CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further details of the exhibition and admission arrangements see;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further details of the exhibition see;

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

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


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

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

or the Public Records Office Facebook page;

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR (until 1st December 2021)

A new special exhibition "The Science Behind Pixar" is being held at HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM from 30th July to 1st December 2021. In addition to being able to take pictures with the statues of popular Pixar characters, visitors can have an unparalleled insight into the animator's unique filmmaking process and understand how Pixar's artists and computer scientists bring artistry and technology together to create marvellous films.

The exhibition showcases eight steps of Pixar's technical process, namely modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering. With over 50 fun and engaging interactive exhibits, which include maquettes, models and videos, the exhibition offers hands-on experience in different roles and tasks within the production pipeline. Visitors can try to become an animator who poses characters with virtual skeletons; or become a gaffer who designs the best lighting for the character Dory from "Finding Nemo". Visitors also must not miss the chance of taking pictures with statues of Pixar film characters on-site, including Buzz Lightyear from "Toy Story", Sulley and Mike from "Monsters University", and the Parr family and Edna Mode from "The Incredibles".

 

The Sets & Cameras section where visitors can move cameras to create the bug's-eye view seen in "A Bug's Life"

For 35 years, Pixar Animation Studios has created many groundbreaking popular films, including the world's first entirely computer-animated feature movie, "Toy Story". Curated from a new perspective, the exhibition reveals that Pixar's success is in large part thanks to the ingenious merging of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (also known as STEAM) concepts, which create the life-like characters and realistic scenes.
 
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum. It is produced by the Museum of Science in Boston, USA, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, and fully supported by the Walt Disney Company (Hong Kong) Limited.

The exhibition is located at the Ground Floor Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong Science Museum, which is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. For a better visiting experience, all visitors to this exhibition are required to make an advance booking through the Museum's e-booking system on the exhibition website;

https://hk.science.museum/ms/pixar2021/index-EN.html

Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance. Visitors who make a booking should present the QR code on the confirmation email, purchase a ticket or Museum Pass when they arrive at the Box Office of the Hong Kong Science Museum. Museum Pass Holders are also required to book in advance and present a QR code to enter the exhibition. Members of the public are advised to plan their visits beforehand.

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

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ART OF SOUTH NANLING: A SELECTION OF GUANGDONG PAINTING FROM THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART (until 3rd November 2021)

An exhibition "Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art" is being held at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 11th June to 3rd November 2021. The exhibition showcases over 80 works from Guangdong dating from the late Ming and early Qing dynasties to the 20th century that present the historical and artistic development of painting in the Lingnan region. Showing how artists from Guangdong facilitated the modernisation of Chinese painting by adopting both traditional and modern ideas, as well as integrating local and foreign elements during the era of great change, the exhibition also highlights how it exerted a major influence on Hong Kong's early painting movement.

"Lingnan" refers to south of the great Nanling Mountains geographically, while leafing through the history of art brings up the term "Lingnan" as a cultural footnote marking the development of art in southern China. Over the past 100 years or so, the region of Guangdong located in South Nanling has become the cradle of modern Chinese painting. From its origins, Guangdong painting quickly flourished and established itself in Chinese art history as a new offshoot branching out from the traditional mainstream of its northern counterparts.

Precious masterpieces by Guangdong artists have been selected from the museum collection for display in this exhibition. The artists include Li Jian, Xie Lansheng and Su Liupeng of the Qing dynasty, who portrayed local Lingnan landscapes in paintings; Ju Chao and Ju Lian of the Geshan school, who employed the ingenious water infusion and powder infusion techniques in depicting plants, birds and insects; the "Three Masters" Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng and Chen Shuren, representing the Lingnan school of painting, who promoted reformed art through eclecticism; and Wen Qiqiu, Zhao Haogong and Pan He, who established the Chinese Painting Research Society committed to defending tradition. Later, gifted Guangdong artists such as Huang Bore, Deng Fen, Chao Shao-an, He Qiyuan and Lui Shou-kwan also left their artistic mark in Hong Kong. The territory's unique cultural environment provided vast space for artistic development for Guangdong artists, and new and old trends of thought consequently advanced shoulder to shoulder in this southernmost corner of Lingnan. Together, they wrote a compelling chapter in the early art history of Hong Kong that built on the heritage of the past and opened up a path to the future.

