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Major Donors
Year Major Donor(s) Donation
1926
 
Sir Catchick Paul Chater
 
Some 400 historical pictures were donated, but only 94 works remained after the War. The collection includes oil paintings, watercolours, sketches, prints and photographs. Most of these are based on landscape scenes of the South China trading ports in the 18th and 19th centuries, or British activities in China.
 
1955
 
Sir Robert Ho Tung
 
Some 80 historical pictures mainly comprising oil paintings and watercolours depicting the daily life and landscape of trading ports and the South China coastal region in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the highlight pieces are works by the renowned George Chinnery.
 
1968
 
Mr Wong Po-yeh
 
The bequest of Guangdong painting and calligraphy given by renowned Guangdong painter Wong Po-yeh is one of the foundation collections of the Museum.
 
1977
 
Mr Ho Tse-chung
 
Mr Ho's donation of Guangdong paintings and calligraphy further strengthened the foundation of our Guangdong collection.
 
1979–2006
 
Mr Brian McElney
 
The Museum received 64 pieces of Chinese antiquities from Mr Brian McElney. Most of these are Qing ceramics and various artefacts made of bamboo, such as bamboo boxes, incense burners, cricket cage and wrist-rest.
 
1979–1994
 
Dr K.S. Lo
 
Dr K.S. Lo donated 605 pieces of tea ware and related vessels sampling most important examples from well-known major kilns from as early as the Western Zhou period to the 20th century. Yixing wares including teapots, tea cups, figurines and objects for the scholar's studio dated from the Ming and Qing dynasties to the 20th century comprise half of the founding collection.
 
1984–2001
 
Dr Simon Kwan
 
37 items donated by Dr Simon Kwan from 1984 to 2001 brought to the museum a valuable set of jade burial shroud from the Han dynasty, lacquer wares and pottery from the Warring States, black lacquer bowls from the Song dynasty, some Qing ceramics, and, last but not least, some 19th to 20th century examples of beautifully painted porcelain plagues in Qianjiang and fencai enamels by famous porcelain painters Jin Pingqing, Tian Hexian and Wang Yeting.
 
1985
 
Dr Ip Yee
 
Dr Ip donated to the museum 204 pieces of bamboo carving from the Qing dynasty showing the great feasibility of bamboo in terms of forms and style. There are bamboo brush-pots, incense holder, wrist-rest and bamboo carving modeled as diverse animals, vegetables and even legendary or mythological characters.
 
1986
 
Mr Woo Kam-chiu
 
The donation includes 237 pieces of Shiwan figures based on diversified subjects taken from mythologies, native legends, popular novels and history. Some are masterpieces by great 20th century Shiwan artists such as Chen Weiyan, Huang Guzhen and Pan Yushu.
 
1986–1987
 
Mrs Kwok On
 
The Museum received from Mrs Kwok On 8 Shiwan figures, including figures of old men and Luohan by the renowned 20th century Shiwan artist Liu Zuochao, and 68 pieces of Shiwan-made daily vessels, such as bowls, plates, flower pots, vases, and censers in pomegranate red, Jun-like suffusions and blue-feather glaze.
 
1989
 
Mr Low Chuck-tiew
 
A donation of over 600 artworks from the Xubaizhai Collection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy date from the Northern Dynasties through to the twentieth century. The collection is particularly strong in works by the masters of the major schools of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
 
1990
 
Taiyilou Collection
 
The Museum received from Mr. Lau Siu-lui the largest ever collection of about 1000 Guangdong paintings and calligraphy from his Taiyilou Collection. This invaluable gift becomes one of the Museum's core collection.
 
1991
 
Ms Mok Yuk-ngan
 
33 Chinese paintings and calligraphy by the late Mr Xie Liqing were donated to the museum, including calligraphy in various scripts, such as seal, clerical, regular, cursive and running scripts. Xie always use "Four Junzi Flowers" as the theme of his paintings.
 
1992–2002
 
Mr & Mrs Cheung Kalam
 
From 1992 to 2002, 35 pieces of pottery and ceramics from as early as the Neolithic period, through Han dynasty and the Warring States periods to mid-Qing were donated to the Museum. In 1995, on bequest of Dr and Mrs Cheung Pak-sheung, Mr and Mrs Kalam Cheung donated to the museum another 20 pieces of artefacts, including some rare glass vessels from the Six Dynasties.
 
1994
 
K.S. Lo Foundation
 
The donation includes 25 pieces of ceramics from the Song to Ming dynasties and over 600 pieces of carved seals from the Ming and Qing dynasties to the 20th century. The 690-piece-donation has become the permanent collection of the second-floor Exhibition Hall in The K.S. Lo Gallery, which has served as the new wing of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware since 1995.
 
1994
 
Ms Jeanette Hsu
 
20 paintings by the late Mr Wong Siu-ling were donated to the museum, including oil paintings and watercolour dating back to the 1940s to 1960s in themes of figures and landscape of the U.S.A. Wong's watercolours possessed the rare quality of harmonious contrasts. His portraits always mirrored pathos of life vividly.
 
1995
 
Mr Lee Ben & Mrs Chan Lee, Silmey
 
20 oil and watercolour paintings by the late Mr Lee Byng were donated to the museum, including paintings on landscapes of Hong Kong during the 1930s to 1950s. In the tradition of Impressionism, Lee's works are characterized by succinct brushwork and bright colours.
 
1995
 
Mr Ng Po-wan
 
20 artworks by Mr Ng Po-wan were donated to the museum by the artist, including sketches, paintings in oil and watercolour with landscapes and figures as the main themes. Ng's works are invariably characterized by bright palettes that convey a cheerful atmosphere yet his figures always project his social commentary on the dark side of the society.
 
1995
 
The Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art
 
The Chinese painting handscroll of Crisp Air in Mountains and Lakes by the master of Huang Binhong is a treasury gift from the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
 
1996
 
Mr Fan Chai
 
Mr Fan Chai's donation includes many 20th century Chinese paintings in the theme of his Ten Thousand Plum Blossom Studio.
 
2000
 
Bei Shan Tang Foundation
 
The installation A Book from the Sky by Mr Xu Bing, which is a landmark in Chinese Contemporary art history, was purchased with funds from the Bei Shan Tang Foundation. Xu's work powerfully merges Chinese and Western elements. He created imaginary Chinese characters with movable wooden blocks, hand-printed in traditional Chinese stitch-bound format and vertical scrolls, and displayed in the form of a large-scale installation.
 
2001
 
Mr & Mrs Kwok Sau-po
 
The donation includes 57 pieces of ceramics, mainly tea-bowls, small vases and plates, dated from the Northern and Southern Song dynasties, through the Yuan and Ming dynasties. The majorities of these were made by, and show great local characteristics of, local kiln sites such as Cizhou wares from Hebei, Jizhou wares from Jiangxi, and Yaozhou wares from Shannxi.
 
2001
 
Mr Sun Zhonghong
 
120 artworks by the late Sun Xingge were donated to the museum, including ink paintings of shrimps, crabs, plum blossom, orchids and landscapes as well as calligraphy. These artworks represent Sun's style in the later year.
 
2002
 
Mr C. P. Lin
 
A set of ink paintings 2001 Autumn 1-9 by contemporary Chinese painter Wang Chuan was a gift from Mr C.P. Lin.
 
2002
 
Mr Wu Guanzhong
 
11 masterpieces of ink and oil works by the 20th century Chinese master Wu Guanzhong including The Two Swallows, Waterway, and Victoria Harbour which as specially painted for the Museum.
 
2003
 
Mr Liu Guosong
 
4 important ink paintings by Mr Liu Guosong were donated by the artist, including a huge painting in a set of 11 in the theme of Space, a rare painting of the Tibet Series employing the paper-fibring method, and the representative painting The Sun is Coming from the 1970s.
 
2003
 
Ms Linda Chang
 
818 Chinese paintings by over 100 contemporary artists were donated to the museum. Created primarily during the 1980s and 1990s and coinciding with the reform and open-door policy of China, the paintings feature a variety of themes and styles that fully reflect the impact of the shift in the political and social tide during this historically significant period.
 
2004
 
Ms Lam Kei-hoi & Ms Lam Kei-shui
 
72 representative Chinese paintings and calligraphy by the late Mr Lin Jen-tong were donated to the museum, including paintings of plum blossoms that Mr Lin was noted for, landscapes, figures and calligraphy, etc. Research materials such as articles by Mr Lin and references on art education in Hong Kong were also included.
 
2005
 
Ho's family and Hong Kong Fine Arts Association
 
84 items including 63 Chinese painting and calligraphy from all periods of the artist He Qiyuan and 21 items of artwork made for the artist by his contemporaries.
 
2005
 
Mr Hon Chi-fun
 
13 representative paintings by Mr Hon Chi-fun was donated to the museum by the artist, including oil paintings from the 1960s representing his early style, acrylic paintings from the 1970s in the theme Circle and recent creations since the 1990s with retrospect and break-through style.
 
2005
 
Mr Huang Yongyu
 
The Chinese painting Lotus of the Qiushuian painted in 2004 by Huang Yongyu is not just a representative piece of the artist's recurrent creations but also a special gift to the museum.
 
2005
 
Ms Phung Lehong(Mrs Lau Ping-hang)
 
71 representative Chinese ink paintings by the late Mr Lau Ping-hang were donated to the museum, including paintings in gongbi and heroic vigour character from the 1950s to 1990s. The donation also included research materials such as poems and articles on art as well as activities of the art circle pertaining the artist, etc.
 
2005-2006
 
The Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art
 
2 artworks selected from the "Hong Kong Art Biennial" exhibitions were donated to the museum. The sculpture Agenda No.1 2003 by Mr Freeman Lau manifests his thoughts about human relationships, while the photographic work Artificial Landscape Series by Mr Almond Chu shares his care about the destructive impact of human activities on Nature.
 
2006
 
Asia Society Hong Kong
 
The installation United Nations Series – China Monument : Temple of Heaven by Mr Gu Wenda, which is a landmark in Chinese Contemporary art history, was donated to the museum. By weaving hair from people from over 300 countries, Gu created scrolls of "pseudo-script" by which he raises questions about social connections and culture co-existence. He also hopes that his work could be a spiritual space for visitors.
 
2006
 
Ms Wong Man-or
 
Ms Wong Man-or carried out the behests of her father, the late Mr Wong Hon-kiu by donating 43 items of Chinese calligraphy by Mr Wong Hon-kiu, and the collection of Mr Wong such as Chinese painting and calligraphy and seal carvings by Mr Jian Jinglun, etc to the museum. Mr Wong excelled in calligraphy and was particularly noted for writing clerical and Zhangcao cursive scripts.
 
2007
 
Association of Artistic Exchange of Painting and Calligraphy of the Guangdong People's Political Consultative Conference
 
A set of 329 ink-rubbings covers almost all styles, scripts and schools in the history of Chinese calligraphy. The Ming and Qing calligraphic works are particularly noted.
 
2007
 
Wucius Wong
 
4 representative paintings showing different creative stages of the artists in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s were donated to the museum by the artist.
 
2008
 
Mr Wong Tai Shing, Mr Huang Dade and Mr Wong Wing Fai
 
153 artworks by Huang Bore were donated by the Wong's family to the Museum. These important sketches includes the scenery of Aberdeen, Stanley, Lantau, Ngong Ping, Yuen Long, Sai Kung, Po Toi Island, Lamma Island and etc, revealing the beautiful natural landscape of Hong Kong in the 1950s-60s.
 
2009
 
The Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Ink Society Ltd.
 
"Floating Reeds" by international renowned installation artists Mr Ming Fay. "Floating Reeds" is a garden created by Mr Ming Fay based on his years of research on organic forms. This works touches on the issues of "East and West", "reality and fictional" and "traditional industrial materials".
 
2009
 
Mr Chow Su-sing, Johnson
 
32 important Chinese ink paintings by renowned Lingnan master Mr Chow Su-sing Johnson, including a number of large-scale works.
 
2009
 
Mr Wong Tai Shing, Mr Huang Dade and Mr Wong Wing Fai
 
47 more artworks were donated by the Wong's family to the Museum including 43 sketches of scenic spots in Hong Kong and China, 2 ink paintings by Huang Binhong and a letter of Zhang Daqian.
 
2009
 
Mr Wu Guanzhong
 
Another 33 paintings including 12 oil paintings mostly done between 2008 and 2009, and 21 representative works of ink done between 2005 and 2009 were donated to the Museum by master Wu.
 
2010
 
Mr Fung Wing-kee, Raymong
 
"Once Upon a Time", the monumental piece featured in the artist's solo exhibition "Hong Kong Lyric: Ink Paintings by Raymond Fung" in 2010.
 
2010
 
Mr Wu Guanzhong
 
5 more ink paintings were donated to the Museum in June 2010 by master Wu including Faces Unchanged, done in 2001 and the other 4 donations, namely Nest, Illusion, Awakening and At Rest which were done in February 2010, representing literally his last corpus of works.
 

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