Sunday, May 30, 2021

Liang Yi Museum presents Family Silver: Highlights from the Liang Yi Collection

Liang Yi Museum presents Family Silver: Highlights from the Liang Yi Collection

Liang Yi Museum is pleased to present Family Silver: Highlights from the Liang Yi Collection, a landmark exhibition presenting 150 sets of historic silver from the 18th to 20th century, drawn solely from the Museum’s permanent collection. The largest of its kind in Hong Kong, the exhibition will showcase this rare metal's heritage, design and craftsmanship, explore the lineages of generations of silversmiths; and trace how silverware functions as family heirlooms. Family Silver: Highlights from the Liang Yi Collection will open on 16 June 2021. 

Liang Yi Museum presents Family Silver
Liang Yi Museum

Silver has long been used in the East and West, both as a type of currency and as a canvas for extraordinary workmanship.

This precious material has been praised for its beauty, intrinsic value, flexibility and durability for centuries. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for audiences to explore the Museum's preeminent silverware collection's artistic, social and historical significance. Acquired over three decades, Liang Yi Museum’s collection of silver comprises more than 500 sets. The curators have chosen only a quarter to be displayed, and for many of the objects, it will be their first time in the spotlight after their acquisitions into the Museum’s collection. 

Liang Yi Museum

The Museum’s collection consists primarily of French and British silver from the 18th and 19th centuries – a particularly fecund period for silversmiths, and one in which silver was available in previously unheard-of quantities in the New World, and at the height of fashion in both the New and Old Worlds. Silversmiths of unparalleled skills such as English masters Paul Storr (1770–1844) and Benjamin Smith (1764-1823) and his sons; as well as the French Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot (1763–1850) created true masterpieces during this time. Common phrases such as “born with a silver spoon in your mouth” suggests that - in the Occident at least - this material has been collected by the wealthy as an expression of power since ancient times. 

The ancient Greeks and Romans used silver coins as portable wealth; and throughout the many wars and revolutions in history, silver was valued as much for its liquidity (melting down the family silver); as for its artistic applications. In 18th and 19th century Europe, silver was another area of patronage for the rich, who commissioned multitudes from silversmiths. The tradition of aristocratic families commissioning silver to mark important occasions such as weddings, births and deaths makes it the perfect anchor to inspire a greater understanding of pivotal events and historic moments in time. 

Each piece recounts a story that constitutes our most immediate connection to the past. Family Silver is divided into nine sections: lighting; writing; dining; display; toilette; coffee and tea service; alcohol service; vanities; and a special section dedicated to Asian silver. Highlight galleries include a recreated Chinoiserie reading room; a dining hall that illuminates the evolution of dining traditions in the West; and interactive galleries that teach visitors how to read hallmarks and coats of arms. 

Key exhibits include a pair of candelabra made in 1837 presented to Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo (1788-1845) by the slaves he emancipated in Jamaica; and a 19th-century silver-gilt tray with Napoleon I's coat of arms (1769-1821): both pieces are not only major artistic accomplishments in their own right, but also demonstrate the major historical events silver pieces have witnessed. The intricate designs and meticulous construct; in addition to the marks and inscriptions on these objects, each brings their fascinating history to life. The exhibition invites visitors to explore the social dynamics and economic contexts within which silver was commissioned, produced and used; and examines the perception and value of silver that has evolved from the age of industrialisation. 

From the livelihood of silversmiths and the guild system; to the commissioning of silver pieces; and finally, the use of silver placed in its historical context – all are instrumental in appreciating both silver’s tangible and intangible associations. The exhibition is a testament to Liang Yi Museum’s commitment to showcasing the best design, craftsmanship, and heritage examples. Known for one of the world's largest and best-curated collections of Chinese antique furniture, along with a premier collection of European vanities, the Museum’s recent exhibitions provide a notable insight into its evolving collections of Japanese works of art and Western historical silver. 

The Museum aims to continue fostering cross-cultural dialogues, nurturing the knowledge and understanding of heritage and its relationships to contemporary life, and serving as a platform for creativity and inspiration through curated exhibitions and dynamic educational programmes. A fully illustrated catalogue edited by Liang Yi Museum and Daniel Roberts featuring over 200 highlight silver sets from the Museum's collection, with essays written by Christie’s Head of Silver, Harry Williams-Bulkeley; art historian Dr. Joanna Longden; and French Empire silver specialist Dr. Karolina Stefanski, will accompany the exhibition.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH sets new benchmarks

Maximum performance in a compact construction: The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH sets new benchmarks
APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH

With the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH., Leica Camera releases yet another M-lens whose optical performance can hardly be bettered. As with the successful APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., the designers were given just one brief: to achieve maximum imaging performance without compromise – the only difference being that this time, the lens in question has a moderate wide-angle focal length of 35 mm. 

