CUHK received a generous donation of HK$50 million from the family of Mr and Mrs Harold Lee on the occasion of the Art Museum’s Golden Anniversary. Together with an earlier donation from the Lo Kwee Seong Foundation, the Lee family’s gift enabled the Art Museum to increase gallery space substantially with a new building. In appreciation of the donation from Ms Irene Lee (Chairman of Hysan Development Company Limited), Mr Anthony Lee (Director of Lee Hysan Company Limited), and Ms Marie-Christine Lee (Founder of Sports for Hope Foundation), Prof. Rocky S. Tuan (Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK) and Prof. Josh Yiu (Director of Art Museum, CUHK) presented a special gift to the family of Mr and Mrs Harold Lee. The gift was a couplet composed by Prof. Fan Sin-biu of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, written by the Art Museum’s associate curator and calligrapher Dr. Phil Chan, and mounted by the museum’s senior conservator Master Xie Guanghan.
The donation ceremony was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the two Golden Jubilee exhibitions of the Art Museum— “Artistic Confluence in Guangdong: Selected Painting and Calligraphy from Ming to Mid-Qing China” and “Enchanting Expeditions: Chinese Trade Porcelains across the Globe”. The ribbon-cutting guests were Prof. Rocky S. Tuan (Vice-Chancellor and President, CUHK), Dr. Chien Lee (Chairman of Bei Shan Tang Foundation), Dr. Norman Leung (GBS, OBE, JP, Council Chairman of The Council of CUHK), Prof. Mayching Kao (Former Director of Art Museum, CUHK), Mr Anthony Cheung (Chairman of Art Museum Advisory Committee, CUHK), Mr Peter Woo (Chairman of Friends of the Art Museum, CUHK), Prof. Chan Kam Leung Alan (Provost, CUHK), Prof. Lai Chi Tim (Associate Director (Executive) of Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK), Prof. Ho Che Wah (Associate Director of Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK), Prof. Josh Yiu (Director of Art Museum, CUHK), Prof. Xu Xiaodong (Associate Director of Art Museum, CUHK), Dr. Peggy Ho (Research Associate of Art Museum, CUHK and curator of “Artistic Confluence in Guangdong”), and Dr. Wang Guanyu (Associate Curator (Antiquities) of Art Museum, CUHK and curator of “Enchanting Expeditions”).