University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong
University Museum and Art Gallery (Chinese: 香港大學美術博物館) is located at 90 Bonham Road, next to the University of Hong Kong's east gate entrance. Fung Ping Shan Building houses the Museum while the lower three storeys of the T T Tsui Building houses the Art Gallery. The two buildings are joined by a bridge.
The three-storey Fung Ping Shan Museum was originally built for a Chinese book library in 1932. Named after its donor (Fung Ping Shan), the building consists of masonry on the ground level surmounted by a two-storey red-brick structure with applied ornamental pilasters topped by a prominent pediment over its entrance.
It was a dormitory used by the First-aid Station of Air Defence at Mid-levels Section E in 1941
Since 1963, the Fung Ping Shan library building was converted into the Fung Ping Shan Museum of Chinese art and archaeology. In 1996, the lowest three floors of the new T. T. Tsui Building were extended to the old building to form the nowadays "University Museum and Art Gallery".
The University Museum and Art Gallery houses Chinese antiquities, notably bronzes, ceramics, paintings and wood carving that have been built over the past sixty years through acquisition and donation. Among the highlights of the collection are an early blue-and-white water pot and the world's largest collection of Nestorian plaques. The comprehensive collection has examples dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. The bronze collection includes works from the Shang to the Tang_dynasty and the largest collection of Yuan dynasty Nestorian crosses in the world. The Museum also has a number of carvings in jade, wood and stone and a collection of Chinese oil paintings. In recent years, the Museum has also been collecting historical photographs of Hong Kong and items of popular culture.
In addition to these permanent collections, the UMAG regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary and ancient art. These include:
- From Photography to Music: a Creative Dialogue between David Clarke and Chan Hing-yan (13 November to 1 December 2013)
- Sandro Botticelli’s Venus : Italian Renaissance Masterpiece Painting (18 October to 15 December 2013)
- Ingenious Iceland : Twentieth-Century Icelandic Paintings from the Anthony J. Hardy Collection (11 September to 24 November 2013)
- Embroidered Identities: Ornately Decorated Textiles and Accessories of Chinese Ethnic Minorities (15 December 2013 to 9 February 2014)- Exhibition extends to the 16 February 2014
- Surviving Evil: The Pictorial Language of Sara Atzmon (25 February to 4 May 2014)
- By Bus: Bus No. 3B, 23, 40, 40M, 103
- By Mini Bus: Mini Bus No.8, 10, 10A, 22, 22S, 28, 31
to the East Gate of the Hong Kong University on Bonham Road
The University of Hong Kong Museum Society
The University of Hong Kong Museum Society was established in 1988 to support UMAG's exhibitions as well as art and educational programmes for the community.
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