The result is a lens whose sharp detail rendition will challenge not just current, but also future image sensors; in addition, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. is the only M-lens with a closest focusing distance of just 30 centimetres, which – in conjunction with the high light sensitivity – opens up a host of new compositional possibilities. This exceptional performance capability is made possible by the elaborate lens design, combined with the high-precision manufacturing processes at the Leica production plant. The ten lens elements are divided into five groups; three elements feature aspherical surfaces (one of them on both sides). 

APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH

Six elements are made of glasses with anomalous partial dispersion, which not only reduce chromatic aberrations to almost zero, but also provide apochromatic correction – a quality that is rarely found in lenses of this focal length. 

The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. also delivers outstanding results at close range, thanks to a floating element that ensures a consistent performance at all distances. The focus ring has a particularly large throw of 300°, enabling precise focusing at all times despite the extended closest focusing distance. Via the rangefinder, the lens can be focused at a distance as close as 70 cm – at which point a slight resistance can be felt on the focus ring. At distances between 70 and 30 cm, the photographer can optionally focus via the camera’s display screen in Live View mode, the Visoflex electronic viewfinder, or the Leica FOTOS app. 

The innovative construction of the lens hood, in combination with highly effective anti-reflective coatings, makes the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. extremely resistant to any type of stray light – allowing the photographer to shoot into the sun or other sources of light. Optical flaws such as chromatic aberration and distortion are almost entirely corrected. 

This – together with the extremely high, edge-to-edge contrast rendition – facilitates an especially pronounced bokeh at open aperture. Seeing as the aperture is almost circular (thanks to the use of eleven blades), this effect is also retained when the lens is stopped down. Even more than any other M-lens, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. only has to be stopped down for compositional purposes – never for exposure control. The rendition quality at the centre and edges of the image is already so outstanding that there is no scope for further improvement by stopping down. Despite its exceptional performance, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. is both compact and light-weight. With its classic reportage focal length, this is a lens for every photographic situation that can be used on any current and future model of the M series, as well as the Leica SL2 and SL2-S. The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. is immediately available at specialist stores as of now for HKD$64,800.

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Sunday, May 09, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong & The Ritz-Carlton Spa

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong & The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong Named Five-Star Hotel & Five-Star Spa in Forbes Travel Guide's 2021 Star Awards

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong & The Ritz-Carlton Spa
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong & The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Forbes Travel Guide ("FTG"), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its 2021 Star Awards, presenting The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong with a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel award, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong with a Five-Star spa award. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong will be featured with all of the Star Award winners on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

"We're honored to be crowned with five stars by The Forbes Travel Guide. This signifies our hotel and spa are among the finest establishments in the world delivering guest service and experiences beyond expectations," said Pierre Perusset, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. "This achievement truly echoes our service philosophy – to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our guests. Our Ladies and Gentlemen will continue to focus on creating unique, memorable and personal experiences that stay with guests for life."

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority in genuine Five-Star service, and The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong are the latest additions to its illustrious annual Star Rating list. Properties were inspected prior to the pandemic and when regional restrictions allowed for the safe return of guests.

"These 2021 award winners are a testament to the resiliency of the hospitality industry," said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. 

"During an unprecedented time, these top properties adapted to numerous adversities all while maintaining high service levels and ensuring the health security of their guests and staff."

He added, "We hope that these excellent properties will inspire travelers for when they are ready to venture out on their next trip."

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PURE launches PURECAST - digital yoga and fitness content

PURE launches PURECAST – digital yoga and fitness content for everyone, everywhere – with free access for those in quarantine

PURE launches PURECAST – digital yoga and fitness content
Digital Yoga

With thousands of people across the globe being required to quarantine post-travel - and those returning to Hong Kong having to endure the longest 21-day hotel quarantine in the world - PURE Group, Hong Kong’s leading premium lifestyle brand, has unveiled its extensive digital content offering with PURECAST. 

Providing a range of free online yoga, fitness, meditation and wellness content that includes live-streamed and on-demand classes, the platform is the comprehensive solution for both local and international quarantiners, Hong Kongers and everyone across the globe – with a mission to help people lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

PURECAST is a pioneering English-Chinese digital content and service platform that extends PURE’s in-person group classes, private dance and Pilates sessions, online learning and workshops via live-streaming and on-demand services. With no geographical limitations, it allows access to anyone in regions where PURE 360 App is available. 

With over 220 yoga and group fitness live-streaming classes per week led by seasoned yoga, fitness and wellness experts who possess more than 15 years of experience from PURE, PURECAST is the free and user-friendly one-stop solution for 21-day hotel quarantiners to stay fit and keep motivated. Classes are live-streamed from PURE Yoga Starstreet Precinct and can be accessed thereafter for 5 days via the replay feature. 

For on-demand access, users can log-in to PURECAST360.com and browse the expansive range of yoga and fitness content. 

To take advantage of the special free trial, quarantiners need only submit details of their quarantine status, such as a government letter or a copy of their flight boarding pass. Once submitted, a link will be sent to their personal email giving them access to the PURECAST subscription and its library of classes in varied styles, levels and duration. Those in Hong Kong and around the world who are not quarantining can also access PURECAST. From today, anyone can sign up for a 7-day free trial to the streaming service, followed by a 14-day subscription for only HK$94 per week. 

Hong Kongers have had to cope with almost six months of fitness facility closures. Even though gyms are now open, PURE is working vigorously to bring quality workouts and yoga classes directly to one’s home so that it is widely accessible to everyone. As a leader in the fitness and yoga world, PURE recognises that exercise plays a critical role in uplifting the physical and mental health of a community and the fight against disease. 

Consequently, the Group is continuing to develop exciting ways to share physical, mental and wellness content through digital means, expanding online fitness classes and introducing professional yoga and fitness instructors to live-streaming and on-demand services. Visit PURECAST360.com to learn more. 

For FREE ACCESS to world-class yoga and fitness during mandatory quarantine visit : shop.purecast360.com/hk/en/3weeks Sign up for 7-day trial or 14-day subscription, please visit: shop.purecast360.com/hk Providing Quarantiners with Nutritional Fuel Understanding how important nutrition is to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, nood food – the official food brand of the PURE Group – is offering a special quarantine offer now. Quarantiners can choose from an extensive variety of nutritious and delicious meals and snacks, all made with natural ingredients and without preservatives or additives. For details please visit: shop.allnood.com/collections/quarantine-special-offer

The Leica Gallery Wetzlar presents Jacob Aue Sobol Arrivals and Departures

The Leica Gallery Wetzlar presents Jacob Aue Sobol Arrivals and Departures

From April 21 to June 27, 2021, the Leica Gallery Wetzlar is presenting Arrivals and Departures, an exhibition by the Danish photographer, Jacob Aue Sobol.
The Leica Gallery Wetzlar presents Jacob Aue Sobol Arrivals and Departures
© Jacob Aue Sobol (Photo Credit: Steve McCurry)

The Arrivals and Departures series by Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol (born 1976), was produced during his trip from Moscow to Beijing, on the Trans-Siberian Railway. However, there were virtually no opportunities to take pictures along the way, and the atmosphere on the train did not live up to Sobol's expectations. Consequently, he decided to spend a couple of days respectively in Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and Beijing. He was inspired by many new impressions and photographed landscapes, street scenes, and, above all, people he met at the time. Sobol's motifs are powerful and emotional; his portraits, in particular, seem radical and direct. 

Closely cropped, the images convey a familiarity and often intimate closeness with his new friends. For the photographer, the journey through Russia, Mongolia, and China was also a journey to his own self. At the same time, Sobol sees the motifs as an invitation to the viewer to consider the images as a reflection of one's own feelings.

For Sobol's expressive, high-contrast black and white imagery, revealed in his landscape motifs and portraits, the Leica M Monochrom, which he used for the first time in 2012, turned out to be the perfect travel companion. The photographer effortlessly succeeded in continuing to produce his unique, raw aesthetics, but now in digital format.

Current information on the opening hours of the exhibition “Arrivals and Departures" can be found on the Leica homepage: https://uk.leica-camera.com/Leica-Galleries/Leica-Gallery-Wetzlar/About-us-Gallery-Wetzlar
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