CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 



HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART REOPENING - FIVE NEW EXHIBITIONS 

With the easing of the epidemic situation, Hong Kong Museum of Art has been reopened to the public from April 2022. A wide array of new exhibitions are being held to enable visitors to explore more stories that might have been out of the spotlight under the museum's four core collections.

The five new exhibitions are "In-Between", "Mastering Masterpieces: The Essentials of Chinese Landscape Paintings", "Wu Guanzhong: Sketching Vitality", "Beyond the frames: from perceiving frames of context to experiencing art in itself" and "Portrait Play". Another exhibition, "Shopping in Canton: China Trade Art in the 18th and 19th Centuries" will be open from 20th May 2022.

The "IN-BETWEEN" exhibition showcases lesser-known works of well-known artists such as Wu Guanzhong, Irene Chou, Luis Chan, Hon Chi-fun and Tong King-sum from the museum's collection, letting visitors take a closer look at the turning points in the artists' creative careers. Local designer Choi Kim-hung was invited to be the lead artist of the exhibition and worked with seven contemporary local artists to create artworks in various art media in response to the in-between moments or the changes they are facing in life.

 
Tiger-shaped pillow painted in black and yellow on white ground, of the Cizhou type of Shanxi, from the Jin dynasty (donated by Mr Lee Luen-fai)

With art tech as the key, the exhibition "MASTERING MASTERPIECES: THE ESSENTIALS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS" unlocks the secrets of the masters' Chinese landscape paintings and opens up paths to the appreciation of the traditional. Through multiple immersive and interactive digital experiences, traditional Chinese landscape paintings are no longer bounded by the 2D format while the audience is submerged into the world of Chinese landscapes.

Featuring the 3-metre-long "A sketch of Chinese cypresses, the original draft" by the Chinese painting master Wu Guanzhong, along with other selected sketches and paintings inspired by the sketch of cypresses from the museum's collection, the "Wu Guanzhong: Sketching Vitality" exhibition tells the story of an artist encountering his muse, which influenced him to create many masterpieces in his later years.

Featuring a sketch of cypresses as the star piece, the exhibition tells the story of Chinese painting master Wu Guanzhong encountering his muse, which influenced him to create many masterpieces in his later years

The exhibition "BEYOND THE FRAMES: FROM PERCEIVING FRAMES OF CONTEXT TO EXPERIENCING ART IN ITSELF" displays a commissioned digital artwork by local artist Ng Tsz-kwan. Breaking through the predetermined ways of art appreciation, the exhibition enables the audience to explore the four core collections of the museum beyond the frames through a set of interactive multimedia installation.

Created by new media artist Henry Chu, the "PORTRAIT PLAY" exhibition is a juxtaposition of portraits from the museum's collections and selfies of the current era. Through interactions, visitors can deconstruct the visual elements of portraiture in the museum's collection and create their own self-images. Visitors can create their unique self-portraits using images of eyes, noses and mouths derived from the museum collection or even recreate their own faces.

The exhibition "SHOPPING IN CANTON: CHINA TRADE ART IN THE 18th AND 19th CENTURIES", which will be opened on 20th May 2022 , features a wide range of China trade art from the museum and other local public and private collections. Drawing reference from the travelogues of the foreigners visiting the region in the 19th century, the gallery will be enlivened by an interactive shopping street reminiscent of old Canton, inviting visitors to embark on a window-shopping tour down the lane of history and art.

The other ongoing exhibitions, including "Touching: A journey through Chinese landscapes from the Xubaizhai Collection (Phase 2)", the phase II exhibition of "#popcolours: The Aesthetics of Hues in Antiquities from the Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection" and the "Redefining Reality" outdoor artwork exhibition, have also renewed most of their exhibits from phase I and new interactive elements have also been added.

In addition, a new issue of the well-received picture stories family learning kit "Where's Grandpa Ofu: Dr. X's Plan" has been launched. The museum invites parents and their children to explore the museum and collect stickers after the completion of tasks. Participants can use their stickers to redeem a free gift from the museum.

The Hong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

For further details of the exhibitions see the museum website;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/home.html

In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department must comply with the relevant requirement of the Vaccine Pass.

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2021 TEA WARE BY HONG KONG POTTERS (from 21st April 2022 until further notice)

The "2021 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" exhibition is being held at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware from 21st April 2022. With around 100 award-winning and shortlisted works from the "2021 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" competition on display, the exhibition shows the versatility of ceramic tea ware creation.

