HKMoA stages "By the People: Creative Chinese Characters" exhibition with renowned designer Freeman Lau (with photos)

     The exhibition "By the People: Creative Chinese Characters", being presented under the "Hong Kong Art: Co-Creation" exhibition series and co-curated by the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) and renowned local designer Freeman Lau, will be staged from tomorrow (September 9). Adjunct Professor of the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Chan Yuk-keung has served as the exhibition consultant. With the theme of Chinese characters, the exhibition features the many roles that Chinese characters play in everyday routines, commercial applications and artistic creation, and the contemporary art creativity presented in Asia through more than 100 sets of exhibits in various media from the collection of the HKMoA, private collectors and institutions.
     Chinese characters have been used for over 3,000 years. With their unique structures and shapes, the characters have served as an important conduit and genre for the literati and calligraphers to create their works throughout history. A vast array of applications for Chinese characters have been developed in different places, and all kinds of creative adaptations can be found in the works of craftspeople, artists, the literati and calligraphers. They can also be found in the everyday lives of ordinary people, through their games, religions, festivals and ceremonies. The exhibition presents the value of Chinese characters in the cultural lifestyle and contemporary creation through research on Chinese characters in different areas, providing visitors with multiple perspectives to explore the relationship between Chinese characters, calligraphy and art creativity.
     The exhibition has won the support of many artists, collectors and institutions. The diverse exhibits include calligraphy, seal carving, printed matter, photography, video and multimedia installation created by artists from the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. Highlight exhibits include the Old Testament printed in 1865 (the fourth year of Tongzhi in the Qing dynasty), from the collection of Ying Wa College. This precious exhibit is one of the publications printed with Hong Kong Type, which is considered to be the most comprehensive set of Chinese movable type from the 19th century. Other exhibits include the manuscript of "Lee Hon Kong Kai" by Lee Hon, "Couplet in square word calligraphy" by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing, Chinese contemporary artist Wei Ligang's "Untitled", the digital motion graphics "In woods and mountains" by well-known Hong Kong designer Kan Tai-keung, and calligraphy works for Hong Kong movies by Fung Siu-wa (Wah Gor) and Lui Chiu-wing. The guest curator also invited four local artists, namely Professor Chan Yuk-keung, Hung Keung, Bryan Chung and Hanison Lau, to present their works in response to the theme of the exhibition.
     The exhibition will run from September 9 to November 26 next year at the Lab on the 5/F of the HKMoA (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon). For details of the exhibition, please visit the website at or call 2721 0116.
     The HKMoA is devoted to presenting the unique facets of Hong Kong art through research and exhibitions. To foster artistic synergy and enrich the interpretation of Hong Kong art, the HKMoA launched the "Hong Kong Art: Co-Creation" exhibition series in 2018 to coincide with the theme of the museum's annual research programme of Hong Kong art through calling for proposals. The museum closely co-curates with guest curators to give broader perspectives into the museum's research, illuminating Hong Kong contemporary art from diverse points of view.
     In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, visitors are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the museum for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) must comply with the relevant requirements of the Vaccine Pass. According to the latest requirement on Vaccine Pass announced by the Government, all persons with their Vaccine Pass QR codes displayed in red or amber are not allowed to enter museums under the management of the LCSD.

Ends/Thursday, September 8, 2022
Issued at HKT 17:45