The National Museum organises special exhibition “Power, Patronage, and Piety – Celebrating Womanhood” on International Women’s Day


The National Museum, New Delhi celebrated International Women’s Day 2022 by organising a special Exhibition titled “Power, Patronage, and Piety – Celebrating Womanhood”. The exhibition was inaugurated by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Government of India Smt. Lily Pandeya in the presence of Shri Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, Director General, National Museum, New Delhi.



This exhibition focuses on examining the traditional notions of Power, Patronage, and Piety through the lens of feminity. The three constructs have often been associated with masculinity in the well-worn grooves of religious and historic discourses. Celebrating International Women’s Day, this exhibition presents transcultural notions of Indian art and history representing ‘the female voice’. Spanning across different religious and social representations, it focuses on the iconic representations of women in India through sculptures, manuscripts, miniatures, jewellery, tapestries, ritual objects and amulets, as bearers of a unique visual and material culture.


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During her address Smt. Lily Pandeya congratulated team National Museum for curating such a special exhibition with the title ‘Power, Patronage, and Piety – Celebrating Womanhood’. The special exhibition dedicated to celebrating women depicts celebration of resilience and adaptability. When women access the museum, they are gaining access to ideas as well as getting opportunity to engage with arts enabling, encouraging environment. Let us fill all the colours of hope and joy to all the women of the world, she added.


Shri Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma stated that revolution does not take place  every day, what we do on a daily basis can yield a revolution. He also added that with our affirmative actions we  hope to  placed in a better  environment than  what we inherited.



The feminine power is traced through the goddess cult and the female pantheon by examining texts and rituals, folk practices based on fertility rituals, and the manifestations of wisdom through divinities in Indic traditions. Patronage is explored via the literary texts and art commissioned by Queens and Princesses. The exhibition concludes with piety, both towards filial relations and religious discourses, through the feminine devotional practices. The objects collectively bring forth a historical narrative that has been part of an Indian consciousness for centuries. With almost a hundred objects on display, the exhibition highlights masterpieces from the collections of Pre-History, Archaeology, Manuscript, Anthropology, Decorative Art, Central Asian Antiquities, Pre-Columbian and Western Art, Painting, Numismatics, Epigraphy and Jewellery, and Arms and Armour.



Beginning with the famous Dancing Girl and Mother Goddess from the Indus Valley Civilization and proceeding onward to the Classical and Medieval goddess cults in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions, the representation of Devi and Shakti is a common strand connecting such distinctive traditions. Royal power and patronage is represented by medieval art, commissioned by the female members of regal courts and families. Representations of women are also visible in pre-modern folk practices through pattachitras, warli painting, and matani pachedi among others. Aspects of power, patronage, and piety from ancient to modern times are highlighted in the exhibition, presenting the fundamental and prominent role women have played throughout India’s millennia.


The exhibition will remain open for public till 8th April, 2022.




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Union Minister of State for I&B Dr. L Murugan visits the Museum




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Mumbai | February 26, 2022


A good news for cine-enthusiasts of Mumbai and the visitors to the city.  The National Museum of Indian Cinema  (NMIC),  that had remained closed during the Covid pandemic,  has reopened to public.


The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Dr. L Murugan, today paid a visit to the Museum heralding its reopening.  He keenly observed the content displayed at the Museum, spread over two buildings – the Gulshan Mahal heritage wing and the modernist new building on Pedder Road in South Mumbai.



Dr. Murguan was given an overview of the Museum by the Director General of Films Division Ravindra Bhakar. He also explained the comprehensive restoration work that had to be undertaken due to prolonged closure of the museum.


NMIC, which is a one of its kind museums in India, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2019. 



While displays at Gulshan Mahal heritage building, spread over eight different halls of various sizes, trace the history of Indian Cinema from silent era to new wave, the New Museum Building  houses mostly interactive displays.  


NMIC has a huge collection of artefacts including the armour worn by Sivaji Ganeshan in the film “Veera Pandya Kattabomman” and the Red Coat worn by M.G. Ramchandran in the film “Adimai Penn”


Film properties, vintage equipments, posters, copies of important films, promotional leaflets, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies, old cinema magazines, statistics covering film making & distribution etc. are displayed in a systematic manner depicting the history of Indian cinema in a chronological order. 


The Kids’ Film Studio and Gandhi and Cinema are the other prominent attractions.


   




In May, the NMIC Complex, comprising state-of-the-art auditoriums, will play host to the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts and Animation Films (MIFF).


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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Heritage Museum to feature legendary story of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee (with photos)

Hong Kong Heritage Museum to feature legendary story of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee (with photos)

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     The exhibition ​”A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee” will be held from November 28 (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM) to showcase around 400 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia and photos, which will enable visitors to look back at the legend of the internationally famous martial arts superstar.

 

     The internationally renowned megastar Lee (1940–1973) was born Lee Jun-fon. He combined various schools of martial arts to create what is known as Jeet Kune Do, and his martial arts movies became classics. Behind the spotlight, Lee loved his family and enjoyed reading. He expressed his emotions and ideas in letters and other types of writing. Through daily training and reflection, he went beyond his limits and became a legend. Following the “Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life” exhibition in 2013, the HKHM has collaborated with the Bruce Lee Foundation again to present the exhibition “A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee”, which features how Lee’s perseverance gave birth to the legend that is Bruce Lee through his films, martial arts and life story.

 

     Highlighted exhibits include a baby jacket worn by Lee; a fencing mask he used while studying in Hong Kong; his exam revision notes taken at the University of Washington; his letter to his wife Linda, written while filming “The Big Boss” in Thailand; the first edition of the first book published by him, “Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense”; Jeet Kune Do plaques, and the original set design drawings for the film “Enter the Dragon”. Various large-scale lighting exhibits and interactive installations have also been added to the exhibition, including an optical fibre interactive projection installation which displays Lee’s martial arts ideas and life philosophy; and an immersive light and sensory installation “Self.Martial Arts.Emptiness”, which illustrates Lee’s self-actualisation concept.



     The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). It is jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the HKHM, and is sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited. The exhibition will last for five years from November 28 to 2026 at the HKHM (1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin). Due to copyright restrictions, no photography and video-recording is permitted in the exhibition gallery. For details of the exhibition and admission arrangements, please visit

www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid269.html, or call 2180 8188 for enquiries.



     All persons are required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public arrive early, and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Museum of Art receives over 1 000 precious artworks including Chinese paintings and calligraphy from Jingguanlou collection (with photos)

Hong Kong Museum of Art receives over 1 000 precious artworks including Chinese paintings and calligraphy from Jingguanlou collection (with photos)

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     The Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) has received a generous donation of more than 1 000 valuable artworks, mainly comprising Chinese paintings and calligraphy from the modern era, from renowned collector and photographer Dr Wong Kwai-kuen, who is also the Founder of the Jingguanlou collection. About 60 of the newly donated items will be showcased in the “Contemplation: Highlights of the Donation of the Jingguanlou Collection” exhibition at the museum from November 26 (Friday) for public appreciation.
 
​     Dr Wong is a renowned retired doctor. Jingguanlou, the private art collection compiled by Dr Wong, focuses on 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy. The collection covers mainly valuable works by masters of the Shanghai School of painting, with the most comprehensive collection of artworks created by Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997) and Chen Peiqiu (1923-2020) at different stages in their lives.
 
​     Dr Wong generously donated a total of 1 108 artworks from various categories to the HKMoA. Apart from masterpieces of the Shanghai School, the donation also includes a collection of fan leaves and folding fans, couplets and albums, dating from the Qing dynasty to the modern era; a series of Yixing purple clay teapots with rubbings; and Dr Wong’s own photographic works. Dr Wong is a photography enthusiast who received numerous international awards. His photographic works are influenced by Chinese art and culture, in particular the works of Zhu Qizhan. Dr Wong explores and strives to break through the visual language of photography with undertones of traditional aesthetics.
 
​     The HKMoA has received several donations from the community in the past and many were from various members of the Min Chiu Society, a renowned local collectors’ organisation. Dr Wong once served as the Society’s president. By donating his collection to the HKMoA, Dr Wong wishes to share his joy in and affection for the outstanding Chinese artworks he has acquired. This generous act fully reflects his selfless traditional Chinese values. The donation has further recognised the HKMoA as a home for local private collections and enhanced its status as an international museum.
 
​     “Contemplation: Highlights of the Donation of the Jingguanlou Collection” exhibition will run from November 26 to February 16 next year at the China Trade Art Gallery on the third floor of the HKMoA. For details of the exhibition and admission arrangements, please visit the website at hk.art.museum/en_US/web/ma/exhibitions-and-events/contemplation-highlights-of-the-donation-of-the-jingguanlou-collection.html or call 2721 0116 for enquiries.
 
​     The Jingguanlou collection will be featured in a series of thematic exhibitions at the HKMoA from early 2022. A dedicated gallery, named the Jingguanlou Gallery, will be established on the fourth floor of the HKMoA for the display and appreciation of the collection and related exhibits, enabling visitors to appreciate these extraordinary cultural treasures and Dr Wong’s connoisseurship.
 
​     All persons are required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public should arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Heritage Museum to feature experimental art pioneer Danny Yung’s 50 years of creations (with photos)

Hong Kong Heritage Museum to feature experimental art pioneer Danny Yung’s 50 years of creations (with photos)

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     ​”X-Xperimenting Exhibition – Danny Yung 50 Year Creations” will be held from November 17 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM). Featuring cross-media works of art created by artist Danny Yung over the decades, the exhibition charts the diversified artistic journey of a forerunner of experimental art.

     The opening ceremony was held today (November 15). Officiating guests included the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Eve Tam; Danny Yung and his friends Mr Lau Chin-shek, Ms Anna Wu and Mr Tsang Tak-sing; and the Acting Museum Director of the HKHM, Dr Raymond Tang.

     Yung is a trailblazer in the advocacy of international cultural exchange and development. Since the 1970s, he has been keen on cross-media art creations, including film, comics, installations, video, theatre and conceptual art. In 1982, he co-founded Zuni Icosahedron, an experimental art organisation in Hong Kong, and he now serves as Zuni’s Co-Artistic Director. Yung has made use of various platforms for exchanges and experimental art creations on and off the stage. For the past 50 years, he has invited artists of various media, regions and cultural backgrounds to explore the endless possibilities of cross-media creations and exchanges.

     This exhibition reconstructs and reimagines some of Yung’s classic works of art. It introduces his visions and contributions in various areas, including cross-media and experimental art, visual and performing arts, art criticism, cultural exchanges, and the preservation and development of traditional craftsmanship over the years.

     Highlight exhibits include “Tian Tian Xiang Shang”, conceptual comics that Yung started creating in the 1970s, and the “Tian Tian” figurines designed by people from different backgrounds whom Yung invited as part of his collaborative project. Also featured is “GATEWAY – Flower Plaque Secret Garden”, a large-scale flower plaque bamboo installation that combines traditional bamboo scaffolding and flower plaque crafting techniques of Hong Kong.

     The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Zuni, and is jointly organised by the HKHM and Zuni. Designer Freeman Lau, Zuni’s Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director Mathias Woo and Zuni’s International Exchange Director, Wong Yue-wai, served as the guest curators of the exhibition. The exhibition will run from November 17 until March 14 next year at the HKHM (1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin). For details of the exhibition and admission arrangements, please visit
www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/en_US/web/hm/exhibitions/data/exid270.html, or call 2180 8188 for enquiries.

     All persons are required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter offices and venues under the LCSD, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visit. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public arrive early, and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.