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To celebrate the University of Hong Kong Museum Society’s 25th anniversary\, a nd the University Museum and Art Gallery’s 60th anniversary\, the Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of twentieth-century Chinese art from the collection of Khoan and Michael Sullivan.

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Professor Michael Sullivan is a pio neer of modern Chinese art history. He began his unique engagement with the art and artists of China while working at the West China Union University in Chengdu in the 1940s. Here he and his late wife Khoan (Wu Huan) develope d friendships with many artists and intellectuals who sought refuge from th e instability of war. Khoan and Michael began collecting art here in the mi d-1940s.

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The Sullivan collection is inseparable from the relationships that un derlie it\, as well as the circumstances of the artists through the civil w ar\, the Great Leap Forward (1958) and the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). Many of the works were gifted to Khoan and Michael by the artists themselv es\, and in 1960 their good friend\, Geoffrey Hedley\, a British diplomat i n China\, bequeathed his collection to them\, which included works by maste rs such as Fu Baoshi\, Ren Bonian\, and Walasse Ting among many others. The Sullivans began to travel again to China in the 1970s and were able to ren ew their earlier friendships with artists after the end of the Cultural Rev olution. Inspired by the new forms of art being produced in China\, Khoan a nd Michael began to actively acquire art. During this time\, they also beca me acquainted with the modern art movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong\, repre sented by artists such as Liu Guosong\, and Lü Shoukun.

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This exhibition will be the first time that the Sullivan collection has been shown in Hong Kong and is held to honour Professor Sullivan’s considerable contributions as a pioneer of Chinese art history and especially the study of twentieth-centur y Chinese painting. The collection features in particular works that explor e the relationships between western and Chinese media and expressions. Amon g the exhibits will be paintings by artists such as Wu Guanzhong\, Huang Yo ngyu\, Pang Xunqin\, Wu Zuoren\, Zhang Daqian\, Qi Baishi\, Zao Wuji\, and Lü Shoukun\; sculptors Zhu Ming and Wang Keping\, as well as Hong Kong arti sts Wan Qingli\, Chu Hing-wah\, Wucius Wong\, Tan Zhicheng and Nancy Chu Wo o. The selection also includes two albums that were created and gifted to t he Sullivans by artists in Hong Kong

DTEND:20130407 DTSTAMP:20140710T063510 DTSTART:20130223 GEO:22.283736;114.139646 LOCATION:University Museum and Art Gallery (The University of Hong Kong)\,9 0 Bonham Road\, Pokfulam \nHong Kong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Encounters: Twentieth-century Chinese Art from the Khoan and Michae l Sullivan Collection\, Qi Baishi\, Zhang Daqian\, Wu Guanzhong\, Chu Hing- wah\, Wang Keping\, Zhu Ming\, Wan Qingli\, Lü Shoukun\, Wucius Wong\, Nanc y Chu Woo\, Zao Wuji\, Pang Xunqin\, Huang Yongyu\, Tan Zhicheng\, Wu Zuore n UID:263982 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR