Collecting for 50 Years – The People and Their Stories
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is celebrating her 50th anniversary this year. She was born together with the Hong Kong City Hall in March, 1962. On the top three floors of the City Hall High Block, there was the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery, the predecessor of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Being the city’s first and major municipal art museum, the Museum has strived to collect the best of art objects for the public interest. Thanks to the support of collectors, artists and sponsors, the Museum has managed to build up a comprehensive collection of more than 15,800 items and has presented numerous high quality exhibitions and programmes. Yet, it is never the figures that matter the most, but the passion and stories that are hidden behind the art objects. Looking back to the road that the Museum has trodden with Hong Kong people in the past 50 years, it is easy to see that we do not collect mere objects, but we are collecting people and their stories; and we are collecting for the people and with the people of Hong Kong.
Over the decades, many behind-the-scene players have been crucial in shaping the Museum and our history. They include many generous donors, our supportive Friends, the expert advisors, voluntary docents, artists, sponsors, collaborators, and above all, our ex-curators and colleagues, as well as our visitors who give us support and encouragement. To celebrate and to commemorate this memorable occasion, we offer 50 fond stories in this exhibition. These stories will be a recollection of people and unknown anecdotes associated with the Museum, from which we walked through the past decades and now in pursuit of our next 50 years with Hong Kong.