CityU presents “The Roofs of Paris” Exhibition
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The display includes historical three-dimensional architectural models, oil paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, and postcards, as well as new media installations developed by CityU’s School of Creative Media (SCM).
Organised in collaboration with Le French May, the exhibition will be held from 26 May to 23 July at CityU Exhibition Gallery (Gallery).
Officiating at the opening ceremony on 25 May were Mr Eric Berti, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; Professor Way Kuo, CityU President; Dr Andrew Yuen, Chairman of the Board, Le French May; and Mr Emmanuel Bréon, Curator of the Exhibition and Chief Curator of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.
“CityU wants to bridge technology with art through this highly creative exhibition. Art doesn’t stand alone. Nothing stands alone. At CityU, we want to continue to seek ways to integrate art with technology,” said Professor Kuo in his welcoming remarks.
Mr Berti thanked CityU for bringing such an exciting exhibition to Hong Kong. “This beautiful exhibition shows us how the cityscape of the French capital has been a source of inspiration and admiration throughout the years,” he said.
The roofs of Paris are such an important cultural heritage that they have been submitted as candidates for registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The voyage at the Gallery begins with the older Paris, depicted in such notable artworks as 18th-century paintings of the city, early prints and drawings of famous monuments, and a magnificent model by the architect Viollet-le-Duc for the restoration of Notre-Dame’s spire.
CityU’s SCM has created the new media artwork Painting your City for this exhibition. The piece allows visitors to paint their own postcards with a digital paintbrush, and then send them out by email. Other new media artworks by SCM include: Map of Turgot: An Augmented Reality Installation, and Over the Sky of Paris.
Such well-known museums as the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de Montmartre, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoin, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, and the Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine are loaning their works of art for the first time to a venue in Hong Kong, making this a truly exceptional event.