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!

Friends’ Gala Evening at the Museum – December 5, 2019
Special Events特別活動
5 Dec 2019 (Thu) | 6:00-10:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of Art
The Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art are delighted to present a Gala Evening in celebration of our renovated Museum, to take place at the Main Hall of the Museum.

Title Sponsor HKD500,000 and above
Listing on all promotional material including Gala invitation and flyer
One Gala table for 10 guests each with prominent placement+1 seat at headtable
Recognition in Gala programme, press release, and website
Logo exposure on backdrop
Private tour for up to 20 guests at the Museum

Diamond Table Sponsor HKD200,000
One Gala table for 10 guests with preferred placement
Recognition in Gala invitation, programme, press release, and website
Logo on backdrop

Gold Table Sponsor HKD120,000
One Gala table for 10 guests
Recognition in Gala invitation and program

Silver Table Sponsor HKD80,000
One Gala table for 10 guests
Recognition in Gala program

Individual Ticket HKD10,000

Private Guided Tour of “Crowning Glory: The Beauty of Ladies’ Ornaments from Asia and Europe
Guided Tours導賞團
9 Nov 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12:00noon
Liang Yi Museum, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Cost: Member $250, Guest $300
Remarks: ID number required for registration

Join us for a visit to Hong Kong’s private museum of design, craftsmanship and heritage to see an exhibition of exquisite clothing and objects used in the lives of privileged ladies, primarily in the China and Japan of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The museum describes it as “a landmark exhibition exploring the role women’s clothing and accessories played in the social construction of gender and identity from the late imperial era in China and Japan to the early modern period. The compelling selection features over 250 exhibits, including objects of everyday use from traditional Chinese furniture associated with the boudoir, Japanese hair ornaments and silver pieces to textiles from both cultures, providing an insightful view into the traditional and modern concept of female beauty in the East, and its dilution and evolution upon the introduction of Western notions, morals and ideas.” The exhibition runs until 27 February 2020.

We will be guided by docents from the museum. One of the features of the museum is that as many objects as possible are kept in the open, though not all of them may be touched, and we will be split into groups of no more than five people to keep the experience intimate and personal.

Guided visit to “A World Within: The Art and Inspiration of Irene Chou” with Lesley Ma
Guided Tours導賞團
12 Oct 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12:00nn
Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Cost: Member $200, Guest $250

Irene Chou (1924-2011) was one of Hong Kong’s foremost artists of the later 20th century and a key figure in the New Ink Art movement in Hong Kong. Born in Shanghai, and a journalist in her early life, she came to Hong Kong in 1949 and began painting in the 1950’s. Her interest in blending tradition with modernity, shared with other artists of the New Ink Art movement, led to her developing a highly original abstract visual language and her exploration of diverse themes in her work.

The Asia Society, with the support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, is showing over 40 of Irene Chou’s works in the first major retrospective since the artist passed away. The exhibition, which runs until 5 January 2020, is the third in the Asia Society’s exhibition series, “20th Century Chinese Female Artists”.

Our tour of the exhibition will be guided by Lesley Ma, curator of Ink Art at M+.

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Guided Visit to Fine Art Asia and Ink Asia 2019
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4 Oct 2019 (Fri) | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (meet at the entrance to Hall 3C)
Cost: Member $200, Guest $250

Join Edie Hu on a curated tour of Fine Art Asia, Ink Asia and Masterpiece Pavilion and experience an in-depth view of highlighted objects from classical Chinese furniture and works of art to contemporary ink paintings and Western sculptures.

Hu is an art advisor at Citibank and specializes in Chinese antiques, including ceramics and works of art, Chinese and Southeast Asian paintings, contemporary Asian and 20th century Asian art. Previously, she served as a director in the Chinese ceramics and works of art department at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

Lecture: Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Science by Dr. Isabelle Frank
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
25 Sep 2019 (Wed)
6:15pm-Registration 6:30pm-Lecture 8:00pm-Dinner
Cost: Lecture only: Member $150, Guest $200
Lecture + dinner: Member $600, Guest $650
Lecture Venue: Christie's, 22/F Alexandra House, Central
Dinner Venue: Peking Garden, B/F, Alexandra House

The most prolific artist of his time, Leonardo left behind over 6,000 drawings that reveal his scientific and creative mental world. Though Leonardo was revered as a painter during his lifetime, these thousands of sheets remained largely unknown before the 19th century (only his unfinished Treatise on Painting was published). Focusing on Leonardo drawings from the Codex Atlanticus, now on display at the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci. Art & Science. Then & Now at CityU, the talk reveals how Leonardo studied, explored and understood the world around him through his art. The Codex Atlanticus, in the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, is the most theoretical of the surviving treatises and captures Leonardo’s incessant efforts to pierce the sensuous surface of the physical world and reveal its underlying scientific principles.

