The Master of Chih Lo Lou, Ho Iu-kwong (1907 – 2006), built up the Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy with the aim of preserving the national essence and promoting Chinese art. As a philanthropist and passionate collector, he had always been a close friend of many in Hong Kong’s literati circle and a generous sponsor of cultural activities. The exhibition takes Ho’s 60th birthday in 1966 as the theme, featuring 31 sets of works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection gifted by Ho’s various notable friends from the literati circle in Hong Kong. These birthday-themed works reflect the vibrancy of the Hong Kong literati scene during the 1950s and 60s.
The exhibition also engages the local music group, The Gong Strikes One, and artist Hikoko Ito to create customised naamyam music pieces and an art installation called Happy Birthday Likeboxes. By combining new and old elements, everyone is invited to immerse in the world of literati through different media.