BOTTICELLI AND HIS TIMES -MASTERWORKS FROM THE UFFIZI (to 24th February 2021)
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Botticelli and His Times - Masterworks from the Uffizi" exhibition runs from 21st October 2020 at Hong Kong museum of Art.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to strengthening our position as an international arts and culture metropolis. As part of its efforts, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has been collaborating with prestigious museums across the globe to bring world-class exhibitions to Hong Kong over the years.
This year, to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Italy, it brings this exceptional exhibition from the world-famous Uffizi collection of Italian Renaissance art to Hong Kong. This is not the first time the city has been spellbound by the beauty of Italian art. However this exhibition, which consists of curatorial elements that truly connect Italian art with the local community and reflects Hong Kong-Italian co-operation at its finest, is unique in every way.
"Madonna and Child with St John" by Sandro Botticelli
Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the LCSD and the Uffizi Galleries last year, this exhibition, as the first collaboration, will definitely usher in more opportunities for cultural exchanges and closer ties in future. I certainly look forward to our further collaboration with the Uffizi Galleries to bring more amazing exhibitions in the years to come.
The Renaissance is a cultural movement that brought profound influence on human civilisation across Europe in various fields. Visitors to our exhibition will feast their eyes on 42 pieces of priceless works of art, with the largest number by Sandro Botticelli. The exhibition would not have been possible without the unswerving support of collaborating partners and the Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong, the most crucial person behind the MoU and the show. Gratitude also goes to first-time partner, the internationally prestigious Uffizi Galleries; as well as to long-term partner, the sole sponsor of the exhibition, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Chinese-Italian Cultural Society and the First Initiative Foundation have also provided staunch support and dedication.
The HKMoA is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
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. For details of the exhibition and the admission arrangements see;
"20/20 HONG KONG PRINT ART EXHIBITION" (until 22 February 2021) AND "BETWEEN THE LINES - THE LEGEND OF HONG KONG PRINTING" (until 22 February 2021)
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is hosting two exhibitions "20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition" and "Between the Lines - The Legends of Hong Kong Printing" from 7th October 2020 to 22nd February 2021. They will showcase print art by local artists and introduce traditional printing techniques in Hong Kong.
The two exhibitions are co-presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Open Printshop. It is co-organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Open Printshop.
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of both the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Open Printshop. The museum and the Printshop therefore joined forces to co-organise the "20/20 HONG KONG PRINT ART EXHIBITION". By using 20 questions related to print art as introductory remarks and each to be answered by 20 different sets of artworks, the exhibition shows how diversified and multifaceted graphic art can be. The selected artworks include prints by masters and the latest creations by young artists. Visitors can, in the exhibition, observe how the concepts of print art cross over with new media such as computer animation, 3D printing and augmented reality, and appreciate how printmaking techniques can be applied to creative works like illustration, design, zines and other cultural products.
"Raindrop Focus II"
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"BETWEEN THE LINES - THE LEGENDS OF HONG KONG PRINTING" presents to visitors an array of interesting stories about movable type and lithography, two traditional printing methods. Besides showcasing the lost art of traditional printing techniques, the exhibition illustrates how young designers are injecting their creativity into a new generation of printed products, reviving and transforming the traditions of movable type and letterpress printing.
Picture shows the exhibit "Heidelberg Windmill Platen Press"
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"20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition" and "Between the Lines - The Legends of Hong Kong Printing" will be held at Thematic Galleries 3, 4 and 5 on the first floor of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The two exhibitions offer free admission.
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is implementing special arrangements and precautionary measures. Please visit the museum's website or details.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin.
A TASTE OF LIFE: THE COLLECTION AND CONNOISSEURSHIP OF MR LOW CHEUK-TIEW (until 24th February 2021)
The exhibition "A Taste for Life: The Collection and Connoisseurship of Mr Low Chuck-tiew" is running from 1st October 2020 until 24th February 2021 at the Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA). The Xubaizhai Collection houses a highly acclaimed archive of Chinese painting and calligraphy.
Showcasing more than 40 representative works, the exhibition takes a look at the aesthetic tastes and expertise of the late collector Mr Low Chuck-tiew (1911-1993), and shares the personal stories behind his acquisition of these outstanding works, leading visitors to understand his lifelong journey of art connoisseurship.
