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Message from the Chief Curator

Time flies! 2013 is gone and a brand new year is right in front of us!

2013 is a happy year for the museum for we have a number of "first time" experiences in a single year. Firstly in May, we brought the first major Greater Pearl River Delta Cooperation art exhibition, the "Maritime Porcelain Road" exhibition, to its finale in Hong Kong, harvesting the fruit of the long-term regional collaboration. In June, we inaugurated the "The Origin of Dao" exhibition, our first major collaboration with guest curator after working for almost five years, together with an international symposium, bringing the Hong Kong art dialogue to the next level. Last year, we have also completed the first Hong Kong art history research pilot project and organised a forum in November, kicking off the series of researches in the years ahead as well as continuous dialogue with the academia and the art community. The over-enrolment of the forum demonstrated the wide interest and concern on local art research which was very encouraging to us. Above all, we were fortunate to have the first additional funding from the Government specifying for the acquisition  of Hong Kong art. It largely help enhance the museum collection on local art. Last but not least, we took the opportunity of the "Hong Kong Week" in Taipei to present the first Hong Kong art show in Taiwan which marked another move in promoting Hong Kong art abroad after the Liverpool Biennial last year. Nonetheless, 2013 is also a sad year for the museum as our first Chief Curator Mr Laurence Tam passed away. In memory of Mr Tam, we have taken the occasion of the "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards  (HKCAA) 2012" exhibition to launch the first memorial art award for the HKCAA supported by the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The award aims to cherish efforts of behind-the-scene persons who have walked the rouged path with local artists and who have contributed greatly to Hong Kong art. As a pioneer museum curator, the late Mr Tam is suitably the first on the list.
 
Looking ahead, 2014 will be another milestone for the museum. Among the series of planned exhibitions and activities, we shall inaugurate the newly refurbished Salisbury Garden. The open space will serve as a new platform for the showcase of local talents and a good art playground for visitors. In the year ahead, we shall also work further for the facilities upgrade of the museum and for the enhancement of our programming to tie in with the museum's strengthened positioning in the promotion of Hong Kong. The year 2014 will also be a big day for our branch museum as the Museum of Tea Ware will celebrate her 30th anniversary with a series of commemorative programmes. I hope you will stay with us and check out our latest. We shall need your participation and support to make 2014 a truly memorable one!
 
Eve Tam Mei-yee
Chief Curator (Hong Kong Museum of Art)
November 2013

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