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Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012
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Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012
Historical Pictures Gallery (3/F)

2013.7.26 onwards

Special Exhibition Gallery and Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery (2/F)

2013.10.4 – 2014.1.5

With the mission of encouraging the engagement of artists with the creation of art as well as reviewing the recent developments in the local visual arts 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 finally selected for the exhibition, including 14 pieces recommended for awards.

The "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards", formerly referred to as "Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition", has been organised 17 times since its inception in 1975, and has become an important event in the field of arts in Hong Kong. This open competition provides a platform for local artists to show their talents and accomplishments and serves to promote wider understanding of the distinct quality and characteristics of Hong Kong art. The complete results of awarded and selected entries, including painting, Chinese calligraphy and seal carving, sculpture, photography, installation, video and digital arts will be featured in the exhibition-cum-award presentation ceremony in October, giving the audience a full picture of what comprises  the diverse developments and vitality of Hong Kong contemporary art.

Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums
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Chinese Antiquities Gallery (1) (3/F)
2013.7.19 – 2014.2.16

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, the second stop at the Guangdong Museum was equally successful at its closure in mid-May 2013. The last stop will be at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 19 July 2013 to 16 February 2014. 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.

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Celadon bowl with incised design, Longquan ware
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Celadon bowl with incised design, Longquan ware
Southern Song dynasty (1127 – 1279)
Salvaged from South China Sea No. 1
Collection of Guangdong Museum

A Journey into Chinese Painting: A Selection of Works from the Xubaizhai Collection
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Fifteen views of the garden

Wen Boren (1502 – 1575) (painting)
Wen Peng (1498 – 1573) (calligraphy)
Fifteen views of the garden (select leaves)
1549
8 album leaves (mounted as a handscroll), ink and colour on paper

Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2/F)
2013.8.30 onwards

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 througout 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 select 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 Communication Design and Digital Media department of the Hong Kong Design Institute to present works of the Xubaizhai Collection in the form of an innovative electronic book and animation.

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A Hundred Chinese Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art
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Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)
Until 2013.10.30

The exhibition selects a hundred paintings by different painters across late Ming dynasty to modern times. These exhibits present a wide diversity in subjects as well as styles of Chinese paintings selected from the Museum collection.

Works on display include the paintings of early years by well-known Guangdong painters such as Zhang Mu, Li Jian, Liang Yuwei, Su Liupeng and Su Renshan. In later years, Ju Chao and Ju Lian, who had created the "Geshan School", became the forerunners of the "Lingnan School of Paintings", which marked a milestone in Chinese painting history. Among others, the "Three Masters of the Lingnan School" — Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng and Chen Shuren as well as their students, namely He Qiyuan, Zhao Shao'ang and Yang Shanshen, etc., were a group of pioneers who adopted the Western perspective into traditional Chinese paintings. In addition, a number of Guangdong painters were members of "The Chinese Painting Research Society", including Pan He and Yao Lixiu who advocated a reform of Chinese painting, with their views exerting great impact in art circles at the time.

Since the 20th century, particularly after the founding of the People's Republic of China, painters throughout the country such as Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Xu Beihong, Pan Tianshou, Lin Fengmian, Zhang Daqian, Li Keran, Lu Yanshao, as well as some contemporary painters like Wu Guanzhong and Huang Yongyu, all sought to break away from traditional styles of painting under the influence of western ideas — either adapting Western techniques, or making innovative moves with reference to the traditional methods; their efforts have all contributed to the diversity of painting styles of the time. Meanwhile, some painters in Hong Kong insisted to preserve the Chinese painting traditions including Li Yanshan, Huang Bore and Peng Ximing. On the other hand, there were some painters who advocated innovative and revolutionary ink paintings like Ding Yanyong, Liu Guosong and Lü Shoukun. After mid-1980s, the "New Literati Paintings" emerged in the tide of "Cultural Revival". A group of young Chinese painters who had experienced the Cultural Revolution including Shi Hu, Hu Yongkai, Nie Ou and Lu Fusheng developed a unique art scene of the time and its influence still echoes today.

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Lotus of the Qiushuian
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Huang Yongyu (1924 – )
Lotus of the Qiushuian
2004
Ink and colour on paper
Donated by Mr Huang Yongyu

The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art
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Spiritual interspace
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Shen Ye
Spiritual interspace
2013
Wood, lacquer and gold foil

Special Exhibition Gallery and Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery (2/F)
Until 2013.8.18

Since 2008, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has organised the exhibition series "Hong Kong Art: Open Dialogue" with the purpose of exploring different aspects of art in Hong Kong and providing a diversified art experience. It includes "Digit@logue" (curated by Ms Ellen Pau), "New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond" (curated by Mrs Alice King), "Looking for Antonio Mak" (curated by Ms Valerie C. Doran) and "Charming Experience" (curated by Ms Grace Cheng). "The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art," curated by Professor Pi Daojian, is the final one of the exhibition series.

Viewing the development of Chinese contemporary art, the unique essence of traditional Chinese art has been incorporated into various new practices which give voice to contemporary values and spiritual pursuits. 37 Chinese artists from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas will be exhibiting paintings, calligraphy, lacquerware, ceramics, installations, video and animation which represent the transformation of artistic creation as well as cultural reflection in Chinese contemporary art.

Collecting for 50 Years – The People and Their Stories
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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.

The first Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art

The first Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, the late Prof Laurence Tam (1933 - 2013), photographed at the day of the Grand Opening of the Museum's new premise in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1991. More about Prof Tam's tremendous contribution to Hong Kong Art can be found in the current exhibition "Collecting for 50 Years – The People and Their Stories".

20 / 20: Special Exhibition for the Twentieth Anniversary of Xubaizhai Gallery
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The pagoda of Changgan Monastery

Shitao (1642 – 1707)
The pagoda of Changgan Monastery
1699
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper

Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2/F)
Until 2013.7.21

Mr Low Chuck-tiew (1911 – 1993) was a Singaporean Chinese banker who came to live in Hong Kong in 1949. The political turmoil on the Mainland which led to an influx of valuable Chinese art into Hong Kong inspired Mr Low to start collecting ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy. For more than 30 years, he devoted himself to this objective, to the extent of depleting his private resources, though managing to build a considerable collection that won international accolade as well as the hearty approval of connoisseurs.

After years of planning, in 1989 Mr Low decided to donate his Xubaizhai Collection to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. In tribute, the Museum built the Xubaizhai Gallery to exhibit a rotating permanent display of this remarkable collection. The gallery opened to the public on 26 September 1992.

The Museum holds thematic exhibitions and publishes relevant catalogues and books, in fulfilment of Mr Low's wish to use the collection to promote appreciation of Chinese painting and calligraphy. As we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Xubaizhai Gallery in 2012, we picked out representative works by 20 great masters in the collection for an exhibition that would highlight once again, Mr Low's spirit of giving.

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