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Museum Transformation
Transforming Museum (2017.1)
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Photo 1. The podium where outdoor sculptures were displayed will be converted into a new Annex with a nine-metre high space

Dear Friends,

Warmest greetings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art!

As 2017 begins, I would like to briefly report on progress with the Museum's renovation, our work in 2016, and planned programmes for 2017.

Since our closure in August 2015, the Museum has entered a transformation process for a major renovation and extension programme. The building work has so far proceeded very smoothly. The podium where outdoor sculptures were displayed has been dismantled, to make way for a new Annex with a nine-metre high space (see photo 1). The grand stairway that used to lead visitors up to the first floor entrance has also been removed, for relocation to the entrance on the ground floor of the future museum (see photo 2). A new floor is under construction on the roof of the Museum building, to create a new gallery with a 270-degree view of the city (see photo 3). As the work was in good process, we expect to move back to the Museum in the later half of 2018 to prepare for the re-opening of the Museum by mid-2019 in phases.

In 2016, taking advantage of the Museum's temporary closure, our programmes have also been transformed, and exhibitions are popping up to reach out to different audience groups. We launched three large-scale art learning programmes: the "Museum of Art on Wheels", "In Touch with Hong Kong Artists" and "Living with Bamboo: Museum of Art is Here" last year. We have also organised over 1,200 sessions of activities for these programmes which have reached out to secondary and primary schools students as well as to people in different districts. In 2017, these programmes will continue through the coming years to reach out to yet more audiences.

In 2016, we have also organised several exhibitions "popping up" around town, including "Listen to Hong Kong" and "Gone with the Wings" exhibitions held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, "Lost Treasures of the Shiqu Baoji in Hong Kong ─ Selection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphies from the Xubaizhai Collection" exhibition now showing at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and "Bear in Mind" exhibition at Art Square, Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui. Travelling exhibitions include "Maritime Porcelain Road: Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums", showcased in Zhejiang, Hubei and Shenzhen successively, and "The Arts of Deng Erya and Huang Bore" exhibition held in Dongguan.

2017 will be an exciting year. Besides celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR Government, we will also be celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. An exhibition featuring Hong Kong art will be held in Hong Kong City Hall during the period of Art Basel to kick start the year's programme. The "Yangxindian Exhibition from Palace Museum, Beijing" will be presented at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in mid-2017. For promotion of the Museum in the local community, there will be the "City Dress Up ─ Blossoming Stairs", in which 20 staircases around various Hong Kong districts will carry images selected from the Museum's collections to be unveiled in four seasons from March till end of the year. Meanwhile an exhibition titled "The Legacy of Liangzhu Culture: Neolithic Relics from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum" will be organised at our branch museum, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware to be opened in March. Last but not least, we will continue enhancing our online platform, "Hong Kong Art Research Portal", through the addition of more materials.

To keep abreast of the Museum's latest news, I encourage you to Like us on our "Museum of Art on Wheels" Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram @hongkongmuseumofart.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a healthy and fruitful year in 2017! With the Year of Rooster coming, may I also wish you and your family all the best in the year to come. See you around town!

Sincerely,

Eve Tam
Museum Director
Hong Kong Museum of Art

Transforming Museum (2016.8)
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Dear Friends,

Time flies! It's almost a year since the Hong Kong Museum of Art temporarily closed in early August 2015, to prepare for the major renovation project. I hope you have enjoyed some of our closure programmes held around town.

As you may know, the Hong Kong Museum of Art was first established on the top floors of City Hall in Central in 1962, and was relocated to the purpose-built premises at Tsim Sha Tsui in 1991. The museum building served for about a quarter of a century. We have been keenly aware that, to keep pace with the growing needs of the local art scene, we should enhance the museum facilities and expand our gallery space.

In June 2015, the museum's proposed renovation project was approved. The museum building officially closed in August 2015 to prepare for the construction work, which commenced in January 2016. In tandem with increasing exhibition space and upgrading the facilities, our museum is also taking this opportunity to enhance its appearance, to become more visible within the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Complex. Transparency and interaction with people and the environment are the prime design principles for the new building. Also, a new layer of cladding and an expansive glazed façade are being introduced, to highlight a sense of uniqueness.

To accommodate monumental contemporary artworks, both the museum gallery space and ceiling height are being increased. Two new galleries – one on the rooftop and one in a new annex block with double-ceiling height at 9m – are being added to the museum building, increasing the total exhibition area from 7,000m2 to over 10,000m.

