The HKU Museum Society is pleased to tour The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Painting under the guidance of the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Phil Chan. Responding to requests from academia and the public, the Art Museum of CUHK is rerunning this exhibition to showcase the artistic achievements in painting from the Southern Song to the Qing dynasties.
The 120 exhibits are presented in ten sections, namely Landscapes of the Mind, Landscapes from Nature, Landscapes after the Past, Birds-and-Flowers and Miscellaneous Subjects, Daoist and Buddhist Realms, Portraits beyond Appearances, Fair Ladies, Yangzhou Painting, Guangdong Painting, and Women Painters, in the hope of offering visitors a road map for sampling the intriguingly complex and enduringly captivating domains of Chinese painting. Strolling through the exhibition galleries, visitors may feel like travelling back in time and discovering different facets of the past.
Dr. Phil Chan received his Ph.D. from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is currently the Associate Curator (Painting and Calligraphy) in the Art Museum, CUHK, having a research interest in Ming, Qing and Modern Chinese calligraphy and painting, including the relation between Chinese poem and painting, and the history of connoisseurship and collections. His recent research focuses on the Lanting artifacts and works of Dong Qichang in the collection of the Art Museum, CUHK. He has curated several exhibitions, and edited/co-edited several catalogues, the most recent one is “Sincere Brush: Works of Ting Yin-yung Courtesy of His Students and Friends in the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK”. He was awarded the J.S. Lee Memorial Fellow (2018-19), working at the Princeton University Art Museum to study the colophons and inscriptions on the collection of Song and Yuan painting and calligraphy, as well as Ming and Qing letters.