The exhibition is now extended to 28 February 2021.

On the occasion of the centennial celebration of Eileen Chang’s (1920 –⁠1995) birth this year, the University Museum and Art Gallery, Faculty of Arts and Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) are pleased to present Eileen Chang at the University of Hong Kong: Historic Images and Documents from the Archives from November 18, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
Eileen Chang was a major twentieth-century writer and one of the most celebrated former students in the history of HKU Faculty of Arts. She arrived at the university in August 1939 and left without completing her degree in May 1942 during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, after classes were interrupted by the war. Chang began her career as a writer in 1942 shortly after she returned to Shanghai. Two volumes marked Chang’s early literary success in Shanghai: a collection of short stories and novellas entitled Romances (1944) and a book of prose entitled Written on Water (1945). Her “tales of two cities”—Shanghai and Hong Kong—were some of the most endearing narratives in her early literary output, contrasting two urban environments as mirrors and shadows of one another. Showcasing a selection of images and documents from the HKU Archives, this physical exhibition pieces together a narrative that highlights the beginning of an extraordinary literary career. Co-curator of the exhibition, Professor Nicole Huang, Chairperson of the Department of Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts said, "As Chang's alma mater and a starting point of her literary journey, HKU and the Faculty of Arts have a responsibility to help preserve her legacy. Heartfelt thanks to the HKU Archives and other collectors, we are very pleased to be able to have this physical exhibition held at the historic Fung Ping Shan Library. Our work will continue and the legacy of Eileen Chang lives on".
The physical exhibition takes place at UMAG’s newly refurbished Study Gallery on the ground floor of the historic Fung Ping Shan Building, which opened in 1932 as the Fung Ping Shan Library. While the building today constitutes the old wing of UMAG, as a library it used to hold a wide array of rare and precious Chinese-language books. During the Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941, many HKU students, including Eileen Chang, were involved in defense and relief work. Chang was lucky enough to be placed in the Fung Ping Shan Library, where, surrounded by books, she felt like “a child in a cake shop” (The Book of Change).
Drawn from the HKU Archives and other public and private collections, this exhibition includes Chang’s student records, photographs and personal documents. As a complimentary counterpart to the physical exhibition, a virtual exhibition has also been launched.
Visit the virtual exhibition here
Details of the Exhibition
Period: November 18, 2020 (Wednesday) to February 28, 2021 (Sunday)
Opening Hours:
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: Study Gallery, G/F Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong
Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / museum@hku.hk
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/

適逢今年是張愛玲 (1920-1995) 百年誕辰,香港大學美術博物館、比較文學系及文學院將於2020年11月18日至2021年2月28日攜手呈獻《百年愛玲,人文港大:張愛玲百年誕辰紀念文獻展》。
這場實體展覽於歷史悠久的馮平山樓地下1樓,新近翻修的展覽空間「博藝軒」舉行。馮平山樓於1932年建成,原用作中文圖書館,當時大樓被命名為馮平山圖書館。時至今日,馮平山樓已成為港大美術博物館的一部份。戰爭爆發後,舊馮平山圖書館被徵用作戰時的防空站,當年張愛玲藉著上工的機會閱覽過不少圖書館的藏書,那一份快樂,「像孩子進了糕餅店」 (《易經》)。
展出日期:2020 年 11 月 18 日(星期三)至 2021 年 2 月 28 日(星期日)
星期二至星期六,上午 9 時 30 分至下午 6 時
星期日,下午 1 時至 6 時
地點:香港薄扶林般咸道 90 號 港大美術博物館馮平山樓地下博藝軒
電話/ 電郵:(852) 2241 5500 (一般查詢) / museum@hku.hk

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