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"Discovering the Louvre over 800 Years" Education Programme Series

Special programmes in association with the exhibition "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years"

From its origins as a thick-walled fortress that became a royal palace, the Louvre has been transformed into an internationally renowned museum, which houses historical evidence of art and cultural development of France and the world, attracting visitors from around the globe. To support the exhibition "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years", Hong Kong Heritage Museum launches a series of education activities, introducing to audiences milestones of the Louvre and its collection in an interesting and innovative way. The programme series include an education zone, dramatised guided tours, talks and workshops.

Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. For special arrangements under inclement weather conditions, please click here for details. For enquiries, please call 2180 8260.

 

(1) "Director Denon's World of Wonders" Education Zone (Function Place)

Napoleon appointed Dominique Vivant-Denon the first Director-general of the Louvre (then known as The Central Museum of Arts) in 1802. He collected treasures for the museum during Napoleon's expeditions in Egypt and Europe.

Our museum's Function Place has been transformed into "Director Denon's World of Wonders." In this mysterious World of Wonders, visitors can discover varied collections with wonderful stories and can learn about other world-class museums by participating in interactive programmes and screenings. The World of Wonders also has a virtual time machine, leading visitors on a fantastic tour through space and time. Visitors will "meet" the key persons involved in developing the Louvre and the Forbidden City, and discover similarities in the development of the two palaces in France and China. This offers visitors a better understanding of cultural exchanges between France and China.

 

(2) "From the Beginning – Time Travel to the Louvre and the Forbidden City" Dramatised Guided Tour

The Louvre and the Forbidden City, though differing greatly in palace structure, reflect the long history of France and China. Eventually, both palaces became public museums. After centuries of transformation, the two museums are brimming with many interesting stories.

This guided tour will begin with the first Director-general of the Louvre, Vivant-Denon, opening the doors of time and space. Across hundreds of years, in different periods of the Louvre and the Forbidden City, key persons (played by professional actors) vividly talk with participants, introducing the similar developments of the two French and Chinese palaces, along with interesting stories about cultural exchanges between France and China. During the guided tour, our museum docents will lead the participants through the exhibition galleries and explain the exhibits to help them better appreciate the collection treasures and understand the Louvre story spanning over 800 years.

 
Date 1 July 2017 / 8 July 2017 / 15 July 2017 / 22 July 2017 (Saturday)
Time First Session: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Second Session: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Third Session: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Fourth Session: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Venue Function Place, Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4, 1/F
Instructors Actors from the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and Museum's Docents
Enrolment A maximum of 25 participants per session. Enrolment starts 30 minutes before the tour commences.
Please sign up at the Guided Tour Service Counter on the G/F, first-come-first-served. Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
 

(3) "Get Close to the Louvre" Interactive Workshop

(I) Story Time – Mr Sculpture's Secret  (QUOTA FULL)

Jean de la Fontaine, a great writer and renowned poet in 17th-century France, will join this exhibition!

The instructor will be dressed as one of the exhibits – a marble sculpture of Jean de la Fontaine. He will play "Mr. Sculpture", hiding in a corner of the exhibition hall, quietly waiting for you to find him. Mr. Sculpture, together with the museum ambassador, will share some of France's well known 17th-century fables with participants, incorporating interactive elements to inspire the children to think.

 
Date 9 July 2017 / 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Seminar Room, G/F
Instructor Actor from the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and Museum Ambassador
Target Children aged 4 – 8
Remark The quota is full. The museum has sent email confirmation to all successful applicants on or before 9 May 2017.

 

(II) The Book Club@The Louvre Exhibition (QUOTA FULL)

The Louvre has an abundance of collections. Where can parents start if they want to help their children understand cultural heritage?

In order to encourage parents to read with their children and visit the exhibition with them, the museum will invite experienced instructors to share ideas on how to cultivate artistic appreciation by reading aesthetic picture books and taking children to museums regularly to enhance their interest in reading and visiting exhibitions. The programme is designed for parents and children. By doing things together through reading books, visiting the exhibition, doing exercises together and sharing experiences, they will have a pleasant and informative afternoon.

Date Kindergarten team: 2 July 2017 (Sunday)
Primary school team: 23 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Seminar Room, G/F
Instructor Mr. Kenny Or (The Book Club Founder)
Ms. Sheren Cheng (The Book Club Coordinator)
Target Children aged 3 – 5 and parent (kindergarten team) / children aged 6 – 10 and parent (primary school team).
Remark The quota is full. The museum has sent email confirmation to all successful applicants on or before 9 May 2017.

 

(III) From Small Palm to Large Sculpture Workshop (QUOTA FULL)

How does an artist bring life to the sculpture of a famous figure? Which of the exhibits in this exhibition did you find most memorable? The instructor will guide the children in observing the sculptures in the exhibition, learning the proportions and structure of the human body, and working with clay to make sculptures of their own.

Date 15 July 2017 / 22 July 2017 (Saturday)
Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Education Studio, G/F
Instructor Ms. Margaret Chu (Artist)
Target Children aged 6 – 12
Remark The quota is full. The museum has sent email confirmation to all successful applicants on or before 9 May 2017.

 

(IV) The Collection of the Louvre – An Exploration of Etchings  (QUOTA FULL)

There are several amazing engravings from the Louvre Museum on display in this exhibition. The programme instructor will demonstrate techniques for producing engravings, and introduce traditional French and Chinese engravings, using these and other engravings in the Louvre as examples.

Part I (Workshop):
The participants will visit the Hong Kong Open Printshop. The instructor will introduce the origins of copperplate engraving and its development in Europe, together with engravers and people they influenced from the 15th to 17th centuries. The instructor will then demonstrate how to produce copperplate engravings, and the participants will have the opportunity to create their own engravings.

Part II (Guided Tour):
The instructor will lead the participants through the "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years" exhibition, helping to increase the participants' appreciation of the copperplate engravings on exhibit, and providing information about the works of the master artists, along with behind-the-scenes stories, to increase the participants' enjoyment of the engravings.

Date Part 1: 9 July 2017 (Sunday)
Part 2: 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time & Venue Part 1: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Hong Kong Open Printshop)
Part 2: 10:30 am – 12:00 nn (Education Studio, G/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum)
Speakers Ms Yung Sau-mui (Print Artist) & Ms Chan Yi-ting (Print Artist)
Target Visitors aged 16 or above
Fee HK$135 (Adult); HK$67.5 (Concession for full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Remark The quota is full. The museum has sent email confirmation to all successful applicants on or before 9 May 2017.

 

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