SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Ivy Chan

BA (Nottingham) MA (SOAS)


Ivy Chan
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Thesis title:
Collecting Chinese Art in Hong Kong during the 20th Century: Appropriation and Location
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PhD Research

This thesis investigates the history, context and impact of collecting Chinese art in Hong Kong during the 20th century. Through reconstructing the biographical accounts of representative Chinese art collectors who were active in the British colony during the 1950s-1990s – Edward T. Chow (1910-1980), Low Chuck-Tiew (1911-1993), Dr Ip Yee (1919-1984) and T. T. Tsui (1941-2010) – the present study highlights the diversity of collecting which thrived in this specific geographical, political and cultural-historical space. Through the lens of collecting activities, it adds to the recent surfacing of more local Hong Kong histories and contributes to a missing chapter in the global history of collecting Chinese art.