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Tempting Touch – the Art of Tong King-sum
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2014.8.8 – 12.31
Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery (2/F)
 
Tong King-sum (1940 – 2008) was born in Hong Kong. He has been keen on art since his younger days, and had worked as designer. He learnt sculpture under Cheung Yee in 1971. Tong became one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society in 1974 and served as the President in 1992. Tong won numerous art awards in Hong Kong and Taiwan, including the "Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Sculpture)" in 1977 at the "Contemporary Hong Kong Art 1997" exhibition. He has contributed tremendously to Hong Kong art and arts education.
 
Tong spent his childhood in Lantau Island, where he nurtured his love for nature. The human body, fruit and plants are the favourite themes of his works. His works are signified by a sleek form and texture. His torso sculptures depicted the structure of human body, the texture of bone, flesh and skin in refinement and precision. Be it the human body or a plant, his works permeate with the harmony of nature and beauty of form, which sprang from the artist's subtle yet strong inner vitality.
 
Featuring 23 sets of works from the collections of Mrs Tong King-sum, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art, this exhibition aims to pay tribute to Tong King-sum, a well-respected forerunner whose achievement mirrors those of local artists.
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Variation
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Variation
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Teak
Collection of
Mrs Tong Chiu Wai-yee

Heaven, Earth and Man — A Hong Kong Art Exhibition
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An overview of Art Square
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An overview of Art Square

Art Square at Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Museum of Art
 

In front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Salisbury Garden is reopened to the public since February 2014 after its renovation, turning it 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 at Art Square.

Three renowned local artists, Danny Lee Chin-fai, Kum Chi-keung and Rosanna Li Wei-han created 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. You may listen to the artists talking about their artworks and inspiration while appreciating the artworks, through scanning the QR Code on-site or click the link below.
 
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.
 
Ming and Qing Chinese Arts from the C. P. Lin Collection
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Until 2014.11.2
Chinese Antiquities Gallery (1) (3/F)

Post-war Hong Kong was fortunate to become a repository for important antiques within the South China region. From 1949, prominent collectors from  mainland China moved to Hong Kong with a dazzling number of Chinese antiques, giving rise to a rare opportunity for collecting exquisite artworks. Veteran local collector Mr Peter C. P. Lin had pursued his studies in the United Kingdom during his early years, and was influenced there by the trend for collecting Chinese antiques, cultivating in him a passion for collecting. Lin refers to it as "bonds between people" and "bonds between objects", which are indeed the maxim of a dedicated art collector.

This exhibition showcases 270 Ming and Qing dynasty artworks from the C. P. Lin Collection, featuring precious objects made exclusively for the imperial court - exquisite porcelains, rare jades, intricately carved rhinoceros horns, ivories and bamboo objets d'art, iridescent painted enamels and glass. Through the materials, colours, craftsmanship, forms, and images of Chinese antiquities, the exhibition focuses on historical Chinese artistic pursuits, drawing viewers to a feast of beauty, and demonstrating a perfect coherence of craftsmanship and aesthetics reflecting the splendour of China.

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Pair of dishes decorated with bamboo and poem in falangcai enamels
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Pair of dishes decorated with bamboo and poem in falangcai enamels
Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723 – 1735),
Qing dynasty

Paris • Chinese Painting: Legacy of the 20th Century Chinese Masters
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White Peonies
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Sanyu [Chang Yu] (1901 – 1966)
White Peonies
Early 1950s
Oil on hardboard
Collection of Musée Cernuschi, Asian Arts Museum of Paris
© Stéphane Piera / Musée Cernuschi / Roger-Viollet
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Until 2014.9.21
Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Musée Cernuschi, Asian Arts Museum of Paris and the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
Supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
Sponsored by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Private Banking
A programme of Le French May and France-Chine 50

Paris has long been a European art and cultural hub where the liberal atmosphere enabled different streams of thought to burgeon and thrive, and since the 20th century this city has seen generations of Chinese artists hone their painting skills. Following the trend to learn from the West new ways of transforming traditional conventions, these artists left their motherland in search of inspiration. Visiting museums and learning under the guidance of masters, they acquired Western painting skills and perceptions, pioneering a revolution in Chinese painting art circles.

Artists like Liu Haisu, Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian and Pan Yuliang left early for France. These young Chinese artists had a mission. After returning to China, they contributed immensely to the introduction of artistic trends from overseas, the development of oil painting and bouleversement of Chinese painting. They also founded fine arts schools in the country, cultivating in a new generation of painters the aspiration to further their studies in France. Among these students, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun and Wu Guanzhong became well-known figures in the international art scene, anchoring the notion of ‘creating the art of an era'.

This exhibition showcases almost a hundred works, including oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, sketches, lithographs, sculptures and more, demonstrating the impact and revelation of European art on 20th century Chinese painting. Exhibits have been composed from the collections of the Musée Cernuschi, Asian Arts Museum of Paris, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and several major institutions in France.

The Musée Cernuschi holds one of the finest Chinese art collections in France, and its Chinese painting collection comprises the works of various Chinese painters who travelled to France during the 20th century, illustrating their different practices and inclinations on the blending of Chinese and Western painting skills.

A Journey into Chinese Painting: A Selection of Works from the Xubaizhai Collection
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Until 2014.9.28
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.



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.)

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The lone horse

Jin Nong (1687 – 1763)
The lone horse
1761
Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Hand in Hand with Hong Kong Art: Laurence Tam
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Until 2014.9.7
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. 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 features Mr Tam's life-long dedication and contribution to art.
Collecting for 50 Years — The People and Their Stories
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Until 2014.9.7
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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Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 — Thirteen Dimensions of Hong Kong
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Until 2014.7.13
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. The selected works include painting, Chinese calligraphy and seal carving, sculpture, photography, installation, video and digital art. This section of the exhibition gathers thirteen selected entries which show a strong sense of locality. They not only reflect the inseparable relationship between Hong Kong artists and local culture, but also highlight the uniqueness of Hong Kong art in this globalised world.
 

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