.

On display in the exhibition is a fine selection of paintings, drawings, artworks and crafts as well as sculptures from the Louvre collections. Among them are treasures from the royal collections of the kings of France and artwork from donors over the centuries. They are diverse in theme, subject matter, artistic style and characteristics of different periods. This exhibition not only offers art connoisseurs the opportunity to have a closer view of some of the most famous works of art and artefacts in the world, but also provides the community of Hong Kong with an inspirational journey through the history of a major museum and its affinity with world civilisations.

 

"Christ Healing the Sick" by Rembrandt van Rijn (Circa 1649, Edmond de Rothschild Collection, Department of Prints and Drawings, Louvre Museum).

From its origins as a thick-walled fortress that became a royal palace, the Louvre has been transformed into an internationally renowned museum over the past 800 years. The exhibition covers more than 130 masterworks from all the Louvre's departments including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and other items, to portray the history and development of the Louvre.

The exhibition's education zone will be transformed to represent the treasure room of the first Director of the Louvre, Mr Vivant Denon. Visitors will be able to see a wide range of exhibits and can learn of their wonderful stories through interactive programmes and screenings.

The museum will also launch a series of educational activities, introducing audiences to the milestones of the Louvre and its collections in an interesting and innovative way. The programme series will include dramatised and guided tours, talks and workshops.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Le French May, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Louvre Museum, with major support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and major sponsorship from BNP Paribas. The exhibition is also supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.

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). Admission is free. The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.

For further information see;

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid246.html

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THE STARS, THE SILVER SCREEN AND THE PERIOD WARDROBE (until 13th August 2017) 

Meticulously designed and fabricated costumes play a vital part in boosting the authenticity of period movies and enhance the atmosphere of the stories. The exhibition "The Stars, the Silver Screen and the Period Wardrobe", organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held from 21st April to 13th August at the Exhibition Hall and 1/F Foyer of the HKFA. The exhibition showcases 18 sets of period costumes to take visitors back in time.

The costumes on display have appeared in movies produced from the 1950’s to the 2000’s. With a variety of distinctive styles, the costumes have complemented scenes of an imperial banquet, the murky deep of the martial realm, a haunting labyrinth of the netherworld and more. On display are costumes worn by renowned film stars including Linda Lin Dai in "The Kingdom and the Beauty" (1959), Betty Loh Ti in "The Enchanting Shadow" (1960), Sylvia Chang in "The Dream of the Red Chamber" (1977), Anita Mui and Stephen Chow in "Justice, My Foot!" (1992), Brigitte Lin in "The Bride with White Hair" (1993), Jet Li and Tony Leung in “Hero" (2002), Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro in "House of Flying Daggers" (2004), Charlene Choi in "A Chinese Tall Story" (2005), Jay Chou and Liu Ye in "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006). Certain costumes are being exhibited with the assistance of 3D scanning, which enables visitors to have an all-round understanding and appreciation of the costumes. There will also be panels and video clips introducing the preparation work of the exhibition at the 1/F Foyer.

 

The exhibition showcases 18 sets of period costumes to take visitors back in time

To complement the exhibition, two seminars in Cantonese will be held by the HKFA at the Cinema. The first, entitled "Collection, Restoration & Exhibition of Wardrobe", will be held at 2-30pm on 1st May, with the Assistant Curator I (Programming) of the HKFA, Miss Priscilla Chan; the Assistant Curator I (Conservation) Textiles and Specimens of the Conservation Office, Miss Angela Cheung; and the exhibition coordinator, Ms Karen So, sharing their experience on acquisition, conservation and display of artefacts. Another seminar, entitled "One Stitch at a Time: The Master of Period Wardrobe", will be held at 2-30pm on 21st May and will be hosted by costume designer Hung Kuen-hoi, who will speak about his design work and share his insights.

Admission to the exhibition and seminars is free.

Hong Kong Film Archive is located at 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho. It is open from 10am to 8pm (or 15 minutes after last screening) on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays).

For further details see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en_US/web/hkfa/programmesandexhibitions/highlights/highlights46.html

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performingART (until 31st August 2017)

The "performingART" project series organised by Oi! runs from 3rd March to 31st August 2017, inviting artists to use ordinary things to explore the delicate relationship between the real and unreal.

The "performingART" series comprises exhibitions and engagement
projects, featuring artists including Wong Wai Yin, Xu Bing, Annie Wan and Luke Ching. The artists are invited to present ways of seeing and describing through artistic practices. They use ordinary items to ponder the authenticity and performativity of artistic creations, explore the boundaries of the role and discourse of art in the contemporary setting, and seek to contemplate the essence of art and its unrevealed nature.

Wong Wai Yin's "A place never been seen is not a place" is being staged from 3rd March to 23rd April. The installation reproduces recurring dream-like images and turns them into a real-life setting. Visitors can enter the dream-like setting, pick up the phone and listen to a voice reading a paragraph of text. The space between reality and imitation is where ambiguous daily objects signify a well of hidden meanings.

 

Artist artist Wong Wai-yin and her artwork

Xu Bing's work "Dragonfly Eyes", which will be displayed from 6th March to 4th June 4, is a narrative feature film made up of numerous surveillance video recordings. The exhibited trailer invites the audience to re-interpret these moving images, challenging the conventional understanding of films and reality.

