KINGS’ INSCRIPTIONS – CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATIONS (until 18th February 2024)
OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) launched the "Archaic
Curator Series" last year and invited young Chinese art historians to
serve as guest curators to showcase contemporary art that draws upon
traditional Chinese culture. The second exhibition of the series, "Kings'
Inscriptions‧Contemporary Interpretations" runs from 28th September 2023 until 18th February 2024. Taking three inscriptions
overarching 1 000 years that are related to the "king" as a
starting point, guest curator Dr Sarah Ng invites artists to respond to these
written writings through creative works of written texts, inscribed engravings
and ink rubbings, enabling the audience to appreciate the cultural connotations
and history of traditional Chinese art.
Dr Ng uses the Stele of Mount Yi, which commemorates the achievements of Qin Shi Huang; "Sung Wong Toi", an inscription rock repaired in the Qing dynasty commemorating the temporary residence of Zhao Shi and Zhao Bing, the last two kings of the Southern Song dynasty, and the street writing of the self-proclaimed "King of Kowloon", Tsang Tsou Choi as the starting point and connects the past and the present to highlight the uniqueness and artistic value of Chinese calligraphy, engraved steles and ink rubbings. She has invited six artists from both local and overseas backgrounds to create artworks in different media, including Lee Wing Ki's installation "Tsang's Odyssey-Dream"; Lee Yun Woon's gold ink calligraphy on purple fabric "Blessings to Hong Kong"; Leung Kwan Kiu's community participation project "I Love You"; Leong Lampo's digital ink generative video art installation "Heavenly Inquiry"; Tso Cheuk Yim's mixed-media work "See You, Old Hong Kong"; and Yeung Yuk Kan's handbuilt porcelain installation "Eastern Echo". The exhibition aims to provide a guide for audiences to appreciate traditional Chinese culture and art from a new perspective.
Tso Cheuk Yim's mixed-media work, "See You, Old Hong
"Archaic Curator Series: Kings' Inscriptions‧Contemporary Interpretations" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by Oi! in collaboration with the University Museum Art Gallery (UMAG). Oi! Is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. For further details see;
The exhibition is concurrently presented at Oi! and the UMAG
YESTERDAY’S VACATION IN HK (from 15th September 2023 until September 2024)
The PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE of the Government Records Service
has launched its annual thematic exhibition "Yesterday's Vacation in
HK", which takes visitors on a journey through Hong Kong's
past. The exhibition runs from 15th September 2023 until September 2024.
Featuring a selection of tourism-related archival holdings from the 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition unveils visitors' diverse experiences in the city and a variety of tourist attractions under four themes, namely "Sight and Scenes", "Shopping Paradise", "Paradise for Foodies", and "Happenings in the City". Do you still remember how the original Peak Tower - one of the distinctive landmarks in Hong Kong - looked like before its redevelopment? How did the Sung Dynasty Village and the Haw Par Mansion demonstrate Chinese traditional culture and characteristics? In addition to the sightseeing spots in urban areas, the information for visitors at that time also recommended various attractions beyond the city's hustle and bustle, such as the New Territories and the outlying islands, to visitors craving a relaxing holiday.
The exhibition also sheds light on different facets of lives in old Hong Kong. Shopping malls began to emerge in Hong Kong in the 1960s, which allowed visitors to shop at modern and glamorous shopping arcades apart from treasure hunting at street-level shops and traditional markets. Sampans at the typhoon shelters, floating restaurants, dai pai dongs (on-street cooked food stalls), and Chinese restaurants are the common food memories of both locals and visitors of Hong Kong. A wide range of events, including the Dragon Boat Festival races and the Festival of Asian Arts, were windows for visitors to experience the city's unique blend of traditional and modern elements. The "Yesterday's Vacation in HK" exhibition provides an entry point to rediscover Hong Kong's distinctiveness through the lens of visitors.
