CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 


 

REMINISCENCES: LIFE IN HONG KONG'S BUILT HERITAGE (until 1st May 2017) 

The "Reminiscences: Life in Hong Kong's Built Heritage" exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from 20th January until 1st May 2017. The exhibition enables members of the public to get to know the historic buildings in Hong Kong and to understand the experiences of built heritage conservation.

The exhibition is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is presented through a story of two imaginary characters who were born in the 1920s and shows related valuable historic building components, documents, artefacts and photographs, allowing members of the public to understand the rich built heritage in Hong Kong and the earlier social landscape that these historic buildings reflect. Highlight exhibits include the first-generation Bishop's Throne of St John's Cathedral, the wooden signboard of the Chun Yuen Pawn House in Yuen Long Old Market (the oldest surviving pawn shop in Hong Kong), the door lock and key of Victoria Prison in Central and the cast iron halberd of Cheung Chun Yuen in Kam Tin.

 

The first-generation Bishop's Throne of St John's Cathedral

The gallery also includes various creative interactive exhibits as well as images and models created using advanced 3D stereoscopic scanning and printing technology. Through these displays, visitors will be able to understand the changes of heritage conservation technology and the experiences in conserving built heritage.

The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located at Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday. 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

For further details see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Monument/en/whatsnew_20170120.php

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THE 6th ARTISTS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHEME: 9x9 (until 26th March 2017) 

An exhibition "The 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme: 9x9" is being held at the 1a Space at the Cattle Depot Artist Village (Ex-Mau Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot), from 20th January to 26th March 2017. In the exhibition, nine participating artists showcase traditional crafts from a young generation’s perspective, as well as associating the traditional crafts of the To Kwa Wan community with their visual vocabularies.

One of the selected proposals of the 6th Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, the exhibition is curated by the project team "9x9" comprising participating artists Chan Cho-kiu, Chan Wing-sze, Cheng Chi-kin, Hon Hang-lam, Wong Ming-sum, Lai Ka-hang, Lio Sze-mei, Lam Ka-yin and Tse Lok-kwan. The artists learned different craft skills from masters of various disciplines including bamboo weaving, etching, letterpress, incense making, moulding, embroidery, papier mâché lion masks, glass art and blue-and-white porcelain, and developed their artworks using these craft skills to enable visitors to understand more about the uniqueness of local culture.

 

"Journey passing by Ma Tau Wai Road" by artist Lai Ka-hang

In conjunction with the exhibition guided tours will be held, while various art workshops will also be conducted by the artists to enable participants to create their own artworks using the traditional craft skills. For details of the exhibition and programmes see;

https://www.facebook.com/events/877993129004984/ 

Cattle Market Artist Village is located at 63 Mau Tau Kok Road, Mau Tau Kok, Kowloon. The exhibition is open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and the first three days of Chinese New Year). Admission is free.

Cattle Depot website;

http://www.heritage.gov.hk/en/conserve/cattleDepot.htm

The Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme is organised by the Art Promotion Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and aims to support local artists to go into the community and promote visual arts. Works by about 200 artists have been showcased in different parts of the community since the launch of the programme in 2000. This year the scheme especially emphasises the connections between contemporary art, local historical culture and humanity through the mutual creative processes of the artists and local communities, which turn art and aesthetics into indispensable aspects of our daily lives.

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HONG KONG RENOWNED OIL PAINTERS IN THE DIVERSE WORLD (19th January until 11th March 2017) 

Sun Museum will present a new exhibition entitled “Hong Kong Renowned Oil Painters in the Diverse World”, which opens on 19th January 2017 and showcases 40 paintings by 10 renowned artists aged over 75. They include Chu Ying Tung, Lin Ming Chen, Tsui Chee Kui Joseph, Chan Siu Min, Chan Chiu Lung, Wong Pui Kong, Au Yeung Nai Chim, Shaw Tze, Chung Yiu and Kwong Ko Wah. Most of them are still engaged in painting.

As the forerunners of oil painting in Hong Kong, these artists have led a wonderful art life and developed a distinctive painting style. Over the years, they have persevered in their pursuit of oil painting. Mainly landscape and cityscape, the 40 paintings on display interestingly depict a world full of colours and wonders, imbued with such ardent vitality and enthusiasm that are unexpected from the old generation, and exhibit their mastery of painting technique.