Annie Wan's "Collecting Moonlight" and Luke Ching's "Allegory Practice of Personification" will be featured from 20th March to 31st August. Annie Wan brings art further into the living realm by creating ceramics moulded from retrieved objects and placed at Oi!, as well as placing them next to real products in the stores of neighbouring merchants. In this way reality of everyday life is juxtaposed with artistic creation. A map will also be provided to encourage visitors to search for the artworks at Oi! and in the community.

Luke Ching questions and responds to social issues through his art. In this project, he will apply methods of personification and community intervention to the practise of his art, leading to the writing of allegories. Through the communication of delicate sentimentality in the form of allegory, visitors will be able to broaden their perceptions and imagination, while reflecting on public issues.

The "performingART" project is organised by Oi! and presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point and is open from 2pm to 8pm on Mondays, 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, except on public holidays. Admission is free.

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GREAT SCENERY ALONG THE WAY: EXHIBITION OF STREET SCENES AT BUS STOPS ON HONG KONG ISLAND IN THE 1970'S (until 30th November 2017) 

The Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) has launched the "Great scenery along the way: Exhibition of street scenes at bus stops on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s" which runs from 16th December 2016 until 30th November 2017 at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Public Records Building.

By displaying around 60 photographs and documents from a series of traffic survey files, the exhibition showcases scenes of bus stops along the coast of Hong Kong Island. Under the themes of buildings, businesses, everyday life and transport, the exhibition enables people to revisit the unique and interesting scenes along the bus routes on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s, including the General Post Office Building, Haw Par Mansion, a tram trailer car and students carrying trendy school bags.

 

The streetscape of King's Road and a tram trailer car in 1975

Most of these records were created in the 1970s by the Traffic and Transport Survey Division of the then Public Works Department, documenting the study of different bus routes conducted at that time. These records provide valuable information for the study of Hong Kong's transport development and changes of the cityscape. A "Then and Now" element is also included in the exhibition so that the public can learn more about the changes in the streetscape.

 

The streetscape of King's Road near Cheung Hong Street and the State Theatre, now closed for business, in 1979

To enrich the exhibition, the PRO has also specially developed an online Reference Resources Page, comprising "Introduction to Traffic Survey Files", "Image Gallery" and "Reference List". These are useful educational resources for the public, in particular teachers and students pursuing subjects like Liberal Studies, History and Civic Education. Members of the public may view more than 200 photos of scenes near the bus stops by clicking on an interactive map of Hong Kong Island in the "Image Gallery". The "Reference List" shows the archival materials and library items relating to buses, enabling the public to search for related materials at the PRO.

Members of the public can access the online Reference Resources Page via the GRS website;

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

As the designated government archives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the PRO is committed to acquiring and appraising records and materials of enduring value and making them available for public access. The "Great scenery along the way" exhibition will be held at the Exhibition Hall, 2/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Opening hours are from 9am to 5.45pm, Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays). All are welcome and admission is free.

In addition, roving exhibitions of "Great scenery along the way: Exhibition of street scenes at bus stops on Hong Kong Island in the 1970s" will be held at Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library (from 2nd to 29th April 2017), Chai Wan Public Library (from 5th to 18th June  2017), Sha Tin Public Library (from 2nd to 29th September 2017) and Hong Kong Central Library (from 19th to 24th October
 2017). Refer to the Reference Resources Page for details.

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2016 TEA WARE BY HONG KONG POTTERS (until 6th November 2017)

The "2016 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" exhibition is being held from 7th December 2016 to 6th November 2017 at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. The exhibition shows the unlimited creativity of local potters through more than 100 excellent works from the tea ware competition.

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware started the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters Competition in 1986 with the aim of promoting Chinese tea culture and ceramic art in Hong Kong. Over the past 30 years, the Competition, which held its 10th edition this year, has been nurturing local potters to be devoted to creativity. Some of them have become masters in the field and have contributed in fostering more lovers of ceramics.

The 11 award winners share their life experiences and love for nature through their works. The works from the School Category are also pleasantly surprising, revealing childlike innocence and the courage of exploration.

The 2016 competition attracted a total of 276 participants, higher than the figures recorded for entrants among the previous competitions. The exhibition features 116 items of selected tea ware made by 93 local potters and students. It is the highest number of exhibits recorded among all of the exhibitions.

 

Picture shows the First Prize winner in the School Category, Tsui Yuen-yi's work "Memory"

The 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.

For further information see;

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

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 "BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 20th July 2018)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the
Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and runs for five years until 20th July 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.



The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition

Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.

Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).

Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.

In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.

Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.

 

Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition

The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.

To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee). 

In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.

 

The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.

To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.

To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.

During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.

Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:

* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)

* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)

Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

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

For further details of the exhibition, see the museum's website; 

http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/eng/attractions/attractions.aspx 



EXHIBITIONS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Hong Kong International Airport holds a number of concurrent small exhibitions which departing passengers can visit. For details of current exhibitions at the airport see;

http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/passenger/attractions-at-hkia/attractions-at-hkia.html