“Gander, also known as “Pal”, was the only dog from Canada to receive the Dickin Medal. Gander was sent to Hong Kong with the Royal Rifles of Canada in 1941. During the battle at Lei Yue Mun (around the present site of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence), Gander showed his bravery in protecting his comrades-in-arms. When the Japanese landed near the soldiers at the beach, Gander barked and attempted to bite them. Later, when the Japanese troops were getting near a group of wounded Canadian soldiers, Gander protected them by suddenly charging at the Japanese. The enemy soldiers changed their route, which spared the wounded Canadians. Finally, when Gander saw an enemy grenade, he grabbed it in his mouth and carried it to where it would not harm his companions. Unfortunately, the grenade exploded and killed him.”
Made in Britain Exhibition – Contemporary Art from 1980-2010 @ the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
In 1953, The British Council sought to protect and promote visual art of British origins. Since then, it has amassed over 8,500 pieces spread over 1,650 artists, spanning established and up and coming artists. Teaming up with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Sichuan Museum, the Xi’an Art Museum and the Suzhou Museum, Made in Britain – Contemporary Art from The British Council Collection 1980-2010showcases 30 years of British art to the Chinese population. The work of the YBA (Young British Artists) features the work of Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing and Mark Willinger in an eclectic mix of formats. On a conceptual level, some not so subtle political themes are integrated into the foundation of some pieces. The exhibition will take place until October 9, 2011.