Celebrating the Year of the Rat


13 Jun 2020 - 1 Dec 2020


Opening Hours:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSundays and Public Holidays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pmClosed:Thursday (Except Public Holidays)New Year, Lunar New Year, Easter and Christmas Holidays


Gallery II, Art Museum, CUHK


Free Admission


3943 7416

Event Details:

The Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will present the exhibition “Celebrating the Year of the Rat” starting from 13 June 2020, demonstrating the rich meanings of rats in Chinese culture.

2020 is the Year of the Rat in traditional astrology. Belonging to the rodent family, rats are one of the oldest mammals in the world. Chinese literary references to the miniature nibblers are very often negative in nature. Nevertheless, as our close neighbour throughout human history, people also find inspiration from some of their characteristics. For example, their strong ability to adapt and breed has become an auspicious symbol of prosperity.

This exhibition features over ten artifacts on rats and their relatives such as squirrels and bats from the Art Museum. Dated from as early as the Qing dynasty, the fine selection of exhibits covers a diversity of artworks including high-quality porcelain, ink stone as well as Lingnan paintings.


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