All Antique Robes and New Fashions from the Collection of Jenny Lewis
Produced, Directed and Narrated by Jenny Lewis
The Robe below belonged to ‘The Last Empress Dowager of China Zu-ci”
Rare violet kesi informal robe 1900-1905 made for The Empress Dowager, the robe is finely woven with several varieties of spider chrysanthemum picked out in white, pink and shades of purple and turquoise interspersed with metallic gold shou characters, and bats hovering above crossed ruyi sceptures and peaches, contrasting black borders and pale turquoise sleevebands with similar motifs. Length 54 1/4 inches.
The Art Museum, was founded in 1971. and until ten years ago was known as the Art Gallery. In 1980 J.S. Lee, of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, approached Madeleine Tang, Irene Dunning, and seven other ladies to solicit their support to expand the Gallery. Together they formed a group called The Friends of the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, based on similar groups in the United States and England.
After drawing up a constitution, the Friends was inaugurated on Friday, October 16, 1981. A committee of five was formed and membership numbered ten. Within a year there were more than 100 members. Today, the internationally diverse membership count is near 500 and the Friends is a strong and viable support group for the Art Museum, benefiting the public and students of the University as well.
‧Fostering public interest in the Art Museum by playing a vital role in the link between Art Museum and the community;
‧Providing scholarship and grants for students in the Fine Arts Department;
‧Providing funds to the Art Museum to assisting building the permanent collection;
‧Encouraging the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture within the Hong Kong ‧community.
To participate in various activities offered;
‧Free admission/parking to the Art Museum;
‧20 % discount on Art Museum publications;
‧A monthly newsletter and themembership directory.