MATERIAL TALES - THE LIFE OF THINGS (until 18th October 2023)
HONG KONG SCIENCE
MUSEUM has launched a new
exhibition, "Material Tales - The Life of Things", running from 19th
May until 18th October 2023.
In collaboration with the Design Museum,
London, the Hong
Kong Science Museum
brings its touring exhibition to Hong Kong for the first
time in a new light.
The exhibition is not only a first-time collaboration between the Design Museum, London, and the Hong Kong Science Museum, but the objects displayed also tell amazing and inspiring stories of how design and technology have been shaping human civilisation. The exhibition showcases the research outcomes in sustainable materials by local scientists and it is hoped that the exhibition will inspire the younger generation to pursue their passion for science and technology, nurture young talent, and benefit society at large.
The exhibition uses bamboo, which is a biodegradable and versatile material, as its design concept. Divided into four zones, the exhibition starts from the origins and characteristics of materials. Through everyday items such as classic chairs and tableware, images, videos and artworks, this exhibition showcases how humans have applied ingenious technology and design to transform various materials to make life more comfortable and convenient while at the same time endowed materials with boundless imagination. Visitors will be able to appreciate the contribution of the earth's resources to the ascent of humans and reflect on the disastrous consequences of the ravenous consumption of natural resources through exploring the stories behind materials.
Apart from over 100 exhibits from the London Design Museum collection, the exhibition also showcases locally developed innovative products, such as "Lightweight Foamed Concrete" that is lighter in weight than normal concrete used in the construction industry; the "Celluwarm Puffer Jacket" made from spent corn husks and stalks; takeaway packaging that uses "Biocide-Free Germ-Repellent Varnish for Paper Products", as well as eco-friendly tableware made from plant-based waste and biodegradable plastic. Visitors can also learn about the scientific properties and applications of different materials through specially designed interactive exhibits.
Panton chair made from injection-moulded polypropylene, designed by Verner Panton
The exhibition is staged at the special exhibition hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. For further details of the exhibition, opening hours and admission fee arrangements see;
TRACES OF HUMAN TOUCH (until further notice)
An exhibition, "Traces of Human Touch",
organised by the INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OFFICE (ICH Office) under the
Leisure and Cultural Services Department is open to the public from 19th May 2023 until further notice. The
exhibition is located at CLP Pulse, which has been revitalised from a
Grade 1 historic building. Ten items of traditional craftsmanship and
performing arts which belong to local intangible cultural heritage (are
showcased in the exhibition to enhance the understanding by the public of
the preservation and transmission of intangible cultural heritage. Despite
having no physical form, intangible cultural heritage is an important element
for community cohesion. Through oral traditions and practical applications,
intangible cultural heritage can be transmitted from generation to generation.
Traditional craftsmanship meets the needs of everyday life while performing
arts foster a rich and colourful existence. All these give tangible
expression to intangible beliefs, etiquettes and customs as well as aesthetic
The guest curator of the exhibition "Traces of Human Touch", Stanley Siu, makes use of the exhibits, interactive installations and videos to showcase three sections, namely "Apparel and Footwear", "Ornaments and Decorations" and "Words and Sounds", with 10 intangible cultural heritage items including the Hong Kong cheongsam-making technique, leather shoe-making technique, wooden furniture-crafting technique, patterned band-weaving technique, karat gold jewellery-making technique, jade carving technique, movable-type printing technique, putting up huichun (spring scrolls), seal carving technique and nanyin (southern tunes). Through the display of these ICH items, vitality and creativity as a result of the interactions between master and apprentice are demonstrated.
Video and an interactive game of the intangible cultural
heritage item, putting up huichun (spring scrolls)
CLP Pulse is located at 147 Argyle Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon. Admission is free. The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. For further details of the exhibition see the ICH Office website;
OUT OF THIN AIR: HONG KONG FILM ARTS & COSTUME EXHIBITION (until 4th September 2023)
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services
Department and Hong Kong Film Arts Association, the "Out of Thin Air: Hong
Kong Film Arts & Costumes Exhibition" is being staged from 3rd May
until 4th September 2023 at the HONG
KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM.
