by Desiree Au
Many busy Hong Kongers visit museums when they travel but forget what's on their doorstep. This month, there are two world-class showings on both sides of the harbour.
The Hong Kong Museum of Art in Tsim Sha Tsui will show a fantastic collection by Chinese master Lu Shoukun (1919-1975), who was painting with 'zen' principles before any 'new age gurus' knew what the word meant. The show charts his career from traditional landscapes to flowers and butterflies, but the best works are the abstract ink paintings (above), when Western modern movements such as Abstraction, Expressionism and Minimalism influenced Lu's radical style.
On Hong Kong side, head to the T T Tsui gallery at the University of Hong Kong, which is hosting Ecole de Paris, an exciting exhibition of modern Western masters from the collection of George and Mary Bloch.
The Blochs have spent almost four decades compiling a collection of Picassos, Miros and Chagalls, which they shipped from their home in London especially for this exhibition. The gallery, with high ceilings and warm lighting, is the perfect backdrop for the colourful and eclectic works. But don't expect this fantastic art to be around forever. Most of the Lu pieces are on loan and the Blochs say their pieces will be sent home after the show.