Chairman's Note

Dear Members,

Is it the arrival of the Rooster that brings tremendous strength and energy to our city or is it the natural transition from winter sombre to spring vivacity? Whatever the reason, we are delighted to present a wonderful selection of events organised for this coming season.

At UMAG, Museum Director Florian Knothe will lead members on guided viewings of two upcoming exhibitions co-sponsored by the Museum Society. The first will be a Saturday afternoon tea for the exhibition - "Imagining Qianlong: Louis XV's Chinese Emperor Tapestries and Battle Scene Prints at the Imperial Court in Beijing". The second is a Saturday morning coffee for the exhibition of "Illustrious Illuminations II: Armenian and Georgian Manuscripts from the Gothic to the Age of Enlightenment".

At HKU, Professor Chan Lung-sang will guide a viewing of the exhibition of minerals from local collectors at the Stephen Hui Geological Museum. Whether or not you've joined our previous tours to HK's geological parks with Professor Chan, this will be a great opportunity to visit the first and only geological museum in Hong Kong.

AROUND TOWN, we visit the F11 Photographic Museum for a historical photographic tour and talk on 1952 Hong Kong with former Pro-Vice-Chancellor Douglas So and Dr. Joseph Ting. Art specialist Olivia Wang will lead a curated tour of participating galleries of Asian Art Hong Kong 2017, a week of events and programmes promoting high quality Asian art from the antiquities to the contemporary. At the HK Heritage Museum, an expert will guide us through one of the highlights of Le French May, an exhibition that presents the tale of Louvre's evolution from palace to museum in 800 years.

Following last month's guided tour with Eddie Lui of his UMAG exhibition "Art Totems Bridging East & West: Eddie Lui's Four Decades of Artistic Pursuit", we continue our
conversation with the artist at his studio in Kwai Chung.

OUR TRAVELS continue! Hope you are joining us in one of these upcoming tours - cultural trip to Zhengzhou, Luoyang and Xi'an with Ms. Lai Suk Yee in April, a special Endowment Fundraising trip to Central Japan in early May, a gastronomic wine tour with Wilson Kwok at the end of May and lastly, the Casas & Qintas of Northern Portugal with Michael Borozdin-Bidnell in June.

Please save the date of Thursday evening, 25 May 2017 for our AGM and talk with guest speaker Dr. Uli Sigg as he speaks about his journey in collecting Chinese contemporary art.

Indeed, we have much to look forward to!

Yvonne Choi (蔡劉月寰)
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