The exhibition, one of the programmes of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival
2023, is the first comprehensive presentation of Hong Kong
film arts and costume designs which aims to document the development of film
arts in Hong Kong. Through the display of iconic
costumes, props, set designs, drawing manuscripts, paraphernalia, videos and
reconstructed scenes of workshops, the exhibition takes visitors into the world
behind the scenes for delving into the establishment of the Hong Kong film arts
profession, and learning about the nature of the Hong Kong film culture, and
the highly adaptable professionalism and creative inclusiveness of film
Films are a major part of Hong Kong's popular culture. Hong Kong films owe their success to the entire cast and crews' contributions, in which art and costume directors play an indispensable role. They transform written texts into exquisite and lifelike physical sets, props and costumes that match the plot and characters in the screenplay, shaping the worldview of films. The exhibition, involving more than three years of research and contributions from over 200 film companies and practitioners, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong to comprehensively showcase film arts and costumes of the movie industry.
Highlight exhibits including the valuable collection of costumes and props, which are on display in this exhibition for the very first time, are Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li's emperor and empress court robes in "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006); Linda Lin's qipao in "Love Without End" (1961); Maggie Cheung's red period costume in "Hero" (2002); Cora Miao's green plastic raincoat in "Love in a Fallen City" (1984); Brigitte Lin's smuggler lady costume in "Chungking Express" (1994); Karen Mok's Goddess Asura costume in "East Meets West" (2011); and Richard Ng's Chinese vampire costume in "Rigor Mortis" (2013). Exhibits related to props include a design drawing album of the Shaw Brothers Studio; a vampire hunter sword in "The Twins Effect" (2003); a special prop underwater horse in "Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon" (2013); 300 nursery rhymes in "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" (2013); and a Chinese luopan in "Rigor Mortis". The organiser has selected clips in over 100 Hong Kong films and produced a video, "Highlights of Hong Kong Film and Costume Design", which will be shown in the gallery to showcase the outstanding works of film art and costumes in Hong Kong over the years.
The "World in the Making" area of the exhibition
To tie in with the exhibition, a series of talks and workshops will be organised by the museum and the Hong Kong Film Arts Association. In addition, an oral history project, "The Architects of Dreams", which is a written documentation of 60 interviews of Hong Kong film arts and costume practitioners, will be progressively uploaded to the museum website for browsing.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. For further details of the exhibition see;
The first Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival aims to offer an array of programmes, from pop concerts and performances to thematic exhibitions, film screenings, outdoor and outreach activities showcasing Hong Kong's unique cultural creativity and vibrancy. For more information on other programmes of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival see;
LOVE LETTERS: EVERLASTING SENTIMENTS FROM THE XUBAIZHA COLLECTION (until 10th August 2023)
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART's exhibition "Love Letters:
Everlasting Sentiments from the Xubaizhai Collection" features 28 sets of
Chinese paintings and calligraphy works selected from its Xubaizhai collection.
The exhibition runs from 24th March to 10th
August 2023. While inviting audiences to discover the reserved and
implicit emotions encapsulated in Chinese paintings and calligraphy, the museum, in
a breakthrough method of displaying traditional Chinese ink art, invited Hong
Kong artist Tsang Kin-wah to create a site-specific video projection
installation "Freezing Water: Between Here and There" to bring
audiences into the emotional worlds of the artists now and then.
Selected exhibits of the "Love Letters: Everlasting Sentiments from the Xubaizhai Collection" exhibition include artworks by masters such as Zhang Daqian, Dong Qichang, Wen Zhengming. Their works are like love letters, revealing their sentiments such as romance, family ties, teacher-student bonds, friendship and patriotism.
Local artist Tsang started out creating text and pattern installations with paint and silkscreens, and later moved on to digital projection. He has started to use space in different ways to create sound and video installations through which a relationship is established with an audience. Inspired by the sentiments encapsulated in ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Tsang created the large-scale projection installation "Freezing Water: Between Here and There". Taking reference from the classic "one river, two banks" composition of Chinese landscape painting, the artist infused religious, literary and cinematic elements, as well as his personal experience in his work. Through the interplay of contrasting black and white images with high and low-pitched sounds, the artwork leads audiences on a journey to discover their inner feelings and emotional changes.
With love letters as the theme, the museum invites audiences
to discover the reserved and implicit emotions encapsulated in Chinese
paintings and calligraphy
The first phase of the exhibition and Tsang's art installation are now on display at the Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 2/F of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The gallery will be temporarily closed later for a change of exhibits. The second phase of the "Love Letters" exhibition will be launched on 8th September, which will be on display with Tsang's installation until 24th January 2024next year.
