The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong is delighted to present Kings’ Inscriptions · Contemporary Interpretations, an unprecedented exhibition of calligraphic texts and their rubbings that juxtaposes historic and contemporary artworks. In Chinese history, inscriptions in stone, along with written copies and rubbings made to disseminate their meanings, frequently referred to the qualities and actions of kings. In our contemporary era, it is the work of self-proclaimed kings, such as the King of Kowloon and Frog King, among others, that captures our imagination.
The exhibition is intended to be both academic and playful. It emphasises the lasting significance of the written word, showcases the historic occurrences of important calligraphic texts and highlights the innovative contemporary use of Chinese characters to convey traditional values, cultural phenomena and personal expressions. The selection of artworks highlights various media, including the display of rubbings on stone, calligraphic works on paper and the incorporation of script on ceramics. Additionally, the contemporary art installations serve as carriers of both text and meaning.
This mixed-media display is a sign of our times. As less text is handwritten and digital presentations become more common, it is inspiring to appreciate the artistic qualities that transcend our increasingly rapid modes of communication. The exhibited artworks cause us to pause and reflect, bridging the past, offering a view of the present and suggesting practices that will likely gain more prominence in the future.
This exhibition is supported by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the University of Hong Kong Libraries.
Kwok Mang Ho
Lee Wing Ki
Prof. Lee Yun Woon
Prof. Leong Lampo
Dr Leung Kwan Kiu
Tso Cheuk Yim
Yeung Yuk Kan