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Tempting Touch – the Art of Tong King-sum
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Until 2014.12.31
Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery (2/F)
 
Tong King-sum (1940 – 2008) was born in Hong Kong. He was keen on art in his younger days, and worked as a 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 its 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 contributed tremendously to Hong Kong art and arts education.
 
Tong spent his childhood on Lantau Island, where he nurtured his love for nature. The human body, fruit and plants are the favourite themes of his works, which are characterised by a sleek form and texture. His torso sculptures depict the structure of human body, the texture of bone, flesh and skin in refined and precise manner. Be it the human body or a plant, his works are permeated 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 achievements mirror those of local artists.
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Fin
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Fin
1996
Teak
Collection of Hong Kong
Heritage Museum

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.
 
All Are Guests – Homecoming
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2014.10.18 –
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.

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Out of Place
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Leung Mee-ping
Out of Place
2014
Video installation

Ming and Qing Chinese Arts from the C. P. Lin Collection
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Teapot decorated with stylized dragons in falangcai enamels on pink ground
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Teapot decorated with stylized dragons in falangcai enamels on pink ground
Mark and period of Qianlong (1736 – 1795), Qing dynasty

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 into a feast of beauty, and demonstrating a perfect coherence of craftsmanship and aesthetics reflecting the splendour of China.

The Four Gentlemen: A Selection of Flower Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection
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2014.12.5 –
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 60 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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Red plum blossoms and rock
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Wu Changshuo (1844 – 1927)
Red plum blossoms and rock
1921
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper

Construction ‧ Transition @artsquare
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Artists' impression of C.art
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CoLAB, Very Hong Kong
Artists' impression of
C.art

2014.12 –
Art Square at Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Museum of Art

The Art Square at Salisbury Garden has become a favourite meeting point in the forecourt of the Museum since its opening early this year. The new exhibition "Construction • Transition @artsquare" displays two striking sets of highly interactive and amusing art pieces that provide a sensational experience for visitors.

Bamboo Construct 2014, a huge installation work by renowned architect and artist Rocco Yim, serves as a welcoming greeting to all visitors who enter Art Square. With a skilful use of bamboo, this art piece combines the beauty of traditional culture and contemporary architecture, exploring the aesthetic and functional properties of bamboo.

Another installation, C.art, is created by local art groups CoLAB and Very Hong Kong. It consists of a set of mobile carts inspired by handcars on the railroads in the old days, capturing the idea of transition. Mobile in nature, topped with specially designed greenery and installed with directional signage, the artwork not only enriches the landscape of Art Square, it also gives directions and offers interactive opportunities. Sitting and reclining are most welcome!

 
A Journey into Chinese Painting: A Selection of Works from the Xubaizhai Collection
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The lone horse
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Jin Nong (1687 – 1763)
The lone horse
1761
Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Until 2014.10.19
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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