Past Events

Due to the Hong Kong Museum of Art's closure from 2016-19, there have not been any recent events at the Museum. The Museum is planning a soft opening in mid- 2019 and a major re-opening Gala is planned for December 2019, so please Watch This Space!

Private Preview of Christie’s Spring Auction 2019
Guided Tours導賞團
24 May 2019 (Fri) | 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
HK Convention & Exhbition
Member $200
Guest $250
Student member Free

This is an exciting series of curated exhibitions, lectures and art forums. Catch the preview with tour of the Chinese Paintings section guided by Sophia Zhou, Associate Specialist, Chinese Paintings. Sophia will share her knowledge of the selection of ink paintings. Highlights from the auctions include a group of classical paintings and calligraphy from the renowned Chokaido Museum, iconic works by modern masters such as Fu Baoshi, Zhang Daqian, and Li Keran as well as contemporary ink paintings by Liu Kuo-Sung, Liu Dan and Xu Bing.

Tour of ‘Art Deco: The France-China Connection’ with Isabelle Frank
Guided Tours導賞團
18 May 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12 noon
City u Exhibition Gallery, City University of HK
Member $200, Guest $250, Student $80

The exhibition showcases more than 300 objects from museums, institutions and private collectors in France, Hong Kong and Shanghai, brought together by chief curators Isabelle Frank, Director of the CityU Exhibition Gallery, and Emmanuel Bréon, Head of the Department of Mural Paintings and Stained Glass at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris. The exhibits include furniture, sculptures, paintings, posters, costumes, ceramic glassware, vases, jewelry, cosmetic cases and other precious objects, revealing the origins of Art Deco in France and to display the versatility, originality and adaptability of Art Deco designs. The exhibition also shows how Art Deco has been inextricably linked with Chinese culture and arts, and explores the influence of the Art Deco style in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Isabelle Frank has curated exhibitions that combine technology and the arts and which also bridge Western and Asian cultures. An art historian by training, she taught at Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and was then associate dean for academic affair at The New School, and dean at Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has published on Italian Renaissance art and decorative art.

Talk & dinner “Turning a new page for Hong Kong art”
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
8 May 2019 (Wed) | 6:00pm-drink 6:30pm-talk 7:45-dinner
118 MacDonnell Road, Hong Kong
Talk & dinner: Member $500, Guest $550

After closing for over 3 years for a major renovation and expansion, the museum targets to reopen in November 2019. The new Hong Kong Museum of Art will continue to be a meeting point for the world of diverse art, and pledges to curate exhibitions from a Hong Kong viewpoint to refresh people’s ways of looking at art, bringing inspiration and new understanding.

Dr. Raymond Tang will give an overview of the Hong Kong art promotion plan, the strategies for further developing the museum’s modern and Hong Kong art collection, building of partnerships and research plans.

Dr. Raymond Tang is a Curator (Hong Kong Art) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Chairman of the Hong Kong Curators Association.

Curated tour of galleries at Art Central
Guided Tours導賞團
26 Mar 2019 (Tue) | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Central Harbour-front
Member $500, Guest $600, Student $150

Join the Friends on a curated tour of galleries before the crowds at this year’s Art Central, followed by tasting of delicious street food offerings from Beef & Liberty, Bread & Beast, Limewood and Little Birdy. Art Central is Hong Kong’s first and only art fair taking place inside an architect-designed tent along the harbour-front. It aims at highlighting galleries from the Asia Pacific region.

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Double Bill Exhibition Tour
Guided Tours導賞團
23 Mar 2019 (Sat) | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Member $250, Guest $300, Student $80
Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 1:15 pm

The Art Museum holds the largest collection of Qing ritual vessels outside of the Palace Museum. These objects were of utmost significance in activating state rituals during the Qing period. The Qianlong emperor took it upon himself to standardize the forms of these objects to ensure that the rites were performed properly. This exhibition investigates the production and function of this distinct group of objects.

Concurrently we will be touring the first major exhibition of the ‘Shanghai school’ master Ren Bonian (1840-1895) in Hong Kong. It will be featuring 82 works from the National Art Museum of China, as well as a rare oil portrait of the artist by Xu Beihong.

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Standard Chartered Tea House Theatre Experience
Special Events特別活動
6 Mar 2019 (Wed) | 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District
Member $450, Guest $500
Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 6:30pm. Return journey to be arranged by participants

Xiqu Centre’s Tea House Theatre programme, Standard Chartered Tea House Theatre Experience, is specially designed to introduce new audiences to Chinese traditional theatre. The 90-minute performance, presented by Tea House Rising Stars Troupe, showcases a selection of short excerpts demonstrating a range of vocal and music styles. It also includes narration by an expert moderator to help newcomers gain insight into the history of the art form.

To recreate the warm, authentic atmosphere of Hong Kong’s early 20th century tea houses, the audience is served traditional tea and dim sum during the performance – a delicious way to learn about the heritage of Chinese traditional theatre.

However much you know about xiqu, Cantonese opera, Chinese culture, history or literature, the Tea House Theatre offers a new kind of experience. Friend of Hong Kong Museum of Art has made special arrangements to take participants to enjoy the experience as a group – sign up asap. Subscription is limited.

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Isamu Noguchi and Danh Vo: Two Artists in Counterpoint
Guided Tours導賞團
23 Feb 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12:30pm
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
General Member $250, Student $80, Guest $300
Remarks: Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 10:00am, heading to Venue at 10:15am, returning to central around 1:00pm

This exhibition gives a pronounced form to an ongoing conversation between two artists who never met: Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Vietnamese Danish artist Danh Vo (born 1975). The dialogue is articulated through a range of works by Noguchi that spans almost five decades.

Vo dedicates the M+ Pavilion largely to showcasing Noguchi’s work. This set the ground for a curatorial concept inspired by the scholar’s pavilion and garden’. The focal point here is Vo’s Untitled (Structure for Akari PL2), a modified design of the traditional architectural form from Guizhou Province. Surrounding this are almost three dozen works by Noguchi produced between the 1920s and the 1980s; they demonstrate his artistic versatility through diverse forms and a range of materials, including stones (granite, andesite, alabaster, obsidian, marble, and basalt), metals (aluminium, bronze, and galvanised steel), bamboo, and ceramics.

The exhibition is co-organized by M+ and The Noguchi Museum, New York, a pioneering event for exhibitions to be co-organized by M+ and museums around the globe.

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Annual General Meeting
Annual Events週年活動
18 Feb 2019 (Mon) | 6:15pm-AGM 7:00pm-Lecture 8:00pm-Dinner
Hong Kong Club
Lecture: Member: Free/ Non-Member Guest: HK$300
Lecture and Dinner: Member: HK$700/ Non-Member Guest: HK$750

Our speaker this year will be Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The topic of his talk will be “Asian Art at The Met: Envisioning an Encyclopedic Museum”


Mike Hearn will tell the story of how Asian art came of age as an integral part of the Metropolitan’s encyclopedic collection begins decades before a separate Department of Asian Art was established in 1915. Having recently celebrated the centennial of the department and with the Museum poised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1870, it is a fitting moment to examine how the Met’s collections of Asian Art came about.



A Pleasure Shared: Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
16 Jan 2019 (Wed) | 6:00pm - 9:30pm
101 Grosvenor House, 118 MacDonnell Road
Members only HK$500
6:00pm-Drink 6:30pm-Talk 7:45pm-Dinner

The Chih Lo Lou Collection was established by the late Ho Iu-kwong (1907 – 2006) with the mission to preserve Chinese painting and calligraphy, and promote the art and cultural heritage of China. The works in the collection span from the Song dynasty to the 20th century and chronicle the aesthetics of the different periods and regions. The talk will give an overview of the collection and introduce some of the highlights.

Sunny Tang graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1990. He received his Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney in 2000 and MPhil degree in Chinese Art History at CUHK in 2006.

This event is co-presented with The Ink Society. All proceeds received will be for the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art.

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A Millennium of Monochromes – from the Great Tang to the High Qing by Richard Kan and Professor Peter Y.K. Lam
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
4 Dec 2018 (Tue) | Registration 6.00, Talk 6.30 – 7.45 pm, Dinner 8.00pm
Talk: Christie’s Hong Kong, 22/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road; Dinner: Peking Garden, Alexandra House
Talk only: Member $200, Guest $250
Talk and dinner: Member $600, Guest $650

This talk brings out the splendour of monochrome porcelains in the light of the current exhibition at the Baur Foundation in Geneva, 27th September 2018 – 3rd February 2019. Of the 200 some objects on display, two-thirds are from the Zhuyuetang Collection and one-third are from the Baur Collection. It covers a millennium of monochromes from the Great Tang to the High Qing. The idea was conceived four years ago by Professor Peter Y.K. Lam in an attempt to bring together the finest monochromes of the Baur Foundation and the Zhuyuetang Collection.

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