Beyond Blessings: Birthday Greetings for the Master of Chih Lo Lou


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    Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 4/F
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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.


Ho Iu-kwong, the Master of Chih Lo Lou, was passionate about naamyam, a genre of song from Canton. On his birthdays, he would invite naamyam musicians to perform at his residence. For this exhibition, we have invited a local music group The Gong Strikes One to bring live performances in the gallery, recreating the birthday celebration of a literatus in Hong Kong in the 1960s. The pop-up performances will be held on 19 August and 16 September at the Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 4/F of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

【Performance details】
Naamyam Pop-up Performances for “Beyond Blessings: Birthday Greetings for the Master of Chih Lo Lou” exhibition

Date: 2023.08.19 & 2023.09.16 (Saturday)
Time: within 2:30 – 5:00pm; 2 sessions, 10 minutes for each session
Location: Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 4/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Performing group: The Gong Strikes One
Format: Pop-up performance
Language: Cantonese

 *Enrollment is not required.

 About the performing group:
Founded in 2012, The Gong Strikes One specialises in Chinese traditional theatre music and explores different performance settings of the genre, such as narrative singing, concerts, theatre and improvisation. Recent projects include: Hong Kong Music Miniatures (2021), an online collection of newly written mini-music, and Between the Notes (2022), a research project on gongche notations of Cantonese operatic songs and music published in early Hong Kong. The group is currently working on a naamyam audio book project, which performs classic tales from early “wooden-fish books”.