The M K Lau Collection is one of the Asia’s finest private collections of 20th century Chinese calligraphy, brush and ink paintings. Encompassing important canonical 20th century masters, the M K Lau Collection is testament to the founder's vision and commitment to the art of connoisseurship, and is the culmination of more than a quarter of a century of scholarship and collecting. With acquisitions beginning as early as 1977, the Collection boasts breadth and depth of knowledge, with a dedication to fostering new thought and cultural exchange through exhibitions, loans and collaborative initiatives.
The main collection comprises prominent 20th Century Masters, and features a spectacular range of masterpieces, collected with impeccable provenance and extensive exhibition history, including distinguished artists such as Wu Changshuo, Huang Binhong, Qi Baishi, Liu Kuiling, Yu Fei'an, Wu Hufan, Xu Beihong, Pu Ru, Zhang Daqian, Lin Fengmian, Fu Baoshi, Li Keran and Wu Guanzhong. A lens not just into the rich and ancient tradition of Chinese ink painting, the Collection offers a microcosm into the wider social and historical context of China, providing glimpses into the significant ways Chinese painting has evolved in the 20th century, and its influences on both Western and Eastern visual vocabulary.
Concurrently, the M K Lau Collection aims to expand the perception of Chinese brush and ink painting beyond the traditional masters, extending the Collection to include works that are representative of the varied styles and accomplishments of important artists across different periods. Embodying the wide spectrum of 20th century and contemporary Chinese art, the M K Lau Collection also includes unparalleled collections within the categories: Rendering Change – Arts of New China 1949-79; Hong Kong Ink Art; Contemporary Ink Art; and Woodblock Prints.