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In Loving Memory of the late Mr Laurence Tam, Chief Curator (1933 - 2013)

Mr Laurence Tam, former Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, long held in high esteem by all of us and by the local art community, left us forever on 22nd March 2013. Although we cannot fully express our sincere sorrow in mere words, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mr Tam's family.

Mr Tam joined the City Museum and Art Gallery in 1971 as Assistant Curator. He became the first Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1985, remaining in this position until his retirement in 1993.  Over the years, Mr Tam pioneered the modernization of the Museum of Art, bringing her to a new home, training many young members of the museum profession, nurturing a culture of donation and in particular the promotion of Hong Kong art.   He made a significant contribution to the cultural ecology in Hong Kong, his passion and devotion turning the Museum into a landmark of art and culture.  Even during his final days in hospital, he carried on his assiduous endeavour, leaving his last writings on local artists in bequest to the public. A pioneer of the museum industry, an acclaimed curator and an educator, his spirit and dedication will live in our hearts forever.

To pay homage to Mr Tam, we sincerely invite you with members of the art community to share your feelings in loving memory in the memorial book at the 1/F lobby of the Museum.  The memorial book will be passed to Mr Tam's family for them to keep in remembrance.

The memorial book is now available at the gallery entrance of the exhibition "Collecting for 50 Years – The People and Their Stories" on the 1/F of the Museum until 31st May 2013.

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