For members only, we are pleased to organize a visit to the newly reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) with the new Museum Director, Dr. Maria Mok.
Established in 1962, The Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) is the first public art museum in the city, now custodian of an art collection of over 17,000 items, representing the unique cultural legacy of HK’s connection across the globe. The museum’s art collection revolves around four core pillars of Chinese Antiquities, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Trade Art, as well as Modern and Hong Kong Art, curating a wide world of contrasts from old to new, Chinese to Western, local to international, with a Hong Kong viewpoint. The museum aspires to refreshing ways of looking at tradition and making art relevant to everyone, creating new experiences and understanding.
After renovation, the HKMoA presents 11 exhibitions to showcase its cultural legacy and Hong Kong art lineage through the major donations and core collections housed in the museum. This tour will go through the exhibitions featuring the new spaces of the HKMoA, including “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum” that showcases star pieces of the four core collections of the Museum, “Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint” which incorporates new elements into the four major collections, tracking the people and stories behind the collections, and “The Breath of Landscape”, an exhibition that offers a unique art experience by bringing the sky, the flowing water, mountains and the breeze from nature into The Wing of the museum and its surrounds.
Dr. Maria Mok joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1996, and is currently its Museum Director. She has extensive museum experience, previously curator in charge of different departments, including China Trade Art, Chinese Antiquities, Modern and Hong Kong Art, Educational and Extension Services, and has curated and led a vast number of exhibitions and programmes. She is a specialist in China trade painting with a research focus on dating and authentication, and an extensive collection of published works with particular interest in the artistic interaction of global trade that includes “Images of the Canton Factories 1760-1822: Reading History in Art” (HKU Press: 2015) co-authored with Paul A. Van Dyke. Dr. Mok has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Studies, a Master’s degree in Chinese Historical Studies on Guangdong decorative arts of the Qing dynasty, a Doctoral degree on China trade painting, and a graduate diploma in Museum Studies.