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Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012
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Gestus: Judex
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Hector Rodriguez
Gestus: Judex
2012
Video installation
Achievement Awards

 

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)
2013.10.4 – 2014.1.5

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by Hong Kong Museum of Art
Art Media Partner: Art Map

The "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards", formerly referred to as "Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition", has reached its 17th edition since its inception in 1975, and has become an important event in the field of art 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 "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, including 10 pieces for Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award, 2 pieces for Achievement Award and 2 pieces for Young Artist Award, giving the audience a full picture of what comprises the diverse developments and vitality of Hong Kong contemporary 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 late Chief Curator Mr Laurence Tam, for his contribution to the promotion of Hong Kong art.
 
 

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Bonds of Memory: Wan Qingli's Collection of Chinese Art Given by His Teachers and Friends Exhibition
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Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)
2013.12.13 – 2014.4.24

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 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.
 

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Colourful blossom
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Xiao Shufang (1911 – 2005)
Colourful blossom
1976
Vertical scroll, ink and colour on paper

Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums
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Blue and white plate with design of Chinese character liang (grain) and chrysanthemums, Zhangzhou ware
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Blue and white plate with design of Chinese character liang (grain) and chrysanthemums, Zhangzhou ware
Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644)
Salvaged from Nan'ao No. 1
On loan from the Guangdong Provincial
Institute of Cultural Relics & Archaeology

Chinese Antiquities Gallery (1) (3/F)
Until 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, 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.

A Journey into Chinese Painting: A Selection of Works from the Xubaizhai Collection
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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.

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Flowers, fruits, vegetables and insects (section)
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Yu Zhiding (1647 – after 1713)
Flowers, fruits, vegetables and insects (section)
Handscroll, ink and colour on paper

A Hundred Chinese Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art
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Scenes of Mount Huang

Huang Binhong (1865 – 1955)
Scenes of Mount Huang
1938
Album of 12 leaves, ink and colour on paper (Leaf 1)

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 and Su Liupeng. In later years, Ju Chao and Ju Lian became the forerunners of the "Lingnan School of Paintings". Among others, the "Three Masters of the Lingnan School" — Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng and Chen Shuren as well as their students 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, Zhang Daqian, Lin Fengmian 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. After mid-1980s, the "New Literati Paintings" emerged. A group of young Chinese painters who had experienced the Cultural Revolution developed a unique art scene of the time and its influence still echoes today.

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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.
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Exhibition poster of "Contemporary Hong Kong Art 1975"

 "Contemporary Hong Kong Art 1975" was the Museum's first exhibition which adopted the practice of having open call for competition entries and exhibiting outstanding works. This year's "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012" is the 17th of this well-known brand.
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