Lynn Fung, Director of the Liang Yi Museum in Hong Kong, describes herself as ‘an interpreter of traditional craftsmanship for modern-day audiences’. In the above video she discusses growing up surrounded by superb furniture pieces and takes us inside the museum established by her father, Peter Fung. Located on the historic Hollywood Road, the first port of call for collectors of Chinese antiques, it is the largest private museum in the city.
As Fung explains, she has been surrounded by outstanding examples of furniture all of her life, a factor which has influenced how she presents much of the museum’s collection. ‘These pieces are part of people’s lives and you can’t be too precious with them,’ she says. ‘The scars that they start to bear lend to their beauty... I think my living with art from a young age took away that sense of intimidation that a lot of people have towards art.’
Here the museum director looks at the first piece acquired for the museum’s collection of more than 450 European vanity cases — believed to be the largest in private hands. Made in the 1920s by Spanish maker Rozanes, it was purchased in 1998 from Christie’s and appears in the museum’s Chinese Deco gallery.
Elsewhere, a special exhibition of silver at the Liang Yi Museum is the result of a collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ‘It’s basically a chance for people who might not have the opportunity to travel and see other museums around the world to be able to see it in their home town,’ Fung explains.
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