Palette of a Centenarian: Selected Works of Zhu Qizhan from the Jingguanlou Collection


The Hong Kong Museum of Art was honoured to receive an abundant collection of 20th-century Chinese painting and calligraphy from local collector Dr Leo Wong Kwai-kuen in late 2021. Marking the commencement of HKMoA's 60th anniversary this year, the exhibition showcases over 80 works from the Jingguanlou Collection that were completed by Zhu Qizhan (1892 – 1996) at different times in his life and that illustrate the artistic excellence that this virtuoso of the Shanghai School achieved over a hundred years. The exhibition explores the colour application approach behind Zhu's robust brushstrokes in the context of the reform of Chinese painting in the 20th century. As this year marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Zhu, it also takes a retrospective look at his long journey as a painter. Beginning with the artist's aesthetic philosophy and practice of fine art, it retraces his eventful life, his century-long painting career and his artistic connection with the owner of the Zhanyuantang Collection, a friendship that spanned nearly half a century and that developed from their first encounters into deep mutual affection and respect.

  • Date
  • Venue
    Jingguanlou Gallery, 4/F
  • Fee



View Floorplan
  • 1000Exhibition Overview
  • Juliet1001Juliet
  • Narcissus in snow1002Narcissus in snow
  • Goldfish1003Goldfish
  • Snowscape1004Snowscape
  • Plum blossoms in a vase1005Plum blossoms in a vase
  • Jiangnan in March1006Jiangnan in March
  • Mountain ranges from the front1007Mountain ranges from the front
  • River village with rising clouds1008River village with rising clouds
  • Sketch of landscape in ink1009Sketch of landscape in ink