Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy Exhibition

Block 01, Duplex Studio and Block 14 G/F, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
25 February 2021 (Thu) - 4 April 2021 (Sun)

Special arrangement
In response to the latest regulations made under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance by the Government, further measures have to be adopted to maintain social distancing.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements in a timely manner.

T he exhibition “Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy”, curated by Hing Chao and Roberto Gotti, is a multi-dimensional presentation of China and Italy’s warrior and sword traditions from the Classical era through to the Early Modern age. The first mixed-media exhibition of its kind, the exhibition includes over 50 historic swords and polearms, over 20 sixteenth- century martial art manuscripts and books, as well as a range of historic objects related to the martial cultures in China and Italy.

At the same time, drawing on City University of Hong Kong professor and new media curator Jeffrey Shaw’s world-leading expertise in new media, “Way of the Sword” offers a wide range of immersive and interactive experiences, in order to bring viewers through a historic journey of the sword, ultimately arriving at the twenty-first century when historic martial arts in Italy and China converge upon a common path of rediscovery and exchange.

The exhibition also features photography by Almond Chu, Chinese ink art paintings by Lin Haizhong, Zheng Li, and Lee Chi Ching, as well as a selection of animations and documentary film especially commissioned for this exhibition.


Institute of Chinese Martial Studies Limited

Tai Kwun –  Centre for Heritage and Arts


In Partnership with

Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Culture Festival



The Martial Art Museum

City University of Hong Kong

International Guoshu Association Limited

International Ma’s Tongbei


Supported By

Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited

Prizm Group

Julius Group


In Association with

Italia Mia Festival

Opera Nova


Jiangong Academy

Jian Cun Sword Artwork