A New Course for the Second Semester

FINE2089 posterFINE2089 Gender and Sexuality in Architecture is a new 2000-level course that has been added to the B.A. syllabus. We are calling your attention to this because most students drafted their timetables at the beginning of the academic year, when the course was not yet available. Please click on the image, or here, to find out more about it. Interested students may enroll in the course during the next add-drop period, which will commence on the 19th January, 2015.

Asian Art Essay Prize 2013-2014

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is Mr. Andrew Fung On Tsun for his essay “A New Perspective in Chinese Art: Unearthing Vernacular Painting in the High Qing.” Honorable mention goes to Ms Zhu Pingyan.

Please join us in congratulating Andrew! The winning essay will be available here in due course.

Student KE Project: Transformations

keprojects_transformationLast summer, with the support of HKU Knowledge Exchange Grant and the Faculty of Arts, a group of Fine Arts undergraduates, including Miles Dugan, Erin Li, and Clea Chan, Shirley Chan, Bridgette Kam, Chloe Lam and Sunny Liu, worked on the project Transformations: Art Workshops and Art Practices, in which they assisted in the production of It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing, an exhibition curated by one of our faculty members Dr. Yeewan Koon at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre from May 8 to August 31, 2014. Their first and primary role was to raise silkworms that were used in the creation of two artworks. The Second component of the project was to conduct workshops. They gave young participants interactive exhibitions tours and brought up various themes in their discussions, in the hope that children and their families could relate their own lives to art and find their own ways of expression.

Photos of this project are now on display in the Ground Floor Gallery of Run Run Shaw Tower.

New Book: A Defiant Brush by Dr. Yeewan Koon

a defiant brush coverDr. Yeewan Koon’s new book A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in Early 19th-Century Guangdong has been published.

“As the Opium War unfold in Guangdong Province, the painter Su Renshan (1814—c.1850) exploded onto the art scene with a bold, paradigm-turning new voice. A Defiant Brush takes a fresh look at this underappreciated artist in the context of a nascent Chinese modernism…”

Visit Hong Kong University Press website for more information.

Asian Art Essay Competition

This is a c140505 news essay prizeall for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize.

A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner.

Click to read previous winning essays:
2012-2013
2011-2012

The competition is open to all current full-time undergraduate students, including:
1st year students, who intend to declare a major in Fine Arts;
2nd year students, who are majoring in Fine Arts;
3rd year Fine Arts majors, given that they submit the essay before their HKU student status expires.

Deadlines:
– Monday 30 June 2014, 5pm (3rd year students)
– Monday 1 September 2014, 5pm (1st & 2nd year students)

Please click onto the image for details.

Travel Grants Applications

The deadline of this year’s travel grants application is 31 March 2014, 5 pm.

There is only one application form for all travel grants.
Click here to download a soft copy.

For more details on the specific grants and the application procedures, please click here to visit our travel grants page.

Reminder: Class Venue Changes

Please be reminded that there have been several class venue changes this semester.

FINE2025 The Art of the Baroque
Thursday 2:30pm, Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

FINE2026 The Age of Revolution: Art in Europe, 1750-1840
Thursday 12:30pm, Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

FINE2055 Crossing Cultures: China and the Outside World
Tuesday 10:30am, Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

FINE2075 Collecting and Display in Early Modern Europe, c.1500-1850
Wednesday 2:30pm, CPD2.37

Visit our department in person to check the weekly timetable, which has information on lectures and tutorials particular to the week.

FINE2055 & FINE2026: No Class on Jan 21

FINE2055 Crossing Cultures: China and the Outside World
There is no class on January 21 (Tuesday 10:30am, CPD434). The first class of this course will be on January 28 (Tuesday 10:30am, CPD434).

FINE2026 The Age of Revolution: Art in Europe, 1750-1840
There is no class on January 21 (Tuesday 12:30pm, CPD434). The first class of this course will be on January 23 (Thursday 12:30pm, CPD434).

Course Changes

Please pay attention to the room change of FINE2025 The Art of the Baroque (Monday and Thursday 2:30pm). Dr. Opher Mansour will be giving lectures in Run Run Shaw Tower 4.34, NOT the previously scheduled CPD2.14. Also, the quota has been raised to 60 places, so there are now additional slots available on this course.

Dr. Alicia Weisberg-Roberts will be teaching FINE2075 Collecting and Display in Early Modern Europe (Wednesday 2:30pm) while FINE2057 Arts of West, Central and Southern Africa (Monday 12:30pm) has been cancelled.

Please click here for the latest timetable.

Department’s Facebook Page

fb profilepicThe Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the launching of its official facebook page, as a new platform to communicate with current students, alumni, and the wider public. There are various kinds of updates that are not available on the department’s official website. They include visual updates about the department, both academic and non-academic departmental events, publications of the faculty, new purchases of Fine Arts Resource Centre, as well as some local and international art-related functions. We hope that this facebook page is going to provide the audience with supplementary information about the department and to further stimulate students’ interest in art, art history, and the local art scene.

You may access the page by clicking the facebook button above, which is right next to the search bar in the header. Please visit and spread the word for us!

Exploration Abroad: “Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900”

fb04aDr. Yeewan Koon and Dr. Roslyn Hammers led a group of Fine Arts students to the UK during the first week of December. The main focus of the trip was the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition “Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900” and its two days conference “The Making of Chinese Painting: 700 to the Present.” Students also visited the British Museum, in which they spent some time in viewing the temporary show “Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese art, 1600-1900,” learning about the Sir Percival David Collection with Dr. Stacey Pierson, as well as exploring the museum’s Southeast Asian storage with Dr. Alexandra Green. While students were given free time to navigate around London on their own, as a group they had a day trip to Oxford, which was sponsored by the Museum Society, to visit the Pitts River Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. A few postgraduates made yet another outing to Cambridge for a seminar at Needham Research Institute towards the end of the trip.

Asian Art Essay Prize 2012-2013

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is Ms. Candy Leung for her essay entitled, “A Study of Paintings of Beautiful Woman by Selected Guangdong Artists in the Early Twentieth Century.” Please join us in congratulating Candy! The winning essay can be viewed here.

Exhibition: Botticelli’s Venus at UMAG

Sandro Botticelli’s Venus (ca. 1482) in the collection of Galleria Sabauda in Turin will be exhibited at the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, from 18 October to 15 December 2013. Two members of our faculty will lecture at the museum on topics related to this exhibition.

Dr. Opher Mansour
Sandro Botticelli’s Venus and the Italian Renaissance
18 October 2013, 19:00-20:00

Dr. Kathryn Blair Moore
Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities
23 November 2013, 14:30-15:30

For more details on the exhibition and lectures, please visit the museum webpage.

Study Trip to London

London trip 2013Dr. Koon and Dr. Hammers will lead a Chinese art study trip to London from December 2-8 (tentative dates). The focus of the trip is the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, 700-1900 and the conference “The Making of Chinese Painting, 700-1900”. Visits to other art institutions and other cultural sites of interests will also be included.

Students who wish to participate should kindly fill out the application form, available from the Fine Arts Office, 1033, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus. The closing date for applications is September 27, 5:00 pm.

Exhibition: Fantasies and Crises: Works of Austrian Artists Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele

IMG_5796aA group of Fine Arts undergraduate students curated an exhibition Fantasies and Crises: Works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele with the help and support of the Art Promotion Office, the Austrian Consulate of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts Student Knowledge Exchange Scheme. Click here for the exhibition website.

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize for 2011-2012

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is Ms. Sarah HUANG for her essay entitled, “A Study on Returning with a Good Bag after Hunting.” Please join us in congratulating Sarah! The winning essay can be viewed here.

Cancellation of Dr. Peter Wagner’s seminar

Due to unexpected situation this seminar will be cancelled.

A Connective History of Qing Art Conference

The Department will host an international conference entitled A Connective History of Qing Art: Visuality, Images and Imaginaries from 8-10 June 2012.

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The University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize for 2010-2011

Dear members and friends of the Department of Fine Arts,

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is Ms. Junyuan XUE for her essay entitled, “The Scholar in the Study: Wang Fu’s Landscape as a Personal and Historical Space.” Please join us in congratulating Junyuan! The winning essay can be viewed here.

The jury for this year’s prize has also awarded a special mention to Ms. Rebecca CHEN Ying for an essay entitled, “The Theme of eremitism in Thatched Hut in an Autumn Grove.”

We would like to take this opportunity to also express our deep gratitude to the University of Hong Kong Museum Society for their generosity in sponsoring this annual prize and funding the cash award of $2,000. The prize is open to all undergraduate majors in Fine Arts. The jury consisted of Dr. Carolyn Muir (undergraduate coordinator), Dr. Roz Hammers (specialist in Chinese and Indian art and architecture), and Dr. Yeewan Koon (specialist in Chinese and Japanese art).

Special thanks also go to all the students who made the extra effort to revise and submit essays originally written for their Fine Arts courses. Such efforts help the entire department raise our level of excellence in both teaching and learning.

Sincerely,

 

Roslyn Lee Hammers
Chair
Department of Fine Arts
The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize for 2009-2010

Dear members and friends of the Department of Fine Arts,

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize is Mr. Edmund Saw Ngai Mun for an essay entitled, “An Analysis of the Song-dynasty painting Apes Picking Up Fruits (Yuan hou zhai guo tu  猿猴摘果圖” Please join us in congratulating Edmund! The winning essay can be viewed here.

The jury for this year’s prize has also awarded a special mention to Ms. Lam Lok Yi for an essay entitled, “The Transformation in Picturesque Style in George Chinnery’s Painting from 1802 to 1852.”

We also wish to express our special gratitude to the University of Hong Kong Museum Society for their generosity in sponsoring this annual prize and funding the cash award of $2,000. The prize is open to all undergraduate majors in Fine Arts. The jury consisted of Dr. Carolyn Muir (undergraduate coordinator, 2009-10), Dr. Roz Hammers (specialist in Chinese and Indian art and architecture), and Dr. Yeewan Koon (specialist in Chinese and Japanese art).

Special thanks are due, finally, to all the students who made the extra effort to revise and submit essays originally written for their Fine Arts courses. Such efforts help the entire department raise our level of excellence in both teaching and learning.

Sincerely yours,

Greg Thomas, chairman
Department of Fine Arts
The University of Hong Kong
15 November 2010