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CUHK and Oxford Joint Painting Exhibition

'Crab-claw Narcissus' by Gao Jianfu (1907)
'Dwellings Among Hills' by Lui Shou-kwan (1961)

The Art Museum at CUHK joins forces with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, the oldest public museum in the world, to present an exhibition on two renowned Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Titled 'Two Masters, Two Generations, and One Vision for Modern Chinese Painting: Paintings by Gao Jianfu (1879-1951) and Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975) in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford', the exhibition features 50 masterpieces by the two painters selected exclusively from the art museums of the two universities. The event also marks their first formal collaboration.

Gao's incorporation of western painting techniques and Lui's appropriation of abstract expressionism have represented two approaches by two generations of Chinese ink painters from the early to mid-twentieth century. Gao's stated intention to revolutionize Chinese painting resonated with the younger Lui. Although their styles were radically different, their vision for Chinese painting remained remarkably similar.

Prof. Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, officiated at the opening ceremony on 6 December.

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