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The train to the future makes 1000 years of history like a bygone yesterday.

Along the way, you will see scenes of China over the centuries and changes in Hong Kong over the past 100 years; you will meet trendy, self-confident women, dynamic revolutionaries, and ambitious, liberal-minded literati; and enjoy traditional performances, dedicate craftsmanship and touching stories.

Our past continues to thrive. A gateway to the past has been opened by 18 contemporary artists, who bring our history alive.

Participating Artists:
Halley Cheng, Chow Chun-fai, KaCaMa Design Lab, Koon Wai-bong, Lam Tung-pang, Lau Ching-ping, Hanison Lau, Wing Lee, Rosanna Li, Chris Lo, Aries Sin, Stanley Siu, Tang Kwok-hin, the pancakes, Johnson Tsang, Annie Wan, Justin Wong, XCEED

What I love about this exhibition is the juxtaposition of the new works against the old, there is a reaction, a dialogue between the 2, not only is the works inspired from the past but also cast a different light on the collection of the Heritage Museum.  The new works is there as a continuation but at the same time exist in its own right.

Don’t be deter by the location of the Heritage Museum, you wont regret it.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
11 April 2015 – 28 September 2015


Dunhuang – Untold Tales, Untold Riches

Dunhuang was a major city along the silk road, the Dunhuang caves are a time capsule of the arts, religion, history of the period.

The artifacts in the exhibition are replicas which included 3 full size caves and a 13 meter long Buddha.
I do appreciate that the works have not been destroy for our pleasure and benefits.  The replicas are more than good enough for me.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum

open till 16 March 2015 (close tue)

W50xD40xH120mm, Macau

We have posted this form of wooden figurine (Junk Boat God, Junk Boat God, god?) twice already in the blog, but this time with a new understanding.  Last week I was at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum visiting the Picasso Exhibition (Masterpieces from Musée National Picasso, Paris), if you are visiting Hong Kong try to prebook a ticket to see, its well worth the trip.  Now I have got you all excited, well, the effigy has nothing to do with Picasso, I found similar  figurines in the local history section of the museum and here is the describsion;

“Wooden Effigies – People who lived on land worshipped wooden tablets with the names of their ancestors written on them.  Fishermen worshiped wooden effigies instead.  the appearances of the effigies vary according to the status and sex of the deceased.  The usual practice was for a family to hire a spirit medium to conduct a ceremony, and sculpt a wooden effigy of the deceased according to her instuction.  As time passed and fishing families became better educated, wooden effigies were replaced by wooden tablets.”

If this is correct, I wonder if the person this effigy is made for had an ambition to become a concert conductor.  The explanation from the museum is quite different from the one told me by the old Tanka gentlemen in the Tai O fishing village (see Junk Boat God, god?).  Would a Tanka person help me to clarify this?

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