Despite the pandemic, the competition received an overwhelming response by potters. It has received the highest-ever recorded entries, with around 460 tea sets submitted by more than 280 potters. With no limitation on topics, the competition enables participants to demonstrate their creativity. Topics covered by the works include life amidst the pandemic, observation of nature, thoughts about tea culture and reflection on personal life.

In the Open Category, the first prize was awarded to Anna Leung's "Social Distancing", while the second and the third prizes went to Fion Yuen's "Laminated Colour Clay" and Vitus Szeto's "Aye, Aye, Captain" respectively. Winner of the first prize of the School Category was Yip Ho-nin's "High-tea-birds", while the winners of the second and the third prizes were Lai Jen-tong's "Hone the Will" and Ho Kwun-chung's "Amazing Local Snacks" respectively.

First Prize winner in the Open Category, Anna Leung's "Social Distancing"

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware has organised the "Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" competition since 1986 which aims at fostering and enhancing the public's interest in tea appreciation and ceramic art.

For further details of the exhibition see;

https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/tea-ware.html#01

In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department must comply with the relevant requirement of the Vaccine Pass.

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STILL & MOTION - HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL POSTER TRIENNIAL 2021 (extended to 9th May 2022)

HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM is holding an exhibition for the "Still & Motion - Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2021" competition from 15th December 2021 until 28th February 2022 (now extended to 9th May 2022) featuring 116 entries to the competition from around the world as well as posters designed by four internationally renowned designers who were the competition panel judges, presenting the diverse culture and creativity of graphic designers around the world in still and motion.

The museum and the Hong Kong Designers Association have jointly organised the Hong Kong International Poster Triennial since 2001. Through competitions, exhibitions and symposiums, the event documents and promotes the development of contemporary international poster design. In addition to calling for printed posters from three categories - "Ideology", "Promotion of Cultural Events" and "Commercial and Advertising" - this is the first year the triennial invited designers to submit digital posters with motion features for the "Animated Poster" category. A total of 2,299 entries were submitted from over 50 countries/regions to the competition.

The professional judging panel, which included four internationally renowned designers, namely Mr Bi Xuefeng from Mainland China, Mr Erich Brechbühl from Switzerland, Mr Yukimasa Okumura from Japan and Ms Lisa Pommerenke from Germany, selected 16 distinctive award-winning posters and 100 entries for the exhibition. Also on display are posters created by the judges. The posters featured will become part of the collection of the Heritage Museum.

Some of the award-winning posters displayed at the exhibition

Technological advances have enabled poster designers to create motion graphics to convey ideas in an innovative and dynamic way. To keep abreast of this new trend, we an 'Animated Poster' category has been added this year to recognise the achievement of designers who enliven their works with animations. With the augmented reality (AR) app on smartphones, it is possible to visualise how these animated posters are brought to life by technology and talented minds.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, New Territories.

For further details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://hk.heritage.museum/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid271.html 

All visitors are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter the venue except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit.

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THE FOUR GREAT OUTLAWS - RESHAPING THE MEMORIES OF A REVOLUTION THROUGH A PHOTO (until 16th March 2022)

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the DR SUN YAT-SEN MUSEUM, the 155th birthday of Dr Sun, and the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is presenting the thematic exhibition "The Four Great Outlaws – Reshaping the Memories of the Revolution through a Photo" from 10th December 2021 until 16th March 2022. Through the display of over 50 artefacts and historical pictures, the exhibition tells the story of the revolutionary activities and different life experiences of Dr Sun, Chan Siu-pak, Yau Lit and Yeung Hok-ling, who were named the "Four Great Outlaws", and illustrate how the examination of different versions of the "Four Great Outlaws" group photo can shed light on the history of modern Chinese revolutions.

During his medical studies in Hong Kong from 1887 to 1892, Dr Sun met frequently with his like-minded friends Mr Chan, Mr Yau and Mr Yeung. They often met to discuss politics and current affairs. As their revolutionary discourses were considered as impudent and insurgent at that time, they were called the "Four Great Outlaws". They were also the key figures during the period of the revolutionary discourse as reflected by Dr Sun.