Enabling easy public access to the museum and providing user-friendly facilities are also our major renovation concerns. A total of four entrances, including barrier free access, will be provided after the renovation. Members of the public may enter our museum from different directions around the building. The reception lobby will be relocated from the first floor to the ground floor, while the box office, enquiry counter and other customer services will be centrally housed on the ground floor, to enhance the visibility and accessibility of our museum as a whole.

Regarding ancillary facilities, our museum restaurant on the first floor will provide a fine dining experience, with fabulous views of Victoria Harbour through its glazed façade. The café's alfresco dining facilities and the bookshop on the ground floor are expected to enhance the vibrancy of the waterfront. Upon completion of the renovation work, we believe the Hong Kong Museum of Art will provide an enjoyable new visiting experience for everyone — locals and tourists alike!

Should you wish to know more about the progress with the Renovation Project or the forthcoming programme, you may keep visiting our official website.

The Hong Kong Museum of Art has already begun its transformation. We are scheduled to reopen in 2019. Meanwhile, please like us on our "Museum of Art on Wheels" Facebook and follow us on Instagram  @hongkongmuseumofart. We hope to see you in our pop up activities around the city.


Sincerely,

Eve Tam
Museum Director
Hong Kong Museum of Art

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Perspective View from South Western Direction after Renovation (Artist's Impression)

Newsflash (2016.3)
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Recently, we were surprised to discover that our status on a popular search engine is listed as "Permanently Closed"! 

The above error was a useful alert; reminding us that many people are not aware we are closed only temporarily for important renovations. Did you know? The Hong Kong Museum of Art has already initiated this major renovation, not just an overhaul of the facade, but a full rearrangement, from top to bottom.   

Although we have known each other for quite some time, we have yet to ask you for your views on the Museum. Before we undertake these major changes, we want to know what you think. Please tell us and help us change for the better by completing this survey. Your answers will remain anonymous. 

Do give us your feedback. We are counting on you.

Click here to the e-Survey

Transforming Museum (2016.1)
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In 2016, the Hong Kong Museum of Art enters a stage of transformation. The museum has already been closed for a major renovation and expansion project, estimated to last for three years. We are transforming programmes ― offering more variety; and transforming our image ― which will be more distinctive. We will introduce different curatorial approaches, to interact with audiences, and launch a series of art education outreach programmes to nurture and build audiences. We intend to strengthen research on local art history as we launch an easily accessible platform on our website to share materials on Hong Kong art. We hope that over the next few years, these changes and experiments will result in a "brand-new" museum!

Transforming Museum (2016.1)
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is Entering a New Phase and is Temporarily Leaving Tsim Sha Tsui (2015.8)
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View from South Eastern Direction (Existing Museum)
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View from South Eastern Direction (Existing Museum)

Dear Friends,

As you may know, our museum closed on 3 August 2015 to prepare for the next phase of our development. We shall be conducting a major renovation and expansion project that will last for about three years.
 
The Hong Kong Museum of Art was first established on the top floors of the City Hall in Central in 1962 and was relocated to the purpose-built premise at Tsim Sha Tsui in 1991. The museum building at Tsim Sha Tsui has now served for about a quarter of a century. How time flies! During this period, we have organied about 390 exhibitions. I trust that you were among one of the visitors to one or more of those exhibitions.
 
Following our announcement on 26 June 2015 of the closure arrangements, we had a record attendance of over 47,000 visitors in the 32 days between 27 June and 2 August. Many of the visitors left us supportive and encouraging comments. Others were sad to bid farewell to the existing museum building while looking forward to our facelift. We are so touched by their response! On Sunday 2 August , the last day of our opening before we closed for renovation, we invited the last group of visitors and our frontline colleagues to take a picture together to mark the historical moment. It made such a memorable souvenir for all of us!
 
While our museum building is closed for renovation, we shall take the opportunity to review our services and programmes. During the upcoming three years, we shall continue to host events in different forms and meet you in different parts of Hong Kong as well as overseas. Please rest assured that we shall keep you updated about our latest news.  Make sure you check out the programmes bearing the logo "Hong Kong Museum of Art, Popping up" and give us your support. For more details, please visit our website at http://hk.art.museum for updates or follow us on Instagram: hkmuseumofart
 
Don't worry, our museum building is disappearing temporarily only to turn a new page of the museum's history! The Museum is never just a building; we are a living museum that will always stay close to our local communities.  Perhaps someday soon, somewhere, you will see us popping up nearby!
 
Sincerely,
 
Eve Tam
Museum Director
Hong Kong Museum of Art

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