• Visit
    • Location and Admission
    • Opening Hours and Holidays
    • Adverse Weather Arrangement
    • Precautionary Measures
    • Transportation
    • Accessibility
    • Museum Map
    • Guided Tour/Visit
  • Collections
    • Highlights
    • Bronzes
    • Ceramics
    • Paintings
    • Calligraphy and Rubbings
    • Prints and Photographs
    • Sculptures
    • Wood Carvings and Furniture
    • Works of Art
  • Exhibitions
    • Current Exhibitions
    • Upcoming Exhibitions
    • Past Exhibitions
    • Virtual Exhibitions
  • Events
    • Current Events
    • Past Events
  • Education
    • Research
    • Teaching
    • STArts
    • Internship
    • Museum from Home
  • Publications
    • Recent & Recommended
    • Complete Catalogue
  • Press Release
  • Support
    • How to Support
    • Volunteers
    • The University of Hong Kong Museum Society
    • The University of Hong Kong Alumni
  • About
    • Vision and Mission
    • History
    • Fung Ping Shan Building
EXHIBITIONS
  • CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
  • UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
  • PAST EXHIBITIONS
  • VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS
MOUNTAINS ABLAZE: “FOREIGN DEVILS” AND CHINESE PATRIOTS (1839-1911)
< Back


31 Aug 2012 - 18 Nov 2012

The University Museum and Art Gallery is pleased to announce its latest exhibition presenting the history of late-Qing period China (1839–1911), through the lives of eighty-seven significant personalities who have, until recently, been both politically and culturally unpopular. In the century since the 1911 revolution, it has been possible to take a more objective view of the achievements of this group of foreigners who were closely identified with cultural imperialism, officials who served in the Qing court, scholars who were considered faithful to classical culture and literature, and yimin (loyalists) who were considered to have opposed both the Republican revolution and the Communists.

On display will be valuable artefacts on loan from Mr Soong Shu-kong, offering insights into the recent history of East-West cultural exchange. The exhibition will include examples of Chinese painting, calligraphy, personal correspondence, books, and scholars’ objects. Many of the exhibits are on display for the first time and are published in a two-volume catalogue authored by Mr Soong.

Among the figures featured are Alexander Wylie (1815–1887), James Legge (1815–1897) and Charles Gordon (1833–1885), the officials are represented by Li Hongzhang (1823–1901), Zhang Zhidong (1837–1909), Duan Fang (1861–1911) and Liang Qichao (1873–1929). Scholars include Yu Yue (1821–1906), Li Ciming (1829–1894), Miao Quansun (1844–1919), Gu Tangsheng (1857–1928) and Ye Dehui (1864–1927) and among the yimin (recluses) are Chen Sanli (1853–1937), Liang Dingfen (1859–1919), Kuang Zhouli (1859–1926), Wang Guowei (1877–1927), and Pu Ru (1896–1963).


Poem by James Legge

 Ink on paper 

 This poem was dedicated to Miss Lockhart 

 L: 14.4 cm, W: 11.3 cm 

 

Couplet by Wu Kedu in running script 

Dated 1843

 Hanging scrolls, ink on paper

 Each L: 127.5, W: 29.4 cm 


Calligraphy by Ye Dehui

19th-20th century 

 Hanging scroll, ink on paper

 L: 79.5, W: 32.7 cm 


Calligraphy by Kuang Zhouyi

19th-20th century

 Hanging scroll, ink on paper

 This calligraphy was dedicated to Jin Shaofang

 L: 85.3, W: 30.7 cm

Address: 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong View the location on Google Maps
Tel: (852) 2241 5500 Fax: (852) 2546 9659 Email: museum@hku.hk
© 2021 by University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy