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Museum of Art features all the donated works by Wu Guanzhong

The "Lofty Integrity: Donation of Works by Wu Guanzhong", which features the donation of 50 masterpieces by Wu Guanzhong, will run at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from March 26 until July 4, 2010, offering the public an opportunity to share the hearty gift of the artist to Hong Kong.

Officiating at the exhibition's opening ceremony March 25 was the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang. Other officiating guests were son of Mr Wu Guanzhong, Mr Wu Keyu; internationally renowned ink painter, Professor Liu Guosong; Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung; and Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Mr Tang Hoi-chiu.

In 2009, Wu donated another 33 paintings mostly done between 2005 and 2009 to the Museum of Art.

To tie in with the exhibition, the Museum of Art will organise a series of special lectures during the exhibition period. The lecture entitled "As Time Goes by: Wu Guanzhong's 'Hong Kong Encounter'" will be held on April 10. The speaker will be the Advisor of the Art Retreat Museum in Singapore, Mr Fong Yuk-yan. The lecture entitled "Impressions of the Masters: Snapshots of My Interviews with Wu Guanzhong and Other Famous Chinese Painters" on May 8 will be hosted by the artist, Mr Mok E-den. The lecture entitled "Close-up of Wu Guanzhong: Behind-the-Scenes Anecdotes about the Exhibition and the Special TV Series" on July 3 will be hosted by the Curator (Xubaizhai) of the Museum of Art, Mr Szeto Yuen-kit. Conducted in Cantonese, the lectures, on a first-come-first-served basis, are free for admission.

A catalogue of the exhibition produced by the Museum of Art and will be available at the gift shop of the museum.

The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm from Sundays to Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10 and a half-price concession is available for full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For enquiries, visit the Museum of Art's website hk.art.museum or call 2721 0116.

Exhibit on display, "Victoria Harbour", 2002. Wu Guanzhong recalled, "it was an earnest request from the people and the Museum of Art which asked me to give my first ever public demonstration of on-site sketching. I had never had anyone looking on while I painted, much less to give a demonstration. You can't get into the mood when it is a show. They explained however few painters did on-site sketching these days and young artists simply had no idea of how to go about it. And they persisted asking me to take the opportunity to show some support to our youngsters. Faced with this enthusiasm from the host and the audience, I couldn't say no and agreed to just this once as a kind of 'service'. Since it's a service, success or not is out of the question." Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Exhibit on display, "Victoria Harbour", 2002. Wu Guanzhong recalled, "it was an earnest request from the people and the Museum of Art which asked me to give my first ever public demonstration of on-site sketching. I had never had anyone looking on while I painted, much less to give a demonstration. You can't get into the mood when it is a show. They explained however few painters did on-site sketching these days and young artists simply had no idea of how to go about it. And they persisted asking me to take the opportunity to show some support to our youngsters. Faced with this enthusiasm from the host and the audience, I couldn't say no and agreed to just this once as a kind of 'service'. Since it's a service, success or not is out of the question." Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Source: GovHK (www.gov.hk)