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The Road to the Baroque —  Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum



Exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the MiC – Italian Ministry of Culture
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
Supported by: The Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong
A programme of Italia Mia
A programme of Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism
A programme of 25th Anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Characterised by the dramatic contrast of light and dark, exaggerated movement and pronounced figures' facial expressions, historians coined the term Baroque to define 17th century Italian art which focuses on high tension and realistic representations of emotions. Baroque artists were arguably the originators of immersive experiences. Their paintings are compelling and strikingly real, often immersing the audience in the scene.

Showcasing around 40 Neapolitan paintings from the Capodimonte Museum, its debut exhibition in Hong Kong includes works of 16th and 17th century masters, such as Titian, Annibale Carracci and Artemisia Gentileschi. To complement the exhibition, Professor Johnny Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) and Founding Dean of the School of Creative Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University designs Baroque music and soundscapes for selected paintings. These aural elements add a new dimension to art appreciation and help open the door to Baroque art. Local artists Kingsley Ng and Chow Chun-fai provide artistic responses with various creative media to the works of the Baroque masters, and missquai creates illustrations for the exhibition. Their efforts have enriched the exhibition with a Hong Kong perspective, allowing the audience to enjoy an art experience that connects past and present.

©Images by concession of the Ministry of Culture–Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

All the content of works are independently produced by the organiser/ creative team, and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series nor the Sponsor.

© Image by concession of the Ministry of Culture - Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
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