One hundred and seventy artefacts selected from the extensive collection of the British Museum and depicting creatures with amazing powers will be on show at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from tomorrow (January 20) to April 11, offering visitors a golden opportunity to explore human civilisation through the ancient and intriguing legends and myths attached to the creatures.
Entitled “Fantastic Creatures from the British Museum”, the exhibition features an array of valuable artefacts selected from the collection of the British Museum and spanning different cultures and civilisations from the Ice Ages to the present day: from ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, China, Japan, India and Africa to elsewhere in Europe and the Americas. Spectacular exhibits include the Greek minor god Pan; the Greek gorgon Medusa; the Egyptian sphinx; sirens, the Etruscan bird-women of Italy; the Chinese dragon and qilin; the Japanese tengu; Medieval creatures; the unicorn; and Kozo, the double-headed dog hunter from the Bakongo people of Africa. Also on display are European masters’ prints including “Rhinoceros” by Albrecht Drer (1471-1528) and “Femme Torero” by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the British Museum, the exhibition celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the 50th anniversary of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
by aniie + remora