UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, HKU
The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) is the oldest museum in Hong Kong. Since its inception in 1953, the museum houses a comprehensive collection of Chinese ceramics, bronzes which include a unique group of Nestorian crosses of the Yuan dynasty, sculptural objects in jade, wood and stone, Chinese painting and calligraphy by Ming, Qing and contemporary masters and a good collection of contemporary Chinese oil paintings.
The ceramic collection of the UMAG is fairly comprehensive, with examples ranging from the painted and black pottery of the Neolithic period to the fine porcelain of the Ming and Qing dynasties, spanning a period of five thousand years. The bronze collection includes ritual vessels of the Shang and Zhou periods, bronze mirrors dated from the Warring States period to the Tang dynasty, and a unique group of Nestorian crosses of the Yuan dynasty. The latter is the largest collection of its kind in the world. Although the painting collection is small, it has some fine works by Ming, Qing and contemporary artists. In addition, the UMAG also has a number of carvings in jade, wood and stone, a good collection of Chinese oil paintings acquired with a donation from Mrs Annie Wong in memory of Professor F S Drake, as well as paintings by Liu Haisu and Fang Zhaoling donated by the two artists.
While the Museum functions as the custodian and exhibitor of traditional Chinese art, the Art Gallery serves as the promoter of contemporary Chinese and non-Chinese art.
Following the tradition of the University of Hong Kong, the UMAG not only presents temporary exhibitions of a diversity of media, but also organizes art courses, lectures, seminars and guided tours for the promulgation of knowledge on art. Many activities are supported by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society. The membership of this society is open to all.