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Loving Ex Libris: An Exhibition on International Bookplates

Talk and Demonstration

Bookplates: the cultural similarities and differences between East and West as reflected from the overlooked art

Date: March 8, 2019 (Fri)
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Venue: Multi-function Room, LG4, Lee Shau Kee Library
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Ng, Ms. Clara Mei Yee Hung, Ms. Malou Oi Yee Hung
Language: Cantonese (Supplemented with English)

Students may attain 1.5-hour credit for the HLTH1010 Healthy Lifestyle Course after attending the talk and demonstration.

Ex libris is Latin referring to a bookplate affixing to a book for identifying its ownership. It is believed to date back to the 15th century in Europe when aristocrats produced one of the first ex libris in presenting books to monasteries as gifts. The use of ex libris in books was later spread to Japan and China when the Europeans landed on Asia.

The talk aims to introduce the history of this special art form and to demonstrate some common printmaking techniques. We hope to stimulate the interest of our students and staff in this literary culture through these presentations.

This is a library event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

About the Presenters

Dr. Sarah Ng is the Research Assistant Professor of Academy of Visual Arts at HKBU. She is also an art historian specializes in late imperial Chinese painting, calligraphy and rubbings. She curates art exhibitions and conducts research projects on both ancient and contemporary Chinese art. She received her DPhil in Art History from the University of Oxford. She was a Chevening scholar and has a master’s degree in art conservation at University College London (UCL), and an MPhil in Art History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). 

Ms. Clara Hung was born in Hong Kong in 1958. Clara took a watercolor course at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1980 and debuted her works in 1984. She pursued further art study in New York in 1987. Her works are collected by museums including the Heilongjiang Provincial Museum of Art, China. Clara is now the Chair of the Hong Kong Ex-Libris Association.

Born in Hong Kong in 1963, Ms. Malou Hung has many years of experience in etching. Her works have received many international awards and are collected by many museums around the globe. The most important ones include Gold Awards from the International Ex-Libris Association in 2009 in Shanghai and Japan Ex-Libris Association in 2010. She has exhibited in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Mexico, Washington DC, etc. She has also been invited to participate in different ex libris competitions, placing her works among other masters from all over the world. She has published many ex libris albums, including a book on the techniques of etching (銅版畫技與藏書票藝術). She frequently holds demonstrations on etching in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Malou is now the Vice-Chair of the Hong Kong Ex-Libris Association.