Chairman's Note

Dear Members,

The Executive Committee and I send you and your family our best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity in the Year of the Dog!

The arrival of Spring brings fresh faces, new perspectives and bright ideas. On behalf of the Museum Society, we extend our heartiest congratulations and warmest welcome to the University's new President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Xiang Zhang. His wife, Mrs. Jane Qian Zhang has kindly accepted our invitation to be the new Patron of the Society. We look forward to sharing our love of art, history and heritage with them in the years ahead. I am also delighted to welcome Michelle Ip as a new member of the Committee. Michelle is a warm and vivacious young woman who I know will be a great addition to the Committee.

Collaboration is one of the key words to the successful development of the arts. We see this in many of the upcoming programmes in March. HK Arts Festival, Goethe Institut, UMAG and HKUMS will jointly present a series of live concerts featuring music from Estonian composer Arvo Part performed by Vox Clamantis accompanied by images of art works by Gerhard Richter. One of these concerts will include a post-concert talk with artistic director and conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve.

The Society takes great pride in sponsoring exhibitions and research. UMAG's new exhibition From Two Arises Three features collaborative works of two artists Michael Cherney and Arnold Chang. This will be the first of several exhibitions at the Museum specially funded by the Society to commemorate our 30th anniversary this year. In conjunction with this exhibition, we will host a Saturday morning coffee to meet the artists and the curator Tiffany Beres followed with a guided tour. The Museum Society is also pleased to sponsor the research, publication and exhibition of Women in Art: Hong Kong led by Eliza Gluckman of Murray Edwards College. Eliza will lead members on a tour of the exhibition at Sotheby's during the week of the International Women's Day.

More exquisite arts will be on exhibit from March onwards. With assistance from the Liangyi Museum, our members will have a private tour of The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia with Dr. Yuka Kaoi, curator and Persian art specialist. At the CUBE, the MK Lau Collection presents Intimate Encounters: Handscrolls and Albums. Art historian, educator and curator Catherine Maudsley will guide us on a tour that returns us to the leisurely enjoyment of art making and collecting in traditional times.

This spring Professor Puay-peng Ho will lead our members on this year's first cultural trip to see the Vernacular Architecture of Southern Italy. While the trip was oversubscribed, everyone is welcome to join the pre-trip lecture at UMAG where he will guide us through the art and architecture of Southern Italy, highlighting and contrasting their characteristics and differences from the north.

We have packed many programmes in this season, so don't wait to register! Hope to see you soon!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

Yvonne Choi (蔡劉月寰)
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