‘Chih Lo Lou’, or ‘Pavilion of Perfect Bliss’, was the name given by Ho Iu-kwong (1907–2006) to his collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Ming and Qing dynasties, acquired by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2018. This display of more than 100 highlights at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris (5 November–6 March 2022) marks the first time that the collection has been shown in Europe. The works reveal how, between the 15th and mid 18th centuries – and particularly in the years after the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1644 – the Chinese literati increasingly sought refuge in gardens, forests and mountains, and expressed the wisdom they gleaned with ink and silk. Find out more from the Cernuschi’s website.
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