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Chih Lo Lou - A Private Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Landscapes, birds, flowers, animals, figures, poems, couplets...

The collection comprises works of Chinese painters and calligraphers of the past centuries.

"To cherish and to share" is the essence behind "chih lo", which literally means true happiness!

About Us

Chih Lo Lou, the name originally given by the renowned art connoisseur Mr. Ho, Iu Kwong, MBE (Hon) (1907-2006) to his study, later became also the name of his widely acknowledged private collection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion (Non-Profit Making) Ltd, is a private philanthropic organization incorporated in 1985 by Mr. Ho, Iu Kwong to further the spirit of Chih Lo Lou, with the objective to benefit moral, social and physical well-being of the community through the promotion of art.

It is hoped that by engaging in art, ‘form’ and ‘spirit’ could mutually enhance one another and ultimately be as one.

Vision and Belief

As one of the most important private collectors of Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Chih Lo Lou is committed to its code of handling artworks in the collection with great care and respect. Ever since its inception in the 1940s, Chi Lo Lou has assumed the role of an art promoter with a mission to preserve the collection well into the future.

We believe that art can improve our society, enhance humanity, and broaden the general public's view and vision.

In order to well fulfil our duty, we will strive to ensure that our collection be seen, studied and appreciated as often and by as many as possible.

Founder

Mr. Ho, Iu Kwong, MBE (Hon) (1907-2006)

Born in Guangzhou, Mr. Ho was orphaned at a very tender age. He came to Hong Kong at the age of 14, and later founded the present Fook Lee Construction Company Limited in 1938. Besides his business and family, Mr. Ho was also very devoted to charity, and after living for a whole century, he passed away peacefully in October 2006.

As the founder of Chih Lo Lou, Mr. Ho had taken up the responsibility to preserve and promote Chinese arts throughout his life. Having developed a special passion for Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Mr. Ho had high respect for the artists, particularly those with high virtues. In collecting items of art, his motto was, "virtues of the artists come before their techniques."

This attitude of Mr. Ho can be attributed to his awareness of the impact of paintings and calligraphy on social values, and he agreed with the Tang Dynasty connoisseur, Mr. Zhang Yan Yuan’s saying that, "just like the Six (classical) scriptures, paintings can educate and serve humanity." Abiding by such belief, Mr. Ho was dedicated to sharing his collection with the general public, always reminding himself not to fail his duty of serving and benefitting humanity.

Board of Directors

Ho, Sai Chu, GBS, OBE, JP (Chairman)

Ho, Sai Leung

Ho, Sai Hang

Ho, Sai Yiu

Ho, Sai Kit

Ho, Kwan Yee

Ho, Suk Yee





Exhibition

Major public exhibitions of Chih Lo Lou in past years:

Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy of Ming Loyalists (The Hong Kong City Hall)

Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy of Ming Loyalists with worldwide conference (The Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Paintings and Calligraphy of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (The Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Nobility and Virtue: A Selection of Late Ming and Early Qing Paintings and Calligraphies from the Chih Lo Lou Collection, presented by Hong Kong Museum of Art
Date: Dec 24 2010 to May 1 2011
Venue: Chinese Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of Art

The Art of Dissent in 17th Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Sept 6 2011 to Jan 2 2012
Venue: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1962Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy of Ming Loyalists
(The Hong Kong City Hall)

1975Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
of Ming Loyalists with worldwide conference
(The Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

1992-Paintings and Calligraphy of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
(The Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

2010-Nobility and Virtue: A Selection of Late Ming and Early Qing
Paintings and Calligraphies from the Chih Lo Lou Collection,
presented by Hong Kong Museum of Art
Date: Dec 24 2010 to May 1 2011
Venue: Chinese Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of Art

2011-The Art of Dissent in 17th Century China: Masterpieces of
Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection,
presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Sept 6 2011 to Jan 2 2012
Venue: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Publication

On the Chih Lo Lou collection of paintings and calligraphy:

Paintings and Calligraphy of Ming Loyalists from the Chih Lo Lou Collection

Paintings and Calligraphy of Chih Lo Lou: part of Ming Loyalists

Paintings and Calligraphy of Chih Lo Lou: part of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing

Paintings and Calligraphy of Ming Loyalists from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Catalogue)

Paintings and Calligraphy of the Ming and Qing Dynasties from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Catalogue)

Nobility and Virtue: A Selection of Late Ming and Early Qing Paintings and Calligraphies from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Catalogue)

Besides publications on its collection of paintings and calligraphy, Chih Lo Lou, has in the past 50 years, also given birth to over 40 books on various topics in arts and literature.

Many of these publications continue to provide valuable research materials in worldwide universities and museums.

Contact

Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion (Non-Profit Making) Ltd.

Address:Unit 1507, 15/F,
AXA Centre,
151 Gloucester Road,
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Phone:2861 3638

Fax:2861 3628

Email:info@chihlolou.com