UMAG Director Dr. Florian Knothe is leading a special tour for our members to view two new exhibitions at the University Museum and Art Gallery. Erich Lessing: The Pulse of Time–Capturing Social Change in Post-war Europe shows the work of renowned Austrian photo journalist and Magnum photographer Erich Lessing. Illustrious Illuminations: Christian Manuscripts from the High Gothic to the High Renaissance (1250–1500) displays rare illuminated manuscripts from the McCarthy Collection. These religious manuscripts, laboriously painted by hand, are being shown for the first time in Hong Kong.
A scholar of Western European art, Dr. Florian Knothe received his PhD in royal manufacture and the production of art and propaganda in 17th century France. His prior positions include: research fellow and associate in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, where he led the East Meets West exhibition in 2010, and related lectures and conference papers presented in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. In his role as Director, Dr. Knothe aims to connect UMAG internationally so that future collection-oriented research and programming reflect the university’s unique geographic and cultural position between East and West.