In the 1960s, shopping malls began to emerge in Hong
Kong. Modern and glamourous shopping arcades provided visitors
with convenience and endless choices. Apart from big shopping complexes,
visitors would also treasure hunt at street-level shops and traditional
Members of the public are welcome to visit the Exhibition Hall where a selection of over 70 archival holdings is on view. A thematic backdrop near the entrance of the Exhibition Hall offers a photogenic spot for visitors to begin their exhibition journey. An "Exhibition Pass" booklet is also available on-site. The exhibition opens from 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, Kowloon. Admission is free.
Members of the public can find more precious archival images by browsing the online exhibition;
EXTINCTION – RESILIENCE (from 15th September 2023 until further notice)
"Extinction·Resilience" is the inaugural exhibition of HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM's new and permanent exhibition gallery, "Palaeontology Gallery". The exhibition presents the challenges and evolution that life has gone through since the Ediacaran Period 635 million years ago.
The exhibition is divided into six zones to introduce five major mass extinction events that occurred in the Earth's long geological history. The exhibition features over 100 sets of precious animal and plant fossils of different periods. Valuable exhibits include a woolly mammoth fossil more than 3 metres tall from the Quaternary ice ages; the most complete Deinonychus fossil to date; 1:1 fossil replicas of prehistoric marine predator fish species Xiphactinus, Megalodon and Dunkleosteus; and fossilised Dryobalanoxylon wood specimens that were formed in Indonesia 2 to 4 million years ago. The exhibition also showcases lifelike robotic dinosaurs and interesting interactive exhibits featuring knowledge on fossil excavation, prehistoric environment and the evolution of life, etc. It holds an open ending with the depiction of an ongoing risk of the sixth mass extinction that calls for human efforts to boost wildlife conservation and environmental protection.
Woolly mammoth fossil over 3 metres tall. (Collection of National Natural History Museum of China)
The exhibition runs from 15th September 2023 and is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum, and supported by the National Natural History Museum of China, the Nina Park of Chinachem Group and Vegasoul Capital Management (Asia) Limited. The Hong Kong Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East.
For further details of the exhibition see;
A TALE OF THREE CITIES: GUANGDONG - HONG KONG - MACAO GREATER BAY AREA AND EXPORT OF SILK PRODUCTS IN THE MING AND QING DYNASTIES (until 17th December 2023)
Jointly organised by the Guangdong Museum, the Macao Museum
and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the touring exhibition "A Tale of Three
Cities: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Export of Silk Products
in the Ming and Qing Dynasties" is being held from 8th September to 17th
December 2023 at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART. This exhibition brings together
108 sets of artefacts from the three museums to showcase the Greater Bay Area
landscape and silk production during the Ming and Qing dynasties, allowing
visitors to explore the connections among the three places and stories of
cultural exchanges between East and West through the Maritime
In support of the cultural co-operation of the Greater Bay Area, the three museums jointly launch this touring exhibition from 2020 to 2023. Following its inaugural run in Guangzhou and second exhibition in Macao, the touring exhibition comes to its final stop in Hong Kong. The exhibition displays the determination of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao to jointly overcome the pandemic and continue to foster co-operation despite the difficulties. As an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchanges, Hong Kong also serves as an external platform linking Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao and the rest of the world. This major exhibition will offer a diverse cultural experience to audiences from around the world. Hong Kong will be the host city of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture and Arts Festival. By leveraging the advantages of having excellent art and cultural resources and through co-operation among cities, Hong Kong actively promotes the initiative of "Jointly Developing a Cultured Bay Area" advocated in the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a view to bringing more captivating art and cultural experiences to the people of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area as well as travellers from around the world.
From the Qin and Han dynasties, the region along the Pearl River estuary, with Canton (Guangzhou) at its centre, was an important starting point on the Maritime Silk Road and has always been a hub on international trade routes. With the increased connectivity of the maritime trade routes during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese silk was shipped all over the world through the Greater Bay Area as an important mass commodity. The export of silk witnessed the legacy of the handicraft industry in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and the process of the global integration of trade. Today, the craftsmanship of silk embroidery continues to flourish and enriches the cultural heritage of the Greater Bay Area, while contributing to the strengthening of the cultural soft power of the region.
The exhibition features valuable exhibits including China trade paintings; exported fine silk fabrics such as jacquard fabric, hand-painted silk and silk embroidery products; clothing, accessories and home fabrics in four sections: "The Greater Bay Area", "Silk Exports", "Crossroads of Silk and Silver" and "The Greater Bay Area Today". Highlight exhibits include oil paintings depicting the landscapes in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao from the 19th century, titled "Victoria City", "The Praia Grande, Macao" and "Thirteen Hongs (Factories) of Canton"; and three grade-three national treasures from the Qing dynasty, which are the white silk wallpaper with hand-painted flowers and birds, the ingenious set of Canton embroidered folding screen with the scene of birthday greetings from the Eight Immortals and a Woman's robe embroidered with flowers and butterflies and rank badge on red satin applying the "sanlanxiu" technique. Other notable exhibits include a lacquered wood sewing table with pattern in gold from the 19th century, and yellow costume with gold and silver sequin embroidery dating from the 1940s to 1960s.
The exhibition brings together 108 sets of artefacts from
the three museums to showcase the Greater Bay Area landscape and silk
production during the Ming and Qing dynasties
To coincide with the exhibition, Hong Kong artist Janko Lam has created a site-specific art installation, "Those Days - Out There", which will be a studio outside the gallery that invites visitors to travel through the past, present and future from a fashion designer's perspective and showcases new fashion pieces to recreate the classics.
In collaboration with the Hong
Kong Polytechnic University's
School of Fashion
and Textiles, the Computer Aided Fashion Intelligence (CAFI) research group and
digital fashion students for the first time, the exhibition uses Augmented
Reality and Virtual Reality technologies to showcase the exhibits from multiple
perspectives. Through the integration of art and technology, visitors are
invited to virtually try on Chinese silk costumes and participate in a fashion
show that bridges the past and present.
The exhibition will is located at the Chinese Antiquities Gallery on the third floor of the museum (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) with free admission. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government; and is jointly organised by the Guangdong Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Macao Museum.
For further details see;
DRESS iN TiME / Oi! ONSITE EXHIBITION OF ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE - SAD KITCHEN: Oi! GUIDE - A COMFORT FOOD JOURNEY (until 7th January 2024)
OIL STREET ART SPACE (Oi!) has launched two new exhibitions,
"DRESS iN TiME" and "Oi! OnSite Exhibition of Artists in
Residence - SAD Kitchen: Oi! Guide - A Comfort Food Journey" with the
theme of clothing and food respectively to allow visitors to experience the
North Point community where Oi! is located and the stories of Hong
Kong. The exhibitions run from 1st September 2023 until 7th January 2024.
Fashion designer Toby Crispy responds to today's fast-paced culture through the craft of stitching. She has collected over 130 stitch patterns and stories about Hong Kong from members of the public who participated in the previous project "SLOW STiTCH NOMAD @ Oi!" held in Oi! After reorganisation and compilation, these patterns have been combined with refurbished old clothes to create 15 sets of upcycled garments and art installations for display in the "DRESS iN TiME" exhibition. The exhibition includes elements of moving images and lighting designs to express the flow of time and changes of the city, offering a multi-sensory experience to audiences. A series of interactive workshops would be held to tie in with the exhibition so that audiences can understand the story behind each stitch pattern and learn to share their impressions of the city through stitching, jointly participating in weaving together the collective memories of Hong Kong.
"DRESS iN TiME" shares the city's stories through
"Oi! OnSite Exhibition of Artists in Residence" invited artist Silas Fong this year to turn the Oi! Warehouse into a "kitchen" and invite audiences to explore different kinds of personal emotions and the community's relationship related to food through a site-specific game setting. In "SAD Kitchen: Oi! Guide - A Comfort Food Journey", audiences are encouraged to find the hidden psychological test questions at different corners or on different objects in the "kitchen" and complete the psychological test. Audiences will receive an exclusive "Comfort Food Guide" according to the results. The guide will lead audiences to find comfort food in the North Point community, hoping that food can be used as a means for cultural and social construction and connecting people, places and stories.
Artist Silas Fong invites audiences to find out the hidden
psychological test questions at different corners or on different objects in
the "kitchen" and complete the psychological test
Oi! is located at 12 Oil Street, North Point. The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by Oi!
For further details see;
THE ART OF LIVING: STATIONERY AND TEA ACCESSORIES OF THE CHINESE LITERATI (until 30th September 2024)
FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE is staging an exhibition "The Art of Living:
Stationery and Tea Accessories of the Chinese Literati", featuring nearly
100 sets of stationery items and tea accessories of the Ming and Qing dynasties
selected from the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Flagstaff
House Museum of Tea Ware to illustrate the passion for antiquity and aesthetics
of the Chinese literati. The exhibition runs from 2nd August 2023 until 30th September 2024. Admission is free.
Since the Ming dynasty, Chinese literati had developed an increasingly sophisticated lifestyle with a keen interest in stationery and collectibles to demonstrate their superior taste and socio-economic standing. These items were crafted by skilled artisans employing fine techniques and various materials, and they conveyed a feeling of uniqueness and cultural significance. The exhibition presents artefacts including stationery, collectibles and tea accessories made of materials such as bamboo, jade, stone and purple clay. Through the exhibition, visitors can learn more about the significance of these materials and the objects made from them in the Chinese culture and literati life.
Highlight exhibits include an incense-burner made of bamboo and a jade wrist-rest used in writing carved with bamboo design from the Qing dynasty; a brush washer in lotus shape said to be the work of Chen Mingyuan, a renowned zisha master from the Qing dynasty; a teapot in gourd shape with prunus painted in famille-rose enamel created by calligrapher, painter and seal engraver Qu Yingshao from the Qing dynasty; and a rhinoceros horn cup carved with mantis and butterfly design.
In addition to qin (Chinese zither), chess, calligraphy, painting, reading and meditation, tea appreciation was also popular among the literati. At gatherings, the literati would consume tea and exchange ideas and they were very conscientious about the usage of tea equipment, the environment and the logistics of preparing a tea ceremony. The exhibition will introduce to visitors the basic setup of a Chinese tea ceremony. Visitors can create their own design of tea ceremony through an interactive installation titled "Tea Appreciation Space: My Proposal for Tea Ceremony", to experience the charm of Chinese tea culture and enjoy the elegance of tea appreciation.
Interactive installation titled "Tea Appreciation Space: My Proposal for Tea Ceremony". Visitors can learn about the basic setup of a Chinese tea ceremony and create their own design of tea ceremony, to experience the charm of Chinese tea culture and enjoy the elegance of tea appreciation
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is located at 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central (inside Hong Kong Park). For further details of the exhibition and opening hours see;
A MATCH MADE IN PAINTING: SELECTED WORKS OF XIE ZHILIU AND CHEN PEIQUI FROM THE JINGGUANLOU COLLECTION - and - BEYOND BLESSINGS: BIRTHDAY GREETINGS FOR THE MASTER OF CHIH LO LOU (both exhibitions run until 25th October 2023)
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART has launched two new Chinese
painting exhibitions, namely "A Match Made in Painting: Selected Works of
Xie Zhiliu and Chen Peiqiu from the Jingguanlou Collection" and
"Beyond Blessings: Birthday Greetings for the Master of Chih Lo Lou"
from 14th July 2023 until 25th October 2023 showcasing precious donations from
local collector Dr Wong Kwai-kuen and the master of Chih Lo Lou, Mr Ho Iu-kwong
respectively. Admission is free.
