Sun Museum, a non-profit, non-governmental museum established by Simon Suen Foundation, aims primarily to promote Chinese arts and culture. It strives to facilitate general understanding of how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enlightened by a wealth of Chinese traditions.
With the emphasis on China and Hong Kong art and culture, the Museum will organise thematic exhibitions with exhibits on loan from collectors, artists and other cultural bodies. Related talks and guided tours will also be arranged.
Enhance understanding of Chinese art and culture through exhibitions, research, lectures, publications, and myriad related activities
Support aspiring Chinese artists, especially those in Hong Kong
Build up a collection of Chinese paintings and related art for educational purposes
Contribute to the study of Hong Kong culture
Collaborate with artists, collectors, scholars and cultural institutions around the world to achieve the Museum's Vision
Sun Museum is a part of Simon Suen Foundation, a charitable organisation registered with the Hong Kong Government.
In May, 2013, the Foundation appointed YEUNG Chun Tong as the Museum Director in charge of the planning and operation of Sun Museum.
Mr. ZHENG Xinmiao
Former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China
Former Director of the Palace Museum
Professor LEE Chack Fan
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture
Director of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of The University of Hong Kong
President of Chu Hai College of Higher Education
Professor CHAN Sun Chi, Albert
Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
President Emeritus of Hong Kong Baptist University
Honorary Director of Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology of Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr. WONG Ying Ho, Kennedy
Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation
Deputy Commissioner of Civil Aid Service
Mr YEUNG Chun Tong
Ms YU Yuet Sze, Claudia
Ms LAM Po Ying, Esther
Ms CHE Fong I, Janet
Mr LAW Kwok Hung
Name of museum
The designation, “Sun Museum”, Yat Sun in Cantonese transliteration, carries a multi-faceted meaning.
Sun as we know it, refers to the star of the solar system, the universe. It radiates light and heat that reign over all things. Without the Sun, nothing grows. Hence, “Sun” is the life source.
Yat is the start of numbers. It means few in numbers or small in quantity, for example, yat gor (one piece), yat dim (a little). Conversely, yat can also denote many, a lot, e.g. yat chei (all), yat chai (altogether). Hence, yat is all embracing. It can mean a single number or infinity. It is an intriguing number.
There is a Chinese character that sounds the same as Sun. In meaning though, it refers to new style, fresh. When we act, we often seek to break old moulds to create something better. Hence, sun (new) is the source for creation.
Our living style is our culture. Without art, life cannot be beautified and our culture cannot be developed. Hence, art is the source of civilisation.
The four elements in the above are the essence of Chinese culture. The Sun Museum aims to bring forth these elements. The task of a museum focuses on art as a prime mover of Chinese culture. New angles are deployed to appreciate traditional art; different perspectives are explored to create new trends such that audience would experience new sensations, thereby enabling them to better understand Chinese culture.
The Sun Museum logo comprises one big and two small circles.
The big red outer circle represents the Sun, radiating brightness and heat. Inside are two blue circles of equal size, one balanced on top of the other, representing a beautiful clear sky.
The curves inside the small circles link to form the English consonant “S”, implicitly reflecting the name of the Museum, Sun, which is also the sound of the Chinese character for new.
Joining the three circles means that we exist in a huge space full of life under the Sun. This life circulates non-stop, generating a variety of new phenomena, thus creating for us new and varied culture.