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By the People: Creative Chinese Characters

Overview

The 2nd exhibition of "Hong Kong Art: Co-Creation" exhibition series is co-curated by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and renowned local designer Freeman Lau. Prof. Chan Yuk-keung, has been invited as the exhibition consultant. With the theme of Chinese characters, the exhibition features more than 100 exhibits in various media from the collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art, private collectors and institutions.

Chinese characters have been used for over three thousand years. With their unique structure and shape, the characters have served as an important conduit and genre for literati and calligraphers to create their works throughout history. A vast array of applications for Chinese characters have been developed in different places. All kinds of creative adaptations can be found in the works of craftsmen, artists, literati, and even calligraphers. They can also be found in the everyday lives of ordinary people, through their games, religions, festivals, and ceremonies. The exhibition presents the value of Chinese characters in our cultural lifestyle and contemporary creation through research on Chinese characters in different areas, providing visitors with multiple perspectives to explore the relationship between Chinese characters, calligraphy and art creativity.


Original photo of the exhibition key visual © Raymond Cauchetier With the kind permission of the rights holder, the photo has been modified for the purpose of the exhibition key visual

  • Date
    2022-09-092023-11-26
  • Venue
    The Lab, 5/F
  • Fee
    Free

Extension Activities

Art Education Activities Series for "By the People: Creative Chinese Characters" Exhibition

The art education activities series is an extension programme of the "By the People: Creative Chinese Characters" exhibition, co-curated by guest curator, renowned local designer Freeman Lau and the HKMoA. HKMoA and Freeman will invite local artists and art professionals to conduct three art education activities on Chinese characters in different areas, and have their sharing with multiple perspectives with the public to explore the relationship between Chinese characters, calligraphy and art creativity.

Writing Fai Chun with Frog King (demonstration talk cum workshop)

This first activity will be led by local artist Kwok Mang-ho (Frog King). He has been creating art with his calligraphic script "Sandwich Font" (a font that combines Chinese, English and Cantonese romanisation) and various media since the 1980s, to reflect the harmonious integration of cultures in Hong Kong. Welcoming the Lunar New Year, Frog King will write Fai Chun in "Sandwich Font" with the public to explore the playfulness of creating art with Chinese characters.

Date: 2023.1.14 (Saturday)
Venue: The Hall, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Time:
1) 11:15am – 12:45pm (Public)
2) 2:30 – 4:00pm (Children aged 6 to 12 and their accompanying parent / guardian)

Language: Cantonese
Fee#: Free admission
Quota for each session*: 50

Enrolment:
Please submit the completed application form by fax (2723 7666) or email (sschchan@lcsd.gov.hk). If the application is accepted, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

# Materials required for the workshop will be provided.
* Limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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