The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time

2014-06-07 10:00 - 2014-09-15 18:00

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time

When:7 Jun - 15 Sep 2014
Where: Thematic Galleries 1 & 2, Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Calyx-Krater (Greek pottery bowl for mixing wine and water)

Calyx-Krater (Greek pottery bowl for mixing wine and water)
Circa 350-340 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.
The decoration on this pottery vase shows styles of stools and couches popular in Ancient Greece.

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The exhibition The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time offers a global perspective on chairs and explores the position that this everyday utilitarian object has held in people's lives throughout the ages.

Valuable exhibits from the collections of museums around the world will be put on display for the first time in Hong Kong and will include some chairs that are ancient and rare, some that belonged to emperors and nobles and others that were used by the common people, while chairs designed for specific functions and trades, and special chairs for men, women, children and the elderly will also be showcased.

Armchair

Armchair (Circa 1851)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Given by the University of Edinburgh
Carved in the German-Gothic style of the Middle Ages, this armchair belonging to Queen Victoria and used to furnish Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

Visitors will find much to arouse their curiosity among the rich variety of topics that the exhibition encompasses: the evolution of chairs; chairs as symbols of authority and status; chairs and their relationship to everyday life in areas such as food, clothing, transport and social activities; the role of chairs in religion and beliefs and their associations with people's values; chairs and political, economic and cultural exchanges.

African Stool

African Stool (19th century)
© The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.
Stools were owned by kings of African tribes as symbols of their authority and status. Originally belonging to Overami, the last Oba (king) of Benin, this carved wooden stool with figures of African kings and Europeans in relief on the seat and legs and featuring glass mirrors, reflects the trade and other contacts that his tribespeople had with Westerners.

Chairs reflecting the people and life of Hong Kong during the old days will also be exhibited, including chairs for village ceremonies and temple rituals, an exquisitely decorated bridal sedan chair for a traditional wedding and a chair from a bygone barber's shop. The stories provided by this exhibition about chairs will inspire visitors and stimulate their interest in the history, culture and art of the world.

 

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10:00-19:00 (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Tickets: $20 (Standard, Half for Wed)
Tel: 852-21808188
Add: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

 

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