For further details of the exhibition see;
MISS YOU MUCH LESLIE EXHIBITION (until 9th October 2023)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of
superstar Leslie Cheung, HONG KONG
is presenting "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" from 29th March to 9th October 2023. Curated by three
close friends of Leslie Cheung, namely Ms Florence Chan, Mr William Chang and
Mr Wing Shya, the exhibition showcases Leslie Cheung's classic stage costumes,
old photos, vinyl records, music, film and TV works, awards and personal
collection, allowing visitors to revisit his outstanding achievements in music
and films as well as his influence on popular culture. The organiser extends
special thanks to Mr Daffy Tong for sharing the personal collection of
The first Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival will launch in April 2023, introducing iconic figures of Hong Kong's pop culture. As a pre-festival programme of the first Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" carries special meaning. Leslie Cheung is a classic icon of Hong Kong's popular culture, whose fans are across the globe. The museum has collaborated with three close friends of Leslie Cheung to stage this commemorating exhibition on the 20th anniversary of his passing, enabling visitors to look back on Leslie Cheung's achievements in performing arts.
Leslie Cheung (1956-2003) made his debut at a singing contest in 1977. With extraordinary talent and a unique style, he became one of Hong Kong's timeless superstars. His music style was versatile and he starred in many movies. His huge range of music, film and TV works over the years established his status as an icon in the glory days of Cantopop and Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. His artistic achievements have transcended time and space. He has profound influence on local pop culture.
Precious exhibits include Leslie Cheung's stage costumes at various concerts, such as the red cloak and suit with stonework and the pair of red high heels in his "Live in Concert 97", the outfit with white feathers and the pair of blue embellished jeans worn by him in his "Passion Tour" concert, and the meticulously crafted seashell culottes designed for him by a famous French designer. Apart from stage costumes, the exhibition also showcases some of his vinyl records and music, film and TV awards, such as the vinyl record of "For Your Heart Only" (White Edition), the vinyl record of "Stand Up" (Purple Edition), the Best Film Song of the 14th Hong Kong Film Awards - "Chase", and the Best Album Award of the Four Channels Song Award - "Untitled". Leslie Cheung's photo album "Celebration" photographed by Mr Shya and concert photos are also on display in the exhibition.
Leslie Cheung’s photo album “Celebration” photographed by Mr
To tie in with the exhibition, the museum is also staging a thematic display at the museum lobby showcasing Leslie Cheung's vinyl records and compact discs selected from the collection of the Hong Kong Central Library. It will last until mid-April.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and supported by Les FANmily. It is one of the pre-festival programmes of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival 2023.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. For further details of the exhibition see;
The first Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival organised by the LCSD aims to offer an array of programmes, from pop concerts and performances to thematic exhibitions, film screenings, outdoor and outreach activities, showcasing Hong Kong's unique cultural creativity and vibrancy.
DOKU HONG KONG EXPERIENCE CENTRE (until 27th August 2023)
The OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) is staging a new exhibition "DOKU Hong Kong Experience Centre" by Mainland new media artist Lu Yang from 18th March until 27th August 2023 at Oi! Glassie. Lu uses digital technology as an artistic means, hoping to broaden visitors' scope of thinking and provides new insights to the world which gradually relies more and more on artificial intelligence.
Modelling on the artist's own face through 3D scanning, Lu created a hyperrealistic digital avatar called "DOKU", a short form for "Dokusho Dokushi", which means "we are born alone, and we die alone" in 2020. The digital avatar reproduced almost perfectly the movements and textures of all facial expressions of the artist. In this exhibition, "DOKU" is presented as if the soul is travelling across the six realms of Buddhist reincarnation. Travelling freely across different geographical spaces and breaking physical limitations, "DOKU" is a vivid representation of the artist’s views on time and space, objectivity and subjectivity, and the essence of life and existence at philosophical and religious levels.
Living and working in Tokyo and Shanghai, Lu has attracted worldwide acclaim in recent years. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions in major international museums and institutions, and participated in large-scale thematic exhibitions including the Venice Biennale. Lu specialises in integrating elements of imagery, animation, video games and pop culture through digital technology, and explores topics on neuroscience and religion, while expressing thoughts on human's own "existence" through unique aesthetics.
