CUHK Art Museum Presents Exhibitions on Bronze Mirrors and Oracle bones
The Art Museum, an integral part of the Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), will present two exhibitions from 12 August to 17 September 2017 to mark the Institute’s Golden Jubilee. The exhibitions are Universe within Inches: Bronze Mirrors Donated by Prof. MARK Kai-keung and A Legacy of Elegance: Oracle Bones Collection from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Members of the public are welcome to visit the exhibitions. Admission is free.
The opening ceremony for the two exhibitions was held today (11 August). Those present included Prof. MARK Kai-keung; Prof. CHEUNG Mui-ching Fanny, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK; Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK; Prof. YU Chai-mei Jimmy, Head of United College, CUHK; Dr. LAU Lai-che Maria, Deputy University Librarian, CUHK; Ms. GAN Qi, Director of The Chinese University Press; Mr. Christopher Mok, Chairman, Advisory Committee of the Art Museum; and Prof. YIU Chun-chong Josh, Director of the Art Museum, CUHK.
Universe within Inches: Bronze Mirrors Donated by Prof. MARK Kai-keung
The mirrors donated by Prof. Mark Kai-keung not only enrich the Art Museum’s collection but also constitute a major contribution to the history of material cultures. Universe within Inches: Bronze Mirrors Donated by Prof. MARK Kai-keung features 35 mirrors in Mark’s collection. The earliest ones can be traced to the Warring States and Western Han periods, and the majority of them are from the Song-to-Qing period. There is a variety of mirror shapes in the collection, including round, square, eight-lobed, octagonal, peach-shaped, and bell-shaped, and rich decorative patterns appear on these mirrors. This exhibition is divided into four units: 1. Mirrors with animal, vegetal, figural, or architectural patterns; 2. Mirrors with mysterious images and script; 3. Mirrors inscribed with wishes; 4. Production locations and workshops associated with the mirrors.
The accompanying catalogue Universe within Inches: Bronze Mirrors Donated by Prof. MARK Kai-keung edited by Dr. Li Kin-sum Sammy, guest curator of the exhibition and Assistant Professor of the Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, is published to offer a fresh perspective on Chinese bronze mirrors in addition to showcasing previously unpublished specimens.
A Legacy of Elegance: Oracle Bones Collection from The Chinese University of Hong Kong
CUHK is the largest repository of oracle bones in Hong Kong, including forty-four oracle bones donated by Mr. Deng Erya’s family to United College and twenty-seven by Mr. Lee Yim to the Art Museum. On the occasion of the United College’s sixtieth anniversary and the Golden Jubilee of the Institute of Chinese Studies, A Legacy of Elegance: Oracle Bones Collection from The Chinese University of Hong Kong is jointly presented by United College, the CUHK Library and the Art Museum as a celebration event. The exhibition features the oracle bones from the CUHK Collection, the oracle-bone and bronze scripts from the Art Museum Collection, and publications on oracle-bones studies from the CUHK Library Collection. Exhibits include calligraphic works and monographs by well-known scholars such as Luo Zhenyu, Deng Erya, Tung Tso-pin, Rong Geng, Shang Chengzuo, Feng Kanghou, Lee Yim and Jao Tsung-i.
The specialist catalogue A Legacy of Elegance: Oracle Bones Collection from The Chinese University of Hong Kong edited by Dr. Li Zong-kun of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, is intended for both the expert and the uninitiated yet educated reader. The two essays written by Dr. Ho Pik Ki, Peggy, Research Associate of the Art Museum, CUHK reveal the achievements made by CUHK on oracle-bones studies and art.
Details of the exhibitions are as follows:
|12 August to 17 September 2017
|Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK
Mondays to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00am-5:00pm
|Thursdays (Except Public Holidays)
Attachment: Highlighted exhibits