Relaunch of the Collectors Circle & Panel Discussion on “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors”

  • Asia Society Hong Kong Center 9 Justice Drive Admiralty Hong Kong

Closing party of Asia Week Hong Kong 3rd edition

RELAUNCH of the COLLECTORS CIRCLE & Panel Discussion on “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors”

The original Collectors Circle was launched in 2006 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Friends has always been encouraging the study and appreciation of Oriental studies, Chinese art and culture within the Hong Kong community.

The goal of the Collectors Circle was to raise funds for the Art Museum to assist in building the permanent collection. A significant piece, Zen Lotus by Lui Shou Kwan, was acquired by the museum with the funds raised by the Collectors circle and matched by the Friends, valued at over HKD $1.2 million.

Now, ten years since the launch, the Friends will re-launch the Collectors Circle with a goal of contributing another significant piece of artwork to the Museum’s collection to commemorate the Friends’ 35th Anniversary – as well as the Collectors Circle’s 10th Anniversary – in 2016.

This celebratory evening will be illustrated with an insightful panel discussion on the topic “Challenges in the 21st century faced by curators and collectors” between Professor Jenny So, the Art Museum director of the Chinese University, Mr. Vincent Lo Wing-sang, BBS, JP, Private Collector, Chairman of the Art Museum Advisory Panel, Mrs. Jessica Harrison-Hall, Curator at the British Museum and moderated by The Friends’ vice chair Ms Laure Raibaut.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center is our partner in this event and Asia Week Hong Kong is co-hosting this event with the Friends as a closing event of Asia Week 3rd edition (27 May – 11 June).

* Unfortunately Mrs. Cissy Pao is not available to attend.

About the speakers

Vincent Lo | Private Collector, Chairman of the Art Museum Advisory Panel, Member of Interim Acquisition Committee & Museum Committee of M+ of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development.

Vincent collects Chinese art ranging from Classical Chinese paintings, calligraphy to contemporary Ink Art. He is a director of the governing board of the Ink Society.

He is a Solicitor of Supreme Court of Hong Kong, Notary Public, China-Appointed Attesting Officer and PRC Arbitrator Member and a Consultant of the law firm Gallant Y. T. Ho & Co. in which he has served as Senior Partner for over 17 years.

He is the Chairman of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee and the Hong Kong Red Cross. He is also a National Council Member of the Red Cross Society of China. 



Jessica Harrison-Hall is Head of the China Section and Curator of Chinese Ceramics in the Asia Department of the British Museum. Jessica researches and interprets Chinese history, art and material culture for a wide range of audiences. Her research interests focus on the Ming and Qing periods and China’s interactions with the wider world. She is currently Principal Investigator with Professor Craig Clunas of Oxford University of a major Arts and Humanities Research Project entitled Ming China: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450 (2012-2015). Recent outputs of this research include the exhibition and the book Ming: 50 years that changed China and a popular book Ming: People Art and Places (2014). She is author of several other books including Ming Ceramics (2001, translated into Chinese in 2014); Chinese Ceramics with Regina Krahl (2009, translated into Chinese in 2013); Vietnam: Behind the Lines (2002) and Pocket Timeline of China (2008). Jessica curated the first digital-interactive gallery at the British Museum for Chinese Ceramics in 2009 and together with colleagues from the V&A Museum curated “Passion for Porcelain” loan exhibition at the National Museum of China in 2012 and the UK touring exhibition “China: Journey to the East (2009-2012)”.


Professor So is Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Art Museum, the Institute of Chinese Studies (since Aug 2013), at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. Before her return to CUHK in 2001, she was Senior Curator at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., responsible for all research and exhibition programmes related to its collections of ancient Chinese art. She was Co-Chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee at Asia Society’s Hong Kong Centre until January this year.


Laure Raibaut is an expert in Chinese Contemporary art. Formerly an archaeologist and a postgraduate of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London and the Sorbonne In Paris, she started her career after attending CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) in Beijing at the time the art scene was booming and worked for Platform China Art Institute. While pursuing her studies in Chinese art and language in Paris and Beijing, she contributed to several projects as an intern, researcher and curator at various museums and institutions in France and China, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Between 2007 and 2013, she worked successively for the Chinese Contemporary Gallery and Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, as well as the Schoeni Art Gallery in Hong Kong, amongst others. Ms Raibaut is a senior specialist, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Christies’ Asia.