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THE ART OF LEUNG SING-BOH
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10 Oct 2009 - 15 Nov 2009

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong will present an exhibition "The Art of Leung Sing-boh" to coincide with the publication of a book entitled The Biography of Leung Sing-boh.

Leung Sing-boh was born in Singapore in 1908 to a family of Cantonese opera performers. He was fond of opera, singing and acting as a child, and by the age of seventeen was performing himself and played the role of siu mo (military role) two years later. He was known as one of the "Four Super Stars of Singapore". In 1940, he began to perform Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, joining different troupes to tour Macau, Guangzhou, Xijiang and Guilin during the Sino-Japanese war. Known for playing the civil and martial role, in 1949 Leung began to play the clown, becoming the "King of Male Clowns". Leung began to act in films from1950 onwards, performing in almost 450 films. He also recorded various albums. In 1967, Leung began to appear in television, hosting and performing in popular entertainment programme "Enjoy Yourself Tonight" (EYT) with Cheng Kwan-min and Lydia Sum (Fei Fei).

Leung Sing-boh promoted the art of Cantonese opera, serving as Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong five times, and establishing the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong. In April 1977, Leung became the first local artist to receive an honorary MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the field of performing arts.

This exhibition features photographs of Leung Sing-boh taken during Leung's local and overseas Cantonese opera performances, including Leung's early performances in the civil and martial role, and his later ones in the male clown role. There are also photographs of Leung's performances on television, with his family, as well as Leung's rehearsals with other actors and famous Cantonese opera artists. Other items include film posters and leaflets featuring Leung, his stage costume and headdress, in addition to objects from his family's collection such as a watch worn by Leung, and a crystal trophy in honour of Leung's inclusion in the Avenue of Stars, so as to enable visitors a thorough understanding of Leung's life on and off the stage and screen.

 

Leung Sing-boh performing in opera in his early years


Leung Sing-boh on his seventieth birthday. 

 (From left): Leung Po-chu, Leung Nai-kit and his wife, Koo Man-kuen, 

 Leung Sing-boh, Mui Yan, wife of Leung Nai-yip , 

 Leung Nai-yip, Leung Nai-hung


Performing in the film, The Dunce Attends a Birthday Party

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