Following last year’s sensational Claude Monet exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is once again the focal point for art connoisseurs.
“Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years”, the main exhibition presented by the local museum this year, opened to the public on Wednesday.
The show is the centerpiece of the French consulate general’s annual month-long Le French May cultural festival in Hong Kong, now in its 25th year, and is part of the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SAR.
It features the richness of the collections at the world-renowned Louvre Museum in Paris.
On display is a selection of paintings, drawings, artworks and crafts as well as sculptures from the Louvre collections.
Among them are treasures from the royal collections of the kings of France and artwork from donors over the centuries.
The exhibition offers art connoisseurs the opportunity to have a closer view of some of the most well-known works of art and artefacts of the Louvre, a royal palace-turned-museum, with more than 130 masterworks from all the Louvre’s departments.
These include The Triumph of Truth by Peter Paul Rubens, the carpet in the Throne Room of the Tuileries Palace, showing Napoleon’s coat of arms in the central medallion, the marble sculpture Jean de la Fontaine (1621–1695), Writer by Pierre Julien, and Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred-Guilder Print), the 17th century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt.
Visitors will see a wide range of exhibits and can learn of their wonderful stories through interactive programs and screenings.
The museum will also launch a series of educational activities that include dramatized and guided tours, talks and workshops.
The exhibition will run until July 24, and standard admission fee is HK$20. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, a five-minute walk from the Sha Tin MTR station or Che Kung Temple Station.
Other must-see at the museum include a commemorative exhibition of the life and career of the legendary Hong Kong martial arts icon Bruce Lee, with more than 600 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia, including rare photos, correspondences, manuscripts, scripts and movie posters and clips from local and overseas collectors. Details of the exhibition can be found here.
The museum also opened a thematic hall in honor of the prolific writer cum-Ming Pao Daily founder, Louis Cha (Jin Yong), to showcase his achievements in wuxia (martial arts and chivalry) novels and the many well-known characters in his works.
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