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「誰是你的老師？器物 (古董) 就是你的老師。」身兼香港古董及藝廊商會及明成館館主的黃少棠 (Elegant) 說。要深入認識一件器物，只站在博物館裏、吹着冷氣和隔着厚厚的玻璃觀賞是不夠的。又不知道從何時開始，藝術如詩、書、畫、古董等，在一些人心中只會跟「天價」及「高等人的玩意」等標籤擺在一起。當人們只着眼那一件藝術品拍賣又創新天價時，往往就忽略了作品背後獨特的歷史故事。
香港古董及藝廊商會 (HKAAGA) 致力推廣的，就是希望大眾親身接觸藝術，破除舊有觀念。「大眾常有誤解，覺得藝術是高攀不了的。」身兼香港古董及藝廊商會公關及吉慶堂主理人王澤怡 (Jamie) 說。正因為刻板印象，HKAAGA嘗試以大眾化活動拉近大眾與藝術的距離。例如2017年夏天舉行的「樂.故.節」，就囊括了一系列的「行家論壇」。由專業行內人現身說法，向大眾分享收藏和欣賞書畫及古董的心得。
‘A piece of antique is your best teacher.’ said by Elegant Wong, Founding Member of Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association and Founder of Ming Gallery. If you want to have a deep understanding of a piece, studying through a museum glass display is not practical. Most kinds of art, such as poem, literature, painting and antique, have been labelled as “sky-high price” and “upper class hobby”. They often only focus on the auction price of a specific piece, and neglect the unique historical story of the pieces.
Hong Kong Antiques and Art Galleries Association (HKAAGA) aims to promote art and antiques as history that everyone can related to and breaking the old-fashioned thoughts towards this field. “The general public always have a misconception that art is impossible to reach.” said by Jamie Wang, Publicity Director of HKAAGA and Director of Orientique. HKAAGA have been organizing interactive activities of art and antiques for the public to reduce the stereotype of this particular field. In 2017 summer, HKAAGA organized “Lok Ku Festival”. The festival included a series of “Connoisseur’s Talk” hosted by the experts from the field of art and antiques. The experts shared their experience in collecting and their thoughts in art appreciation.
Elegant recalls the methods he learnt to appraise antiques when he was still an apprentice in an antique shop. “Carbon-14” and “chromatic aberration” are used among some dealers who seek after scientific authentication; however, carbon-14 can lead to an inaccuracy of 200 years. The “compare and contrast” method is widely used among the dealers in this field. They would first search through the collections from museums or collectors in chronological order, set the standard and compare the piece with selected collection. This particular method requires a broad network of connection, and this is why HKAAGA consists different experts. ‘The experts from the association are diversified. Their expertise cover furniture, bronze and even Buddhist statue.’ Elegant said. He believes that the sustainable development of the industry relies on everyone to inherit. HKAAGA provides an opportunity for people with different backgrounds to gather and exchange art knowledge with each other.