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  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (silk screening)

  • Date:

    2014 (designed)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Umbrella Movement protest umbrella, black umbrella painted in yellow with Chinese characters spelling out 'backing up' or 'Support' the umbrella has a large curved handle.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (silk screening)


2014 (designed)


Length: 845 mm, Width: 392 mm, Height: 69 mm, Height: 725 mm, Width: 700 mm, Depth: 982 mm

Descriptive line

Umbrella Movement protest umbrella, Hong Kong, 2014

Labels and date


Made in China
Textile, metal and plastic
Museum no. CD.60-2014


Painted Umbrella

This umbrella is painted with the Chinese character 撐 (caang) meaning ‘to support’ and ‘to endure/persevere’. It was painted by members of a pro-democracy group days after police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014.

In late September tens of thousands of people occupied key areas of Hong Kong’s financial district to demand free and fair elections for the city’s chief executive in 2017. The Chinese government has declared the protests illegal stating that law and order must be maintained in the former British colony.

The protests have become known as ‘the umbrella revolution’ as those taking part have used umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain and tear gas. An online video made under the name ‘Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution’ has called on protesters to ‘hold an umbrella to support Hong Kong, support democracy, support freedom, support ourselves’.



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