With the "Four Great Outlaws" as an entry point, the exhibition will present the story about these four key figures of the exploratory period of the revolution starting from sharing friendly discussions in the early years to following dissimilar paths for the revolutionary cause until the end of their lives. Visitors can learn more about the development of modern Chinese revolutions. The exhibition showcases a variety of valuable exhibits and historical pictures from the Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen at Cuiheng, Guangdong province; as well as items from the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of History, the University of Hong Kong Libraries and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. Highlighted exhibits include the glass negative of the group photo of the "Four Great Outlaws"; The Sun Wen Doctrines (replica) published in 1919, with the seal of Yang Si Kou Tang (the Four Great Outlaws Hall) impressed on the book cover; and the inscription of Tian Xia Wei Gong (the World is for All) (replica) by Yeung Hok-ling, etc.

 
Reconstruction of the scene where the group photo of the "Four Great Outlaws" and Kwan King-leung was taken

The exhibition features a specially designed education corner for visitors of all ages to learn more about the stories of the "Four Great Outlaws" through multimedia interactive games and role-playing. Lectures and workshops will also be held during the exhibition period to introduce the life of the "Four Great Outlaws" from various perspectives.

The exhibition is being held at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. It is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Zhongshan Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau, and jointly organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum and the Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen at Cuiheng.


For further details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://hk.drsunyatsen.museum/en_US/web/sysm/special_exh_four_great_outlaws.html 

All visitors are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public arrive early, and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

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REDEFINING REALITY (until 11th November 2022) 

An outdoor exhibition, "Redefining Reality", which combines art and technology, is being held from 3rd December 2021 until 11th November 2022 at the Art Square at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui. The exhibition, organised by HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART, displays an artwork installation, "Resonance-In-Sight", co-created by local artists Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel. To explore the blurred boundaries between virtuality and reality, members of the public can interact with the museum's collections through augmented reality (AR) technology.

The artwork comprises a physical component and a virtual component. The physical component, the outdoor artwork installation "Resonance-In-Sight", is finely constructed with two streamlined metal structures in the outdoor area of the museum located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. With the tailor-made AR application (iOS: https://apple.co/3rLBgAf; Android: https://bit.ly/3lNCsPL), visitors can connect with a special selection of the Museum of Art's four core collections, namely Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. The collections are presented in a virtual space connecting the two opposing sculptures.

Visitors can interact with the physical sculptures and the virtual collections from different angles on their own smartphone or tablet. They can try to catch the birds in the painting "Birds" by 19th-century painter, Guan Lianchang, or admire a dynamic version of a landscape in "Landscape after mi fu" by Wu Changshuo of the Qing dynasty. They can also be a part of the ink painting "Zhuangzi" by Hong Kong ink painting master, Lui Shou-kwan, and encounter a pair of dancing phoenixes in a pair of gilded hairpins in the shape of a phoenix in a gemstone and kingfisher feather inlay of the Qing dynasty. Some of the featured art pieces are currently on display in exhibitions in the museum. Visitors can enter the museum, search for the physical collections and appreciate the contrast between the virtual and physical versions of these works.

 
Photo show the installation "Resonance-In-Sight", co-created by local artists Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel. Visitors can interact with the physical sculptures and the virtual museum collections on their own smartphone or tablet through an augmented reality (AR) application. Photo shows one of the AR effects, encountering a pair of dancing phoenixes in a pair of gilded hairpins in the shape of a phoenix in a gemstone and kingfisher feather inlay of the Qing dynasty.

In addition to a multi-perspective experience at the venue, the exhibition also comes with two Instagram filters (https://bit.ly/3IE5zyM; https://bit.ly/3rSMXVJ), which can be played on the museum's Instagram account (@hkmoa). Visitors can "wear" the museum's art pieces as ornaments.

For further details see;

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202112/16/P2021121600436.htm

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A MAN BEYOND ORDINARY: BRUCE LEE (long term exhibition until 2026) 

The "A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee" exhibition is being held from 28th November 2021 for five years until 2026 at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM to showcase around 400 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia and photos, which will enable visitors to look back at the legend of the internationally famous martial arts superstar.

Bruce Lee (1940–1973) was born Lee Jun-fon. He combined various schools of martial arts to create what is known as Jeet Kune Do, and his martial arts movies became classics. Behind the spotlight, Lee loved his family and enjoyed reading. He expressed his emotions and ideas in letters and other types of writing. Through daily training and reflection, he went beyond his limits and became a legend. Following the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life" exhibition which ran from 2013 to 2020, the museum has collaborated with the Bruce Lee Foundation again to present the exhibition "A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee", which features how Lee's perseverance gave birth to the legend that is Bruce Lee through his films, martial arts and life story.

Highlighted exhibits include a baby jacket worn by Lee; a fencing mask he used while studying in Hong Kong; his exam revision notes taken at the University of Washington; his letter to his wife Linda, written while filming "The Big Boss" in Thailand; the first edition of the first book published by him, "Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense"; Jeet Kune Do plaques, and the original set design drawings for the film "Enter the Dragon". Various large-scale lighting exhibits and interactive installations have also been added to the exhibition, including an optical fibre interactive projection installation which displays Lee's martial arts ideas and life philosophy; and an immersive light and sensory installation "Self.Martial Arts.Emptiness", which illustrates Lee's self-actualisation concept.

 
Classic yellow jumpsuit worn by Bruce Lee in the film "The Game of Death"

 
Photos of Bruce Lee with his wife Linda, son Brandon and daughter Shannon

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and is jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and Hong Kong Heritage Museum and sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited. Due to copyright restrictions no photography and video-recording is permitted in the exhibition gallery.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located a 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories. 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 and admission arrangements see;

https://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid269.html 

All visitors are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened.

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CONTEMPLATION: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DONATION OF THE JINGGUANLOU COLLECTION (until 16th February 2022) 

"Contemplation: Highlights of the Donation of the Jingguanlou Collection" exhibition is running at the China Trade Gallery on the third floor of the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 26th November 2021 to 16th February 2022.

The museum has received a generous donation of more than 1,000 valuable artworks, mainly comprising Chinese paintings and calligraphy from the modern era, from renowned collector and photographer Dr Wong Kwai-kuen, who is also the Founder of the Jingguanlou collection. About 60 of the newly donated items will be showcased in the exhibition for public appreciation.

Dr Wong is a renowned retired doctor. Jingguanlou, the private art collection compiled by Dr Wong, focuses on 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy. The collection covers mainly valuable works by masters of the Shanghai School of painting, with the most comprehensive collection of artworks created by Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997) and Chen Peiqiu (1923-2020) at different stages in their lives. Dr Wong generously donated a total of 1,108 artworks from various categories to the museum. Apart from masterpieces of the Shanghai School, the donation also includes a collection of fan leaves and folding fans, couplets and albums, dating from the Qing dynasty to the modern era; a series of Yixing purple clay teapots with rubbings; and Dr Wong's own photographic works. Dr Wong is a photography enthusiast who received numerous international awards. His photographic works are influenced by Chinese art and culture, in particular the works of Zhu Qizhan. Dr Wong explores and strives to break through the visual language of photography with undertones of traditional aesthetics.

 
Dr Wong touring the exhibition

The museum has received several donations from the community in the past and many were from various members of the Min Chiu Society, a renowned local collectors' organisation. Dr Wong once served as the Society's president. By donating his collection to the museum, Dr Wong wishes to share his joy in and affection for the outstanding Chinese artworks he has acquired. This generous act fully reflects his selfless traditional Chinese values. The donation has further recognised the museum as a home for local private collections and enhanced its status as an international museum.

The Jingguanlou collection will be featured in a series of thematic exhibitions at the museum from early 2022. A dedicated gallery, named the Jingguanlou Gallery, will be established on the fourth floor of the museum for the display and appreciation of the collection and related exhibits, enabling visitors to appreciate these extraordinary cultural treasures and Dr Wong's connoisseurship.

For further details of the exhibition see;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/contemplation-highlights-of-the-donation-of-the-jingguanlou-collection.html

All persons are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public should arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

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X-XPERIMENTING EXHIBITION - DANNY YUNG 50 YEAR CREATIONS (until 14th March 2022) 

"X-Xperimenting Exhibition - Danny Yung 50 Year Creations" is being held from 17th November 2021 until 14th March 2022 at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM. Featuring cross-media works of art created by artist Danny Yung over the decades, the exhibition charts the diversified artistic journey of a forerunner of experimental art.

Danny Yung is a trailblazer in the advocacy of international cultural exchange and development. Since the 1970s, he has been keen on cross-media art creations, including film, comics, installations, video, theatre and conceptual art. In 1982, he co-founded Zuni Icosahedron, an experimental art organisation in Hong Kong, and he now serves as Zuni's Co-Artistic Director. He has made use of various platforms for exchanges and experimental art creations on and off the stage. For the past 50 years, he has invited artists of various media, regions and cultural backgrounds to explore the endless possibilities of cross-media creations and exchanges.

