I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer. The autumn programme is full of events that continue to celebrate our 35th Anniversary.
I would like to start by congratulating Josh Yiu, who has been appointed as the Director of the Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Josh received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. A specialist in late Imperial and modern Chinese art, his book publications include Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographic Explorations (2009) and A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2014). He is also the project director and co-editor (with Mimi Gates) of Uncover the Past: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Seattle Art Museum Collection. We are incredibly lucky to have such a passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable person leading the museum. Working with him the past few months has been a joy and his vision for the future of the museum is inspiring. We wish him every success in this new position.
Josh has been working with our Collectors Circle Acquisition Committee on the new acquisitions for the museum to celebrate the Friends 35th Anniversary. These gifts are a result of donations made by the members of the new Collectors Circle, that was relaunched in June 2016. I would like to thank all the members of this committee, especially Dominica Yang, who took the lead on this project. Dominica was our previous chair, and the driving force behind the relaunch of the Collectors Circle. We are delighted by her continued support. The committee’s final decision included a rare large hand scroll by the eminent Hong Kong artist, Wucius Wong. Professor Wong has very deep ties to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as a mentor teacher and a renowned artist.
It is this deep connection and immense influence that the Arts Faculty at CUHK has with the Hong Kong art community that has led the Friends in deciding how to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We are holding an art exhibition featuring artists who are either alumni or deeply connected to CUHK. The exhibition, Nurturing
Creativity, features the works of 35 artists, some of which have been created specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition opens at the Rotunda in Exchange Square and is supported by HongKong Land. We are grateful for their sponsorship and appreciate their support for the arts in Hong Kong. The works will be available online through Paddle8, our online auction partners. The artists will be present at the opening on 20th September. I would like to mention the very hard work by Laure Raibaut in curating the senior artists for this exhibition. And also Alexandra Choa and her team of Young Friends who have curated the younger artists. We look forward to welcoming our new members to join us in celebrating this event.
We follow this with a Gala Dinner on 10th November at the China Club. The dinner is a celebration of our 35 years and we look forward to an evening with old and new friends. Five pieces from the exhibition will be auctioned at the dinner.
I am very sorry to report that we have two board members stepping down at the next Annual General Meeting. Belinda Piggott, who ran our events with such great enthusiasm, passion and efficiency, has moved to Sydney. Belinda made a valiant effort to continue to run events for many months. Also leaving her position in managing overseas tours is Therese Lesaffre, but I am thrilled that she will remain in charge of Membership. I am pleased to welcome Linda Ferguson, who has lived in the region for several years and will take over Belinda’s role in organising events.
We have held some wonderful events in the spring and early summer. The visit to the Claude Monet exhibition, with a special talk by the curator, was well received. We had an interesting event with K Auction, where the hosts were as impressed with our members’ knowledge as we were with theirs. We had a lively panel discussion, 35 Years of Colllecting, which was kindly sponsored by Asia Art Week and Candice Lee.
Our Young Friends are going from strength to strength. They have a strong membership and have held a number of independent activities during the spring and early summer.
Lastly I would like to thank Pearl Lam Galleries, who are our new newsletter sponsors. We look forward to their support and hope to work with them on events. I am sure their knowledge will be a wonderful support to our members.
I look forward to seeing you at all our 35th Anniversary activities and celebrating together.