Interview: Ho Siu Kee and Alex Hofford on shark preservation and activist art
In partnership with international non-profit organisation WildAid, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Parkview Arts Action are joining forces to present On Sharks and Humanity. Through its multidisciplinary collectio, which includes sculptures, paintings, films, photography and poetry, the exhibition aims to draw public attention to the issue of shark preservation.The exhibition is open to the public at Hong Kong Maritime Museum from June 28 to September 29. For the Hong Kong edition, the works of two local talents – Peggy Chan and Professor Ho Siu Kee – are being showcased alongside 32 internationally recognised and emerging artists from China, Singapore and Taiwan. Ahead of the show we chat with Professor Ho about her work and discuss with WildAid ambassador and photographer Alex Hofford about WildAid’s mission and what they're currently doing to reduce the demand for shark fin in Hong Kong. By Sarah Lau
Interview: the curators of Eternal Life: Exploring Ancient Egypt
The British Museum is home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities anywhere outside of Egypt. In a rare treat, the Hong Kong Science Museum is partnering with the world’s oldest museum to present Eternal Life: Exploring Ancient Egypt and bring six mummies to town so Hongkongers can learn all about life and death in ancient Egypt.Here for five months, each mummy has been carefully chosen out of a collection of 120 from the British Museum. With a balance of males and females and different eras, each mummy is presented as a unique individual alongside objects that help illuminate different themes such as health, disease, beauty and childhood.What’s most exciting about this exhibition is its interactive aspect. Curators at the British Museum have transformed CT scans into digital 3D models and renderings, which have been placed throughout the exhibition. With the help of a touchpad and screen, visitors can ‘peel’ back the layers of bandages adorning the mummies to peek at the nervous system, discover how experts determine a mummy’s age and sex, and learn how they were prepared for the afterlife. Dr Marie Vandenbeusch, Dr Daniel Antoine and the Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan of the British Museum Dr Neal Spence, the curators of the exhibition, chat to us about the most surprising discoveries on show…How did the exhibition come together? It’s a very unusual way of doing an exhibition because most exhibitions at the British Museum are based on the work of a specialist —
The best Hong Kong museum exhibitions
Whether you’re a culture vulture or looking to kill time on a rainy day, some of Hong Kong’s best museums are showcasing an abundance of stunning and wonderful exhibitions throughout the year. With themes ranging from Egyptian mummies and outer space to the latest contemporary art collection, we round up the very best museum exhibitions on display in the city right now. Down to your last dollars? Check out our guide to free exhibitions and free things to do in Hong Kong.