- Ju Ming — Sculpting the Living World
- Bonds of Memory: Wan Qingli's Collection of Chinese Art Given by His Teachers and Friends Exhibition
- "Heaven, Earth and Man — A Hong Kong Art Exhibition" Outdoor Exhibition at the Art Square of the Salisbury Garden
- Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums
- The Moon over the River on a Spring Night: The Art of Calligraphy by Wang Dongling
- A Journey into Chinese Painting: A Selection of Works from the Xubaizhai Collection
- Hand in Hand with Hong Kong Art: Laurence Tam
- Collecting for 50 Years – The People and Their Stories
- Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012
2014.2.28 – 6.15
Piazza (G/F), Special Exhibition Gallery, Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery, Lobby (2/F)
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Juming Museum
"Ju Ming - Sculpting the Living World" is the first large-scale solo exhibition of the world-acclaimed artist Ju Ming in Hong Kong. All exhibits belong to the Living World Series, in which Ju Ming uses different materials to create sculptures that portray the stories of daily life, and people's different roles in family and our society. The exhibition gathers 120 sets of artwork in wood, ceramics, stone, bronze and stainless steel, together they elaborate on the evolution of the Living World Series since its inception 30 years ago, revealing the artist's observation and reflection on contemporary life.
Monday, Tuesday, Friday to Sunday
$20 (standard), $10 (full-time students, people with disabilities and one accompanying minder and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
$10 (standard), $5 (full-time students, people with disabilities and one accompanying minder, senior citizens aged 60 or above)
30% off for groups of 20 people or more (standard rate)
No free admission on Wednesdays and for Museum Weekly Pass holders to this exhibition
Free admission for Museum Pass holders and children under 4 years old
Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)
With his unwavering pursuit of excellence in painting, Professor Wan Qingli has made a significant contribution to the research of Chinese fine art. In addition, Professor Wan possesses a substantial collection of paintings, calligraphy, seals and letters by pivotal artists of the 20th century, all priceless gifts from his teachers and friends since his youth in the 1970s. Growing up under exceptional political circumstances in China, he went through the years of anguish during the Cultural Revolution. China's "Reform and Opening Up" program enabled him to leave for study abroad in 1984, and he was later offered a post as professor of art history at The University of Hong Kong. The works from his teachers and friends are memories of their acquaintance and lifelong friendship. Professor Wan once wrote, "Collecting can still be unrelated to money; it is a testament of affection and affinity."
This exhibition showcases more than 140 Chinese paintings, calligraphy, seals and handwritten letters from 54 artists and scholars, each associated with abiding memories from Professor Wan's life journey. The exhibits are divided into five chronological sections: (1) "Little Friend of the Ox-Shed" (1963 – 1973) — During the Cultural Revolution, Wan was imprisoned in a makeshift prison at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing known as "the ox-shed", where he met Li Kuchan, Li Keran, Guo Weiqu, Wu Zuoren and Huang Yongyu. (2) "Returning from Farm Labour, Days at the Beijing Fine Art Academy" (1973 – 1979) — Wan returned to the capital and entered Beijing Fine Art Academy after having been sent to perform farm labour during the "Down to the Countryside Movement". Works from Wan's seniors and colleagues like Cui Zifan, Yin Shoushi, Pan Jiezi, Lou Shibai, Zhou Sicong, Zhang Renzhi and Shi Qi will be included in this section. (3) "Back to the Central Academy of Fine Arts" (1979 – 1984) — Wan was accepted as a student of Lu Yanshao, then re-enrolled at the CAFA in 1979. Wan and Lu corresponded frequently. The letters and landscape paintings by Lu record Wan's enthusiasm in pursuing art. This period also includes works by Lin Sanzhi, Fei Xinwo who worked in the Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, as well as Fang Zengxian and Lu Kunfeng from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. (4) "A Nationalist with an Elitist Overseas Doctorate" (1984 – 1989) — Handwritten letters between Wan and his teachers during his study sojourn in America illustrate the exchange of noble inspiration and true affection between them. (5) "A Retainer at Universities in Hong Kong" (1989 – 2011) — Wan taught at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. Works by his friends including Qi Gong, Yang Renkai, Huang Junshi, Hu Yongkai, Lu Fusheng and Li Geng annotate Professor Wan's life of teaching in Hong Kong. Moreover, exhibits also include some of the seals engraved by Professor Wan's friends including Han Tianheng, Wu Zijian, Wang Yong and Zhang Zining.
This exhibition aims to shed light on the development of art styles in politically traumatic 20th century China. These works of art and written correspondence between Wan and leading artists of the period are no longer merely personal possessions, but a visual record of history.
2014.2.20 – 8.30
Art Square at Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Museum of Art
In front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Salisbury Garden will be reopened to the public in February 2014 after its renovation, and it will be turned into Art Square for visual art events, music performances and other cultural activities. "Heaven, Earth and Man – A Hong Kong Art Exhibition" will be the first-ever outdoor exhibition in the Art Square.
Three renowned local artists, Danny Lee Chin-fai, Kum Chi-keung and Rosanna Li Wei-han will create large and site-specific sculptures for the Art Square. With the theme of "Heaven, Earth and Man", the sculptures will guide the visitors to appreciate the different elements of nature, to explore the interaction between humans, and also to enjoy the artistic atmosphere around.
As a forecourt of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Art Square will serve as an open platform, allowing more direct dialogue between the Museum and the visitors. We look forward to seeing you at the new landmark of Tsim Sha Tsui Harbourfront.
Chinese Antiquities Gallery (1) (3/F)
Jointly presented by Department of Culture of Guangdong Province,
Cultural Affairs Bureau, Macao Special Administrative Region Government and
Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Jointly organised by Guangdong Museum, Macao Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art
To strengthen the cultural collaboration of the Pearl River Delta Region, and to implement the projects conceived in the 11th Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation Meeting, the Guangdong Museum, the Macao Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art are jointly organising a travelling exhibition entitled "Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums" from 2012 to 2014. The exhibition has been launched at the Macao Museum in May 2012, and then travelled to Guangdong Museum in November 2012 scoring an attendance of over 300,000 visitors in there two venues. The last stop is now at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Staging some 170 sets of exhibits from the collections of the three museums, the exhibition presents a study of the importance of the Chinese export ceramics and its impact on South-east Asia, Middle East and Europe.
2014.1.21 – 2.3
G/F Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Wang Dongling (b.1945), the internationally acclaimed Chinese calligrapher and Professor at the China Academy of Art, created a 6-metre long, 11-metre wide gigantic-cursive script calligraphy The Moon over the River on a Spring Night with his catchy brush as part of the Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations in Hong Kong in February 2013. The calligraphy work was derived from the Chinese classic poem "The Moon over the River on a Spring Night" by Zhang Ruoxu (c.660 – 720) of the Tang dynasty. The work depicts a magnificent scene with full moon, blooming flowers, flowing river on a lonely, spring night and expresses the roamer's sad feelings at separation from his wife. As Wang Dongling said "This poem perfectly fits the romantic atmosphere of the Chinese Lantern Festival, which is also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day". On 24 February 2013, the artist loosened up his body and began to "dance" with his brush at the Sculpture Court of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It was the first time in Hong Kong that Wang created a piece of such a grand scale. Expressiveness and spontaneity characterised his work and more than 300 visitors had been attracted to view Wang's "dance writing" performance on that day. After the writing performance, The Ink Society, the joint presenter of this extraordinary event, donated this large-scale calligraphy work to the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
It is the honour of the Hong Kong Museum of Art to receive this valuable work for our permanent collection, for we present Wang's monumental work The Moon over the River on a Spring Night at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 21 January to 3 February 2014 to share this romantic and poetic calligraphy work among art lovers and the general public during the festive season.
Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2/F)
During the Ming and Qing dynasties, there was a proliferation of schools of painting as a result of stylistic currents and the influence of regional cultures. The rise of wealthy cities also contributed to this diversity. The Wu School of mid-Ming period, and the Songjiang School and Huating School of late-Ming period, all originated in the Jiangnan area. An upsurge of salt merchants in Anhui province brought economic prosperity to the region, resulting in the emergence of the Xin'an School. Meanwhile, the historical city of Jinling (present-day Nanjing), a metropolitan city in the south during the Ming and Qing periods, fostered the Jinling School. The legendary Hangzhou, and Yangzhou, an important commercial centre in the early Qing, attracted huge numbers of artists throughout China. The prosperity and social dynamics of Yangzhou in particular inspired the Eight Eccentrics to create unconventional subject matter. Many of the professional artists frequenting Jinling, Hangzhou and Yangzhou were renowned literati rather than conventional commercial artists, revealing that social historical changes entailed a transformation in art.
The exhibition showcases selected paintings from the Xubaizhai Collection, featuring different painting schools of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It aims to offer a new perspective on Chinese art history and to provide visitors with a clearer view of the lives of Chinese artists during this period.
In association with this exhibition, the Museum collaborates with the Hong Kong Design Institute students and teaching staff from Higher Diploma in Printing and Publishing Programme and Higher Diploma in Digital Music Media Programme to present works of the Xubaizhai Collection in the form of an innovative electronic book and animation, which can be downloaded on iPad for free later on.
About the Animation:
Pianxian, a passionate young dancer, travels back through time to the tumultuous years of the late Ming dynasty. Reincarnated as Li Xiangjun, a renowned courtesan in Nanjing, she falls in love with the young literatus Yang Wencong. Later, Yang joins the anti-Qing campaign and the lovers part forever, their love story scattered like a capricious dream amidst the collapse of Ming. Selected works of the Xubaizhai Collection are featured in this animation, inviting the audience to travel through different paintings as the story unravels. The paintings featured in this animation are on display in the gallery.
(Duration: appro. 5 mins.)
Museum Lobby (1/F)
Mr Laurence Tam (1933 – 2013), the first Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, dedicated his whole life to pursue art education, museum services and to promote new ink art. As an art educator, an artist and a museum curator, Mr Tam was awarded for his sheer enthusiasm and whole-hearted dedication in enriching the Hong Kong art scene and was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993. Conceived as a retrospective, the display includes a timeline of Mr Tam's life, as well as a number of photographs and publications charting his life-long dedication to art.
Chinese Antiquities Gallery (2) (1/F)
The Hong Kong Museum of Art celebrated her 50th anniversary in 2012. She was born together with the Hong Kong City Hall in March 1962. On the top three floors of the City Hall High Block, there were The City Museum and Art Gallery, the predecessor of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Thanks to the support of collectors, artists and sponsors, the Museum has managed to build up a comprehensive collection of more than 15,800 items. Yet what matter the most are the passion and stories that are hidden behind. Looking back to the road trodden in the past 50 years, it is easy to see that we do not collect mere objects, but we are collecting people and their stories, and we are collecting for the people and with the people of Hong Kong.
Over the decades, many behind-the-scene players have been crucial in shaping the Museum and our history. They include many generous donors, our supportive Friends, the expert advisors, voluntary docents, artists, sponsors, collaborators… and above all, our ex-curators and colleagues, as well as our visitors. To celebrate and to commemorate this memorable occasion, we offer 50 fond stories in this exhibition. These stories will be a recollection of people and unknown anecdotes associated with the Museum, from which we walked through the past decades and now in pursuit of our next 50 years with Hong Kong.
Piazza (G/F), Audio Guide Desk (1/F), Special Exhibition Gallery, Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery, Lobby (2/F) and Historical Pictures Gallery (3/F)
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by Hong Kong Museum of Art
Art Media Partner: Art Map
With the mission of encouraging the engagement of artists with the creation of art as well as reviewing the recent development in the local visual art scene, the "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012" received fervent submission of artworks from nearly a thousand entrants. After two rounds of judging, 97 works are selected for the exhibition, which include painting, Chinese calligraphy and seal carving, sculpture, photography, installation, video and digital art. Besides, The Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art has sponsored one additional award this year, namely the "Laurence Tam Memorial Art Award" to commemorate the Museum's former Chief Curator, the late Mr Laurence Tam, for his contribution to the promotion of Hong Kong art.