Liang Yi Museum presents Beneath the Surface exhibition

THE Liang Yi Museum HK has opened their long-anticipated Spring exhibition Beneath the Surface: Chinese Inlay; Japanese Maki-e; and European Cloisonné Enamel to the public. The exhibition, which features over 200 artefacts from the museum’s permanent collections, provides a rare opportunity to delve into the history behind some of the most quintessential decorative techniques.

The landmark exhibition focuses primarily on ancient methods – including the Chinese mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones inlay (baibaoqian), Japanese lacquer (maki-e) and European cloisonné enamel. Each of the selected artefacts, ranging in form of expression, size and function, represent the unique craftsmanship of their own cultures.

Beneath the Surface, Installation view, Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong, 2020.
Courtesy of Liang Yi Museum

The exhibition is split into two sections. The first section showcases 60 baibaoqian works from the museum’s collection of classical Chinese furniture dating from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) alongside 30 pieces of objects decorated with maki-e. The second commemorates the art of enamel, unveiling the various enamelling methods with vanity cases and Russian enamel from the permanent collection of the museum. Objects from this section date from the late 19th to early 20th century.

Baibaoqian, Beneath the Surface, Installation view, Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong, 2020.
Courtesy of Liang Yi Museum

Following COVID-19, the museum ensures the health and wellbeing of the staff and guests by following pandemic guidelines. They ask all visitors to follow these four simple rules:

  1. Wear a mask properly during the entire visit in the museum
  2. Allow temperature to be taken
  3. Sanitise hands before entering the exhibition area
  4. Complete a digital health declaration form (personal data is kept in strict confidence and will be deleted after 30 days)

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