Asia Week Hong Kong presents
Scent of Tea: the Art & Culture of Yixing Zisha Stoneware Exhibition and Gongfu Tea appreciation
by The Best Tea House, the CUHK Art Museum
Saturday, 6 June 2015 | 2 pm - 4:30 pm | Art Museum Institute of Chinese Studies
Tea culture has been one of the most representative cultural heritages in China. It symbolises the traditional spirituality, artistic excellence, social development and sophisticated technology in ancient China. The significance and impacts of these precious antiques is demonstrated in this exhibition. The CUHK Art Museum celebrates this exquisite culture by showcasing a series of YiXing Zisha Stoneware.
The exhibits are a combination of two museums, including 168 items from the Bei Shan Tang gift to the Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and 50 items from the K.S. Lo Collection of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, totalling 218 items.
The exhibition presents two main themes.
The first theme – The Culture and Connoisseurship of the Yixing Teapot – is divided into seven sections: The Story of the Gong Chun Teapot; Yixing Ware Dominates the Collecting Scene; Significance and Influence of Mansheng Teapots; Mengchen Teapots and Gongfu Tea; Elegant Works from the Late Qing Dynasty to Early Republican Era; The Modern Tradition; and Export Yixing Stoneware and Its Influence.
The second theme centres on the uses of Yixing pottery beyond tea culture, with special focus on archaistic vessels, elegant objects and naturalistic sculptures for the scholar’s studio.
It is jointly presented by the Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and jointly organised by the Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.
Tea appreciation by The Best Tea House
Apart from mere appreciation, The Best Tea House demonstrates vivid culture of Mengchen Teapots, which is often associated with Gongfu Tea. The performance fosters visual experience of ancient tea culture and is highly interactive between the tea master and the participants. Participants may also enjoy a pleasurable exchange of tea knowledge with professional tea master.
About the CUHK Art Museum
The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong serves the community by collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting a wide range of artifacts illuminating the rich arts, humanities, and cultural heritage of ancient and pre-modern China. The Art Museum promotes the excellence of both its permanent collections and loan collections of Chinese art and their use for scholarly endeavours and outreach efforts. As a university teaching museum, it offers in-depth practice of museology and teaching of art history and heritage through direct and sustained access to original Chinese works of art by collaborating with the Department of Fine Arts. With different University faculties it advocates interdisciplinary approaches to the social, cultural, technological and historical context of Chinese art. Founded in 1971, the Art Museum has been taking an active role in achieving the objectives of the University in promoting Chinese culture and heritage, and facilitating academic exchange between China and the West, as well as enriching the cultural lives and spiritual well-being of society.
Art Museum Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
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