"Spring trees in Jiangnan" by Huang Binhong (1865-1955)
Mr Low, the founder of the Xubaizhai Collection, was a collector as well as a connoisseur of art. Enjoying a close association with Chinese painting and calligraphy throughout his life and inspired by a passion for traditional Chinese culture, he invested great efforts in collecting Chinese paintings and calligraphy. He was well versed in literature and history, very familiar with the styles of individual artists and highly perceptive when it came to the appreciation of Chinese painting and calligraphy.
The Xubaizhai Collection comprises Chinese painting and calligraphy works dating from the fifth century to the 20th century, with particular strengths in the Ming and Qing dynasties, representing the development of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. In 1989, Mr Low donated his considerable art collection to the HKMoA. In giving the collection to the museum, he hoped to preserve his collection and make it available for public display and appreciation in order to maximise its educational value for the coming generations, and promote Chinese art and culture.
The HKMoA is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. 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. For details of the exhibition and the admission arrangements see;
FIGHTING VIRUSES - INNOVATIONS TO SAFEGUARD OUR HEALTH (until 3rd February 2021)
Hong Kong Science Museum reopened on 23rd September 2020 and has launched a new special exhibition, "Fighting Viruses - Innovations to Safeguard Our Health", to present a general introduction to coronaviruses, as well as the scientific principles of antiviral treatments and preventive vaccines. Through the display of the research and development (R&D) achievements in combating the epidemic led by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the exhibition also reveals how local R&D teams are making use of innovative technology to safeguard public health during the once-in-a-century pandemic.
The rapid worldwide spread of the epidemic has imposed persistent and long-term threats to global public health. In the face of this crisis, scientists and innovators at HKUST joined the global community to innovate new solutions for virus prevention, mitigation and treatment. Some of these research projects have made solid achievements that are adopted by numerous venues, including schools, residential care homes for the elderly and museums. The innovations have offered a huge contribution in combating the epidemic.
The exhibition features seven of the research projects led by HKUST, including a smart fever screening system, geofencing technology for home quarantine monitoring, smart MAP-1 coating, target identifying for vaccines, and a natural language processing system applied in medical research. Visitors can have a glimpse of the latest technology in fighting coronaviruses and understand more about the development of local scientific research.
Photo shows disinfectant products that make use of the smart MAP-1 coating to kill a wide spectrum of viruses, bacteria and hard-to-kill spores
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and HKUST. Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Science Museum is implementing special opening hours and admission arrangements. See the museum's website for details;
THE SHAW PRIZE 2020 EXHIBITION (until 18th November 2020)
Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum will present "The Shaw Prize 2020 Exhibition" from 23rd September to 18th November 2020 to introduce the Shaw Laureates this year and their outstanding contributions, as well as the basic science knowledge in the respective academic fields. Visitors will be able to understand more about the major efforts and achievements contributed by the top scientists worldwide.
The Shaw Prize, which consists of three annual awards, namely the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science and Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences, was established in November 2002. The Shaw Prize is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields and have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, or have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, or have achieved excellence in other domains.
The Shaw Laureate in Astronomy is Professor Roger D Blandford, the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, the United States. He has made significant contributions to theoretical astrophysics, especially concerning the fundamental understanding of active galactic nuclei, the formation and collimation of relativistic jets, the energy extraction mechanism from black holes, and the acceleration of particles in shocks and their relevant radiation mechanisms.
The three Shaw Laureates in Life Science and Medicine are Professor Gero Miesenböck, the Waynflete Professor of Physiology and Director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford, the United Kingdom; Professor Peter Hegemann, the Hertie Professor for Neuroscience and the Head of the Department of Biophysics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany; and Professor Georg Nagel, the Professor for Molecular Plant-Physiology, the Physiological Institute - Department of Neuroscience, University of Würzburg, Germany. They have been striving for the development of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionised neuroscience.
The two Shaw Laureates in Mathematical Sciences are Professor Alexander Beilinson, the David and Mary Winton Green University Professor at the University of Chicago, the United States, and Professor David Kazhdan, the Professor of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. They have made profound contributions to representation theory and many other areas of mathematics.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Shaw Prize Foundation, and organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Education Bureau and Hong Kong Education City.
The exhibition is located at the 1/F Main Lobby of the Science Museum.
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In addition, the details of the Shaw Laureates in Astronomy will also be on display at the foyer of the Space Museum until 28th December 2020.