 "Stranded Ship 2016" by Lin Ming Chen, one of the paintings on display at the exhibition

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays. All visits are by appointment only. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

Sun Museum, located at SML Tower, 165 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, is a non-profit, non-governmental museum established by Simon Suen Foundation which aims primarily to promote Chinese arts and culture. It strives to facilitate general understanding of how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enlightened by a wealth of Chinese traditions. With the emphasis on China and Hong Kong art and culture, the Museum organises thematic exhibitions with exhibits on loan from collectors, artists and other cultural bodies. Related talks and guided tours are also be arranged.

For further details see the museum’s website;

http://www.en.sunmuseum.org.hk/current-exhibitions

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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 further notice) 

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 further notice 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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THE MAGIC OF SCREEN: HONG KONG CINEMATIC EFFECTS (until 26th March 2017) 

The making of a mythical scene or a bizarre alien on the screen is beyond imagination. The "Magic on the Screen: Hong Kong Cinematic Effects" exhibition, organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is being held from 9th December 2016 to 26th March 2017 at the HKFA Exhibition Hall. The development of special effects in Hong Kong cinema ranging from scenes to make-up is being displayed along with numerous artefacts, film clips of special effects sequences and videos of interviews with professionals.

Due to the war and the resultant limited resources for filmmaking, the development of special effects in early Hong Kong cinema was hindered. However, the precursors utilised photography and darkroom printing techniques, complemented by make-up, sets, scale models and props, to create some rudimentary yet interesting visual effects like flying swords and monsters played by humans. In the 1950s and '60s, the Hong Kong studios began to reach out to Japanese counterparts for the latest technologies and talents, through which they advanced the making of special effects.

The Shaw Brothers studio in the 1970s was capable of producing home-grown special effects features, notably "The Super Inframan" (1975) and "The Mighty Peking Man" (1977). Following the Hollywood special effects craze, Hong Kong cinema strode into the 1980s with a brand new outlook on technology which produced a line of films mixing Western and local visual effects techniques, including "Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain" (1983), "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (1983) and "The Legend of Wisely" (1987). Numerous special effects talents also set up their own production companies, which lent their craft to a string of popular hits among mysteries and thrillers as well as wuxia and action films in the 1980s and '90s.

From the late 1990s to the new millennium, Hong Kong cinema stepped into the digital era. "The Stormriders" (1998) was lavishly animated with more than 550 special effects shots, which was a breakthrough in local filmmaking. Its success fostered confidence in using computer-generated imagery (CGI) in the industry, and the subsequent CGI works, such as "Master Q 2001" (2001), "Kung Fu Hustle" (2004) and "CJ7" (2008), impressed audiences as well. In recent years, the application of CGI animation has continued to soar while the cost of animation software has fallen. Even though the standard of Hong Kong CGI may pale in comparison with that of Hollywood, its well-choreographed, brilliant action sequences and deft mise-en-scène are bursting with an energy and creativity all its own.

Apart from showcasing the development of special effects in Hong Kong cinema, the exhibition is also displaying iconic special effects scenes and the making of a special effects scene. Interactive multimedia installations are set up at the venue to enable visitors to experience the magic and fun of special effects tricks. The HKFA has teamed up with the Hong Kong Design Institute and invited its students to digitally recreate the hand-crafted special effects scenes from old Hong Kong films. Their finished works have been curated into "Cantonese Films across the Past and the Present" and are also on display in the exhibition.

 

The development of special effects in Hong Kong cinema ranging from scenes to make-up is being displayed along with numerous artefacts, film clips of special effects sequences and videos of interviews with professionals

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) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve 10am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Opening hours of museum facilities are;

Box Office - 12noon to 8pm (or 15 minutes after the last screening)

Resource Centre – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday and public holidays 1pm to 5pm

Exhibition Hall – opens 10am to 8pm but is closed when no exhibition is taking place.

For further information see;

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

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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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BEAR IN MIND (until 30th June 2017)

The "Bear in Mind" exhibition, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is being held from 3rd December 2016 until 30th June 2017 in the Art Square at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, displaying two outdoor artwork installations related to memories. Art Square has hosted three large-scale outdoor exhibitions with more than 1.8 million visitors since its opening in February 2014.

The exhibition features two artworks by Hong Kong artists that help people revisit memories. One installation, "Post a Memory to the Future", created by William Lim, comprises six covered bamboo pavilions based on the concept of a "temporary post office" and inspired by a defunct post office near the former Kowloon Station in Tsim Sha Tsui. The artist also reminisces about the scenery and memories by hanging postcards with images of old Hong Kong inside and outside the pavilion. The artwork not only serves as a display of remembrance, but also enables visitors to revive and experience the joy of writing letters.

The other artwork installation, "Contemplation of Lovingkindness" by Mok Yat-san, is a set of five stainless steel sculptures combining elements of Chinese ink art and the contemporary landscape. The sculptures create a surreal and dreamlike landscape scene, yet items like banyan trees and hexagonal rock columns commonly seen in Hong Kong draw viewers back to reality, signifying the inseparable relationship between the natural world and people in the urban environment. It also reminds people of the importance of treasuring and preserving nature.



"Contemplation of Lovingkindness" by Mok Yat-san reminds people of the importance of treasuring and preserving nature.

In addition, the Education Programmes Partner, soundpocket, will hold a series of sound art activities for this exhibition to invite participants to listen to stories about local culture and society and arouse their memories of the city.

For further details see;

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Arts/en_US/web/ma/program01.html

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T-REX REVEALED – THE AUGMENTED + VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE (until 1st March 2017)

An exhibition "T-Rex Revealed - The Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience" is being held at Hong Kong Science Museum from 2nd December 2016 to 1st March 2017. Using pioneering technologies, the exhibition takes visitors back to the prehistoric world 66 million years ago to have a close encounter with dinosaurs.

"T-Rex Revealed - The Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience" is the first exhibition in Hong Kong to integrate cutting-edge technology with the latest scientific achievements. Different from traditional dinosaur exhibitions which only showcase precious fossils, relevant illustrations and text, this exhibition allows visitors to interact with dinosaurs with the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. Visitors can enjoy an immersive and adventurous experience in a vivid world of dinosaurs.

In the exhibition, various interactive exhibits employing the latest AR technology enable visitors to have a close encounter with dinosaurs and learn about their body structure and living habits, such as how they protected their nests and eggs and went hunting. Visitors will even have an opportunity to fly through ancient forests to look for dinosaur footprints with a VR technology-based exhibit in the exhibition.

Photo shows a virtual reality (VR) technology-based exhibit in the exhibition. Visitors can fly through the sky of a virtual Cretaceous world and follow dinosaur footprints with VR headsets.

The exhibition is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and jointly presented by the Hong Kong Science Museum and Globe Creative Limited, with National Geographic as the media partner and Xiaomi Inc. providing technical support.

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. 10am to 9pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Admission is HK$20 (HK$10 for seniors 60 and over). Children under 4 and full time Hong Kong students free. Free admission for all on Wednesdays. Box Office closes one hour before museum closing time.

For further information see;

http://hk.science.museum/ms/trex2016/eindex.html

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LOST TREASURES OF THE SHIQU BAOJI IN HONG KONG – SELECTION OF CHINESE PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHIES FROM THE XUBAIZHAI COLLECTION, HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART (until 20th March 2017) 

The "Lost Treasures of the Shiqu Baoji in Hong Kong - Selection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphies from the Xubaizhai Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art" exhibition is on view from 20th November 2016 to 20th March 2017 at the Chao Shao-an Gallery of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

The exhibition showcases thirteen Qing imperial items including precious paintings and calligraphy from the Xubaizhai Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, with works by the Emperor Qianlong and a calligraphic work by Ming dynasty artist Dong Qi-chang.

Shiqu Baoji is the name given to the catalogues of the Qing imperial collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy during the Qianlong period. Many of the works recorded in the catalogues became scattered or lost amidst the demise of the Qing dynasty. This exhibition showcases thirteen works that are related to the Shiqu Baoji. All were previously owned by Emperor Qianlong and stamped with the seals of the Shiqu Baoji. The works comprise two Buddhist sutras dating from the Tang dynasty; an illustrated work attributed to the Song dynasty; three calligraphic works by Ming masters and seven paintings from the Qing dynasty.

The exhibition also draws on the content of the Shiqu Baoji to illustrate how antiquities from the Qing imperial collection crossed the world via Hong Kong in the past century, examining the crucial role the city played in collecting and preserving Chinese antiquities in the past.

