Ink Society at lnk Asia 2019
Transformation of the Hong Kong Museum of Art
6 October 2019
Maria Mok, Museum Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art, and Eve Tam, Assistant Director (Special Projects) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government Established in 1962, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is the first public art museum in Hong Kong. The Museum today is facing a very different ecology since its establishment. To revisit its role in contemporary times, the museum building underwent a major renovation and extension while the Museum reconsiders its positioning in the region and the world. Scheduled to reopen in late November 2019, the presentation will offer a preview of the museum transformation project and of its reopening plans.
English with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin
Eve Tam holds an MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Hong Kong (2003) and in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney (2012). She is a grantee of the Hysan Lee Fellowship awarded by the Asian Cultural Council in 2005. She worked with the Museum of Teaware, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Art Promotion Office, before becoming the Museum Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2012. Between 2012-19, she took charge of the major renovation and extension of the Museum. Currently she is Assistant Director (Special Projects) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government.
Maria Mok joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1996, and is currently its Museum Director. She has extensive museum experience, having served as curator in charge of different departments, including China Trade art, Chinese Antiquities, Modern and Hong Kong Art, Education and Extension Services. She has curated and led a vast number of exhibitions and programmes. Dr Mok is a specialist in China trade painting with a research focus on dating and authentication. She has published extensively; her works with a focus in the artistic interaction of global trade include Images of the Canton Factories 1760-1822: Reading History in Art (HKU Press: 2015) co-authored with Paul A. Van Dyke. Maria has a BA in Fine Arts Studies, an MA in Chinese Historical Studies on Guangdong decorative arts of the Qing dynasty, a PhD in China trade painting, and a graduate diploma in Museum Studies.