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"Discovering the Louvre over 800 Years" Education Programme Series

Special programmes in association with the exhibition "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years"

From its origins as a thick-walled fortress that became a royal palace, the Louvre has been transformed into an internationally renowned museum, which houses historical evidence of art and cultural development of France and the world, attracting visitors from around the globe. To support the exhibition "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years", Hong Kong Heritage Museum launches a series of education activities, introducing to audiences milestones of the Louvre and its collection in an interesting and innovative way. The programme series include an education zone, dramatised guided tours, talks and workshops.

Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. For special arrangements under inclement weather conditions, please click here for details. For enquiries, please call 2180 8260.

 

(1) "Director Denon's World of Wonders" Education Zone (Function Place)

The museum's Function Place has been transformed into "Director Denon's World of Wonders." Napoleon appointed Mr. Vivant Denon the first Director of the Louvre in 1802. He collected treasures for the museum during Napoleon's expeditions in Egypt and Europe.

In this mysterious World of Wonders, visitors can discover varied collections with wonderful stories and can learn other world-class museums by participating in interactive programmes and screenings. The World of Wonders also has a virtual time machine, leading you on a fantastic tour through space and time. You will "meet" the key persons involved in developing the Louvre and the Forbidden City, and discover similarities in the development of the two palaces in France and China. This will give you a better understanding of cultural exchanges between France and China.

Come into this amazing space and begin a wonderful treasure hunt!

 

(2) "From the Beginning – Time Travel to the Louvre and the Forbidden City" Dramatised Guided Tour

The Louvre and the Forbidden City, though differing greatly in palace structure, reflect the long history of France and China. Eventually, both palaces became public museums. After centuries of transformation, the two museums are brimming with many interesting stories.

This guided tour will begin with the first Director of the Louvre, Mr. Vivant Denon, opening the doors of time and space. Across hundreds of years, in different periods of the Louvre and the Forbidden City, key persons (played by professional actors) vividly talk with participants, introducing the similar developments of the two French and Chinese palaces, along with interesting stories about cultural exchanges between France and China. During the guided tour, the museum docents will lead the participants through the exhibition galleries and explain the exhibits to help them better appreciate the collection treasures and understand the Louvre story spanning over 800 years.

 
Date 6 May / 13 May / 20 May / 27 May / 3 June /
1 July / 8 July / 15 July / 22 July 2017 (Saturday)
Time First Session: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Second Session: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Third Session: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Fourth Session: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Venue Function Place, Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4, 1/F
Enrolment A maximum of 25 participants per session. Enrolment starts 30 minutes before the tour commences.
Please sign up at the Guided Tour Service Counter on the G/F, first-come-first-served. Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
 

(3) "Understanding More about the Louvre from Multiple Perspectives" Talk Series

(I) Appreciating Early Modern European Paintings through the Louvre's Collections

The Louvre has a Department of Paintings, with major collections from France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere in Europe. The speaker will introduce the paintings on display in the exhibition, as well as other painting collections in the Louvre, providing an overview of the history of early modern European painting.

Date 14 May 2017 (Sunday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Speaker Dr. Jack Lee Sai-chong (Research Assistant Professor, David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University)

 

(II) Western Sculpture Art Collected by the Louvre

The Louvre has a Department of Sculptures and a Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities. The collections in these departments include sculptures from Italy, France and elsewhere in Europe, as well as those from different periods and regions, such as Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The speaker will introduce the history of Western sculpture, the major techniques, and the ways to appreciate sculpture through the works on display in the exhibition, supplemented by other collections in the Louvre.

Date 28 May 2017 (Sunday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Speaker Professor Ho Siu-kee (Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 

(III) The Louvre and The Palace Museum – Palace Museum Architecture and Public Space

Since the Middle Ages, the Louvre buildings have experienced many changes, beginning with the fortress established by Philip Augustus, which was transformed into the royal palace by Charles V in the 14th century, and subsequently rebuilt and developed into a public museum. Finally, the iconic pyramid entrance, designed by renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, was built in the main court of the Louvre.

The Beijing city fortifications were built by Kublai Khan in the Yuan dynasty, as he established the capital city of Khanbaliq. Though China's capital was later moved, it was returned here when the Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty established Beijing, and the Forbidden City was built on the site of the Khanbaliq palace ruins. There was further construction during the reigns of several emperors during the Qing dynasty, and eventually the Forbidden City became what is today the Palace Museum. The speaker will compare the development of, and changes to, the Louvre and The Palace Museum from an architectural point of view, and show how palace buildings in other cities have been transformed into museums as examples to explore the connections between historic cultural buildings and urban public space.

Date 17 June 2017 (Saturday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Speaker Professor Wang Weijen (Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong)

 

(IV) The Louvre and the History of France

In France, the origins and development of the Louvre over hundreds of years occurred along with a succession of emperors. The changes to the buildings and the art collections broadly reflected events in French history, as well as changes in society. The speaker will discuss the connections between the Louvre and French history by looking at changes that took place in the Louvre in various eras.

