Recent Events

To coincide with the “Classical Chinese Huanghuali Furniture from the Haven Collection” exhibition, UMAG will hold a number of guided tours (around 20 minutes). All are welcome. Please register by clicking on the date:

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:00
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:00

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:20
October 22, 2016 (Saturday) 16:20
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:20

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:40
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:40

Guided tour with specialist (around 30 minutes), please click on the date to register:

October 2, 2016 (Sunday) 15:00

September 24, 2016 (Saturday) 14:30
October 2, 2016 (Sunday) 14:30

To coincide with the “Interruptions: with photographs by David Clarke and essays by Xu Xi” exhibition, UMAG will hold curator-led public guided tours (around 20 minutes). All are welcome. Please register by clicking on the date:


October 3, 2016 (Monday) 13:15

October 14, 2016 (Friday) 13:15

LECTURE: Line, Shade & Shadow - The Fabrication of Architectural and Technical Drawings

Image: Courtesy of HKU Archives

Wed, 21 Sept, 15:00 - 16:00

University of Hong Kong Libraries, Level 3 Multi-purpose Zone

Free and Open to the Public 

Lois Olcott Price

Architectural, engineering, landscape and other design and technical drawings are critical to understanding our built environment and industrial and technological heritage. The draftsmen who created these documents used specialized supports and media often designed for short-term functionality rather than long-term durability. Beginning with blueprints, they also employed a variety of photo-reproduction techniques to produce copies necessary for managing large-scale projects. The development of these drawings also led to creation of the reprographics and drafting supply industries to serve their needs. This lecture explores the development of the design professions by examining the history of the materials and techniques they used.

lois olcott price is the recently retired Charles F. Hummel Director of Conservation at the Winterthur Museum and Winterthur Professor of Art Conservation in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She has published, lectured and consulted widely about architectural drawings and published a monograph on her research in 2010, Line, Shade and Shadow: the Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings, which won the Historic Preservation Book Prize in 2011.


The University of Hong Kong Libraries

University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU 

[Public Film-Screening, Talk & Exhibition]

Name of Film: Sugihara Conspiracy of Kindness
Date: Monday, 19 September 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: CPD-3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Synopsis: It is a 90-minute historical documentary that tells the remarkable story of Chiune Sugihara and the Jewish refugees that he helped to save.  Chiune Sugihara (1 January 1900 - 31 July 1986) was a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Lithuania.  During World War II, he helped 6,000 Jewish people to leave the country by issuing transit visas so that they could travel to Japanese territory, risking his career and his family's lives.  The Jewish people who escaped were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland or Russian-occupied Eastern Poland, as well as residents of Lithuania.  In 1985, Israel named him to the "Righteous Among the Nations" for his actions, the only Japanese national to be so honored.

A talk will follow immediately after the film screening with speakers as follows:

1. Mr Nobuki Sugihara
Son of Consul Chiune Sugihara, A Righteous Among the Nations

2. Dr Florian Knothe
Director of the HKU Museum and Art Gallery

3. Dr Andreas Leutzsch
DAAD Visiting Associate Professor at SMLC

All are welcome to attend the events at no charge and no registration is required.  Should you have any enquiry, please feel free to contact Dr Leutzsch at

An Exhibition jointly organised by the Holocaust and Tolerance Centre Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery will also be held with details as follows:

Name of Exhibition: The Asian "Righteous Among the Nations"
Date of Exhibition: Monday, 19 September 2016 - Sunday, 25 September 2016
Date and Time of Opening Ceremony: Monday, 19 September 2016, 5:30 pm
Venue: Courtyard Level Exhibition Space, Chi Wah Learning Commons, The University of Hong Kong

[Joint event with HKUMS]

Imitation (or Faux) Ware (仿生瓷) from the Qing Imperial Kilns With Richard W. C. Kan

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Place: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU
Cost: Free admission. All are welcome
Enquiries: Linda Wang at or 9026-2881

“Faux” is the French word for false. The adjective has been adopted into the English language to describe an imitation or ersatz good.

The French term “Faux” is actually quite misleading because the Qing Dynasty
artisans were not ‘faking’ porcelain pieces to deceive people into taking them for Ming or Yüan objects. Rather, their intention was to produce porcelain objects to look like, for instance, wood, stone, lacquer, jade, gold, flower, coral, bamboo, crab-shell, tea-dust, bronze, iron-rust, turquoise, Robin’s egg and many others. This was achieved by the application or painting of colour glazes or enamels onto a hard fired porcelain body via a second low firing. Reference books on Chinese ceramics or porcelain usually devote only one or two sentences to imitation ware (仿生瓷), complemented by several photographs at the most. There are a few, but shy away from discussions on the origin, glazes, techniques and the kiln masters credited with the creation of this most interesting and innovative ware which combines the skills of potting, firing, painting and the advancement of experiences gained from monochrome and polychrome productions.

