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Duddell’s presents Mesmerized by Ink: Two Hong Kong Masters from Late September 2014 to Late 2015 Just as Mesmerized by Ink from Late September to November 2014

October 2, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Following on from the inaugural “Taste of the Masters: Paintings from the M K Lau Collection”, Duddell’s will feature more paintings from the M K Lau Collection: “Mesmerized by Ink: Two Hong Kong Masters” from September 2014 to Late 2015 and “Just as Mesmerized by Ink” from Late September to November 2014 on the third and fourth floors respectively.

The M K Lau Collection is an internationally renowned collection of Chinese art from the 20th century. Assembled by a Hong Kong entrepreneur, its collection of Chinese ink paintings is exemplar, often shown in leading institutions around the world.

Co-curated by Catherine Maudsley to feature important works by Ding Yanyong and Lui Shou-kwan, Mesmerized by Ink: Two Hong Kong Masters – Paintings from the M K Lau Collection will showcase two very individual and influential ink artists.

Hailed as the “Matisse of the East”, Ding Yanyong was a leading figure in the New Art Movement and the introduction of Western art into China. Whilst studying at the Tokyo College of Fine Arts with Japanese artists who had returned from Europe, he was inspired by his classmates’ knowledge of Western art. Ding’s works bridge the gap between East and West, achieving a personal synthesis of the two great artistic traditions. His unparalleled sense of humour can be seen in his witty depictions of fish, birds and animals.

An important and ground-breaking figure in the development of local art, Lui Shou-kwan’s transformation of traditional Chinese painting into a modern form can best be observed through his bold black and red brushwork which resonates with Buddhist and Taoist meaning. Motifs in red such as the lotus represent Buddhist purity, while the butterfly is inspired by the Taoist classic Zhuangzi. Lui’s earlier landscape works clearly show the progression from traditional representation to a more modern form.

Upstairs in the Duddell’s Salon, Just as Mesmerized by Ink – Paintings from the M K Lau Collection will showcase the work of some of Hong Kong’s most noted artists, all of whom studied with Lui Shou-kwan. Works by Irene Chou, Koo Mei, Wucius Wong, Chui Tze-hung, Kan Tai-keung and Leung Kui-ting will all be on display and explore a variety of subjects ranging from cosmic scenes to geometric forms.

The exhibition is part of the Art Programme at Duddell’s. The Art Programme includes regular exhibitions, film screenings and discussions, with the goal of bringing thought-provoking contemporary art to the city. Past curators who have exhibited at Duddell’s include: Amelie von Wedel, MAP Office, Ai Weiwei, Inti Guerrero and Philip Tinari. The Duddell’s Art Programme is overseen by the Art Committee, which is led by cultural leaders Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chrissy Sharp and co-founder Alan Lo. (Ruinart Champagne and Berluti are the official Art Patrons for Duddell’s art programme)

Mesmerized by Ink: Two Hong Kong Masters – Paintings from the M K Lau Collection


Ding Yanyong (1902-1978) Squirrel, 1976 From an album of eight leaves, Birds, Fish & Flowers, ink on paper, each leaf 38.5 x 55cm


Ding Yanyong (1902-1978) Plum and Crane, Undated Ink and colour on paper, 68.5 x 34.5 cm


Lui Shou-kwan (1919–1975) Visit of Princess Alexandra, 1961 Ink and colour on paper, 20 x 85.5 cm

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