The exhibition showcases six forms of the hyperrealistic digital avatar "DOKU", as if the soul is travelling across the six realms of Buddhist reincarnation
The exhibition, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by Oi!, is one of the exhibitions under the Oi! Spotlight project. The other two exhibitions of "Oi! Spotlight" are "Ventriloquists' Stone" by installation artist Nadim Abbas and "Hush‧Rush" by electronic musician and multimedia artist Choi Sai-ho, which have been open to the public from 1st March. Those exhibitions will be staged until 30th July. For further details see;
THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SERIES: JOAN MIRO - THE POETRY OF EVERYDAY LIFE (until 28th June 2023)
Hong Kong's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is collaborating with the Fundació Joan Miró, Spain for the first time to present "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Joan Miró - The Poetry of Everyday Life" exhibition, running from 3rd March to 28th June 2023 at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART showcasing over 90 masterpieces and media from different periods by Spanish modern art master Joan Miró. The exhibition is a rare large-scale retrospective showcase of Miró in Hong Kong in recent years. Visitors are able to learn more about how Miró, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, transformed everyday objects into abstract art with poetic intensity.
The Fundació Joan Miró, one of the world's highly acclaimed art institutions which was founded by the Spanish master himself, boasts the world's most comprehensive collection of Miró's works. This exhibition is the first collaboration between the Fundació Joan Miró and the LCSD. Over the years, the LCSD has collaborated with many top museums across the globe to bring the finest exhibitions to Hong Kong. The month of March marks the start of Hong Kong's yearly launch of arts and cultural events. This exhibition, together with the schedule of events to follow, including the Museum Summit to be held on the 24th and 25th of March, is expected to attract art lovers from Hong Kong and around the world, and strengthen the city's long-standing status as a well-known East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.
Miró is one of the most renowned Spanish artists of the 20th century. Along with Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, Miró is known as one of the three greats of Spanish modern art. He had a profound influence on modern art, and his pioneering approach, childlike imagery and vivid colours were very popular with artists of the time. Miró's love for all kinds of everyday objects and their intrinsic poetic qualities is apparent throughout his long and fruitful career. Linking art to life was one of his greatest aspirations, which was often realised by his unique ability to perceive the poetic qualities possessed by the most humble of items, turning ordinary objects into extraordinary art.
This exhibition presents 94 of Miró's artworks, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, lithographs, posters and audio-visual materials related to him, ranging from his early to late years, many of which come from the Fundació Joan Miró, founded by the master himself in 1975. The exhibition showcases his breakthroughs and achievements in different art media, offering visitors a retrospective look at Miró's creative career.
Sculpture works created with daily objects by Miró
The museum has specially invited local artists to create new art pieces, paying tribute to Miró's masterpieces and complementing the exhibition with a unique Hong Kong viewpoint. Inspired by Miró's poetic symbols, new media artist GayBird created a series of multimedia installations to explore how images and sounds are transformed into symbols.
Sharing Miró's quest for breakthroughs in using materials and different ways of expression, artist Leelee Chan created an original abstract piece with unconventional sculpture materials. Illustrator Zoie Lam teamed up with the museum's curatorial team to create an illustration booklet that presents iconic art features and approaches of the master. A Miró-style augmented reality scene is set up in the museum, offering viewers of all ages a glimpse of Miró's poetic world.
In addition, the museum has selected and put on display artworks by Zao Wou-ki, Wu Guanzhong, Luis Chan and Ha Bik-chuen from its own collection in the same gallery to highlight the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western artists in the comprehension of abstract art, creating a unique dialogue between the East and West.
The exhibition is located at the Special Gallery on the second floor of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The exhibition is solely sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, presented by the LCSD, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. As with all its donations, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's support for "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Joan Miró - The Poetry of Everyday Life" is made possible by its unique integrated business model through which racing and wagering generate tax revenue and charity support for the community, so as to act continuously for the betterment of the society.
For further details of the exhibition see;
Oi SPOTLIGHT (until 27th August 2023)
OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) invited three artists to join the "Oi! Spotlight" project, showcasing their latest artworks of digital technology, materiality and installation at three old and new exhibition spaces. The first two exhibitions, "Ventriloquists' Stone" by Nadim Abbas and "Hush‧Rush" by Choi Sai-ho are launched on 1st March and run until 30th July at Oi! Warehouse whilst "DOKU Hong Kong Experience Center" by mainland artist Lu Yang will open on 18th March and run until 27th August 2023 at Oi! Glassie.
