The Gallery at Jao Tsung-I Academy, renovated to elevate visitor’s experience, unveiled the inaugural exhibition “Lingnan Colour: Collaborative Paintings by Jao Tsung-i and the Four Masters of Lingnan”, features a total of 36 Chinese paintings by Jao Tsung-i and the four renowned Lingnan masters, Zhao Shao-ang, Li Xiong-cai, Guan Shan-yue, and Yang Shan-sum. The exhibition commences on 12th October, 2023 till 31st March, 2024.
Why it matters:
These collaborative paintings were created between 1983 and 2001. Jao Tsung-i entrusted his completed works to the four Lingnan masters, inviting them to add their brushwork. Each painting signifies the friendship between Jao Tsung-i and the respective masters, reflecting Jao’s open-mindedness and his commitment to artistic exchanges. These artworks carry profound historical, artistic, and educational value.
．Jao Tsung-I Academy has received a donation of HKD 10 million from the Simon Suen Foundation (the Foundation) to support its gallery operations and facility enhancement. In addition, Dr. Simon Suen, BBS, JP, the Founding Chairman of the Simon Suen Foundation, the Founding President of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Fan Club of The University of Hong Kong, and the owner of the Yitao Collection, will lend his collection of collaborative paintings by Jao Tsung-i and the Four Masters of Lingnan School of Painting for long-term display at JTIA.
．Since its establishment in 2012, the Foundation has been dedicated to promoting Chinese culture and arts, sharing the same mission of JTIA. Through this project, the Foundation aims to support the long-term development of JTIA, thereby realizing Jao Tsung-i’s vision of revitalizing Chinese culture. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to provide visitors with more opportunities to appreciate Jao Tsung-i’s artworks and become acquainted with Chinese culture and arts.
． With the support of the Foundation, JTIA will continue to showcase Jao Tsung-i’s works through its existing permanent exhibition, “Cultural Heritage: The Story of Professor Jao Tsung-i, Master of Chinese Studies”, alongside rotating exhibitions of Professor Jao’s collaborative paintings, as well as an exhibition series of young Hong Kong artists. This special series is to help promote the artworks of young generation and to carry forward Jao’s vision of revitalizing Chinese culture. In addition to financial support, the Foundation will also provide curatorial support through its Sun Museum, and stage the above activities and other educational programs.
Background – Jao Tsung-I Academy:
Jao Tsung-I Academy is located in a Grade III historical building complex with a century-old history. To sustain Chinese and Hong Kong culture, the non-profit charitable organisation, the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture (HKIPCC), has conserved, redeveloped and revitalised the built heritage, making it an iconic cultural platform. Named after the master of Chinese culture, Professor Jao Tsung-i, the Academy provides opportunities for the public to inherit and experience Chinese culture through various exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performing arts, and student education activities.
This exhibition is jointly organised by JTIA and Sun Museum.
“Lingnan Colour: Collaborative Paintings by Jao Tsung-I and the Four Masters of Lingnan
2023.10.12 – 2024.3.31
Jao Tsung-I Academy, 800 Castle Peak Road, Mei Foo, Kowloon.
Courtesy to the gallery