Isabelle Frank is Director of the Exhibition Gallery at City University of Hong Kong. Since joining City University, she has curated and co-curated exhibitions that connect technology and the arts across Western and Asian cultures. An art historian by training, she received her doctorate from Harvard University and has taught at Bard College. Frank has been Associate Dean for academic affairs at the New School, New York, and was Dean of Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies in New York. She has authored The Theory of Decorative Arts (Yale University Press, 2000) and Die Rhetorik des Ornaments (Fink Verlag, 2001), and articles on Italian Renaissance art and decorative art.

This lecture is co hosted with the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and with the generous support of Christie’s.

Lecture: Rare Landscape Paintings from the Royal Court of Udaipur, India
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
27 Aug 2019 (Tue)
6:15pm-Registration 6:30pm-Lecture 8:00pm-Dinner
Lecture only: Member $200, Guest $250
Lecture + dinner: Member $600, Guest $650
Lecture Venue: Christie's, 22/F Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central
Dinner Venue: Peking Garden, B/F Alexandra House

China has an illustrious tradition of landscape painting. In contrast, Indian art focuses largely on the body. In this talk, Dr. Diamond presents a striking exception to this rule: the unique landscape and palace-scape painting tradition that flourished in an eighteenth-century Indian court. In Udaipur, the capital of a kingdom in northwest India, artists created large paintings of place on paper and cloth that celebrated palace, city and countryside. Their goal was to evoke bhava, the multi-sensorial experience of being in a particular place at a specific time.

Debra Diamond is Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian Institution. She received her PhD with distinction from Columbia University in 2000.

 

Co-presented with CHRISTIE’S

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A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum
Guided Tours導賞團
17 Aug 2019 (Sat) | 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Shatin
Member $250, Guest $300, Student $80

An exhibition showcasing 100 selected items from the British Museum’s encyclopedic collections to tell the story of human civilisation and showcase the essence of global culture across two million years.

British Museum Exhibition Curator Belinda Crerar said: “The exhibition is designed to be a new way of telling history, history that is told through objects, and what we can learn from objects.”

Highlight exhibits include evidence of the first city from Iraq’s “The Standard of Ur”, Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s famous woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” from the series “36 Views of Mt Fuji”, and a Hungarian banknote which was the largest denomination banknote ever issued.

 Our tour will be guided by Dr Sammy Li, expert in the development of and exchanges between Chinese and foreign cultures through ancient artefacts. Dr Sammy Li is Assistant Professor at the Dept of History, Baptist University of Hong Kong, and an expert in Chinese bronzes and ancient civilisations. 

M+ presents Five Artists: Sites Encountered
Guided Tours導賞團
26 Jul 2019 (Fri) | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
Cost: Member $250, Guest $300, Student $80
Remarks: Bus pick up next to the low block of City Hall, Central at 3:15pm,
returning to central around 6:00pm

‘This group of artists, hailing from various points on the globe, are motivated by desires to make meaning from their place in the world and role within society. A commitment to present these wide and diverse artistic perspectives is central to the mission of Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+.

Untold Stories-Mysteries of the Hong Kong Museum of Art’s Earliest Collection
Lectures and Workshops講座及工作坊
27 Jun 2019 (Thu) | 6:00-9:30pm
101 Grosvenor House, 118 MacDonnell Road
Talk & dinner: Member $500, Guest $550
6:00pm - drink
6:30pm - talk (conducted in English)
7:45pm - dinner

Few would know that out of the four core collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art China trade art is the earliest cornerstone. Its formation was based on a legendary bequest with a fascinating lost-and-found story. Equally unknown are the mysteries solved by recent research conducted by the museum on this collection, which ranks among the best of its kind in the world. It comprises paintings produced in and from Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, against the backdrop of China trade. In this talk, Dr. Mok will share a few of these findings and will speak about how the Museum redefines China trade paintings—a genre with a distinct East meets West story particularly dear to Hong Kong and its beginnings.

Dr. Maria Mok joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1996. She has extensive experience in various departments, including China Trade Paintings, Chinese Antiquities, Modern Art and Education. She is currently responsible for research, curating, publication, and acquisition of the museum’s China trade and Chinese Antiquities collections. With a research focus on the dating and authentication of China trade paintings, she has published extensively and co-authored with Paul A. Van Dyke Images of the Canton Factories 1760-1822: Reading History in Art (HKU Press: 2015).

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