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Tempting Touch – the Art of Tong King-sum
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Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery (2/F)
 
Tong King-sum (1940 – 2008) was born in Hong Kong. He was keen on art in his younger days, and worked as a designer. He learnt sculpture under Cheung Yee in 1971. Tong became one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society in 1974 and served as its President in 1992. Tong won numerous art awards in Hong Kong and Taiwan, including the "Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Sculpture)" in 1977 at the "Contemporary Hong Kong Art 1997" exhibition. He contributed tremendously to Hong Kong art and arts education.
 
Tong spent his childhood on Lantau Island, where he nurtured his love for nature. The human body, fruit and plants are the favourite themes of his works, which are characterised by a sleek form and texture. His torso sculptures depict the structure of human body, the texture of bone, flesh and skin in refined and precise manner. Be it the human body or a plant, his works are permeated with the harmony of nature and beauty of form, which sprang from the artist's subtle yet strong inner vitality.
 
Featuring 23 sets of works from the collections of Mrs Tong King-sum the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art , this exhibition aims to pay tribute to Tong King-sum, a well-respected forerunner whose achievements mirror those of local artists.
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Fin
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Fin
1996
Teak
Collection of Hong Kong
Heritage Museum

Construction ‧ Transition @artsquare
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Artists' impression of C.art
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CoLAB + Very Hong Kong
Artists' impression of
C.art

2014.11.29 –
Art Square at Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Museum of Art

The Art Square at Salisbury Garden has become a favourite meeting point in the forecourt of the Museum since its opening early this year. The new exhibition "Construction • Transition @artsquare" displays two striking sets of highly interactive and amusing art pieces that provide a sensational experience for visitors.

Bamboo Construct 2014, a huge installation work by renowned architect and artist Rocco Yim, serves as a welcoming greeting to all visitors who enter Art Square. With a skilful use of bamboo, this art piece combines the beauty of traditional culture and contemporary architecture, exploring the aesthetic and functional properties of bamboo.

Another installation, C.art, is created by local art groups CoLAB and Very Hong Kong. It consists of a set of mobile carts inspired by handcars on the railroads in the old days, capturing the idea of transition. Mobile in nature, topped with specially designed greenery and installed with directional signage, the artwork not only enriches the landscape of Art Square, it also gives directions and offers interactive opportunities. Sitting and reclining are most welcome!

 
All Are Guests – Homecoming
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Special Exhibition Gallery (2/F)
 

The exhibition "All Are Guests" reveals complex and dynamic host-guest relationships through different media and features works by artists Leung Mee-ping, Chow Chun-fai, and the CoLAB x SLOW art group. The exhibition was very well-received in its participation in the Liverpool Biennial 2012 in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong Week 2013 in Taipei. The Museum brings this exhibition back to Hong Kong to share with local audiences the artists' creativity and achievements.

Leung Mee-ping focuses her lens on drifters roaming in several Asian cities and expresses her concerns about marginalised social groups while exploring the identity of urban visitors. Chow Chun-fai reconstructs official trailers about Hong Kong and ponders the expectations of local residents and travellers of a city. CoLAB x SLOW is a cross-disciplinary collaboration that intervenes in an art exhibition with "a social enterprise project", blurring the subject-object roles in the art world to provoke thoughts.

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Out of Place
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Leung Mee-ping
Out of Place
2014
Video installation

Random Moments
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Easy To Learn Cantonese Chapter I: Ou Oi Lei
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Ching Chin-wai, Luke (1972 – )
Easy To Learn Cantonese Chapter I: Ou Oi Lei (I Love You)
2002
Digital moving images / 27 min. 27 sec.
Collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art

Historical Pictures Gallery (3/F)

In contrast to conventional curatorial practice, this exhibition set no specific theme and allowed each work to speak for itself. This refreshing way of display enabled visitors to give free rein to their imaginations and inspirations. On display are works of moving images created by 8 artists, including Luke Ching, Pheobe Man, Cédric Maridet, Pak Sheung-chuen, Tong Wing-sze, Tsui Ngai, Wong Lai-kuen and Zheng Bo.

The Four Gentlemen: A Selection of Flower Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection
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2014.12.5 –
Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)

In traditional Chinese culture, plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos and chrysanthemums are known as "The Four Gentlemen". This analogy originated in the Wanli reign of the Ming dynasty, when the literati painter Chen Jiru inscribed on the Painting manual of plum blossom, bamboo, orchid and chrysanthemum. In the inscription, he claimed that appreciating and acquiring the characteristics of "The Four Gentlemen", that is the unyieldingness of plum blossoms, the aloof beauty of orchids, the modest and noble character of bamboos and the loftiness of chrysanthemums, could cleanse one's mind and add gracefulness to the personality.

Famous calligraphers, painters and literati like Tao Yuanming and Su Shi always employed the theme of plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos and chrysanthemums in their paintings and poems so as to glorify and pursue the noble character and sentiments of a gentleman. In traditional Chinese New Year, "The Four Gentlemen" were commonly used in folk culture for sending blessings. This exhibition has selected from the museum's collection over 70 pieces of works by calligraphers and painters from the Ming dynasty to modern period, including Xu Wei of the Ming dynasty, Zheng Xie of the Qing dynasty, as well as modern Chinese painters like Wu Changshuo and Zhang Daqian.

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Bamboo in snow
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Gao Jianfu (1879 – 1951)
Bamboo in snow
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Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper

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