Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Exhibit Event Roundup

Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Exhibit Event Roundup

Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei

From those of you who did not get a chance to come with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces on our visit to Chinese University of Hong Kong‘s (CUHK) Art Museum to see the Phoenix Reborn Exhibit I’ve assembled a roundup post that includes some of the public materials published by the Museum as well as photos from Sacred Spaces members through the visit.  The exhibit itself was jointly presented with the Hubei Provincial Museum in Hubei, China and includes dozens of exquisite pieces of jade found at various archeological sites there dated to the Western Zhou Period (1046 to 771 BC/E).  You can also check out the Sacred Spaces Digital Libary with more specific information.  Click here for details.

If are in Hong Kong before the exhibition closes on February 25, 2018, I wholeheartedly recommend traveling to the CUHK campus, visiting the museum and viewing these beautiful pieces up close.

Heidi our superb guide

Sacred Spaces photos courtesy Jean Sicard 

Visit “History of Gold” and “Golden Techniques” at CUHK Art Museum

WHO: 香港 (HK) Sacred Spaces

WHAT: Visit “History of Gold” and “Golden Techniques” at CUHK Art Museum

WHERE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin, Hong Kong

WHEN: Saturday September 2, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Jade the stone of immortality.  Silver was “money” for hundreds of years in Imperial China but nowadays there only one GOLD.  Gold is really the king of metals.  This is true all over the world from Europe and the Americas to the Indian Subcontinent and here in China.  Two exhibits at the venerable galleries at Chinese University Hong Kong highlights some of China’s masterworks in the metal.  The first exhibit highlights objects from the Shaanxi Province 陕西省 while the second exhibit points out the work of China’s goldsmiths.

History of Gold: Masterpieces from Shaanxi

from the exhibit pages…

“Among all kinds of ancient Chinese craftsmanship, gold working techniques are less well-known. The research project “Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques” is a collaborative effort of Art Museum of    the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaanxi Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, and the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook, for the first time to use interdisciplinary research methods to reconstruct several major ancient goldsmithing techniques and the history of the development.

Shaanxi is internationally famous for her massive and important findings of gold and silver. To complement the research project, History of Gold: Masterpieces from Shaanxi is co-presented by Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center), and Art Museum. The exhibition features 60 pieces (sets) of carefully-selected ancient Chinese gold and silver works from 22 institutions of Shaanxi province, dating from 1000BC to the 19th century. Basing on these astonishing artworks, Art Museum has also prepared a number of interactive programs, such as guided tours, parent-child workshops and a series of public lectures that aim to provide the audience with different museum experiences and deeper understanding of the exhibition subject. A complimentary exhibition brochure will be available.”

Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths

“The research project “Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques” is a collaborative effort of Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics Protection, the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook, and the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, for the first time to use interdisciplinary research methods to reconstruct several major ancient goldsmithing techniques and the history of the development. Golden Techniques: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths is co-presented by Art Museum and Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook. The exhibition features over 40 pieces (sets) of carefully-selected ancient Chinese gold and silver wares from private collections as well as the collection of Art Museum, and samples from reconstruction experiments as well as traditional goldsmith’s tools, both from the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook.

The exhibition will bring the cutting-edge findings of ancient Chinese techniques used to make gold and silver objects, emphasizing on granulation (making gold granules and welding them onto the object), gold wire techniques, as well as techniques used to make gold inlays. During the exhibition, guided tours and a series of public lectures will be organized that aim to provide the audience with different museum experiences and deeper understanding of the exhibition subject.”

Interested in coming?  Click here for RSVP

Images and text from Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Museum website