Guided Viewing: King’s Inscriptions · Contemporary Interpretations with Dr Sarah Ng at UMAG and Oil Street Art Space (Members Only)

Date :
Saturday, 21 October 2023
Time :
11:00 Exhibition at UMAG; 12:15 Exhibition at Oil Street Art Space; 13:00 Optional lunch
Venue :
1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam and Oil Street Art Space, 12 Oil Street, North Point
Cost :
Free with registration; Members only
Limit :
Enquiries :
Yvonne Choi at [email protected] or Patricia Lee at [email protected] / 2241-5507
Note :
We will make carpool arrangement from UMAG to Oil Street Art Space. Optional lunch afterwards on share-cost basis

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to present a guided viewing of Kings’ Inscriptions · Contemporary Interpretations with Dr. Sarah Ng, Curator at UMAG and Oil Street Art Space. The guided viewing starts at UMAG and continues at Oil Street Art Space.

In Chinese history, inscriptions in stone, along with written copies and rubbings made to disseminate their meanings, frequently referred to the qualities and actions of kings. In our contemporary era, it is the work of self-proclaimed kings, such as the King of Kowloon and Frog King, among others, that captures our imagination. The selection of artworks by various artists, including the display of rubbings on stone, calligraphic works on paper and the incorporation of script on ceramics. Additionally, the contemporary art installations serve as carriers of both text and meaning. This mixed-media display is a sign of our times. As less text is handwritten and digital presentations become more common, it is inspiring to appreciate the artistic qualities that transcend our increasingly rapid modes of communication.

This exhibition is supported by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the University of Hong Kong Libraries.



Dr. Sarah Ng is a historian of visual arts and material culture specializing in late imperial Chinese painting, calligraphy and ink rubbings. She is the curator of the Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery (UMAG). The relationship and reinterpretation of the Chinese tradition in contemporary art practice is her primary area of scholarly interest. Her work also addresses collecting, connoisseurship, canon formation, workshop practices, art conservation, museum studies and bookplates. She lectures on these subjects and other areas of expertise internationally.


Photo Credit:
Calligraphy and Printed Ink Rubbings of Inscriptions for the Ultra-space Frog Utopia (Detail) Kwok Mang Ho (Frog King) 2023 Mixed-media installation Dimensions variable
Courtesy of UMAG