This talk focuses on Qing Dynasty porcelain, the manufacture of imitation ware however goes back to several millennia if earthenware were included.

Richard W. C. Kan comes from a line of light industrialists from the prefecture of Nan Hai in Guangdong, founders of the Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Company Limited. It is documented as one of the 100 most distinguished enterprises in China of the twentieth century. The family has taken a keen interest to promote Chinese culture and Confucianism, which is highlighted by the donation of 120,000 square feet of land at So Kon Po, Hong Kong, for the erection of a school and an assembly hall to commemorate Confucius.

Mr. Kan was educated in Hong Kong at St. Paul’s Co-educational College and in England at Repton School and Imperial School. He has been a chartered engineer for over 41 years with experience in civil engineering, town planning, infrastructural and land development projects.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the History Museum Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Local Records Foundation overseeing this project, which is aimed at documenting all trades, professions, and locals’ and foreigners’ contributions alike to the growth and vibrancy of Hong Kong.

Of the several hobbies cultivated over the decades, Richard has taken special interests in the collection of Chinese monochrome ceramics and ancient Greek coins. An exhibition entitled “History Re-stored: Ancient Greek Coins from the Zhuyuetang Collection”, complemented by a catalogue, was mounted at the Museum of History in 2004 and another one called “Shimmering Colours: Monochromes of the Yuan to Qing Periods, the Zhuyuetang Collection”, also complemented by a catalogue, was mounted at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005.

[SYMPOSIUM] 3rd APRU University Museums Research Symposium 2016

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

Date: Wed, 5 Oct – Fri, 7 Oct 2016

The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘Museum Teaching beyond the Faculties - Education beyond traditional Faculty Courses and Classroom Settings '. The 2-day symposium will provide paper presentations and discussions on the following areas:

Cultural collections and object based learning at The University of Melbourne

Mutual benefits from making teaching and collections intersect

Ethics and Art: using art to foster ethics development in health professional students’

The shifting role of the National Taiwan University History Gallery: from ‘public persona of the university’ to ‘facilitator of pedagogical evolution of museology

Evolving networks: Experiments on the curatorial practices of Tsinghua University Art Museum

The challenge of 15 university museums in Kyoto

Expeditions of the Educational and scientific museum as base of a practical training of undergraduates and graduate students of Far Eastern Federal University

Keynote Speakers: 

The program features two key note presentations from Dr Heather Gaunt, The University of Melbourne and Dr Peng-Fan Chen, National Taiwan University.

Dr Gaunt has worked over a period of two decades in the museum industry, many these in university art museum contexts as curator, collection manager, and most recently in tertiary Academic Programming. In her role as Curator of Academic Programs (Research), Ian Potter Museum of Art, at the University of Melbourne, Dr Gaunt collaborates with academics and their students across all disciplines, creating and co-teaching programs that utilise visual art and object-based learning principles. Dr Gaunt undertakes active research in the effectiveness of visual-arts object-based learning and reflective practice in teaching and learning in the health sciences, and supervises tertiary research projects in the field. She has a number of publications in the area and has presented widely at national and international forums on the program, including keynote speaker at the Leadership in Linking Ethics, Arts and Professionalism in Healthcare Professions Education Symposium, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University, April 2015.

Dr Chen studied plant pathology, microbiology, and economics at National Taiwan University (NTU) and went on to the business school of Imperial College London for his master’s degree. Since Peng-Fan’s days as an undergraduate student at NTU, he has campaigned relentlessly for NTU’s cultural heritage protection and engaged actively in museological affairs via his role as the chief teaching assistant for NTU‘s docent-training programme. In 2016, Peng-Fan is appointed the Chief of NTU History Gallery and NTU Museums Consortium, in which capacity he is in charge of the affairs of education, publicity, and curatorship. As a champion of ‘democratisation of knowledge’, Peng-Fan deems it the ‘manifest destiny’ of university museum workers to ignite the torch of knowledge among the populace and lead the way to the new age of enlightenment. In this talk Peng-Fan would like to share how he has joined the efforts of faculty members, students, volunteers, etc., to design museological courses tailored to the needs of communities of various socioeconomic statuses, thereby transforming the NTU History Gallery, a ‘not-for-teaching’, ‘publicity-focused’ university museum, into an experimental field for innovating museological pedagogies.

Programme Outline:

Day 1: 5th October 2016

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome Reception, HKU Museum and Art Gallery (Host: Dr Florian Knothe)

Day 2: 6th October 2016

Opening remarks by HKU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson

10:00am – 5:00pm: Paper Presentations, HKU Library, 3/F

6:00pm: Conference Dinner

Day 3: 7th October 2016

10:00am – 5:00pm, Paper Presentations, HKU Library, 3/F

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Farewell Reception, HKU Library (Host: Mr Peter Sidorko)

Download the detailed programme here.

Registration Fee: 
Students: Free
Others: HK$300/ US$40

To register, please click here

For further details, please email Elena Cheung (

Hotel Information:

Hotel Jen and the Island Pacific Hotel are in proximity of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and have been recommended by the HKU organising team as potential hotel choices for attending delegates.

Download attachments: Draft Programme

[EXHIBITION & MEET THE AUTHOR] Lacuna - An illustrated fiction written and illustrated by Peter Suart

LACUNA - An illustrated fiction written and illustrated by Peter Suart

LACUNA. 72 pages. Full-colour. English. ISBN 978-988-13115-9-7. Release Sept 2016.


Wed, 14 Sept - Wed, 28 Sept 2016
Ground Floor Gallery, Run Run Shaw Tower
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong

Wed, 14 Sept 2016, 18:00 - 19:00
University Bookstore
G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons
(Next to Run Run Shaw Tower)
Peter Suart will be present for book signing and a short sharing.
RSVP & media enquiries: / 3106 4010

In 1999 Peter Suart saw Ken Burns’ long film The Civil War, and was caught by the subject. It took fire in the imagination, and in 2013 became the basis of Suart’s seventh one-man performance, prompting three years of research—reading, seeing films, talking to people, and travelling in America. It so happened that a new book in his Tik and Tok series, Lacuna, came about during this period, and the American research went into that, too, the setting this time the 1870s, somewhere Northwestern. Many themes appear: memory and identity, Chinese railroad workers, the Great Strike of 1877, early photography, outlaws.

About the author

Peter Suart is a writer and illustrator, a musician, and a theatrical performer, and has spent his life in Hong Kong and England. Recent projects include Fragile (on the Hong Kong plague of 1894), Melencolia (on Albrecht Dürer), both one-man performances, The World was Made on a Sunday (on Nabokov, Shostakovich, Stalin), the fifteenth of the theatrical concerts by ‘the box’, a Hong Kong music ensemble co-founded with Kung Chi Shing, and Soledad, a collaboration with choreographer Helen Lai inspired by García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. His latest published book is Hugh Moss’s The Art of Understanding Art, for which he did the pictures. He has illustrated several books for the Folio Society in London, including Gulliver’s Travels, The Master and Margarita, Gogol’s Collected Stories, and The Deptford Trilogy. He is a regular speaker on a variety of subjects, a keen sportsman, and an assistant gardener.



Photography and Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Sat, 17 Sept 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Meeting Point: 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Fee: HK$100
Language: English
Age: 16 and up
Number: Maximum of 10 participants
Registration: Starts on 08.09.2016. First-come, first-served. Please download the application form here.
Enquiries: Elena Cheung or 2241–5512.

In conjunction with the UMAG exhibition Interruptions, HKU Art History Professor David Clarke and award-winning writer Xu Xi will lead a workshop that combines the arts of photography and creative writing.

Prof Clarke and Xu Xi will begin the session by providing a guided tour of the exhibition. They then will discuss their collaborative process and lead a creative exercise where each participant responds with a piece of creative writing to a new series of photographs provided by Prof Clarke. Participants will be provided a link to the available images upon registration, and may begin their creative response prior to the class.

David Clarke is Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong, where he has taught since 1986. He has written extensively on both Chinese and Western art and culture, with a primary focus on the twentieth century, and is also active as a photographer and visual artist. He has published two photo books about Hong Kong: Reclaimed Land: Hong Kong in Transition (Hong Kong University Press, 2002) and Hong Kong x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City (Hong Kong University Press, 2007). Amongst his recent publications are Water and Art: A Cross-cultural Study of Water as Subject and Medium in Modern and Contemporary Artistic Practice (Reaktion Books, 2010) and Chinese Art and its Encounter with the World(Hong Kong University Press, 2011). His artwork has been widely exhibited in Hong Kong since the beginning of the 1990s, and has also been shown in China, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Brazil. 

Xu Xi 許素細 is author of nine books of fiction & essays, most recently Access: Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, Hong Kong 2011), the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, Hong Kong 2010), which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and the essay collection Evanescent Isles: from my city-village (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). Her writing is widely anthologized, including in All About Skin (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), Local/Express: Asian American Arts & Community in 90’s NYC (Asian American Literary Review, 2014), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York 2013), Still (Negative Press, London 2012), Understanding the Essay (Broadview Press, Toronto 2012), The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler (Great Books Foundation, Chicago, 2009), The Jazz Fiction Anthology (Univ. of Indiana Press, 2009), Another Kind of Paradise (Cheng & Tsui, Boston 2009), The O. Henry Prize Stories (Anchor Books, New York 2006), Manhattan Noir (Akashic Books, New York 2006), among others. She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English and founded the first low-residency MFA in creative writing in Asia. A transnational “third culture” writer and Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong, she has long inhabited the flight path connecting New York and Hong Kong. Visit her at www.xuxiwriter and on Facebook at XuXiWriter or follow her on Twitter @xuxiwriter.

To coincide with the “Classical Chinese Huanghuali Furniture from the Haven Collection” exhibition, UMAG will hold a number of guided tours (around 20 minutes). All are welcome. Please register by clicking on the date:

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:00
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:00

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:20
October 22, 2016 (Saturday) 16:20
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:20

October 8, 2016 (Saturday) 16:40
November 20, 2016 (Saturday) 15:40

(Left) UMAG collection: large plate in famille rose, Qianlong period, Qing dynasty, circa 1790; (Right) Lamda Foundation: Ning Gang, Plaque with golden cranes in mixed decorative techniques, 2011.

(Left) UMAG collection: large plate in famille rose, Qianlong period, Qing dynasty, circa 1790; (Right) Lamda Foundation: Ning Gang, Plaque with golden cranes in mixed decorative techniques, 2011.

To coincide with the exhibition theme, participants will learn to hand sculpt their own cup or plate. There will be an explanation on relief techniques and glaze applications. The instructor will compare UMAG’s ceramics collection from the Early Republic with the current exhibitions in order to highlight the representative characteristics of these 20th-century artworks. Please bring a plastic container to take away your work. The dimensions of the container should be around 25 x 15 x 8 cm (plate) and 20 x 15 x 18 cm (cup).
















Time 15:00 – 17:00
Venue3/F, T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU
Limit20 people per workshop
Registration Fee

HK$100 per participant for adults/teenagers class (aged 12 or above) or per group for family class (admits 1 parent and 1 child aged between 4-12). Bisque application and glazed firing are not included in the registration fee. Information on a firing service will be provided to participants. Registration starts on 25.08.2016. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis upon receiving both the application form and payment.

Please click here for the application form.

Instructor: Parry Ling Chin Tang

Born in Hong Kong, Parry Ling obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006 and his Master’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014. He devotes himself to art making and has participated in various local exhibitions, including the Hong Kong International Sculpture Symposium 2012. In 2015, he was rewarded the HKETONY Yale China Arts Fellowship to conduct community arts research in the US and to participate in the International Festival for Arts and Ideas 2015.

[TALK] The Fung Ping Shan Building: a Journey

Stack and counter area, Fung Ping Shan Library, 1938 (left); 2/F of the Fung Ping Shan Building, 2014 (right)

Stack and counter area, Fung Ping Shan Library, 1938 (left); 2/F of the Fung Ping Shan Building, 2014 (right)

The Fung Ping Shan Building is currently home to a large portion of UMAG’s collection, and holds the status of a Grade 1 Historical Building. The building carries with it a complex and previously unexplored history worthy of its granted status. Here, Karin Honarvar will unveil this unexplored history to reveal the Fung Ping Shan Building’s significance to HKU, Hong Kong, and in the future.

Date: Wed, 24 August 2016
Time: 13:15 – 13:45

Date: Sat, 27 August 2016
Time: 14:15 – 14:45

Venue: 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU
Language: English
Free admission. All are welcome. First-come, first-served.


Karin Honarvar is an intern at UMAG. Having grown up in Hong Kong, she is currently double majoring in Architecture and East Asian Studies at Smith College, USA, where she has focused her research on the significance of colonial buildings in Seoul and Hong Kong. As an intern, she has worked extensively on UMAG’s Fung Ping Shan Building and compiled a comprehensive history of the building, which she is now presenting to the public.