Installation artist and active member of the Hong Kong art scene Abbas excels in fabricating complex and ambiguous scenarios that challenge the threshold of human cognition. In the "Ventriloquists' Stone" exhibition, he starts off by investigating the aesthetics of miniature dioramas by constructing a surrealistic landscape in the gallery. Employing a witty orchestration of sound, light and performance, audiences are invited to embark on a journey of strange recesses of the imagination. During the five-month exhibition period, the artist will adjust the content of the exhibition every week to bring the visitors different experiences.
Hong Kong electronic musician and multimedia artist Choi is adept at expanding the audience's imagination in time, geography and space through the interaction of sounds and moving images. With "Hush‧Rush" as the exhibition title, he uses 360 degree projections to showcase images of a beach and urban landscapes. Together with sounds of ocean waves and the beats of electronic music, Choi constructs a unique space in the exhibition gallery at Oi! Warehouse, which was once a yacht warehouse.
Hong Kong electronic musician and multimedia artist Choi Sai-ho's "Hush‧Rush" exhibition, where he uses 360 degree projections to construct a unique space in the exhibition gallery
Oi! is loctated at 12 Oil Street, North Point. The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by Oi!. For further information see;
TANGO BETWEEN IMAGES - HONG KONG FILMS & COMICS (until 8th October 2023)
HONG KONG FILM ARCHIVE is showing the "Tango Between Images - Hong Kong Films & Comics" exhibition from 24th February to 8th October 2023 at its Exhibition Hall, enabling film and comic fans to revisit the good old days.
The exhibition reviews Hong Kong films that were inspired or adapted from comics since the 1930s, leading the audiences to explore the influence of comics in the world of cinema. Some of these films are adapted from Chinese comics such as "Mr Wang", "Woo Lung Wong" and "Old Master Q" while some are adapted from Japanese comics like "Let's Go Slam Dunk" (1994), "Initial D" (2005) and "City Hunter" (1993) etc. There are also films adapted from very popular local comics such as the "Teddy Boy" comic series, the love story series "Feel 100%" and the wuxia comic series "Wind and Cloud", etc. Through exploring the similarities and differences between the films and their comic originals in terms of plots, characterisations and character designs, the exhibition illustrates how filmmakers have captured the essence of the original stories in films.
In addition to the comic-adapted films, some of the comics were presented to audiences as animated films. They include "Storm Rider - Clash of Evils" (2008) and "The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes - The Greatest Jail-Breaker" (2019), etc.
Exhibits that film and comic lovers must not miss are showcased at the exhibition. They include the manuscripts of comics, film scripts, design drawings of characters and film promotion materials.
Another highlight of the exhibition is a large-scale comic wall made up of comic books of several classic Hong Kong comic series. Visitors can also watch a video showing comic drawings, selected photos and clips of the film adaptations in an immersive space, crisscrossing the fantastical worlds of films and comics.
Large-scale comic wall made up of comic books of several classic Hong Kong comic series
Admission is free. For more details see;
To safeguard public health, all visitors are required to wear their own masks.
SELF-DISCIPLINE AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT: PEOPLE AND STORIES OF TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY (until 31st May 2023)
To mark the 112th anniversary of the founding of Tsinghua University, the "Self-discipline and Social Commitment: People and Stories of Tsinghua University" Special Exhibition is being held at the DR SUN YAT-SEN MUSEUM from 26th January to 31st May 2023 to let members of the public learn about the early development of Tsinghua University and experience the connections between Tsinghua and Hong Kong through showcasing historical documents from the University.
Founded in 1911 and located in Beijing's scenic Tsinghua Garden which is originally an imperial garden during the Qing dynasty, Tsinghua is a world-renowned Chinese institute of tertiary education. It has developed from a preparatory school for Chinese students who had been selected to study aboard on scholarships into a world-class comprehensive university. Upholding the motto of "self-discipline and social commitment" and dedicated to the general maxim "facta, non verba" (actions speak louder than words), Tsinghua has nurtured countless highly talented students, many of whom went on to exert a far-reaching influence on the development of modern China and came to be regarded as pillars of the nation.
