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In view of the latest situation of COVID-19 pandemic, "Twelve Flower Deities – In Memory of the 10th Anniversary of Dr Tsui Tsin-tong's Passing" Programme Series will be suspended until further announcement.

Please refer to the Museum website for updated arrangements.

Special Programmes for "Twelve Flower Deities – In Memory of the 10th Anniversary of Dr Tsui Tsin-tong's Passing" Series

In 2018, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and The Tsui Art Foundation launched the "In Praise of Flowers" programme series. The Month Cups inspired five educational activities, which are the highlight exhibit of the special exhibition "A Glimpse of TSUI's Collection". The activities were well received by the public and deepened their understanding of Dr Tsui Tsin-tong's collection. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Dr Tsui's passing. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum and The Tsui Art Foundation will once again organise various commemorative activities and cultural programmes to pass on Dr Tsui's cultural and educational mission, and to share with the audience the essence of Chinese culture.

One of the highlights of this series is the new music album Twelve Flower Deities, created by Mr Tam Po-shek, which he will perform live to interpret the essence of this longstanding aspect of Chinese culture. In addition, Mr Xu Minghao, an incense expert from Wuyuan, Jiangxi, will give his first talk in Hong Kong introducing "Twelve Flower Deities" incense and will discuss with the participants the culture of incense and the benefits of natural incense.

Co-organiser: The Tsui Art Foundation

Programme Details

"Flowers in the World and the Secret of Incense"

Session 1: "Flowers in the World" Concert

Emperor Kangxi's Month Cups, from the Qing Dynasty, are currently on display in the special exhibition "A Glimpse of TSUI's Collection". Each cup shows the poetic and idyllic grace of each month's seasonal flower. The cups have long been art treasures appreciated by connoisseurs.

We invited renowned dongxiao performer Mr Tam Po-shek, kong drum performer Ms Wong Yin, and guzheng performer Ms Chui Mei-ting to be guest performers at the event. Mr Tam, Ms Wong and Ms Chui will perform selected pieces from the album Twelve Flower Deities live at the event on the dongxiao, kong drum and guzheng, respectively. Mr Tam will share with the participants poems and songs related to the Month Cups, and tell stories about the Flower Deity. He will also sing and recite ancient poems in nanyin (southern tunes), and invite the participants to join and praise the beauty of flowers with their own creative poems. Enjoy the musical gathering and immerse your soul in a poetic, elegant and relaxing ambience!

Special guest performer:
Mr Tam Po-shek (dongxiao performer)
Ms Wong Yin (kong drum performer)
Ms Chui Mei-ting (guzheng performer)

 

Session 2: Talk on Incense Culture

Incense culture has a longstanding history in China. From ancient to modern times, it has permeated every aspect of people's lives. Since the Song Dynasty, the small censer was a favourite among the literati. The Tsui Art Foundation will showcase tripod censers from Dr Tsui's collection in this talk for the audience's appreciation. To express its deep respect for Dr Tsui, The Tsui Art Foundation specially invited an incense expert, Mr Xu Minghao, to jointly develop the "Twelve Flower Deities" incense, combining the essence of flowers and incense to achieve a tranquil and relaxing mind.

In his talk, famous Chinese traditional incense culture expert Mr Xu Minghao will share with the participants the traditions and development of Chinese incense culture. Mr Xu will also introduce the relationship between incense culture, Chinese ancient philosophy and Chinese medicine, enabling the participants to learn more about Chinese incense.

Guest speaker: Mr Xu Minghao (expert in Chinese traditional incense culture)
The programme will be conducted in Putonghua.

Date 5 December 2020 (Saturday)
Time 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, 2/F
Enrolment Participants must attend both session 1 and session 2. Enrolment starts on 20 November 2020 at 10 am and ends on 25 November 2020 at 3 pm. To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (download the form). Limited seats. In case of over-application, open lot drawing will be conducted. Successful applicants will be notified by phone.
Open Lot Drawing 27 November 2020 at 3pm, Education Studio, G/F
Remarks Participants are encouraged to dress in traditional Chinese attire

Talk: Beauty in the Golden Years and Wellness for Longevity

 

The ancients stressed the importance of "unity of man and nature". People's lives were inseparable from the laws of nature, so their daily life and diet had to adapt to changes in the seasons to maintain good health. Confucius said, "Only eat food that is in season". "Incorporating flowers into dishes" has been part of our culture since ancient times. According to many old texts, the ancients included flowers in their food. Nowadays, people make sauces and desserts with flowers, starting a new natural diet trend. Flowers are also used as ingredients in medicines, often as herbal teas to help maintain health and prevent illness.

Through The Tsui Art Foundation, we invited registered Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Kelly Chain to talk about the nutritional composition, edible value and medicinal effects of flowers, to explain how to incorporate flowers in our daily diet, and to discuss how to mix them with other seasonal ingredients to make healthy food and tea. This will allow the participants to learn more about how to stay healthy in all four seasons.

Date 6 December 2020 (Sunday)
Time 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, 2/F
Speaker Dr Kelly Chain (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and Doctor of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Clinical Medicine)
Enrolment Enrolment starts on 20 November 2020 at 10 am and ends on 25 November 2020 at 3 pm. To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (download the form). Limited seats. In case of over-application, open lot drawing will be conducted. Successful applicants will be notified by phone.
Open Lot Drawing 27 November 2020 at 3pm, Education Studio, G/F

"Poetic Portrayal of Flowers with Ink" Parent-child Calligraphy Workshop

 

The Month Cups are known as one of the finest creations made by the imperial kiln for Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. The body of the cups is delicate and exquisite, and each cup is painted with a flower of the month, with a corresponding poem. The combination of painting, poetry and calligraphy in the artwork was a popular art form in the court at the time.

Young calligrapher, Dr Chui Pui-chee, will explain the poems and cultural connotations of the flowers of the month, and demonstrate with various calligraphy styles and writing techniques the beauty of stokes in traditional Chinese calligraphy. He will also guide the participants to draw inspiration from the poems on the Month Cups, and create short sentences or verses related to flowers in their calligraphy. The participants will explore the fun of Chinese characters and calligraphy in the writing process.

Date 6 December 2020 (Sunday)
Time 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Seminar Room, G/F
Instructor Dr Chui Pui-chee (Artist)
Target Children aged 8 – 12
Enrolment A maximum of 20 participants (10 pairs of child and adult). Enrolment starts on 20 November 2020 at 10 am and ends on 25 November 2020 at 3 pm. To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (download the form). In case of over-application, open lot drawing will be conducted. Successful applicants will be notified by phone.
Open Lot Drawing 27 November 2020 at 3pm, Education Studio, G/F

"Affiliation with Twelve Flower Deities" Appreciation Gathering

 

In memory of Dr T. T. Tsui, The Tsui Art Foundation invited dongxiao performer Mr Tam Po-shek to compose theme songs for the Twelve Flower Deities and produced the Twelve Flower Deities album. At the event, Mr Tam Po-shek, kong drum performer Ms Wong Yin, guzheng performer Ms Chui Mei-ting, cellist Mr Stephen Bin and percussionist Mr Chin Kwok-wai will perform pieces from Twelve Flower Deities with musical instruments, such as a dongxiao, kong drum, guzheng, cello and glockenspiel, and to praise the beauty of flowers through music and rhythm.

Mr Tam Po-shek will collaborate with dancer Dr Irene Lau to present a cross-media performance at the event. Participants will enjoy a show which brings together music and dance to appreciate the beauty of the Month Cups from a new perspective.

Date 13 December 2020 (Sunday)
Time 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Special guest performer Mr Tam Po-shek (dongxiao performer), Ms Wong Yin (kong drum performer), Ms Chui Mei-ting (guzheng performer), Mr Stephen Bin (cellist), Mr Chin Kwok-wai (percussionist) and Dr Irene Lau (Chairlady of the Central and Western District Association for Culture and Arts)
Enrolment Limited seats, first-come-first-served. Registration will start 45 minutes before the programme commences at the theatre entrance.

The programme is subject to change or postponement, depending on the latest COVID-19 situation. Please refer to the Museum website for updated arrangements.

Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. The Museum makes no representations on the content of the programmes. Programmes are subject to change and cancellation without prior notice. For special arrangements under inclement weather conditions, please click herefor details. For enquiries, please call 2180 8260.