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Trading China: Paintings of the Porcelain Production Process in the Qing Dynasty

23 October 2015 - 1 May 2016, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No. 8, Hong Kong

 

The theme and appreciation of porcelain-making will never be outdated and these illustrations vividly capture the work of the many specialised labourers and the way in which the trade and transport of the finished porcelain was arranged. This unique series details processes from mining clay to selling porcelain to foreign merchants through local dealers. Since the 16th century, Western demand for Chinese porcelain, exported through Canton (Guangzhou), grew. The technique of overglaze enamel painting, which originated in the imperial workshops was used at Jingdezhen from the early 18th century for the production of imperial, domestic and export wares, reinforcing its role as China’s largest porcelain production centre. This style was very popular and led to innovations in ceramic production in Europe. The paintings provide a rare and fascinating insight into the complex lifecycle of porcelain production and the science and art for which Imperial China was famous.

The Radiant Ming 1368-1644 through the Min Chiu Society Collection

16 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

From 1368 to 1644, the Ming dynasty spanned a period of 276 years during which 16 emperors ascended the throne. It was the last unified and centralised dynasty ruled by the Han Chinese after the Tang and the Song dynasties. In the early 15th century when the overall national strength of the Ming dynasty reached its apogee, the empire was the number one power in Asia and even in the world. Among its colossal enterprises were the construction of the two capitals of Nanjing and Beijing, and the imperial palace at the Forbidden City; the restoration of the Great Wall and the compilation of Yongle dadian (Comprehensive compendium of the Yongle reign). This exhibition, comprising of 300 objects from the private collections of members of the Min Chiu Society, guides the audience through the history and culture of the Ming dynasty from a fresh perspectives.

M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition

23 February 2016 - 5 April 2016, Artis Tree ,1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay

 

The exhibition shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection that will be on display when the M+ building opens in 2019. For this exhibition, M+ has selected from its M+ Sigg Collection seminal works of painting, sculpture, photography, performance documentation, video and installation to illustrate the evolution of Chinese contemporary art – from its inception at the end of the Cultural Revolution up to today’s vibrant art scene.

Erudition in Ink: The Calligraphy of Sheung Chun-ho

27 February 2016 - 22 May 2016, Art Museum Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong

 

Having chaired the Department of Chinese from 1978 to 1987, the late Professor Sheung Chung-ho (1937-2010) was widely known for his scholarship on Chinese classics. He was also a distinguished calligrapher whose works were filled with literary and erudite references and lauded by famous painters and calligraphers. This exhibition presents a critical selection of 52 of his calligraphic works in various scripts and formats, many of which are on display for the first time.

Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power

16 March 2016 - 9 July 2016, Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

 

Shahzia Sikander (1969 - ) presents her first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong. This body of work explores Hong Kong’s colonial complexity, both historical and current. Installed within the Former Explosives Magazine Compound of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 'Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power' includes drawings on paper and large-scale animations. The exhibition’s title refers to the potential of an image to communicate in multiple contexts, forms, and formats.

The Art of Takashi Wakamiya: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer

18 March 2016 - 19 June 2016, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

 

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong is delighted to feature the work of renowned Japanese artist Takashi Wakamiya. Collaborating with his studio, Hikojū Makie, and with the support of the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau, The Art of Takashi Wakamiya: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer exhibition will display a selection of finely executed contemporary objects in Japanese lacquer.

An acclaimed artist for 30 years, Wakamiya excels in the practice and teaching of traditional lacquer techniques with a high level of precision and has developed an interest in executing, in lacquer, East Asian objects historically made from unrelated materials, such as bronze or ceramic. His studio creates these imitations with such remarkable exactness that onlookers are fooled by the medium. The finely applied lacquer is, when held, much lighter than the metal or clay that it reproduces. A master of deception, Wakamiya and Hikojū Makie also specialise in the creation of life-like animals (beetles, grasshoppers), vegetables and fruits (corn, pumpkins).

In a class of their own, these contemporary lacquer works exemplify the unparalleled skill and modern outlook at Hikojū Makie, where a traditional material is executed to perfection and employed in a modern, often surprising approach. Much more than a medium for the creation of a decorative surface, the sculptural forms and superbly nuanced colours make three-dimensional artefacts that are second to none.

Afterwork

19 March 2016 - 6 June 2016, Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building 677 King’s Road

 

'Afterwork' looks at the migrant domestic worker community, Hong Kong’s largest minority group, and tells their stories of migration, labour, and displacement, which are crucial narratives that need to be told alongside the growing affluence of Hong Kong in the past decades. It takes into consideration the representation of migrant domestic workers from various perspectives to provide critical reflection on the persisting issues of discrimination, stereotypes, legal status, housing, rest, and privacy. Alongside the main narrative of economic progress and capitalist growth told by Hong Kong’s majority, the exhibition follows the different historical waves of labour migration in Hong Kong and the world.

Masterpieces of British Silver: Highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum

21 March 2016 - 18 August 2016, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

 

The ‘Masterpieces of British Silver: Highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum’ features a total of 46 historical and contemporary silver pieces from the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design – unveiled for the first time in Asia. The exhibition explores the lustrous material of silver, which has had special social and historical significance throughout the centuries. Boldly combining ancient practices with modern technological developments, these works reflect trends in taste and design across continents. Masterpieces of British Silver is presented in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.