 

Picture shows handscroll "Autumn mountains" by Tang Dai (partial)

The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It is part of the "In Touch with Palace Museum" campaign being held by LCSD from November 2016 to August 2017. The entire campaign is organised with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the major partner.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin , a 3-minute walk from MTR Che Kung Temple Station. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

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CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION – THE GRAND WEDDINGS OF THE QING EMPERORS (until 27th February 2017) 

The grand weddings of the Qing emperors were majestic state ceremonies, and even were the most solemn celebrations within the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty. Hong Kong Heritage Museum is holding a large-scale exhibition "Ceremony and Celebration - The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors" from 30th November 2016 to 27th February 2017 to allow members of the public to appreciate stunning exhibits from the imperial weddings, as well as learn more about the extremely elaborate rituals and procedures of the emperors' weddings.

The Hong Kong Government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department has, over the years, been actively fostering ties with top-notch museums in Mainland China, with a view to strengthening the public's understanding of Chinese culture through history, art and science. This exhibition is a cultural feast the Palace Museum has presented for Hong Kong. The superb craftsmanship of the wedding items not only demonstrates the splendour of the imperial palace, but also enhances visitors' understanding of the culture of wedding etiquette.

The exhibition showcases the grand weddings of the Qing emperors by displaying 153 sets of valuable exhibits meticulously selected from the collections of rarities at the Palace Museum. These documents, portraits, costumes, personal ornaments, dowry objects, wedding ritual objects and court musical instruments, among others, serve to showcase the grand weddings of the emperors.

Highlight exhibits include 10 meticulously executed pictures selected from the comprehensive illustrated record of the grand wedding of Zaitian (the Guangxu Emperor), with a total length of 12 metres; a gold seal engraved with "Huanghou zhibao" (Empress's seal) and surmounted by a dragon knob; a bright yellow lined male dragon robe with kesi tapestry gold dragon, bat, cloud and double happiness motifs; a bright red quilted dragon robe embroidered with eight dragon-phoenix and double happiness roundels; a wooden saddle with gemstone inlays and "golden walnut wood" veneer; an iron helmet with gold filigree; and a duomu flask used in traditional Manchu weddings.

 

Among the gifts presented in a betrothal ceremony and presentation of grand wedding gifts, an iron helmet with gold filigree, which is on display at the exhibition.

The thematic galleries also display replicas of the Chinese emperor wedding room and the Empress's Phoenix Chair, enabling the visitors to explore the splendour of the Qing royal weddings. Artefacts highlighting regional marriage practices will also be displayed, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the commoners' wedding practices.

 

Replica of the bedroom in the Palace of Earthly Tranquility, which is on display at the exhibition, enabling the visitors to learn about the Chinese emperor and empress wedding room.

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Palace Museum, with sole sponsorship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It is one of the exhibitions in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Series 2016/17. The Hong Kong Design Institute is the supporting organisation regarding production of interactive programmes.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin , a 3-minute walk from MTR Che Kung Temple Station. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

For further information see the museum’s website;

http://hk.heritage.museum/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid239.html

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A VISIONARY THINKER: DR SUN YAT-SEN AND HIS BLUEPRINT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (until 22nd February 2017) 

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Dr Sun Yat-sen's birth, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum will launch various celebratory programmes, including an exhibition entitled "A Visionary Thinker: Dr Sun Yat-sen and His Blueprint for Economic Development" and a Fun Day to commemorate this great historical figure.

The "A Visionary Thinker: Dr Sun Yat-sen and His Blueprint for Economic Development" exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The exhibition runs from 11th November 2016 to 22nd February 2017, featuring valuable artefacts, historical photos and interactive exhibits that reveal Dr Sun's blueprint for national reconstruction and his "grand vision".

Highlight exhibits include Dr Sun's written work "The International Development of China", railway plans illustrating the national railway network, a share certificate of the Chaochow-Swatow Railway Company in 1909, and photos of Dr Sun's study of industry in China. These items and others will allow visitors to learn about the Dr Sun's blueprint for national economic reconstruction and the accomplishments of his economic master plan, which ultimately led to the construction of modern China.

 

Photo shows the share certificate of Chaochow-Swatow Railway Company in 1909. The share certificate is on display at the exhibition.