The exhibition reconstructs and reimagines some of his classic works of art. It introduces his visions and contributions in various areas, including cross-media and experimental art, visual and performing arts, art criticism, cultural exchanges, and the preservation and development of traditional craftsmanship over the years.

Highlight exhibits include "Tian Tian Xiang Shang", conceptual comics that he started creating in the 1970s, and the "Tian Tian" figurines designed by people from different backgrounds whom he invited as part of his collaborative project. Also featured is "GATEWAY - Flower Plaque Secret Garden", a large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation that combines traditional bamboo scaffolding and flower plaque crafting techniques of Hong Kong.

 
"GATEWAY - Flower Plaque Secret Garden", a large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation that combines traditional bamboo scaffolding and flower plaque crafting techniques of Hong Kong

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Zuni, and is jointly organised by the HKHM and Zuni. Designer Freeman Lau, Zuni's Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director Mathias Woo and Zuni's International Exchange Director, Wong Yue-wai, served as the guest curators of the exhibition.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories

For further details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid270.html 

All persons are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public arrive early, and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

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#pocolours: THE AESTHETICS OF HUES IN ANTIQUITIES FROM THE HKMoA COLLECTION (extended to 7th September 2022)

The exhibition "#popcolours: The Aesthetics of Hues in Antiquities from the HKMoA Collection" is being held at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 5th November 2021 until 30th March 2022 (now extended to 7th September 2022). With "colours" as the theme, the exhibition features more than 300 items of Chinese antiquities from the museum collection and takes visitors on a fascinating journey to explore the colourful world of ancient artefacts.

Once used as daily wares, artefacts often feature colours and patterns comparable in style and beauty to modern designs. The design of an artefact not only reflects the personal taste of its owner, but also reflects the owner's religious beliefs, rules and etiquette. In ancient China, colours were classified into five categories, known as a scheme of "five prime colours", comprising blue, red, yellow, white and black. The exhibition displays diverse exhibits including porcelains, lacquerware, textiles, glass and jade, and presents five historical figures as key opinion leaders, namely Emperor Qin, Emperor Huizong of the Song dynasty, Emperor Yongle of the Ming dynasty and Emperor Qianlong and official Lang Tingji of the Qing dynasty, to represent the five colours and introduce how they influenced the selection of colours of the artefacts at their time. Selected modern artworks from the museum collection will also be displayed to connect the past with the present.

Bright yellow dragon robe with the 12 imperial symbols from the Xianfeng period of the Qing dynasty

Collector and member of the Min Chiu Society Mr Cheung Kee-wee generously donated more than 100 items, mainly comprising monochrome porcelains, from his collection of Chinese antiquities to the museum. Over 80 items from the newly donated collection are on display in the exhibition.

To show support for the exhibition, local artist and illustrator Jane Lee (also known as Messy Desk) was invited to create an illustration for a tour about colours of Chinese artefacts. The two characters in the illustration take audiences on a journey of searching for colours and the colourants used in Chinese artefacts. Lee has also transformed the lobby on the third floor of the museum into a Messy Desk city, allowing visitors to feel as if they're flying over Victoria Harbour, travelling through time and space, and entering the colourful world of Chinese antiquities through the characters she specially created for the exhibition.

The exhibition is located at the Chinese Antiquities Gallery on the third floor of the HKMoA (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon). For details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/popcolours-the-aesthetics-of-hues-in-antiquities-from-the-hkmoa-collection.html

All visitors are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public should arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

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TALES OF THE FILM STILLS (until 13th March 2022)

Cinematography and photography are intricately linked, and as a film-based medium they share many techniques and aesthetics. The exhibition, "Tales of the Film Stills", organised by the HONG KONG FILM ARCHIVE of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), is being held from 5th November 2021 to 13th March 2022 at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA, which enables visitors to appreciate the story told by each film still.

The exhibition showcases nearly 100 artefacts, including the earliest surviving film still in the archive's collection, film stills of long-lost movies, hand-painted coloured stills, film stills with special effects made by using darkroom techniques and promotional materials made with film stills. Videos of interviews with numerous film still photographers and publicity staff as well as the shooting tools of the photographers and their picks of film stills will also be shown.

 
Promotional materials of movies made with film stills

In addition, the archive has specially created some Instagram filters for visitors to produce their own still photographs by scanning the QR codes at the Exhibition Hall.

