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Hong Kong's unique ink art tradition on show for Shanghai Expo (with photos)

An exhibition showcasing the development and unique characteristics of ink art in Hong Kong opened today (July 16) in Shanghai.

The "Legacy and Creations - Ink Art vs Ink Art" exhibition features 46 outstanding works by Hong Kong's talented ink art practitioners.

The exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum, which runs until August 9, is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Shanghai Art Museum as a major HKSAR cultural programme for Expo 2010 Shanghai China (Shanghai Expo).

With 46 works on display, each by a different Hong Kong artist, the exhibition displays the characteristics and achievements of new ink art in Hong Kong. It also aims to encourage cultural exchange among ink artists from Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Officiating at the opening ceremony, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing, said the exhibition was an unprecedented visual art exhibition by Hong Kong on the Mainland in terms of the scale and the large number of participating artists. It is also the largest cultural exchange programme in the visual art sector since the re-unification of Hong Kong with the Mainland, marking a milestone in cultural exchange and cooperation between Shanghai and Hong Kong.

"The exhibition not only serves as a review of the development of this art form in Hong Kong, but also shows the creativity, spirit of inquiry and innovation of Hong Kong artists," Mr Tsang said.

Ink art is a unique Chinese art form with a long history. During more than 1,000 years of transformation and evolution, ink art has become a fusion of the spirit and accomplishment of different schools and masters past and present.

Through artistic innovations ink art has transcended time and borders and plays a vital role in displaying the diversity and identity of Chinese art with international horizons.

Ink art took root in Hong Kong in the early 20th century. Since then, painters have branched out from the traditional approach to develop their own distinctive styles, often based on new multimedia and digital techniques with global influences.

The "Legacy and Creations - Ink Art vs Ink Art" exhibition is organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and sponsored by Sino Group.

The artists taking part are Zhao Shao'ang, Yang Shanshen, Ding Yanyong, Hon Chi-fun, Luis Chan, Lui Shou-kwan, Irene Chou, Liu Guosong, Fang Zhaolin, Kwok Mang-ho, Wucius Wong, Chu Hing-wah, Raymond Fung Wing-kee, Choi Hoi-ying, Tien Chi, Wang Shouqing, Lee Chun-yi, Hung Hoi, Wong Hau-kwei, Wan Qingli, Kwok Ying, Wilson Shieh, Joey Leung, Koon Wai-bong, Man Fung-yi, Leung Kui-ting, Gaylord Chan, Frank Vigneron, Victor Lui, Lee Chin-fai, Kum Chi-keung, Mok Yat-sun, Tony Ng, Wong Chung-yu, Tong Wing-sze, Yip Man-yam, Ou Da-wei, Fung Ming-chip, Ip Hoi, Fung Cham-wah (Fung Yat-fung), Yung Ho-yin, Kan Tai-keung, Choi Kai-yan, Jat See-yeu, Fung Hong-hou, and Shen Hsueh-man.

The Shanghai Art Museum, located at 325 Nanjing Road (West), Shanghai, is open from 9am to 5pm daily with the last entry at 4pm.

The standard admission is RMB20, RMB5 for students and group tickets at RMB16 per person. Admission is free for senior citizens aged 70 or above, disabled people and other specified groups.

For full details of the exhibition, please visit the Museum of Art's website, http://hk.art.museum, or call the Museum of Art at 2721 0116 or the Shanghai Art Museum at (86 21) 6327 2829.

For full details on Hong Kong's participation in Shanghai Expo, please visit www.hkexpo2010.gov.hk.