Art Deco. The France-China Connection
Wed 17 Apr 2019 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 10.00 - 19.00 Import to my calendar


 CityU Exhibition Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Art Deco. The France-China Connection”, to run from March 6th to June 30th, 2019. 

The exhibition will showcase more than 300 exhibits from museums, institutions and private collectors in France, Hong Kong and Shanghai, brought together by chief curators Isabelle Frank, Director of the CityU Exhibition Gallery, and Emmanuel Bréon, Head of the Department of Mural Paintings and Stained Glass at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.


The exhibits include furniture, sculptures, paintings, posters, costumes, ceramic glassware, vases, jewelry, cosmetic cases and other precious objects, revealing the origins of Art Deco in France and to display the versatility, originality and adaptability of Art Deco designs. The exhibition also shows how Art Deco has been inextricably linked with Chinese culture and arts, and explores the influence of the Art Deco style in Shanghai and Hong Kong.



The exhibition also explores the artistic exchanges between China and France, and shows how Chinese art and techniques positively influenced French Art Deco designers and craftsmen. Chinese lacquer from the Zhou dynasty, furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and Chinese silk and pottery all became sources of inspiration for French Art Deco artists. The famous French fashion designer, Paul Poiret, often dressed his clients in silk imported from China; silk makers from Lyons (such as Prelle) also looked to Asia, especially to Hong Kong, the port of trade for the Far East, for materials and motifs with which to decorate walls, curtains, and armchairs.

“Art Deco. The France-China Connection” Exhibition details:

Date: 6th March 2019 - 30th June 2019 (Closed on Monday)

Time: 10am to 7pm (Free Admission)

Venue: CityU Exhibition Gallery, 18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong