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[GUIDED TOUR] Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection 水盡雲起
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Event Type: Exhibition
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

"Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection" Exhibition

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will work with The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection on the exhibition Rising Above from December 9, 2016 to February 26, 2017. The exhibition includes over 120 items that range from paintings and sculptures to rare first editions and manuscripts, letters and official records that testify to the courage and hope of African Americans rising above the challenges they faced – and still face – to make their voices heard.

The Kinsey Collection has been seen by over 6 million people in 24 cities around the United States. It is the first privately owned collection to have been displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and is now on long-term display at Epcot, a theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, that attracts millions of visitors every year.

Dr Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, “This rising above adversity is not a localised historic phenomenon, but one as much known in Asia as in America. The documents and artifacts shown in our exhibition pertain to African emigrants and their life-stories, but, beyond a specific people, they speak for the social engagement and success, inclusion and exclusion, as well as the massive contribution of a minority group in our increasingly globalised world.”

Professor Derek Collins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, “It is fitting that The Kinsey Collection makes its debut outside the US in Hong Kong. As a vibrant, open and globally connected city, the citizens of Hong Kong will find many kindred spirits in this collection. If you only have one “aha” moment while experiencing this exhibition, then all of our efforts to bring this collection to Hong Kong will have been worth it: because in that moment, you will recognise yourself.”

Mr Bernard W. and Mrs Shirley Pooler Kinsey, “This is an exhibition where art and history intersect, containing a balance of rare and authentic historical objects and fine art from 1595 to the present, which shares the incredible experience and contributions of African Americans that are often left out of American History books.”

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with KBK Enterprises, Inc. and the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education. Supporting organizations include the Consulate General of the United States of America in Hong Kong and Macau, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

《水盡雲起——金賽收藏之非洲裔美國人的藝術及歷史》展覽

香港大學(港大)美術博物館及港大文學院將與金賽收藏合作,於2016年12月9日至2017年2月26日舉辦《水盡雲起》展覽,展出有關非洲裔美國人的藝術及歷史的藝術品。展覽將展出超過120件藏品,包括繪畫、雕塑以致極爲罕有的第一版書籍和手稿、信件及官方記錄檔案,引證了非裔美國人的勇氣和希望,以及每當面對挑戰時,依然能夠迎難而上,讓世人聽到他們的聲音、認同他們的成就。

金賽收藏已於24個美國城市吸引超過600萬人參觀,並且是首間於史密森尼學會管理的美國國家歷史博物館中展出的私人收藏。部分金賽收藏正長期駐展於佛羅里達州奧蘭多迪士尼世界的「艾波卡特」主題公園,預計每年將吸引數以百萬遊客到訪。

港大美術博物館總監羅諾德博士表示:「《水盡雲起》並非是局部的美國歷史現象,而在亞洲亦屢見不鮮。此次展覽是金賽收藏第一次走出美國,其中展出的文獻和藝術品,與非洲移民及其生命故事息息相關;但是超越此特定群體之外,這些收藏亦代表社會參與和成功,包容和隔離,以及少數族裔在當今愈發全球化的世界中的巨大貢獻。無論東方、西方,少數族裔的成績與政治自由理應得到世人認可,以發展壯大其獨有文化。」

港大文學院院長孔德立教授說:「金賽收藏將美國之外的首展定於香港是極為合適的。香港是一個閃耀、活力、開放、全球互聯的城市,而香港公民將從此收藏中尋得許多精神共鳴。哪怕觀者只得一次會心之歎,則對我而言,將金賽收藏帶入香港的努力辛勞便已值得,因為在當時當刻,你將認識自己。」

收藏家 Bernard W. 和 Shirley Pooler Kinsey形容:「這批藏品是藝術和歷史的交匯,當中包括一五九五年至今的稀有歷史文物和藝術真品,分享美國歷史書中往往備受忽視的非裔美國人的重要貢獻和經歷。」

這次展覽的合作機構為KBK Enterprises, Inc、Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education,支持機構包括美國駐香港及澳門總領事館、香港美國商會和香港旅遊發展局。

Date/Time21/01/2017 15:00-15:30
Venue1/F T.T.Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
LanguageEnglish

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 15/12/2016 15:00(HKT) to 18/01/2017 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Elena Cheung by email at elenac@hku.hk