A visit to UMAG, Hong Kong (University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU)

As I was staying in Sheung Wan’s district in Hong Kong, decided as part of my learning journey in ink to take a trip to visit the gallery at Hong Kong University’s Museum and Art Gallery. After a short tram ride from where I stayed, I decided to walk up the steep hill (Bonham Street) towards the gallery. It was there that I chanced upon the founder of the place, a philanthropist Mr. Fung Ping Shan (1986-1931) who donated money to build a Chinese library amongst contributions to society.

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Entrance to the UMAG
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Even the toilet has nice window wood carvings…of course I had to put my brochures there!
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A steep climb where I saw St Louis School along the way!

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(photo credit: http://lib.hku.hk/hkul100/ic/FPSbook.html) This book is available at the bookstore in the university museum.

After a good half hour or so of reading, I started my gallery tour. I was fortunate to see the first solo exhibition “Hong Kong by Guo Zhiquan- Cityscapes in Ink 墨韵城市:郭志全在香港” of Mr Guo Zhiquan (b 1942) in HK. I like the way he uses ink, contemporary color and brush strokes to capture the sights and sounds of Hong Kong.

“Mr Goh is a member of the Henan Artists Association, the Chinese Academy of Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy, and he is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture as well as the East & West Artists Association. He worked as the Dean of Fine Arts Dept of Luoyang University in 1986 where he specialised in landscape paintings, as well as bird-and-flower work and art criticism.” – abstract taken from the Foreword by Dr Florian Knothe, Director, University Museum and Art Gallery, KHU.

Here are some snapshots of his pieces at the exhibition. I was intrigued by how he combines the western idea of perspective with big, bold Chinese ink brush strokes.

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Write up about the Exhibition
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Financial Devt of HK – 2000s

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HK in the Qin Dynasty
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HK University
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HK during Japanese Occupation
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Victoria Harbour HK
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Causeway Bay HK
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HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
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Guess where is this place?
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Close up of figures drawn for Causeway bay Painting

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Nestorian Bronze Crosses of the Yuan dynasty …an interesting mix of Swastika and Cross!

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