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Prof. Yeewan Koon, current chair of the Department of Art History, HKU and an expert on Qing art, took us on a special guided-tour at Hong Kong Palace Museum, focusing on a selection of Ming & Qing paintings that are on display in two different exhibitions, “Stories Untold: Figure Paintings of the Ming Dynasty from the Palace Museum” (G4) and “Yuan Ming Yuan: Art and Culture of an Imperial Garden-Palace” (G8). While participants enjoyed a wide array of exhibits as they strolled through the two thematic shows, the tour weaved these materials in a unique way and offered us a different story that had never been told. Date: 26 April 2024 (Friday) Time: 6pm-7:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Palace Museum (meeting at South Atrium outside Gallery 4) Medium: English Registration: required Free for members & current HKU art history students, $100 for non-members All participants were to be responsible for their own entrance to the museum, with a ticket that covered the special exhibition in Gallery 8.     

Date: 14 March 2024 (Thursday) Time: 3pm -4:30pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Medium: Cantonese On a day when the museum was closed to the public, we visited the exhibition "Boundless Universe: Calligraphy by Jat See-yeu" with HKMoA curators, learning how Jat's calligraphy demonstrates his passion for preserving tradition, his open-minded approach to life, and his innovative pursuits in the face of changing times.

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.

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)

Date: 25 August 2022 (Thursday) Time: 4pm – 5:30pm  Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free Speaker: Dr. Sim Hinman Wan (Lecturer, Department of Art History, HKU) Medium: English When we hear the word Baroque, what comes to our mind? Is it the taste for drama? Tenebrism? Caravaggio? Or the Counter-Reformation? "The Road to the Baroque: Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum" showcased works by famous artists such as Titian, El Greco, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Jusepe de Ribera. Rarely do we see such an array of 17th century oil paintings on display in Hong Kong. We were delighted to have Dr. Wan from HKU Art History to guide our visit, on a day when the museum was closed to the public. The exhibition's curatorial team was there with us as well!

Date: 4 August, 2022 (Thursday) Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm Venue: The Studio, M+ Nalini Malani is a prolific cross-disciplinary artist best known for her iconic Video/Shadow Play. On display are three major artworks – Utopia (1969–1976), Remembering Mad Meg (2007–2019), and Can You Hear Me? (2018–2020)— that spans five decades of Malani’s artistic career. When Dr Wyma saw Malani's video installations  at The Studio in M+, she had the idea of getting a few interested alumni to the exhibition. Dr Wyma wanted to find out the kind of experience a viewer (an outsider) is seeing and feeling when bombarded with images and sounds in her videos and animations . This way we all learn from each other as people take away different things in her moving images ! The event turned out to be really enjoyable for all attending MAAH alumni from different cohorts as they saw for themselves the versatility of the artist working across many mediums. With Dr Wyma’s deep knowledge in Indian art history, the alumni could better understand the embedded meanings in Malani’s narratives and images that often deal with culturally specific events and topics.

Date: 28 July 2022 (Thursday) Time: 4pm – 6pm  Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free   Feedbacks "I gained a great experience today." "I really enjoy the exhibition tours organized by HKUFAAA. You can learn about the curatorial ideas and interesting stories about the making of the exhibitions from curators!" "My visits to the two exhibitions were thoroughly enjoyable! They have greatly enriched my knowledge of the wide variety of export products ascribed under the rubric China Trade and the broad spectrum of visual expressions of the five colours commonly found in Chinese culture." "I did enjoy the visit a lot! Thank you so much for organizing this event!"  

Date: 3 June 2022 (Friday) Time: 11:00am – 12:00noon Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Registration: required, free Curated by our alumni-cum-Tai Kwun’s associate curator Erin Li, emo gym acted as the artistic platform for seven Hong Kong artists to showcase their recent if not the latest works that inquire into their existential feelings during a time of uncertainty and loss. Participants followed Erin through the exhibition and listened to her sharing (with the wireless receivers) about the concept behind each individual work. The rich variety of sensory experience, manifested and encouraged brilliantly by many works on display, addressed both the mental (emo) and physical (gym) aspect, as well as the vulnerability and resilience of humans and human relationships. Erin also shared with us some of her curatorial anecdotes about the planning process, the installation, and the pandemic impact. The one hour went by so quickly and before we left, we found ourselves in JC Cube, at the bottom of a spiral staircase, all gazing up and our mind lifted by the singing. Mesmerized by this last work of the tour, and touched by the overall care that artists and curator put into the exhibition, we could not be more grateful to have spent our Dragon Boat Festival morning there. Feedback "It is a joy to resume our art activities with a curator-led tour to an exhibition that attempts to soothe our troubling emotions accumulated from the past few years. The show was well thought out, beautifully executed and shine light on our many local talents." "An insightful exhibition tour allowing viewers to perceive the messages of artworks that have resonance for us."  

Date: 2 September 2021  Time: 11am-12:00pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free “Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art" was an exhibition that showcased 80 Chinese paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection by artists from Guangdong from the late Ming dynasty to the 20th century. It surveyed the development of the regional painting style and its influence on Hong Kong modern ink art. The association organized a visit and the curator of the exhibition gave special remarks onsite.