Date 18 June 2017 (Sunday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Speaker Professor Leung Mei-yee (Director of University General Education and General Education Foundation Programme, Director of Baldwin Cheng Research Centre for General Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 

Regarding "Understanding More about the Louvre from Multiple Perspectives" Talk Series: Sessions (I) to (IV)

Enrolment A maximum of 270 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Enrolment starts on 10 April 2017 (Monday). To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form), or call 2180 8260.
Registered participants can redeem their admission slips for the talk at the distribution counter at the theatre entrance on the 1/F on the day of the event from 1:30 pm onwards.
Besides, there will be 50 seats reserved for walk-in visitors for each sessions on a first-come-first-served basis. Visitors who are interested can sign up at the theatre entrance on the 1/F 20 minutes before the programme commences.
Remark The successful applicants should arrive at the theatre on the 1/F no later than five minutes after the programme commences; otherwise, the reserved seats will be released to walk-in visitors waiting for admission.
 

(4) "Get Close to the Louvre" Interactive Workshop

(I) Story Time – Mr. Sculpture's Secret  (QUOTA FULL)

Jean de la Fontaine, a great writer and renowned poet in 17th-century France, will join this exhibition!

The instructor will be dressed as one of the exhibits – a marble sculpture of Jean de la Fontaine. He will play "Mr. Sculpture", hiding in a corner of the exhibition hall, quietly waiting for you to find him. Mr. Sculpture, together with the museum ambassador, will share some of France's well known 17th-century fables with participants, incorporating interactive elements to inspire the children to think.

 
Date 14 May / 21 May / 9 July / 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Education Studio, G/F
Instructor Artists from the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and Museum Ambassadors
Target Children aged 4 – 8
Enrolment A maximum of 20 participants (accompanied by one parent) per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form). Enrolment starts on 26 April 2017 (Wednesday).

 

(II) The Book Club@The Louvre Exhibition (QUOTA FULL)

The Louvre has an abundance of collections. Where can parents start if they want to help their children understand cultural heritage?

In order to encourage parents to read with their children and visit the exhibition with them, the museum will invite experienced instructors to share ideas on how to cultivate artistic appreciation by reading aesthetic picture books and taking children to museums regularly to enhance their interest in reading and visiting exhibitions. The programme is designed for parents and children. By doing things together through reading books, visiting the exhibition, doing exercises together and sharing experiences, they will have a pleasant and informative afternoon.

Date Kindergarten team: 21 May / 2 July 2017 (Sunday)
Primary school team: 28 May / 23 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Seminar Room, G/F
Instructor Mr. Kenny Or (The Book Club Founder)
Ms. Sheren Cheng (The Book Club Coordinator)
Target Children aged 3 – 5 and parent (kindergarten team) / children aged 6 – 10 and parent (primary school team).
Enrolment A maximum of 12 teams of family per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form). Enrolment starts on 26 April 2017 (Wednesday).

 

(III) From Small Palm to Large Sculpture Workshop (QUOTA FULL)

How does an artist bring life to the sculpture of a famous figure? Which of the exhibits in this exhibition did you find most memorable? The instructor will guide the children in observing the sculptures in the exhibition, learning the proportions and structure of the human body, and working with clay to make sculptures of their own.

Date 20 May / 15 July / 22 July 2017 (Saturday)
Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 1/F and Education Studio, G/F
Instructor Ms. Margaret Chu (Artist)
Target Children aged 6 – 12
Enrolment A maximum of 20 participants (accompanied by one parent) per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form). Enrolment starts on 26 April 2017 (Wednesday).

(IV) The Collection of the Louvre – An Exploration of Etchings  (QUOTA FULL)

There are several amazing engravings from the Louvre Museum on display in this exhibition. The programme instructor will demonstrate techniques for producing engravings, and introduce traditional French and Chinese engravings, using these and other engravings in the Louvre as examples.

Part I (Workshop):
The participants will visit the Hong Kong Open Printshop. The instructor will introduce the origins of copperplate engraving and its development in Europe, together with engravers and people they influenced from the 15th to 17th centuries. The instructor will then demonstrate how to produce copperplate engravings, and the participants will have the opportunity to create their own engravings.

Part II (Guided Tour):
The instructor will lead the participants through the "Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years" exhibition, helping to increase the participants' appreciation of the copperplate engravings on exhibit, and providing information about the works of the master artists, along with behind-the-scenes stories, to increase the participants' enjoyment of the engravings.

Date Session A: 4 June 2017 (Part 1) & 11 June 2017 (Part 2) (Sunday)
Session B: 9 July 2017 (Part 1) & 16 July 2017 (Part 2) (Sunday)
Time & Venue 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Part 1) (Hong Kong Open Printshop) &
10:30 am – 12:00 nn (Part 2) (Education Studio)
Speakers Ms. Yung Sau-mui (Print Artist) & Ms. Chan Yi-ting (Print Artist)
Target Visitors aged 16 or above
Fee HK$135 (Adult); HK$67.5 (Concession for full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Enrolment A maximum of 15 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants must apply to join both part 1 and part 2 of this workshop. Enrolment starts on 26 April 2017 (Wednesday). To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form). Participant should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass before part 2 of the workshop starts. .

 

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