News in 2020-2021

17Mar, 2021

1965 Senate Minutes

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The University Archives is one cool place! It houses a century of university documents. When you turn the wheels of the rolling stacks, when you open the box cover, when your fingertips touch a document far older than you, you savour every moment of discovery and imagination. One of the earliest official documents stored in the archives that concerns the teaching of Fine Arts at HKU is the 1965 Senate Minutes. The Senate received a notion from Convocation, “that, in view of the increasing number of young students in Hong Kong going abroad for the study of music and other art [...]

17Mar, 2021

Timber Hut

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The Department Office of Fine Arts was temporarily housed in Timber Hut before moving to Fung Ping Shan Building in 1979. Timber Hut 松舍 once stood on a strip of land that connected the Main Building and the Chemistry Building (Hui Pun Hing Building 許磐卿樓) , known as the Chemistry Lawn (aka. "Chemlawn"). The driveway did not exist back in the days and the lawn leveled at the first floor of the Main Building. It was where the Department Office first located in 1978. The Department Head, Chuang Shen 莊申 (1933-2000), together with a lecturer, Judy Ho, [...]

17Mar, 2021

Prologue: Before 1978

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The Department of Fine Arts was established in 1978, but the teaching of art history at HKU did not begin that year. More than two decades earlier, in 1953, Professor Frederick Seguier Drake 林仰山 (1892-1974), as the Head of Chinese Department and the Founder of the Institute of Oriental Studies, added Chinese Art and Archaeology to the regular BA Chinese curriculum. Drake was dedicated in the teaching of Chinese art and the organization of archaeological expeditions. With his missionary and academic training, Drake’s fluency in Chinese was unquestionable; nonetheless, his use of English in the teaching of Chinese art, [...]

15Mar, 2021

Extension of application deadline: MA in Art History

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We have extended the application deadline to 9 April 2021, 12 noon. Our MAAH programme provides advanced training in research and writing for students and specialists pursuing further academic study in art history or professional careers in museums and other art-related fields. To apply, please click here. For details, please click here. Application deadline: 9 April 2021, 12:00 noon (Friday) Apply now before it is too late!

11Jan, 2021

Dr Carolyn Muir

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the sad passing of our beloved colleague and friend Dr. Carolyn Muir on 22 December 2020. Carolyn had a long battle with cancer which she fought with great bravery. She is survived by her husband Jeff, and sons Chris and David. Carolyn joined HKU in 1979 when our art history programme was just beginning, and she was instrumental in making it the success that it is today. A dedicated scholar of Northern European Renaissance art, she published numerous articles and a lavishly illustrated book, Saintly Brides and Bridegrooms: The Mystic Marriage in Northern Renaissance Art (Brepols, 2012). She brought her [...]

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