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Volume 33 – Number 6

Jun 2002

Past, present and future come together to present the continuity of civilization in this month's features. Classical resonances of an important Gupta period yaksha from Mathura discussed by Donald Stadtner are echoed in the contemporary Indian paintings discussed by Umesh Gaur, Gayatri Sinha and Mary-Anne Milford-Lutzker. Dying crafts and forgotten statues are once again given life as Valrae Reynolds introduces a recent donation of Tibetan rugs to the Newark Museum, and Wolfgang Klose sheds light on Edo sculptures in Lyon. As Hong Kong prepares to commemorate its fifth anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China, the city's Museum of Art looks back to the beginnings of Chinese civilization with an exhibition of cultural relics from Henan provice. By contrast, the interview with Christina Chu, the museum's Chief Curator, examines the roles museums play in society and looks to the future of the institution in Hong Kong. Chu is supporting a proposal submitted to the Culture and Heritage Commission (CHC) for the establishment of a thematic Museum of Ink. Ada Wong, a member of the CHC, feels that a museum of this sort will give Hong Kong a 'signature collection' that can reflect its role as a hub in Asia. Milo Beach's commentary elaborates on the role of museums, and he questions if their reaserch and educational function should be subsumed under the quest for profitability and increased attendances.

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