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).
25 May 2019 (Sat) | 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Student member Free
Remembering how much our members enjoyed the silent auction of beautiful tea ware made by Hong Kong artists/potters, at our last tea party, we have organized a special tour of the entries made for the 2018 teapot design
Curator Maria Mok has very kindly agreed to find time, amidst the busy preparation for the reopening of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, to guide us through the exhibition and to show off the recently refreshed display on the G/F galleries.
After the tour you may join the lunch party at the newly opened Thai restaurant, Apinara, on a shared cost basis. It is a short walk away in Pacific Place, through the lush greenery of Hong Kong Park.
24 May 2019 (Fri) | 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
HK Convention & Exhbition
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.
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.
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.
26 Mar 2019 (Tue) | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.