The exhibition sets out to introduce Tsinghua's early development by showcasing about 60 sets of its historical documents, and introducing the contributions made by eight of its distinguished academics, namely Mei Yiqi, Ye Qisun, Liang Qichao, Liang Sicheng, Chen Yinke, Zhao Yuanren, Zhu Ziqing and John Mo. Besides historical photos, highlight exhibits include the directive approving the funding to establish in Tsinghua Garden the preparatory school for students to study in the US, with remarks in red ink, issued in 1909; the Regulations of National Tsing Hua University issued in 1928; and an open letter distributed by the Student Society for Resistance Against Japan in 1935 to all Chinese people, painfully crying out: "No space for a silent desk in the whole North China". A number of exhibits from the Hong Kong Museum of History including the Jianzhao diploma issued by Guozijian in the 30th year of the Guangxu Emperor's reign (1904) are also on display.
The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Tsinghua University History Museum, and organised by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is located at Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central. Admission is free. For further information and opening hours see;
MOON MARS VR (until December 2023)
HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM is featuring a new interactive exhibit, "Moon | Mars VR" from 3rd December 2022 for one year. The exhibit makes use of data provided by the China National Space Administration and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) team led by the Fiona Cheung Professor in Spatial Science Professor Wu Bo, to create a virtual reality environment of our moon and the planet Mars, allowing visitors to understand spacewalking on the two celestial bodies and explore the landing sites of Chang'e 4 and Tianwen-1. The exhibit also introduces the exploration programmes of Chang'e and Tianwen, and the technical support provided by PolyU. Visitors will be able to learn more about the team's research efforts and contributions through their visits.
China's aerospace industry has been advancing rapidly, and yielded epoch-making results in both lunar and Mars exploration missions in the past decade. The spirits of dedicated science teams are pivotal to the success of these missions. PolyU team has been participating in multiple deep space explorations by China and made significant contributions to building devices and analysing data required for the spacecraft to conduct landing and sampling successfully.
"Moon | Mars VR" interactive exhibit. Visitors can understand spacewalking on the moon and Mars and explore the landing sites of Chang'e 4 and Tianwen-1
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and PolyU, the exhibit is jointly implemented by the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations of PolyU, and supported by the China National Space Administration and the China National Space Administration Information Office.
The exhibit is open to the public in sessions on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hall of the Cosmos at the Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. As participants are required to put on a headset provided by the Museum, the exhibit is only suitable for persons aged 13 or above. For further details see;
THE PIONEER INTERSTELLAR MISSION AND BEYOND (until 29th May 2023)
HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM has launched a new thematic exhibition, "The Pioneer Interstellar Mission and Beyond", running from 26th October 2022 until 29th May 2023 to introduce the technology and discoveries of the two Pioneer spacecraft, which were launched in the 1970s, and the implications for future space exploration.
The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft were launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States in 1972 and 1973 respectively. They travelled through the asteroid belt to explore the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, and studied the solar wind, cosmic rays and heliosphere along the way. Judged by the standards of their time, the Pioneer spacecraft were equipped with innovative scientific instruments, such as a photopolarimeter for taking planetary images and a radioisotope thermoelectric generator for electrical power supply, to name just a few. The information obtained by the Pioneer spacecraft is invaluable. They captured the earliest close-up images of Jupiter and Saturn, confirmed for the first time Jupiter's intense magnetic field and discovered a new ring of Saturn. Although the two spacecraft have lost contact with NASA since 2003 and 1995 respectively, they are both carrying a "message in a bottle" on board - a metal plaque that depicts, along with a pair of male and female figures, symbols that are designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections that expound on the flight trajectories and the different components of the spacecraft, their working principles and the epochal discoveries made by the Pioneer spacecraft as well as their unending interstellar journeys. Highlights include interactive exhibits that introduce the power source and the imaging principle of the spacecraft. Visitors can also create their own "message in a bottle" during their visit.
Picture shows the trajectories of the two spacecraft, Pioneer 10 and 11, which were launched in the 1970s. The Pioneer spacecraft are now more than 16 billion kilometres away from Earth
The exhibition is being held at the foyer of the Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further details of the exhibition and programmes see;
ARCHIVES 50 YEARS (from 11th October 2022 until further notice)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Government Records Service, a thematic exhibition is being held at the HONG KONG PUBLIC RECORDS BUILDING and a series of activities organised under the theme of "Archives 50 Years". The exhibition is open from 11th October 2022 until further notice. A thematic website has also been launched to showcase the development of the Government Records Service over the past five decades, sharing some interesting behind-the-scene stories of staff at work;
"Archives 50 Years" features 50 themes closely related to people's daily lives under four categories, namely "Food", "Land and Housing", "Transport" and "Recreation". The exhibition unveils 50 stories behind the archival records, and takes visitors on a journey through Hong Kong's historical development: as early as in 1847, the Government established regulations to manage the operation of markets. Stanley was, in the early years of Hong Kong, the most populous area on Hong Kong Island. And a cross-harbour tunnel was not the only option for establishing a cross-harbour transport link between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, as a cross-harbour bridge had once been an alternative during the planning stage. Through the "Archives 50 Years" exhibition, visitors can journey through the past and explore Hong Kong in the old days.
