Scholars and Debutantes: A Contrast of Ascetic and Opulent Luxuries

Exhibition Details

September 1, 2015 to March 6, 2016
Opening Hours : Exhibition now closed

Admission Fee : HK$200 includes a guided tour, HK$350 includes a guided tour and exhibition catalogue. Appointments are required. Wednesdays are open free of charge to full-time students with prior arrangement.

About the Exhibition

Liang Yi Museum is proud to present Scholars and Debutantes, a two-part exhibition that explores the unique history of "play things" owned by scholars and sophisticates of the past.

Two floors of the museum focus on different aspects of luxury. The male-dominated and ascetic world of the Chinese scholar's studio is explored through one hundred literati objects from collections around the world. Contemporary ink paintings on loan from The Ink Society, Hong Kong illustrate the influence of these objects on artists today. On the upper floor, the opulent world of the early twentieth century woman is examined through a glittering display of European vanities from the houses of Cartier, Van Cleef and Boucheron, among others. 

Together, these contrasting pursuits lead to new insights into how luxury was interpreted differently over time and across cultures, and raise interesting questions about luxury in the 21st century.

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Scholars and Debutantes: A Contrast of Ascetic and Opulent Luxuries, September 2015 – February 2016