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Valuable items from Museum of Art's collection on display

More than 100 historical art works and Chinese calligraphy from the Hong Kong Museum of Art's precious collection are featured in two exhibitions, which opened today (June 18).

The two exhibitions are "Hong Kong Memories: Selected Historical Pictures of the 19th Century" and "The Unrestrained Brush: Selections from the Xubaizhai Collection of Chinese Calligraphy II".

Through a display of about 60 oil paintings, watercolours and prints, the "Hong Kong Memories" exhibition depicts the scenery and life styles of people in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and other trading ports on the China coast. Created by artists of both Chinese and Western origins, these valuable works of art are esteemed as historical as well as aesthetic treasures.

Scenes of modest fishing villages, colonial architecture and the junks that once filled Victoria Harbour are all preserved in these pictures. Visitors can take this opportunity to have a glimpse of the picturesque scenes in Hong Kong from the opening of the port all the way through to the late 19th century. Distinctive export goods including silverware, porcelain, lacquerware and Canton enamel are also showcased.

"The Unrestrained Brush", a new display of the Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy features about 50 exhibits selected from the Xubaizhai Collection. The new display focuses on the works by calligraphers of the Guangdong province (in southern China). It not only shows the contributions of these calligraphers to the Chinese culture, but is also a reflection of collector Low Chuck-tiew's interest in collecting and promoting the accomplishment of the calligraphic tradition of southern China. The works on display enable visitors to appreciate the artistic and cultural richness of Chinese calligraphy. Meanwhile, the mass reproduction of Buddhist sutras in ancient China; personal exchanges of letters and poems between artists and others; the couplet as a unique form of calligraphy; and the relationship between stone inscriptions and the calligraphy brushstrokes are also revealed.

In support of the exhibition, a fully illustrated catalogue - "Xubaizhai Collection of Chinese Calligraphy", which features 177 calligraphic works, is available for sale at the Museum of Art's gift shop.

The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm daily and is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10 and a half-price concession is available to full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For further information, call 2721 0116 or visit the Museum of Art's website at .

Ends/Friday, June 18, 2004
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