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The Wonders of Bamboo: Chinese Bamboo Carving Donated by Dr Ip Yee
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Chinese Antiquities Gallery (1) (3/F)
 
Bamboo is a symbol of integrity and is considered to be one of the Four Virtues by the Chinese literati. From the Ming dynasty, bamboo carving became an essential components on the scholar's desk. Showcasing a fine selection of Chinese bamboo carvings donated by Dr Ip Yee (1921-1984), this exhibition provides visitors with a comprehensive view of  appreciating Chinese bamboo carving. It also commemorates the generosity of Dr Ip Yee, who went to great lengths to compile this collection before bequeathing the entire collection to the people of Hong Kong.
 
To coincide with the exhibition, "The Footprints of Bamboo", a website developed by students in Culture and Heritage Management, Department of Chinese and History of the City University of Hong Kong, was presented on-line and at the gallery. Please refer to the following link for details: http://cah.cityu.edu.hk/~CUHMBambooExhibition/intro.php
 
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Brushpot carved with the scene of
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Brushpot carved with the scene of "Night Visit to the Red Cliff" in high relief
18th century
Donated by Dr Ip Yee

Donation of Works by Wu Guanzhong 2014
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Leaping
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Leaping
Dated 1996
Oil on canvas

 

Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)

Dedicating his whole life to art, Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010) selflessly donated his works to museums in the country and worldwide. The generosity of Wu had moved many. Over the years, he had donated his works to the Hong Kong Museum of Art for four times. Having inherited Wu's selfless spirit, his family again made a donation of 25 paintings to the Museum, which now holds a total of 77 pieces of Wu's works.

The 25 works, including 16 oil paintings and 9 ink paintings, were created from the 1990s to the early 21th century, a period known as the heyday of Wu Guanzhong's artistic journey. The Museum has selected some of the works for exhibition so that the public can have a taste of these precious gifts.
 
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.

Click here to download the exhibition booklet

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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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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
Not dated
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper

In the Name of Art ─ Hong Kong Contemporary Art Exhibition
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2015.8.15 – 10.11
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

Featuring site-specific installation works by anothermountainman (Stanley Wong), Luke Ching, Jaffa Lam, Phoebe Man, Kingsley Ng, Tang Kwok-hin and Justin Wong, this exhibition explores in the name of art the faces of Hong Kong art and brings issues into dialogue with the Taiwanese audience.

 
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Weather Forecast: Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow
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Luke Ching
Weather forecast: Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow
2014-2015

‘Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums' Touring Exhibition in Mainland
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2015.7.18 – 10.18
Venue: Zhejiang Provincial Museum

The Hong Kong Museum of Art will join hands with the Guangdong Museum and the Macao Museum to co-organise a touring exhibition entitled ‘Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums'. This will take place in three provinces in China, namely at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, the Hubei Provincial Museum and the Shenzhen Museum from 2015 to 2016. The exhibition will be launched at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in July 2015. Featuring more than 180 exhibits from the collections of the three museums, the exhibition presents a study of the importance of export ceramics in China trade history and their impact on Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and sheds light on the cultural significance of Chinese ceramics in the course of global history.

 
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Pair of sweetmeat dishes in shape of reclining horses
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Pair of sweetmeat dishes in shape of reclining horses
17th century

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