To complement the exhibition, the archive will hold three seminars which will be conducted in Cantonese. A seminar entitled "The Scenes They Saw Through Their Viewfinder" will be hosted by film still photographers Chow Po-ki, Fong Ho-yuen and Karen Tang on 18th December. The other two seminars entitled "A Brief on Photography Lighting" on 9th January and "Photography Touch Up on Mobile Phone" on 12th February 2022 will both be hosted by Douglas Ning, lecturer of the Hong Kong Design Institute. All seminars will be held at 2pm at the HKFA Cinema.

Admission to the exhibition and seminars is free. For further details see;

https://www.filmarchive.gov.hk/en_US/web/hkfa/pe-event-2021-e-tfs.html 

All persons are required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visits. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests members of the public to arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

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GOLDEN EYE ON THE COSMOS - JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE (until 30th May 2022) 

HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM has launched a new thematic exhibition "Golden Eye on the Cosmos - James Webb Space Telescope" running from 27th October 2021 to 30th May 2022 to introduce the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). The exhibition explains its innovative technologies, science missions and the scientific principle behind infrared astronomy.

Jointly developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, the Webb is the next-generation orbiting observatory to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope. It has a 6.5-metre-wide primary mirror, a broader infrared coverage and vastly improved sensitivity. It is difficult to observe stars in nebulae as starlight is hindered by dust. Infrared light, which is scattered to a lesser extent than visible light, enables the Webb to see through the clouds of dust and observe the formation of stars and planets directly. The major mission of the Webb, after being launched into space, is to help astronomers study every phase in the history of the universe, from the first stars and galaxies to the formation of planetary systems capable of supporting life. It will also provide clues to the solar system's evolution, so that more can be learned about the origin of the universe.

The exhibition displays an animatronic model of the Webb, on a scale of 1:13, which enables visitors to observe the deployment sequence of fully expanding the Webb from a folded position in space. In addition to the latest technology, the exhibition also displays the earliest astronomical telescope by featuring a replica of the one used by the renowned astronomer Galileo, on loan from the Museo Galileo: Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Italy. The first astronomical observation by telescope can be traced back to 1609. Italian astronomer Galileo pointed the telescope skyward for scientific observation. His epochal discoveries revolutionised people's understanding of the universe.

 

Interactive panel explaining the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope after being launched into space, which will help astronomers to observe every phase of cosmic history

The exhibition is located at the foyer of the Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The Museum will also organise a series of educational programmes such as thematic lectures to deepen the public's comprehension of the scientific principles and the latest developments of the Webb. For details of the exhibition and relevant programmes see;

https://hk.space.museum/en_US/web/spm/exhibition/specialexhibition/golden-eye-on-the-cosmos.html 

According to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and date and time of entry before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. An appeal is made by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to visitors to download the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Visitors who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive early to avoid delaying their visit, as a longer time is required for such registration. In line with the latest government arrangement, except for exempted persons, visitors to the museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code from 1st November.

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the museum will apply a quota to limit visitor flow. Visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter the museum and exhibition facilities when accompanied by an adult.

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TOUCHING: A JOURNEY THROUGH CHINESE LANDSCAPES FROM THE XUBAIZHAI COLLECTION (PHASE 1) (until 16th February 2022 - extended until further notice)

A unique Chinese landscape painting exhibition "Touching: A journey through Chinese landscapes from the Xubaizhai Collection (Phase 1)" is being held from 24th September 2021 until 16th February 2022 at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART. The exhibition features landscape works from the Xubaizhai Collection with specially designed travelling routes, allowing visitors to wander around the world of Chinese landscape painting and relax amid the joys of nature.

The founder of the Xubaizhai Collection, Mr Low Chuck-tiew (1911-1993), was a renowned art connoisseur. He donated his considerable art collection to the Hong Kong Museum of Art in earlier years. The Xubaizhai Collection comprises Chinese painting and calligraphy works dating from the fifth to 20th centuries, with particular strengths in the Ming and Qing dynasties. This exhibition displays over 50 works from the Xubaizhai collection in phases to provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the essence of Chinese landscape paintings.