 
"Righteousness permits no turning back" by Hu Zaobin

Multimedia art elements have also been included in the exhibition, offering visitors a refreshing experience. An immersive projection display has been set up at the entrance of the gallery, showcasing a panoramic animation designed by Hong Kong artist Oliver Shing. By capturing images from various exhibits, the animation allows visitors to enter the world of paintings, experience the mountains and rivers, bridges and streams featured by the Guangdong artists and review a century of Guangdong painting development.

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

For further details of the exhibition, admission arrangements and opening times see;

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/art-of-the-south-nanling.html

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

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

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

Poster of "The Skyhawk"

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

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

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

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

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

Opening hours;

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

Admission is free.

For further details of the exhibition see;

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

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NOT A FASHION STORE ! (until 5th January 2022) 

A unique art exhibition "NOT a fashion store!" is being held at HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART  from 19th March 2021 until 5th January 2022. The exhibition showcases 76 sets of artworks related to fashionable and traditional clothing, shoes and accessories from various eras curated from the four core collections of the museum, namely Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, and Modern and Hong Kong Art. The exhibition is to inspire visitors' thoughts on personal image and fashion and culture when appreciating the works of art.

The exhibition venue located at The Wing on the first floor of the museum has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind "fashion store". The "store" showcases men's and ladies' fashions, trendy shoes, vintage pieces and accessories as well as an XXL corner plus the studio and a wonderland. The mirrors in each department feature questions that one might ask when one is shopping: does one have a set perception of what men and women can wear? Does one have a special fondness for certain types of clothing? What about colours? Is one a dedicated follower of fashion? There will also be questions on fashion elements such as types, colours, styles, craftsmanship, materials, patterns, trends, etc. While admiring the unique creativity of the artworks on display, visitors can enter a virtual dialogue with the artists and reflect with them on the issues they present, the aesthetic elements of their works and cultural trends, as well as exploring the meanings of the works. In the "fitting room", visitors can gain an understanding on the museum collection while exploring their self-image. Other than an exhibition magazine, an educational magazine "Fashion Plus" introduces the skills of colour selection and matching from artists, the evolution of beauty standards that changes with the times, as well as the skills of storage and preservation of different materials of the clothes.

 
Display area of the hair accessories in the gallery

In addition, two local artists, Keith Lam and Kevin Fung have been commissioned to create the wonderland in The Wing on the ground floor. The work "Landscape of cloud" by Keith Lam, is inspired by the cloud of the Internet. The work, combining real-time digital and interactive elements, involves visitors' participation through social media engagement and provokes them to play along the borders between the virtual and reality. "Playground series" by Kevin Fung looks like a playground, bringing the message how a playground is there to prepare people for what life offers.

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

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

https://hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/not-a-fashion-store.html

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NEW HORIZONS: WAYS OF SEEING HONG KONG ART IN THE 80's and 90's (until 24th April 2022) 

HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART  is staging an exhibition "New Horizons: Ways of Seeing Hong Kong Art in the 80s and 90s" from 5th March 2021 to 24th April 2022 to illustrate Hong Kong contemporary art from diverse viewpoints.

The museum is devoted to presenting the unique facets of Hong Kong art through curatorial research and exhibitions. In a quest 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. Through calling for proposals, the museum searched for curatorial concepts that would echo and complement the museum's annual theme on narratives of Hong Kong art. The museum hopes to collaborate with guest curators to illustrate an even richer history of Hong Kong art by expanding and sharing connections and resources with the community, while instilling new energy, new visions and new experiences into the development of Hong Kong contemporary art. Endorsed by a selection panel, the proposal by Janet Fong was first selected by the museum for co-curation of the coming exhibition.