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum are implementing special opening hours and admission arrangements. Please visit the Science Museum's and Space Museum's websites for details. Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE (until 11th October 2020)
"The Practice of Everyday Life" exhibition runs from 27th June to 11th October 2020 at Oi! in North Point. The exhibition aims to inspire the concept of green living and explore the feasibility of embedding environmental-friendliness into our daily practices through different exhibits and interactions with visitors.
Seven groups of creative practitioners as well as their research and creative partners, each working within their own creative aspects, were invited to look for sustainable alternatives developed from research, experiments and artistic displays. The exhibits encourage visitors to adopt sustainable practices through their imaginations and actions to reshape the future by means of creativity in fashion, transport, recycling, upcycling and planting etc.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by Oi! with curation partners Stephanie Cheung, Vangi Fong and Nicky Liang.
Creative Practitioners include Coutou Woodworking Studio, Toby Crispy@Fashion Clinic, MUDWORK, Kevin Cheung, Monti Lai, Lo Lai-lai and Yat Ching.
"Biking Simulator" by Kevin Cheung, Eddy Hui and Tin Kwong Ride
Research Partners include Ichi Chan, Lam Che, Kishimoto Ho Wing-yee, Angie Ng, Little Green Feet, Tin Kwong Ride and Waste No Mall.
Creative Partners include Cho Wing-ki, Eddy Hui, Lam Kin-choi, Ivy Wong, Kathy Wong, Phoebe Wong and Human Ip.
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong (MTR Fortress Hill Station Exit A). It is open 10am to 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays and 2pm to 8pm on Mondays. Admission is free.
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In view of the COVID-19 epidemic, special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented to help ensure public safety. Visitors to Oi! will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They are also advised to wear their own masks. Children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
STRIVING AND TRANSFORMING - THE HISTORY OF HONG KONG INDUSTRY (until 24th August 2020 - Extended to 5th October 2020)
Hong Kong Museum of History has launched a new exhibition "Striving and Transforming - The History of Hong Kong Industry" which runs from 17th June to 24th August 2020. Featuring some 1,200 exhibits of classic Hong Kong-made products, the exhibition reviews the history of Hong Kong industry over the past century, shows how industrialists strived for success, and pays tribute to the working class for their contributions to the booming of industry.
As early as the 19th century, while there were family workshops, a number of foreign merchants also developed industries in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's industry germinated in the early 20th century as Chinese industrialists started taking part, triggering diversification, greater use of machinery and increases in production capacity. This was reflected by the production of firecrackers, electric torches, pressure lanterns, footwear and knitwear, which were popular in overseas markets.
After World War II, Hong Kong was transformed from an entrepôt to an export-oriented industrial economy, with its export volume leading the world. Hong Kong industry celebrated its heyday in the 1970s. Worldwide bestselling products like transistor radios, plastic goods, toys, garments, timepieces, vacuum flasks and cameras represented how "Made in Hong Kong" became an internationally recognised brand. In recent years, Hong Kong industries have undergone another structural change, but Hong Kong has remained a base for decision making, product design and promotion, and is also exploring new possibilities in the high-technology and creative industries.
Picture shows locally made thermos flasks
Co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the exhibition is being held at the Special Exhibition Gallery of the museum. For details of the exhibition see;
In view of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hong Kong Museum of History is partially open. Special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented to help ensure public safety. Visits will be arranged in sessions to limit visitor flow. Visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They are also advised to wear their own masks.
Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui. It is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Tuesdays (except on public holidays). Admission is free.
TEA WARE FROM YIXING: GEM OF ZISHA IN THE K.S. LO COLLECTION OF THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE (until 31st July 2021)
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is holding a new exhibition, "Tea Ware from Yixing: Gems of Zisha in The K.S. Lo Collection of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware", from 22nd May 2020 until 31st July 2021. Featuring more than 100 items of zisha ware, the exhibition showcases works by renowned teapot makers of the Ming and Qing dynasties and the 20th century, as well as demonstrates the diverse aspects of the art of zisha pottery.
Dr Lo Kwee-seong began to collect tea ware in the 1950s. He generously donated his collection to the former Urban Council of Hong Kong in 1981, prompting the founding of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
Zisha ware flourished in the Ming and Qing dynasties. After the late Ming dynasty, more members of the literati participated directly in the production of zisha teapots, creating a specialism that comprised shaping, poems and lyrics, calligraphy, painting, seal engraving and sculpture in a single form factor. Through the display of various types of zisha ware from different periods, ranging from zisha tea ware, writing instruments and snuff bottles to pottery pillows and small ornaments, the exhibition demonstrates the individuality and contemporary appeal of zisha pottery, as well as the creativity of the contemporary Yixing potters.