To coincide with the “Painted Ceramics: Contemporary Treasures by Jingdezhen’s National Masters from the Lamda Foundation” exhibition, UMAG will hold a number of guided tours (around 20 minutes). All are welcome. Please register by clicking on the date:

Public guided tours
August 25, 2016 (Thursday) 13:35
September 24, 2016 (Saturday) 14:20 
October 22, 2016 (Saturday) 15:20 

August 20, 2016 (Saturday) 17:30
August 25, 2016 (Thursday) 13:15
September 24, 2016 (Saturday) 14:00
October 22, 2016 (Saturday) 15:00

August 21, 2016 (Sunday) 15:00
September 10, 2016 (Saturday) 15:00
September 25, 2016 (Sunday) 15:00 

Due to overwhelming response, UMAG will offer another round of Photography Workshop. Please note that these workshops were offered previously as part of the exhibition Spanning Time: Revisiting the Aesthetics of the Northern Song Dynasty through Contemporary Chinese Photography (23.07, 14.08 & 27.08.2016).

Portrait Photography
Date: 11.09.2016 (Sun)
Venue : 2/F, T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU 
Cost: HK$100 per person

The instructor will focus his discussion on photographic lighting, introducing the practice of using soft, back and side lighting. Participants will have the opportunity to set up individual lighting arrays and then take photographs.

Interior Photography
Date: 24.09.2016 (Sat)
Meeting Point: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU
Cost: HK$100 per person

The instructor will discuss interior lighting techniques. Participants will take photographs inside the Fung Ping Shan Building using only natural lighting. Photographs taken by the participants will be analysed and discussed during the session.

Students are required to bring their own digital camera and/or tripod.

What is a 4x5 camera?
Date: 16.10.2016 (Sun)
Venue: 2/F, T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU
Cost: HK$200 per person

This course will bring participants back to the past by introducing the 4x5 camera. The course instructor will display and discuss UMAG’s precious collection of 4x5 transparencies, which were the primary source of UMAG’s photographic development. Participants will have the opportunity to take and keep photos (2 pieces).

Time: 15:00 – 17:00
Language: Cantonese
Audience: Ages 18 or over. Suitable for people without formal photographic training.
Limit10 participants per workshop 
Registration: Starts on 15.08.2016. First-come, first-served. Please download the application form here
Note: It is recommended, but not mandatory, that applicants participate in all of the workshops. 
Enquiries: Elena Cheung or 2241–5512.

[LECTURE] The Secrets of Acquiring Chinese Export Porcelain by Royal Collections in Europe

For detailed information, please visit our Chinese website.

[TALKS] Autumn 2016 Academic Programme: Examining the Alexander Hume Scroll Painting

Together with the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum will launch its inaugural Academic Programme in September 2016. The three-part series intends to explore the artistic and historical contexts of the Museum’s recently acquired Alexander Hume Scroll Painting. Intended for an interested but general audience, participants need not have any special knowledge of art or history. One of the earliest of its kind in Asia (circa 1772), the Hume scroll painting depicts a vibrant and energetic scene of foreign trade and the Canton factories. In three lectures, participants will develop their understanding and knowledge of the social, cultural and economic histories of the Canton trade through an art historical lens. Each lecture, delivered by experts in the field, will explore a different facet of the culture and exchange depicted in the painting.

The Hume Scroll of 1772: The People and Events behind the Facades 
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Paul A. Van Dyke, Professor of History at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou

The Hume Scroll: The Formula of Success
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Maria Mok, Curator (Modern Art) Hong Kong Museum of Art

Little People in the Picture: the world of Chinese as reflected in the eighteenth century Alexander Hume Scroll Painting 
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Ching May Bo, Professor of the Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong, and a research fellow at the Centre of Historical Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou.

Dr. Dominique Bouchard, Head of Education and Public Programmes, Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Dr. Florian Knothe, Director, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
Time: 19:00- 20:30
Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier 8
Language: English 
Fee: $200 per lecture, or $500 for all three; includes glass of wine in Cafe 8 following each class.$400 special rate for the full series for Friends of HKMM, Hong Kong University Museum Society; additional discounts for full-time students (proof of valid student identification required).
Advance booking required, enrolment deadline for full series is 13 September 2016; payment must be received in full at time of booking.
To book visit:
More information: / or call +852 3713 2500 



Last Updated: 23.09.2016