Whether depicting a life in seclusion, portraying an imaginary spectacle, recording an excursion, offering a perspective on a scholar's studio and garden, illustrating lines of verse or revitalising traditional styles, Chinese landscape painting does not merely represent scenery, it also expresses the artist's temperament and aspirations. The first phase exhibition features 27 works. With paintings as "tour guides", six travelling routes are introduced, comprising the Pureness tour, the Discovery tour, the Scenic and historical tour, the Literati aesthetics tour, the Literary tour and the Spiritual tour, leading visitors to discover different themes and literati sentiments revealed in the Chinese landscape paintings and better understand the attitude to life of the ancients. The exhibition invites visitors to walk through the artist's scenery, view, travel and simply live in nature.

Highlight exhibits include Zhao Zuo's "Fishing boat in an autumn river", Shen Hao's "Landscapes", Kuncan's "The lofty peaks of Mount Huangshan", Cheng Tinglu's "Eight views of the Northern Villa", Wen Congjian's "Pine-shaded studio" and Yang Jin's "Landscape in the style of Shen Zhou".

The museum has specially produced an animated video for this exhibition. Set in panoramic landscapes, it takes a fresh approach in presenting unique scenes from traditional Chinese landscape paintings to offer viewers a truly immersive experience. "Landscape in the style of Shen Zhou" by Qing Dynasty court painter Yang Jin provides the frame for the video, inviting viewers to take a journey with the figures travelling through a variety of themes in the landscape paintings. Along the journey, they can walk across magnificent peaks and ridges, re-visit the imperial path, experience the pleasure of fishing in streams, stroll through bamboo groves and listen to cascading water, etc.

 
Animated video set in panoramic landscapes. With "Landscape in the style of Shen Zhou" by Qing Dynasty court painter Yang Jin provides the frame, the video takes a fresh approach in presenting unique scenes from traditional Chinese landscape paintings to offer viewers a truly immersive experience

The exhibition is being held at the Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy on the second floor of the museum at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

For further details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/touching_a_journey_through_chinese_landscapes_from_the_xubaizhai_collection_phase1.html

According to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and date and time of entry before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. An appeal is made by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to visitors to download the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Visitors who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive early to avoid delaying their visit, as a longer time is required for such registration.

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the museum will apply a quota to limit visitor flow. Visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter the museum and exhibition facilities when accompanied by an adult.

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IDENTITY CARD - A TIMELESS PROOF (from 23rd August 2021 until further notice) 

Having gone from a paper document to a laminated card, from computerisation to smart authentication, the evolution of the Hong Kong identity card (ID card) has witnessed the changes of society and the advancement of technological development since its first issuance in 1949. The transformation of the ID card throughout these 70 years is illustrated in the PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE annual exhibition "Identity Card - A Timeless Proof".

The "Identity Card - A Timeless Proof" exhibition is open from 23rd August 2021 from Monday through Friday, 9am to 5-45pm (except for public holidays) until further notice, at the Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building at 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong. Admission is free.

The exhibition showcases over 70 holdings. Apart from displaying all generations of ID cards and equipment for the production of ID cards on loan from the Immigration Department, exhibits include photos related to registration of persons in Hong Kong, for example precious historical photos showing members of the public taking the ID card photo and a mobile registration team in action in the 1960s, as well as government promotional posters on ID card registration, etc.

The exhibition also features the reasons behind the changes in the designs of ID cards. Why didn't the juvenile ID card in the 1960s include the photo and given name of the card holder? Why were the photo and given name added to the card in the 1970s? How was the registration of persons legislation amended? Answers can be found in the exhibition.

 
Photo shows the new laminated ID cards issued from 1973 onwards. As juveniles were found illegally transferring ID cards for seeking employment whilst underage despite the legal restriction on the employment age, the photo and full name on the new laminated juvenile ID card facilitated the identification of card holders

For further details of the exhibition see;

https://www.grs.gov.hk/ws/online/hkid/en/index.html 

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, cleaning and disinfection measures will be stepped up at the Exhibition Hall. Visitors should follow the infection control measures implemented at the Hong Kong Public Records Building, including wearing masks at all times when they are inside the Building, undergoing temperature checks before entering the Building, applying hand sanitiser and scanning the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or registering through other means.


In addition, the Public Records Office will also hold an online exhibition and roving exhibitions. For details see the Government Records Service website;

https://www.grs.gov.hk/en/index.html

or the Public Records Office Facebook page;

https://www.facebook.com/grs.publicrecordsoffice

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WHEN IT MATTERS: FOLLOWING THE PATH OF LUI SHOU-KWAN TO ZEN PAINTING (until 10th April 2022) 

An exhibition "When Form Matters: Following the Path of Lui Shou-kwan to Zen Painting" is being held at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 13th August 2021 until 10th April 2022. Featuring 41 paintings by Hong Kong ink painting master Lui Shou-kwan from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and 11 exhibits loaned from the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the exhibition charts the artistic journey of the forerunner of modern ink art.

