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As the Hong Kong Museum of Art is now temporarily closed for a major renovation and expansion project, we are actively organising exhibitions and programmes around town. On the web, we are proactively developing our Hong Kong art archive because we believe that being able to access information and data on the internet is essential for the development and study of Hong Kong art. Though the Museum's premises are temporarily closed, we are trying to be more accessible in the digital world and are working hard to enrich information on our website. In early 2016, we launched the pilot phase of "Hong Kong Art Research Portal", to introduce a handy way of accessing information, by uploading information and images from the Museum's exhibitions and programmes along with related archival materials.
In November 2016, we then launched the second phase (the ‘enriched version') to extend our reach outside of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, including records of exhibitions from the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. About 150 newly digitised files are now available on the Portal.
Following the second phase, we have boosted the scope of the Portal to include other art organisations and institutions in the art community, inviting those in possession of archival material on Hong Kong art to take part in the project. With their kin support, we have completed the third phase of the project in October 2017 by providing hyperlinks of more than 20 local art organisations and institutions.
Alongside the above efforts, we have also collected valuable raw materials such as photos, letters, handwritten notes and news clippings from Hong Kong artists or their families. With the generous support from these materials owners, the relevant documents are being digitised, and will be uploaded to the platform in batches, which will help enrich the content of the platform.
While the Portal is in the development stage, we understand that there is room to improve. For example, some copyright restricted items are not uploaded to the Portal, but we will try to provide a list of these items available for on-site viewing, so that members of the public may contact us to view them. During the Museum renovation period, our Resources Centre is closed, but we will endeavour to facilitate viewing upon request. To make an appointment and for other details, please go to "FAQs".
Your feedback and comments are most welcomed. Your thoughts can reach us, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can turn this Portal into a veritable treasure trove of Hong Kong art!