The late masters of the Shanghai School of painting, Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997) and Chen Peiqiu (1923-2020), were a rare example of an artist couple in the history of Chinese painting who matched each other in artistic accomplishments. Renowned collector Dr Wong Kwai-kuen was a close friend of the couple. Dr Wong donated his Jingguanlou collection to the museum in 2021. Among the donations, the works of Xie Zhiliu and Chen Peiqiu are among the highlights of the collection.
The museum has selected 99 masterpieces by the art couple for display at the "A Match Made in Painting: Selected Works of Xie Zhiliu and Chen Peiqiu from the Jingguanlou Collection" exhibition at the Jingguanlou Gallery on the fourth floor of the museum. The gallery space is divided into "He" and "She" sections, enabling audiences to parallelly appreciate their evolution and achievements in art across different eras, and demonstrate how eagerly this loving pair explored tradition as they experimented with innovation, accompanying and supporting each other in their artistic pursuits. The exhibition has also recreated the painters' table to highlight their different creative processes through interactive multimedia.
In this exhibition, new media artists Keith Lam, Seth Hon and his team Dimension Plus have adopted artificial intelligence technology to create a multimedia and site-specific installation, "The Seasons Field", which transcends time and space for the exhibition, depicting the seasonal cycle and the diverse painting patterns of the two artists. The museum will hold two sessions of gallery tours on 22nd July which will be guided by Xie Dingwei, son of the artist couple.
Xie Zhiliu's painting "White lotus", which was gifted to Dr Wong Kwai-kuen by the artist
For details of the exhibition and gallery see;
A passionate collector, the late Ho Iu-kwong (1907-2006),
built the Chih Lo Lou collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy with the
aim of preserving the national essence and promoting Chinese art. He had always
been a close friend of many in Hong Kong's literati
circle and a generous sponsor of cultural activities. Taking Ho's 60th birthday
in 1966 as the theme, the museum has launched the "Beyond Blessings:
Birthday Greetings for the Master of Chih Lo Lou" exhibition at Chih Lo
Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy on the fourth floor of the
museum, featuring 31 sets of works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection gifted by
Ho's notable friends such as Zhang Daqian, Huang Bore, Mei Yutian and He Shuhui
from the literati circle for his 60th birthday. Visitors can also appreciate
poems or writings solicited by his family from the contemporary literati, which
reflect the vibrancy of the Hong Kong literati scene
during the 1950s and 1960s.
Ho Iu-kwong was passionate about naamyam, a genre of song from Canton. On his birthdays, he would invite naamyam musicians to perform at his residence. The museum has engaged local music group The Gong Strikes One to compose background music and naamyam music pieces to narrate Ho's life stories for this exhibition. During the exhibition period, the group will perform live performances to enrich the exhibition experience for audiences, continuing the spirit of Ho's passion for cultural heritage.
Architect and artist Hikoko Ito has customised an art installation titled "Happy Birthday Likeboxes" for the exhibition. The installation is comprised of 366 illuminated mailboxes on display like social media posts. The artist made use of the celebrating elements from the exhibits as references to design unique decorative patterns for each of the boxes, creating more than 30 different birthday cards. Audience members are invited to add congratulatory texts and images, sending warm wishes and thoughts to others through these handwritten birthday cards. The artist encourages visitors to reflect on the impersonal nature of "copy-and-paste", "one-click, and forward-to-all" messages that inundate social media platforms on a daily basis, and at the same time, send sincere and warm blessings by hand-made birthday cards.
Album of poems and writings solicited by Ho Iu-kwong's
family from Hong Kong's contemporary literati
For details of the exhibition and the performances by The Gong Strikes One see;
ART PERSONALISED: MASTERPIECES FROM THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART (from 30th June 2023 until further notice)
"Art Personalised: Masterpieces from the Hong Kong Museum
of Art" exhibition is being held at the HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART from 30th June 2023 until further notice.
