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The Legend of Hong Kong Toys

2 March 2017 - 15 May 2017, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

The Hong Kong Museum of History has partnered with the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong to organize this exhibition. By showcasing around 2,000 (sets of) toys familiar to Hong Kong people or made locally, the exhibition explores the evolution of toys in the past century and the way shrewd industrialists transformed Hong Kong into a toy kingdom. The exhibition also examines how the entertainment industry in the forms of animation, comics, cinema and television influences trends and production of toys, and the role in which Hong Kong partook. Moreover, the exhibition illustrates functions of toys beyond fun and play, and the way toys adapted to changing times. The exhibition venue shall feature a play area which will surely encourage children to immerse in play and at the same time ponder the meaning of toys.

Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong

12 March 2017 - 9 July 2017, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

 

Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong presents 11 local artists whose works look at the pressure of living in this city and make room for us to pause, reflect, respond and possibly challenge the world around us. Their works engage with urban experience, current affairs, and shared and personal history in a range of medium from painting to sculpture, video to mixed media installation. The exhibition consists of two parts: inside the gallery are extant works that contemplate various restrictions we encounter every day, from the spatial to psychological, the social to historical. Beyond the gallery, the outdoor area of our site is opened up for new commissions that strive to overcome these boundaries through artistic experimentation. This exhibition is led by in-house curator Dominique Chan with Joyce Hei-ting Wong and Ashley Nga-sai Wu as assistant curators.

Imagining Qianlong: Louis XV’s Chinese Emperor Tapestries and Battle Scene Prints at the Imperial Court in Beijing

15 March 2017 - 28 May 2017, University Museum and Art Gallery, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

 

This unprecedented exhibition highlights four of the magnificent chinoiserie tapestries of Chinese Emperor Qianlong, woven after designs by François Boucher at the famous Beauvais manufactory from 1758–1760. The large and well-preserved textiles form part of the royal French commission by King Louis XV, part of which was presented to Qianlong in 1766.

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs

18 March 2017 - 11 June 2017, Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

 

This major traveling and transforming exhibition is based on several intertwined lines of tension and narratives found today in the realities, artistic and cultural production, and contemporary thought in the Asian sphere and beyond. It is constructed on a spectrum of art practices, new commissions, case studies curated by Yongwoo Lee, Qu Chang, and Simon Soon, and experiments on forms and processes addressing, directly or symbolically, several broad categories of issues. These can all be traced to the seismic forces that have transformed the world over the past decades, with Asia being at the forefront of these changes. Presented together with Kadist, the exhibition is curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero.

Amazing Clay: The Ceramic Collection of the Art Museum

1 April 2016 - 28 May 2017, Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong

 

The exhibition features a selection of Chinese ceramics dating from the Neolithic to late-Qing period in the Art Museum's collection. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the Art Museum was able to build up a comprehensive collection of ceramics. Over 200 pieces will be on display in phases in the present exhibition.

Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and Port Cities

15 April 2017 - 30 September 2017, Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong

 

This exhibition will explore the development of ports and early trade routes in the South China Sea during the 16th to 20th centuries. It will provide a fresh angle on maritime history with its narrative through the eyes of pirates, with a focus on Hong Kong, then Pearl Delta River and Southern China. By exploring the locations of pirate bases such as those of Cheung Po Tsai, the exhibition will begin by tracing the development of China’s ports and trading routes from the Ming to the Qing dynasties.

Reunions: A Collertor’s Journey

21 March 2017 - February 2018 , Liang Yi Museum, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

 

Inspired by the three movements of Beethoven's Les Adieux, or Piano Sonata No. 26, Das Lebewohl (The Farewell), Abwesenheit (The Absence) and Das Wiedersehen (The Return), Reunions: A Collector's Journey explores the relevance of the themes of loss, absence and return to building a collection. Featuring over one hundred pieces of Chinese furniture from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties, Reunions tells the story of how Liang Yi Museum's first collection was built and how Peter Fung, the museum's founder, spent decades reuniting antiques—ones that had originally come in sets—with their long-lost counterparts.