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Heritage Museum presents Alan Chan's Art of Living


The internationally renowned local designer Alan Chan is the subject of an exhibition that opens tomorrow (July 6) at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and continues until October 27.

"Alan Chan - The Art of Living" showcases his unique ability to synthesise traditional Chinese arts and crafts with the motifs of modern design.

Born in 1950, Alan Chan started his career in graphic design after only 10 months of evening school training. But his keen artistic sense and exceptional talent have allowed him to create numerous outstanding works and win more than 500 local and international awards during the past 30 years.

In 1989, Chan was named Designer of the Year by the Hong Kong Artist Guild. In recognition of his contribution to the design industry, he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Government in 2002. His design company was also chosen one of the 10 best in the world by the Graphis Press of New York.

"Chan's creative design projects are based on his philosophy of Chinese Market Arts (CMA), a combination of skilful marketing and re-interpretation of Chinese traditional aesthetic work," said the Curator of the Heritage Museum, Judy Chan Lee Suk-yee.

"Alan's concept of CMA is to inject artistic and creative elements into a commercial activity to create a powerful impact on an increasingly sophisticated Chinese market. His aesthetic co-ordination of business, communication and marketing with design, tradition and culture has secured his place in the competitive international market," she said.

Representative projects include his signature Mr Chan Tea House; the nostalgic Marunouchi Cafe in the heart of the Tokyo business district; the value-added service and retail concept for 1010; the symbolic branding for Sunday; the corporate image campaigns for Seibu and City'Super; and traditional, yet contemporary tea packaging and tableware designs.

Since 2002, Alan Chan has dabbled in multi-dimensional art installations and several of these form a part of the exhibition. Three of his installations represented Hong Kong at "Art Chicago 2002" and "Art Basel".

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Shatin, the Heritage Museum is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission on Wednesdays is free.

As part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Arts Care initiative, admission to the Heritage Museum will be free on all Sundays in July.

Visitors who buy one ticket in July and August will receive a complimentary admission coupon valid until September 30 at the following museums: the Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, and Hong Kong Space Museum (except the Space Theatre). The free coupon does not apply to special exhibitions with separate admission charges.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Shatin KCR Station and the Heritage Museum from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

For enquiries call 2180 8188 or visit the Heritage Museum's website at

End/Saturday, July 5, 2003

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