Visitors can find the 50 stories and precious archival images by browsing the online exhibition at;
The first government lottery, introduced in 1962, came with a top prize of HK$684,800. Photo shows the draw of the government lottery held at the Hong Kong City Hall in 1964.
The public can also visit the Exhibition Hall in person to view a selection of 10 themes displayed. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5.45pm (except for public holidays), in the Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong. Admission is free.
More information on the activities will be released on the GRS website;
The Public Records Office (PRO) will also share interesting stories about the exhibition and the work of the GRS staff on its Facebook page;
BY THE PEOPLE: CREATIVE CHINESE CHARACTERS (until 26th November 2023)
The exhibition "By the People: Creative Chinese Characters", being presented under the "Hong Kong Art: Co-Creation" exhibition series and co-curated by the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART and renowned local designer Freeman Lau is being staged from 9th September 2022 until 26th November 2023. Adjunct Professor of the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Chan Yuk-keung has served as the exhibition consultant. With the theme of Chinese characters, the exhibition features the many roles that Chinese characters play in everyday routines, commercial applications and artistic creation, and the contemporary art creativity presented in Asia through more than 100 sets of exhibits in various media from the collection of the museum, private collectors and institutions.
Chinese characters have been used for over 3,000 years. With their unique structures and shapes, the characters have served as an important conduit and genre for the literati and calligraphers to create their works throughout history. A vast array of applications for Chinese characters have been developed in different places, and all kinds of creative adaptations can be found in the works of craftspeople, artists, the literati and calligraphers. They can also be found in the everyday lives of ordinary people, through their games, religions, festivals and ceremonies. The exhibition presents the value of Chinese characters in the cultural lifestyle and contemporary creation through research on Chinese characters in different areas, providing visitors with multiple perspectives to explore the relationship between Chinese characters, calligraphy and art creativity.
The exhibition has won the support of many artists, collectors and institutions. The diverse exhibits include calligraphy, seal carving, printed matter, photography, video and multimedia installation created by artists from the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. Highlight exhibits include the Old Testament printed in 1865 (the fourth year of Tongzhi in the Qing dynasty), from the collection of Ying Wa College. This precious exhibit is one of the publications printed with Hong Kong Type, which is considered to be the most comprehensive set of Chinese movable type from the 19th century. Other exhibits include the manuscript of "Lee Hon Kong Kai" by Lee Hon, "Couplet in square word calligraphy" by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing, Chinese contemporary artist Wei Ligang's "Untitled", the digital motion graphics "In woods and mountains" by well-known Hong Kong designer Kan Tai-keung, and calligraphy works for Hong Kong movies by Fung Siu-wa (Wah Gor) and Lui Chiu-wing. The guest curator also invited four local artists, namely Professor Chan Yuk-keung, Hung Keung, Bryan Chung and Hanison Lau, to present their works in response to the theme of the exhibition.
Calligraphy works for Hong Kong movies by Fung Siu-wa (Wah Gor) and Lui Chiu-wing
The exhibition is located at the Lab on the 5/F of the Hong Kong Museum of Art at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
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The Hong Kong Museum of Art is devoted to presenting the unique facets of Hong Kong art through research and exhibitions. To foster artistic synergy and enrich the interpretation of Hong Kong art, the museum launched the "Hong Kong Art: Co-Creation" exhibition series in 2018 to coincide with the theme of the museum's annual research programme of Hong Kong art through calling for proposals. The museum closely co-curates with guest curators to give broader perspectives into the museum's research, illuminating Hong Kong contemporary art from diverse points of view.
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.
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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.
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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
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In addition, the Public Records Office will also hold an online exhibition and roving exhibitions. For details see the Government Records Service website;
or the Public Records Office Facebook page;