Preview set of Palace Museum

The Hong Kong Palace Museum will launch the “HKPM Connects” booth at Fine Art Asia 2021, from October 8 to 11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The booth will offer a preview of the museum’s building, programs and treasures ahead of its grand opening in July.

The public can visit the booth to enjoy daily tours, performances and demonstrations to learn more about the architecture, exhibits and programs of the museum.

“In terms of vision and positioning, the Hong Kong Palace Museum is all about the idea of a ‘connected museum,'” said director Louis Ng Chi-wa. “[The idea] captures the distinct identity and role of the [museum] in advocating for a new paradigm in the interpretation of Chinese art and culture.”

The museum is located at the western tip of the West Kowloon Cultural District. It aspires to become one of the world’s leading cultural institutions committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture.

At the fair in Wan Chai, the museum will offer a variety of programs, including four public talks, as well as a conversation event with Ng and museum board member Joseph Ting Sun-pao.

They will discuss the development of local museums over the past five decades and examine how museums have become an important part of the public’s daily life.

The rest of the public talks will cover a broad range of topics, including how the museum’s collection has been reinterpreted by contemporary artists, designers and other art professionals.

At the booth, a Chinese painting conservator of the museum, Lyu Zhichao, will give demonstrations to introduce unique tools and materials, and techniques to conserve Chinese paintings and calligraphy works.

There will also be two performances organized by the museum at the fair.

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups will present a contemporary dance piece inspired by the architecture of the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the Forbidden City, as well as traditional Chinese art and culture.

Another performance will feature local jazz pianist Joyce Cheung and erhu virtuoso Chan Pik-sum. The musicians will collaborate to offer a contemporary reinterpretation of Chinese and Western classics that transports listeners across time and space.

Fine Art Asia 2021 will be open to the public from next Friday to October 11. Admissions for October 8 to 10 will be from 11am to 7pm, and 11am to 6pm on the last day, October 11.

Tickets for adults will cost HK$120, and HK$50 for full-time students and senior citizens. Children under 12 enter free when accompanied by an adult.

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