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"The Awakening of a Generation: The May Fourth and New Culture Movement" Exhibition

 

26/4/2019 - 25/8/2019
Exhibition Gallery, 1/F,
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

 

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Beijing Lu Xun Museum (The New Culture Movement Memorial of Beijing)

Organised by
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

 

The New Culture Movement, initiated by intellectuals Chen Duxiu, Hu Shih and Lu Xun among others, began in 1915. By advocating the enlightenment ideas of democracy, science, freedom and equality, the intellectuals inspired a thought revolution among students in China. The country's diplomatic setback at the Paris Peace Conference after the end of the First World War sparked a rally and demonstration by Beijing students on 4 May 1919. The demonstration quickly developed into the nationwide patriotic movement supported by all walks of society. Following the movement, social reform became a new slogan for solving the problems faced by China at a time when the country was swept by new thoughts. The New Culture Movement facilitated the May Fourth Movement, and the May Fourth Movement set the New Culture Movement on the road to its apex. The intricately related movements blossomed and left a deep mark in various areas of Chinese society.

This year marks the centenary of the May Fourth Movement. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department sought a partnership with the Beijing Lu Xun Museum (New Culture Movement Memorial of Beijing) in jointly organising this exhibition. By showcasing relics on loan from Beijing alongside collection items from the Hong Kong Museum of History, the exhibition revisits the movement which aptly illustrated the patriotism and national awareness of the Chinese people, and investigates its influence on and contribution to the development of modern China.

In addition, through artworks created by teacher and students of the Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University, along with the multimedia programme, visitors will learn about the development of the May Fourth Movement in Hong Kong in 1919 as well as contemporary students' reflections and thoughts on the movement.

 

Public Guided Tours (in Cantonese)

Every Sat, Sun and public holidays
(starting from 1 May 2019)
3-4pm
20 persons per session; first come, first served
Meeting Point: Entrance to Exhibition Gallery, 1/F

Volume 1, Issue 1 of Qingnian Zazhi
Volume 1, Issue 1 of Qingnian Zazhi (Youth Magazine or La Jeunesse) founded by Chen Duxiu in 1915.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
"Wuren Zuihou Zhi Juewu" (Our Final Awakening) written by Chen Duxiu in 1916.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
4 May 1919
On 4 May 1919, students from Beijing marched towards Tiananmen Square.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
Hu Shih's
Hu Shih's "Wenxue Gailiang Chuyi" (Preliminary Discussion on Literature Reform) copied by Qian Xuantong in 1920.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
First edition of Nahan
First edition of Nahan (Call to Arms), Lu Xun's first collection of short stories, published in 1923.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
Guoyu Yuekan
Guoyu Yuekan (Chinese National Language Magazine) on Reformation of the Chinese Characters, published in 1923.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum
 
 
Gongheguo Jiaokeshu Xin Lishi
Gongheguo Jiaokeshu Xin Lishi (Textbook for the Republic: New History), published in 1924.
 
Collection of Hong Kong Museum of History
 
 
Kexue Huabao
Kexue Huabao (Popular Science), published in 1933.
 
Collection of Beijing Lu Xun Museum