The pioneer of the New Ink Art Movement in Hong Kong, Lui (1919-1975) starred in the local art scene in the 1960s, and had a profound influence on the development of modern ink art. Lui traced the great outlines of Chinese art history and Western modern art theories, and developed a unique painting style through a vast range of emulating Chinese and Western classics, landscape sketching and experimentation with brush and ink as well as composition. Lui believed that form matters for art. Form derives from the appearances of all things and beings; it becomes art only if artists make the creative effort. In the "Discovering Forms in Nature", "Understanding Forms from Old to New" and the "Enlightening Forms through Zen" sections in the exhibition, visitors can follow Lui's innovative concept, understand how he honed his painting skills by emulating Chinese and Western classics; discovered forms through observation and sketching from nature; and how he managed to bring forth new forms by injecting Oriental philosophies into his art, finally arriving at his signature Zen paintings.

 

Lui's painting of Victoria Harbour in the 1960s pasted on the glass window outside the gallery, contrasting with Victoria Harbour in real life. Visitors can scan a QR code to add a special filter effect of floating boats on photos taken

Along his artistic journey, Lui radiated his unwavering commitment in promoting the education of ink painting, Chinese and Western philosophies, and art theories. The works of Lui's contemporaries and students, including Hong Kong artists Aser But, Irene Chou, Chui Tze-hung, Kan Tai-keung, Leung Kui-ting, Ng Yiu-chung and Wucius Wong, will also be exhibited, paying tribute to the major contribution Lui made to art education and the development of modern ink art. The museum also obtained valuable audio recordings of Lui's class teachings in the 1960s, and a selection of clippings will be played in the gallery, allowing visitors to experience his classes and comprehend the ideas of his teaching.

In addition, multimedia elements have been included in the exhibition. Visitors are able to explore forms in Lui's paintings through an interactive augmented reality device at the gallery.

The exhibition will be held at the Hong Kong Art Gallery on the second floor of the museum at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/when-form-matters-following-the-path-of-lui-shou-kwan-to-zen-painting.html

Visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and date and time of entry before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. An appeal is made by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to members of the public to download the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Members of the public who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive early to avoid delaying their visit, as a longer time is required for such registration.

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the museum will apply a quota to limit visitor flow. Visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser wear masks and will be subject to temperature checks before admission.

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THE LEGEND OF KWAN TAK-HING - ON STAGE, ON SCREEN AND OFF (until late February 2022) 

The exhibition "The Legend of Kwan Tak-hing - On Stage, On Screen and Off" is running from 5th May 2021 until late February 2022 at the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall of the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM. The exhibition featureS about 50 items of Kwan Tak-hing including costumes, documents and photos, allowing visitors to revisit his legacy.

In a career spanning over 70 years in the performing arts, Kwan Tak-hing was a highly esteemed figure in the sector. He performed on the stage under the stage name Sun Leng Jau, leading Cantonese opera troupes such as the Sun Tai Luk Opera Troupe and the Kwan Tak Hing Opera Troupe and touring Southeast Asia and the United States. Kwan was particularly good at portraying General Kwan, and was hailed as "General Kwan Incarnate". He made over 140 films, including "The Mystical Whip-wielding Hero" and "It's a Wonderful Life", and his Wong Fei-hung series is very well known. After the passing of Kwan, his son Mr David Quan donated to the museum materials left behind by his father, including costumes, props and scripts. The donation was an invaluable addition to the museum's collection.

Poster of "The Skyhawk"

During the exhibition period, the screening of four movie excerpts starring Kwan will be held at the screening room of the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall.

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

Visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and date and time of entry before being allowed to enter museums for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. Appeals are made to members of the public to download the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Members of the public who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as longer time is required for such registration.

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter the museum and exhibition facilities when accompanied by an adult.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories (MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit A)

Opening hours;

Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10-00 to 18-00
Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays, 10-00 to 19-00
Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve, 10-00 to 17-00
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year

Admission is free.

For further details of the exhibition see;

https://hk.heritage.museum/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid267.html