Highlight exhibits include a pear-shaped export teapot from the Qing dynasty, as well as a globular teapot with a rounded shoulder, a teapot with a dragon handle and three legs and a mango-shaped coloured clay teapot from the 20th century.
Teapot with a dragon handle and three legs from the 20th century
To enhance the experience of zisha art and the literati way of life, a demonstration video of how to make a zisha teapot by Hong Kong ceramic artist Wong May-lee and an education corner featuring the setting of a study of a member of the literati have been set up inside galleries.
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In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware will be partially open. Special arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented to help ensure public safety. Visits will be arranged in sessions to limit visitor flow.
ELEVEN EXHIBITIONS ON REOPENING OF HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART
After major expansion and renovation, the Hong Kong Museum of Art reopened on 30th November 2019 with eleven exhibitions.
The exhibitions comprise a series of collection exhibitions representing the cultural legacy in the museum's holdings, namely "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum", "From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong", "A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection", "The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection", "Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection" and "The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities"; a series of exhibitions and displays on Hong Kong's art lineage in "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint", "Hong Kong Experience‧Hong Kong Experiment", "The Breath of Landscape" and "Rediscovering Landscape"; and an international blockbuster exhibition, "A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney".
"Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum", an exhibition of gems from the museum's collection, showcases exceptional works curated from the four core collections of the museum - Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. By sharing the fascinating stories behind these works, the exhibition will help visitors learn about little-known anecdotes of the museum throughout the 57 years since its founding.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong, the exhibition "From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong" showcases more than 100 representative paintings by Wu in two phases. The exhibition not only honours Wu's contributions to Chinese art, but also pays tribute to his artistic pursuits spanning over half a century.
The exhibition "A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection" displays around 70 selected works dating from the Ming dynasty to the 20th century in two phases to feature the uniqueness of the Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, a private collection established by the late philanthropist and collector Mr Ho Iu-kwong which was donated to the museum last year.
The renowned Xubaizhai Collection, also one of Hong Kong's three key collections of Chinese painting, was compiled by the late connoisseur of Chinese painting and calligraphy Mr Low Chuck-tiew, who spent nearly 50 years acquiring the invaluable treasures it contains. Showcasing more than 30 representative works dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties and up to the 20th century, "The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection" allows visitors to gain an insight into a selection of major works from the collection.
The Chater Collection is one of the most legendary collections of the museum. The artworks were scattered and lost during World War II. Thanks to the selfless acts of Hong Kong citizens, some of the works were rescued and several of these are on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection". The narrative of the exhibition is told through stories of how the artworks were kept hidden, scattered and eventually recovered during the war, shedding further light on a period of history filled with human spirit.
"The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities” features more than 300 items of art and antiques from different periods to illustrate how museum purchases and generous private donations form and shape the museum's comprehensive Chinese Antiquities collection.
Featuring a dialogue of 14 local artists and 14 highlight collections of the museum, the exhibition "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint" incorporates new elements into the four major collections showcased in the exhibition "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum". It tracks the people and stories behind the collections, allowing the artists to display their unlimited imagination inspired by the classics to explore new creative possibilities, along with an artistic representation of contemporary Hong Kong.
The development of Hong Kong art has been a unique local experience. With innovation triggered by different ways of life, local artists have exerted the spirit of experimentation in their works over the past decades. The "Hong Kong Experience‧Hong Kong Experiment" exhibition makes use of the museum's collection accumulated over half a century to capture all these different experiences and experiments, portraying the development of Hong Kong art.
The exhibitions "The Breath of Landscape" and "Rediscovering Landscape" will feature interactive artworks by nine local artists, with Billy Tam as the leader. Based on a theme of nature and landscape, the exhibitions offer a unique art experience by bringing the sky, flowing water, mountains and breezes from nature into the museum's extended area, the Wing, as well as making use of its surroundings and the Art Square at Salisbury Garden, thereby dissolving the concept of museum walls and letting the museum extend and expand its interaction with audiences outside.
The thematic exhibition "A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney" is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Tate, the United Kingdom, and is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Tate. This first-ever collaboration between the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Tate represents an unprecedented opportunity to display works by Turner, Constable and Hockney in Hong Kong in the same exhibition. Drawn from Tate's world-famous collection, this exhibition features 76 works that illustrate the remarkable development of British landscape painting and its influence on European art from the 17th century to the present day. To complement the exhibition, the museum has invited Hong Kong artists to respond to the British artworks on display and the museum's own collection of landscape paintings. These local artists' multimedia creations will invite visitors to explore the exhibition with a unique Hong Kong experience. The displays of "The Breath of Landscape" and "Rediscovering Landscape" will also echo the exhibition.
Hong Kong Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
For a better visiting experience, those wishing to visit the museum are advised to make online reservations for admission time slots via the museum's website;
"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 2026*)
*THE CURRENT EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL 31st DECEMBER 2020. THE EXHIBITION WILL THEN BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND "REFRESHED". IT IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2021
2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and runs for five years until 20th July 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
The exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee and the exhibition gallery houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study to enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition
Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. The exhibition takes visitors on a marvellous journey through the life and achievements of Lee: from a rebellious street fighting child growing up in Kowloon to accomplished Hollywood actor and director and revered kung fu master.
Bruce Lee was born on 27th November 1940, in San Francisco. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a celebrated Cantonese opera actor and his mother, Ho Oi-yee, was a daughter of prominent Hong Kong businessman Ho Kom-tong. Lee was brought back to Hong Kong when he was a newborn. Because of his father's strong connections to the world of show business, Lee first came into contact with cinema when he was an infant, making his silver screen debut as a baby in the Cantonese film "Golden Gate Girl", shot in the US in 1941. Outstanding performances in the films "The Kid" (1950) and "Infancy" (1951) earned him praise as a "genius child actor". He left for the US to pursue his studies in 1959 after finishing a final film in Hong Kong, "The Orphan" (1960).
Lee was passionate about martial arts when he was small. He became a student of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man at the age of 13. After he went to the US, the lifestyles and world views of Western society became catalysts for his new conception of the philosophy of martial arts. He began teaching Wing Chun when he was studying at Edison Technical School in Seattle, and later, in 1962, he founded his own Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute at a permanent venue. He also named the martial arts system that had been brewing in his mind Jeet Kune Do - a style with no fixed technical movements and no specific forms.
In 1965, Lee was invited by 20th Century Fox to play the role of Kato in the US TV series "The Green Hornet". His agile and skilful kung fu alerted Hong Kong film producers to his talents, and in 1971 he returned to Hong Kong to resume his career and starred in a number of sensational movies, including "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon" (1972) and "Enter the Dragon" (1972). His true and hard-hitting kung fu and jaw-dropping nunchaku skills mesmerised audiences. Lee not only took Chinese kung fu films to the international market but also reached the peak of his life and his career. Sadly, he died suddenly during the shooting of his last film, "The Game of Death", on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.
Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-metre-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.
Displays from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life exhibition
The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.
To mark the first anniversary of the exhibition, in July 2014 the museum introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays to add a new dimension to our appreciation of the life of the iconic kung fu master. These include Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona (named Lee) in the film "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from the Bruce Lee Foundation), the metal claw designed by Lee as a prop for "Enter the Dragon" (loaned from Hong Kong collector Mr Stanley Zau Chwan-yeu) and a booked titled "Hu Wei San Jie Gun" ("Tiger Tail Three-section Cudgel") from Lee's personal library (loaned from American collector Mr Perry Lee).
In addition, the main panel at the entrance of the exhibition has been replaced by a new design created by acclaimed Hong Kong computer animator Mr Shannon Ma, which shows Lee's more graceful side. It also offers visitors the chance to be photographed alongside an image of Lee, in which he is wearing sunglasses and a confident smile.
The new main panel at the exhibition entrance, introduced to mark its first anniversary allows visitors to be photographed alongside the star.
To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organise a series of education and extension programmes with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.
To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums" (www.facebook.com/VisitHKMuseums), a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.
During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website at blor.lcsd.gov.hk. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.
Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:
* Phase 1: From 10am on 4th July onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th July to August 19th)
* Phase 2: From 10am on 1st August onwards (for exhibition dates from 20th August to 20th September)
Interested parties will only be allowed to make reservations for a maximum of three viewing sessions and four tickets for each session during each phase of online reservation while the quota lasts. The quota will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 with a half-price concession available for full-time Hong Kong students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The museum is within three minutes walk of Che Kung Temple Station, on MTR Ma On Shan Line.
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