Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hong Kong Day 1- Hong Kong Museum of Art & Cultural Centre

During our first day in Hong Kong we visited the Hong Kong Musuem of Art followed by a walking tour of the Cultural Centre. We were drawn to the museum by the massive advertising of the current exhibition on A Lofty Retreat from the Red Dust: The Secret Garden of Emperor Qianlong.

The Museum is located near the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Salsbury Gardens, The Space Museum, the Avenue of the Stars and the infamous SOGO Department store.

Each floor of the museum housed a different exhibit from historical chinese art and furniture to my personal favorite with the art of Feng Zikai.

Feng Zikai was an educationist, man of letters and artist who excelled in painting, Chinese calligraphy, music and architecture. During the 1920s and 30s, he created cartoons using a style that was a hybrid of Chinese and Western techniques, with subject matters drawn from everyday life. They exude a humanistic concern through heartwarming insights into the most ordinary things. Feng had taught art and music in several schools, where he diligently inculcated the concept that “With life comes compassion; and with compassion, art”. The humanism in his art and his many publications on art education have inspired generations of artists and educationists. (source)

After our visit to the museum we visited the Clock Tower, and the Avenue of the Stars. You get to experience a  piece of history along with amazing views of the Hong Kong Island skyline. I highly recommend visiting this area of Tsim Sha Tsui.

 All this walking around in the heat and humidity had us longing for some nourishment and a place to cool off.

The Space Museum and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Building

The signage that drew us into the museum

Part of the Avenue of the Stars

 Entrance to the Feng Zikai exhibit

We were not allowed to take photographs inside the exhibits. I was lucky enough to sneak a quick one of this intricate headdress when the docents were not watching with my phone. Pardon the poor quality.

 Loved this little fishing boat 

 Some views of the Hong Kong skyline 

 The Clock Tower

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