2nd May 2023 – (Hong Kong) The “Out of Thin Air: Hong Kong Film Arts & Costumes Exhibition” will be held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin from 3rd May to 4th September, 2023. The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Hong Kong Film Arts Association and is part of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival 2023.
This is the first comprehensive exhibition of Hong Kong film arts and costume designs, documenting the development of film arts in Hong Kong. Through the display of iconic costumes, props, set designs, drawing manuscripts, paraphernalia, videos, and reconstructed scenes of workshops, visitors can delve into the establishment of the Hong Kong film arts profession, learn about the nature of the Hong Kong film culture, and understand the highly adaptable professionalism and creative inclusiveness of film industry practitioners.
The exhibition involves more than three years of research and contributions from over 200 film companies and practitioners. The highlight exhibits include valuable collections of costumes and props, such as Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li’s emperor and empress court robes in “Curse of the Golden Flower” (2006), Linda Lin’s qipao in “Love Without End” (1961), and Maggie Cheung’s red period costume in “Hero” (2002).
To tie in with the exhibition, a series of talks and workshops will be organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Film Arts Association. An oral history project, “The Architects of Dreams”, which is a written documentation of 60 interviews of Hong Kong film arts and costume practitioners, will also be progressively uploaded to the museum website for browsing.
The exhibition is a celebration of Hong Kong’s film arts and costume designs, showcasing the outstanding works of film art and costumes in Hong Kong over the years. Visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the contributions made by art and costume directors in the flourishing film industry of Hong Kong.