WU Guanzhong in HKDI
A significant figure in Chinese art history in the 20th century, Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) had made a great contribution to the practise of integrating Chinese and Western art. Wu was born in 1919 in Yixing, Jiangsu. In 1946, he was selected as the most outstanding candidate for government-funded fine arts studies in Paris. In 1950, he returned to China and was assigned to teach at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and later transferred to other institutions. In 1991, he was granted the Officer de L'Ordre des Arts et des Letters by the Ministry of Culture of France. In 1992, the British Museum organised "Wu Guanzhong: A Twentieth Century Chinese Painter", the first the museum to present an exhibition of work by a living Chinese artist. In 2002, he was the first Chinese artist selected for the Medaille des Arts et Lettres by the Academie des Beaux-Arts de L'Institut de France. In 2006, he donated his representative oil painting "Along the Yangtze River 1974" to the Palace Museum - the first time the museum had collected the work of a living artist. In the same year, the Chinese University of Hong Kong granted an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Wu.
Date: 27 June 2012 – 14 September 2012
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Venue: A001 Foyer, HKDI