The development of Hong Kong art reached a critical juncture in the 1980s and '90s. Numerous young artists, having graduated in Hong Kong or returned to the city after studying aboard, dedicated themselves to exploring new artistic forms and expressions through their creations. This enabled the rise of installation art, new media and contemporary photography, etc, and brought vibrancy to art creation in Hong Kong. Echoing the museum's "Hong Kong Experience‧Hong Kong Experiment" exhibition that showcased the breakthrough of artistic creation in different traditional media as well as the creative achievements of local artists over half a century that fused different cultures, the "New Horizons: Ways of Seeing Hong Kong Art in the 80s and 90s" exhibition examines the new trends and breakthroughs in contemporary art in Hong Kong during the era. With a two-year project of interviews, research and consolidation, the museum worked closely with guest curator Janet Fong and her team, and invites visitors to look at the breakthroughs and accomplishments of Hong Kong artists in a new light. This was achieved through showcasing artworks by seven representative artists and artist collectives, restaging iconic art spaces of the time, and presenting archives and documents.

The exhibits include a new edition of Chan Yuk-keung's mixed media installation, "Vertical Rye Field", which was presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Australia in 1996; both 1989 and 2016 versions, as well as a 2021 new version of May Fung's video installation work, "She Said Why Me"; a series of black and white photographic works, "Shenzhen", by Joseph Fung who was among the first group of Hong Kong photographers to enter the Mainland after the open door policy, along with works that he shot around the globe such as "Boston/Yanggong Series" and a series of 3D digital images, "The Butterfly Dream Series"; Ellen Pau's iconic work, "Recycling Cinema", which was showcased at the first Hong Kong Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and is now presented in a 245 degree format for the first time; and Choi Yan-chi's reinterpretion of her installation work "Butterfly Dream as Smoke", as well as presenting her video of an avant-garde art installation performance.

 
A series of black and white photographic works, "Shenzhen", by Joseph Fung who was among the first group of Hong Kong photographers to enter the Mainland after the open door policy, along with works that he shot around the globe such as "Boston/Yanggong Series" and a series of 3D digital images, "The Butterfly Dream Series".


In addition to innovative creations by artists, the exhibition has rebuilt the site-specific project "Coffee Shop", created in 1998 by the founding members of Para Site (formerly Para/Site), including Tsang Tak-ping, Leung Chi-wo, Sara Wong, Patrick Lee, Phoebe Man, Leung Mee-ping and active member Anthony Leung. By turning the art space into a makeshift café, the artists display their experimental works in the venue to invite viewers to interact with the work and the site. The exhibition also has reconstructed the art space of NuNaHeDuo Centre of Photography in the 1990s and showcases the photographic works by the five co-founders members Lee Ka-sing, Holly Lee, Patrick Lee, Lau Ching-ping and Blues Wong.

Exhibition researcher Lo Yin-shan compiled an archival unit entitled "Discourse of Reimagined Hong Kong Art Communities", showcasing records, documents, publications, images and historical objects that she collected from different channels and art participants, as well as a photo diary from 1994 to 2000 presented by Professor David Clarke. The archival unit illuminates Hong Kong contemporary art in the 1980s and '90s from diverse points of view.

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

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

hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/new-horizons-ways-of-seeing-hong-kong-art-in-the-80s-and-90s.html

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"BRUCE LEE: KUNG FU -ART - LIFE" (from 20th July 2013 until 2026*)

*THE CURRENT EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL 31st DECEMBER 2020. THE EXHIBITION WILL THEN BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND "REFRESHED". IT IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2021

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life", is being held at the HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM
in commemoration. Presented by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programmes of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition is open from 20th July 2013 and runs for five years until 20th July 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Online reservation is being conducted in two phases:

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://hk.heritage.museum/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid209.html