Take advantage of renovation work being done in Beijing’s Palace Museum by checking out over 200 pieces from their collection on display at Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The pieces are from the famous “Hall of Mental Cultivation” and cover several Chinese Imperial Dynasties including the Ming and Qing.
Itinerary for today’s event:
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Gather at Che Kung MTR Station, Exit A in Shatin and take attendance.
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Walk to Hong Kong Heritage Museum, check in, and queue for English Language Public Tour. Cost without concession $20 paid directly to HKHM.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – English Language Public Tour
Gather afterward for coffee and snack to discuss (always optional).
Link for today’s events:
Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s page.
Wiki on ‘Hall of Mental Cultivation‘ in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
If you had a chance to check out Prof. Jao Tsung-i’s 饒宗頤 work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Galleries then you know that he is a local hero and Master of Chinese Calligraphy. He’s be featured in many books and exhibits as an expert in Chinese Scripts like cursive and clerical as well as painting and scholarship. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has developed an exhibit featuring the more meditative and spiritual work that he completed when inspired by the Dunhuang or Mogao 莫高窟 caves in Northwest China. These works illustrate not only his expertise in executing Chinese Calligraphy and Illustrations but also his creative and spiritual understanding of Chinese culture as the Dunhuang Caves are among some of the most inspired Buddhist sites in the world. Take a few hours out to check out this intriguing exhibit.
from the Heritage Museum Website…
“Professor Jao Tsung-i is a renowned scholar in Hong Kong. He is well recognized for his versatile scholarship, including Oracle Bones, Bamboo and Silk Scripts, Confucian Classics, Religions, Regional History, Dunhuang Studies, Bibliographic Research, and Chinese Art and Classical Literature. Professor Jao is a prolific author, who is deeply respected in the academic world and is one of the world’s most important contemporary Chinese scholars.
Professor Jao has conducted profound research into Dunhuang manuscripts and art, revealing his life-long scholastic pursuit of “amalgamation of scholarship and art”. In addition to his brilliant achievements in Dunhuang studies, he promotes Dunhuang culture through his artworks. Professor Jao has contributed greatly to the advocacy of scholarly research and cultural conservation.
The exhibition, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The University of Hong Kong, is one of the signature events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It features Professor Jao’s publications, paintings and calligraphy related to Dunhuang art and culture. Highlight exhibits include “Five-character Couplet in Dunhuang Sutra Scroll Style”, “Flying Apsaras” painting and “Holding the Lotus” painting. The exhibits provide visitors with a glimpse into the great contribution of Professor Jao Tsung-i to Dunhuang studies, as well as the fascination of Dunhuang culture.”
Photo and official exhibit text from Heritage Museum website.