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

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FASHION + PAPER, SCISSORS AND ROCK (until 6th February 2017)

An exhibition "Fashion + Paper, Scissors and Rock" is being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 24th September 2016 until 6th February 2017. Combining fashion design and craftsmanship, fashion designers and artists have worked collaboratively with traditional craftsmen to reflect the unique culture of Hong Kong in the exhibition. Visitors can experience the passion of Hong Kong designers and the persistence of traditional craftsmen while appreciating the creative exhibits.

For the exhibition, five young fashion designers and artists were invited to take part in cross-disciplinary collaboration with six groups of traditional craftsmen, creating works of fashion which showcase the culture of Hong Kong.

Koyo William Cheung collaborated with gilding master Lai Yui-kwong. The designer incorporated the most important aspect of gilding - the even application of force - into his work "Finding Balance in Life" to express the traditional Chinese philosophy of yin and yang and tai chi.

Inspired by copperware making masters Luk Shu-choi and Luk Keung-choi, as well as Cantonese opera headgear making teacher Chow Yin-wen, Meiyi Cheung created her work "Lost in Possession" without technology, machines or electronics to reflect the creativity of humans.

Tricia Flanagan worked collaboratively with rattan weaving factory owner Chan Chor-kiu. She created a signature sound for each costume in her series "Cricket Songs" by harnessing the resonance of different materials used for cricket cages and amplifying the vibration of the digital bugs inside.

 

"Cricket Songs" by artist Tricia Flanagan in collaboration with rattan weaving factory owner Chan Chor-kiu

Evoking a journey along the Silk Road, Kenny Li created "The Six Hues of Guanyin" with paper-crafting master Kenneth Mo. The designer used different techniques such as folding, printing and paper crafting to provide a new interpretation of Guanyin's costumes.

Working with Guangcai porcelain painting factory owner Joseph Tso, Singchin Lo started his work "Pass and Present" from a dining table. Guangcai patterns have been applied to fashion design and household items so that Guangcai techniques and culture can remain present in daily lives.

 

"Pass and Present" by designer Singchin Lo in collaboration with Guangcai porcelain painting factory owner Joseph Tso

Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin , a 3-minute walk from MTR Che Kung Temple Station. It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve. Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is free.

For further information regarding the exhibition see the museum's website;

http://hk.heritage.museum/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid237.html

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FROM SON OF HEAVEN TO COMMONER: PUYI, THE LAST EMPEROR OF CHINA (until 13th February 2017)

To mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of the last emperor of China, Puyi, and the 105th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, a new exhibition entitled "From Son of Heaven to Commoner: Puyi, the Last Emperor of China" is being staged at Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence from 26th August 2016 until 13th February 2017. The exhibition will showcase invaluable artefacts, historical photos and videos relating to the last emperor of China, allowing members of the public to learn more of the history of modern China.

The early 20th century saw the end of China's imperial period, which had spanned more than 2,000 years, and the establishment of the Republic of China. Puyi experienced a very unusual life, from being an emperor to becoming a commoner. Puyi was crowned and deposed three times during his life, and lived through several critical periods of history including the late Qing dynasty and early Republican China, the Warlord Period, the period of the puppet Manchu government, the War of Resistance Against Japan, the Pacific War and the founding of New China. The exhibition is very meaningful as the public can follow the life of Puyi and gain more insight into the history of modern China.

According to Qing rituals, the emperor had to wear ceremonial court dress at his coronation ceremony. The exhibition is displaying a replica of the dragon robe worn by Puyi when he ascended to the throne at about 3 years old. (Collection of the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State.)

The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Jilin Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State. It features more than 70 sets of exhibits, including an imported gramophone and a camera from Puyi's sojourn in Tianjin, commemorative medals, official memorials to the throne and the order of appointment from the Manchukuo period as well as Puyi's personal diary and smoking utensils from his time as a commoner in contemporary China. This exhibition showcases the ups and downs of Puyi and also the social changes and upheaval that China underwent in this period.

 

A camera used by Puyi is displayed at the exhibition. When Puyi was still living in the Forbidden City, he developed an interest in a Western lifestyle and modern gadgets under the influence of his English teacher, Reginald Fleming Johnston. (Collection of the Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State.)

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is located at 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan It is open from 10am to 5pm during October to February and 10am to 6pm during March to September. The museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Closes at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve. Admission is free.

The museum is about 15 minutes walk from Shau Kei Wan MTR Station (Exit B2) and Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus and the route is marked by the tourist direction signs.

For further information see;

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

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 "BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (five-year exhibition, runs from 20th July 2013 until 2018)

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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