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On view in the Hong Kong Palace Museum are 52 timeless masterpieces from the National Gallery, London. It was an incredible experience to see paintings by Europe’s most well-regarded artists, including Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Turner, Constable, Monet and Van Gogh. Even better was to visit the exhibition with our HKU art history Professor Greg Thomas, a specialist in 19th century French art, to learn about the histories and the meanings behind these paintings. Date: 2 February 2024 (Friday) Time: 6:30pm-8pm Venue: Gallery 9, Hong Kong Palace Museum Medium: English Registration: required, first come, first served, members with priority The guided tour was free but all participants were responsible for their own ticket to the special exhibition.  

Date: 14 January 2024 (Sunday) Time: 2pm-6pm Venue: Room 01, 9/F, World Interests Building, 8 Tsun Yip Ln , Kwun Tong, Hong Kong The 4 hours workshop includes: * Learning basic thangka history * Experiencing traditional thangka painting * Using traditional hand-made thangka canvas * Using hand-grinded natural mineral pigments * Letting go of the daily worries and enjoying the moment Registration: required, first come, first served Fees: $750 member, $800 non-member Artist: Fok Wai Chung, Chantal Medium: Cantonese    

On a day when the museum was closed to the public, we had an exclusive opportunity to look at masterpieces from the world-renowned Uffizi collection with alumni-curators. Date: 11 January 2024 (Thursday)  Time: 3pm -4:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Medium: English Registration required, free Quota: 30 (full)

This workshop on Van Gogh's painting technique is inspired by the current exhibition at Hong Kong Palace Museum, "Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London" in which his other work Long Grass with Butterflies (1890) is featured. Date: 2 December 2023 (Saturday) Time: 9:30am-12noon Venue: Wah Luen Industrial Centre, Fo Tan Artist: Winnie Davies Medium: English/Cantonese Registration: required, first come, first served Fees (tools & materials included): $500 member, $600 non-member  

Date: 4 August 2023 (Friday) Time: 6:30pm-9pm Venue: Art History Resource Centre, 10.29, 10/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU Registration: required, first come, first served Fees (tools & materials included): $500 member, $600 non-member Medium: Cantonese/ English It was a cozy and amazing Friday evening with our alumna artist, Rainbow. She magically transformed a nighttime scene of our city into a watercolour painting right in front of our eyes. She taught the group her watercolour techniques, to mix, layer and apply paint to create different effects and textures. Participants learnt step by step and completed their own piece to take home.  

Date: 13 March 2023 (Monday)  Time: 7pm-8pm (reception starting at 6:30pm) Venue: Blue Room, 26F, Soho House, 33 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan Medium: Cantonese Registration: first come, first served, free seating Speaker: Kelvin Yuen is a Hong Kong-based full-time landscape photographer. At the age of 26, he has already cooperated with international brands such as Cathay Pacific, National Geographic, DJI, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and German National Tourist Board. Kelvin started his photography journey when he was a secondary school student. After completing his university education, he turned his interest into a career, focusing mainly on landscape photography. His unique sense of aesthetics and style, fully revealed in his works, won him the title – The International Landscape Photographer of the Year (2020).  

Date: 21 February 2023 (Tuesday) & 27 February 2023 (Monday) Time: 9:30am-8pm, 30-40 minutes/ session Venue: Resource Centre, 10.29 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU Registration: free, required, walk-in not encouraged, reservation by appointment (via Nicole, 3917-2614) The Department of Art History had a VR programme “Buddhaverse: Virtual Dunhuang @HKU Art History” in the Resource Centre and offered alumni and friends two exclusive days for the experience.   Feedback "It's surely an enjoyable and meaningful Buddhist art tour for us." "Nicole, thanks soooo much for recommending the Dunhuang activity!! It was so good and I had so much fun! Best VR experience ever!"