Treasures of Hong Kong: 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Handover
September 30, 2017 - December 3, 2017 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room A, B1

Preface


Collection is part of human nature designed to meet certain practical or spiritual needs, such as appreciation, study and remembrance. From the Paleolithic Era,individual ornaments bone beads and gravel collection, to the Qing Dynasty's magnificent royal collections, such collection activities have always accompanied human development.


This current collection has evolved from people's original interest in collecting and studying bronze ware and stone carvings in the Song Dynasty. The rise of epigraphy led to the collection, appreciation and research of ancient objects. Liu Chang's "Pre-Qin Stele Engraved with Antiquities", Ouyang Xiu's "Collection of Antiques", Zhao Mingcheng's "Bronze and Stone Inscriptions", Lv Dafen's "Illustrated Antiques" and other works show the literati's great passion for collection and appreciation in the Song Dynasty. In the more recent Ming and Qing dynasties, a vintage style was popular not only among emperors, officials, the aristocracy and the literati, but also among some merchants, well-off families and even among common people.


Hong Kong, the "Oriental Pearl", is athriving international metropolis. Since the 1980's and 1990's, Hong Kong has become one of the world's three major art trade centers. With the creation of the "one country, two systems" policy, and a favorable geographical position - backed by mainland China and facing the world, Hong Kong plays an important role in the field of private collection around the world.


Appreciation is an attitude, collection is a way of life. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, this exhibition enables us to see magnificent collections of Hong Kong.


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