Featuring nearly 100 artworks of different styles from ancient and modern times
from the museum's rich collection, the exhibits are grouped in four personality
types for display, offering visitors an interactive and interesting way to appreciate
art and enabling them to embark on a personalised aesthetic journey.
Visitors are encouraged to take a personality test before their visits to find out their personality types. Then, based on the test results, they can enter the four different exhibition zones, namely Adventurer, Perfectionist, Elegance and Fashionista, to appreciate their exclusive artworks on display in line with their personality types. Highlight exhibits include Wu Guanzhong's "Wind from the sea", Lam Yau-sum's "Metal tree", a jar with dragons amid wave design in underglaze blue from the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty, a tea bowl with hare's fur striations in black glaze, Jianyang ware of Fujian from the Northern Song dynasty, and Zhang Wei's "Fountain‧Fan Kuan vs Duchamp". The museum has invited artist Joey Leung to custom-make corresponding hand-painted characters for the selected artworks in the personality test while five exclusive scents are also crafted for different exhibition zones by the Hong Kong brand Scentory, and limited-edition scented stickers will be distributed in the exhibition gallery.
Interactive installation in the "Elegance"
The museum has also invited two Hong Kong artists Angela Yuen and Bovey Lee to create new site-specific art installations with inspiration from the museum collection. Angela Yuen used found objects and turned them into a kinetic art installation "Land Ho!". The interplay of light and shadow creates a dreamy landscape that expresses her feelings towards Hong Kong's diverse culture. Cut paper artist Bovey Lee frequently travels between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Her artwork "Bird Song‧Flower Scent" features a large pond with ripples hand-cut by the artist, constructing a world of beauty that blends reality and illusion with the technology of augmented reality, and honouring and promoting Chinese traditional craftsmanship in a contemporary sense. The artwork also reflects her nostalgia for her homeland in a foreign land.
The exhibition is located at The Wing on the first floor and ground floor of the museum at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon with free admission.
For further details of the exhibition see;
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS: LIFE AND WORK (until 25th September 2023)
This year is the 550th anniversary of the birth of the
renowned Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM is holding a special exhibition, "Nicolaus Copernicus: Life and Work"
from 21st June to 25th September 2023.
The exhibition, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services
Department and the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Consulate General
of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong, enables visitors to look at the life
and achievements of Copernicus by introducing his life stories, his work across
disciplines, monuments and items in remembrance of him.
The "Nicolaus Copernicus: Life and Work" exhibition showcases Poland's rich cultural and scientific heritage and is a testament to the power of innovation and excellence in the realm of science. It would surely inspire young people to pursue their passions for astronomy and space science. This exhibition which introduces the life and work of Nicolaus Copernicus is not just a celebration of science and astronomy, but also an excellent example of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education which, as encouraged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, involves the observation of nature, engagement in critical thinking, and employment of creative approaches to real-world challenges rooted in mathematics and science.
Medals commemorating Nicolaus Copernicus at different times
In addition to being an astronomer, Copernicus was also a physician, diplomat, cartographer, lawyer and an economist. Geocentrism had been the mainstream idea of ancient astronomy, showcasing the Earth as the centre of the universe and all the stars, planets, the Sun and the Moon revolving around the Earth. Based on scientific theory, Copernicus wrote a manuscript 510 years ago, shaking the belief in the geocentric theory and overturning the public's conception on the universe. In 1543, he published a detailed book, "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres), on "heliocentrism", which proposed the Sun as the centre of planetary motions, sparking a revolution in astronomy.
The exhibition, with free admission, will be staged at the foyer of Hong Kong Space Museum located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon). For details of the exhibition and opening times see;
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;
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.
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
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To safeguard public health, all visitors are required to wear their own masks.
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;
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.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXA 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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