Hong Kong Museum of Art

Donation of Works by Wu Guanzhong 2014

 

Dedicating  his  whole  life  to  art,  Wu  Guanzhong (1919  – 2010) selflessly  donated  his  works  to  museums  in  the  country and  worldwideThe  generosity  of  Wu  had  moved  many.  Over the years, he had donated his works to the Hong Kong Museum of  Art  for  four  timesHaving  inherited  Wu's  selfless  spirit,  his family  again  made  a  donation  of  25  paintings  to  the  Museum, which now holds a total of 77 pieces of Wu's works. The  25  works,  including  16  oil  paintings  and  9  ink  paintings, were created from the 1990s to the early 21stth century, a period known  as  the  heyday  of  Wu  Guanzhong's  artistic  journey.  The Museum has selected some of the works for exhibition so that the public can have a taste of these precious gifts.

 

 

Permanent Exhibition

10am6pm (MON – FRI)

10am7pm (SAT, SUN & Public Holidays)

Closed on THU except Public Holidays

 

Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F) Hong Kong Museum of Art 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

The Four Gentlemen: A Selection of Flower Paintings from

the Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection

In traditional Chinese culture, plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos and chrysanthemums are known as "The Four Gentlemen". This analogy originated in the Wanli reign of the Ming dynasty, when the literati painter Chen Jiru inscribed on the Painting manual of plum  blossom,  bamboo,  orchid  and  chrysanthemum. In  the inscription,  he claimed that appreciating and acquiring  the characteristics   of   "The   Four Gentlemen",   tha  is  the unyieldingness of plum blossomsthe aloof beauty of orchids, the modest and noble character of bamboos and the loftiness of chrysanthemums, could cleanse one's mind and add gracefulness to the personality.

 

Famous  calligrapherspainters  and  literati  like  Tao  Yuanming and  Su  Shi  always  employed  the  theme  of  plum  blossoms, orchids,  bamboos  and  chrysanthemums  in  their  paintings  and poems  so  as  to  glorify  and  pursue  the  noble  character  and sentiments  of  a  gentleman.  In  traditional  Chinese  New  Year, "The Four Gentlemen" were commonly used in folk culture for sending  blessingsThis  exhibition  has  selected  from  the museum's  collection  over  70  pieces  of  works  by  calligraphers and painters from the Ming dynasty to modern period, includingXu Wei of the Ming dynasty, Zheng Xie of the Qing dynasty, as well as modern Chinese painters like Wu Changshuo and Zhang Daqian.

 

 

Permanent Exhibition

10am6pm (MON – FRI)

10am7pm (SAT, SUN & Public Holidays)

Closed on THU except Public Holidays

 

Chinese Fine Art Gallery (4/F)

Hong Kong Museum of Art

10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong