Late M’sian artist donated masterpieces to China


Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL, BEH YUEN HUI, and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE late Chung Chen Sun, founder of the Malaysian Institute of Art, donated over 1,200 pieces of his art collection to a university in China, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Some 100 pieces were the renowned artist and art educator’s own works, while the rest were masterpieces of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy masters including Zhang Daqian, Kang Youwei and Liu Haili, as well as Malaysian educationist-cum-calligrapher, the late Sim Mow Yu.

They will be kept at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, where Chung had set up an art museum.

Chung, who also founded the International Contemporary Ink Painting Association, has another museum in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

His daughter, Chung Yi, said a memorial service for her father would be held in Kunming, China soon. There, the family would also launch two of Chung’s books of art as well as the Chung Chen Sun Foundation.

Known as the Father of Contemporary Art Education, Chung passed away on Feb 26 at the age of 89. At a wake service on Monday, former MCA president Tan Sri Liow Tiong Lai said Chung had dedicated his life to art.

“His passing is a great loss to the country, the Chinese community and the art circle,” he said, adding that Chung’s contributions would greatly influence future generations.

The funeral will be held today and Chung will be buried at Nirvana Memorial Garden.

> China Press reported that a woman will reward the person who returns her Rolex watch that she had misplaced on Sunday.

The 30-year-old woman said the wristwatch worth RM150,000 was a gift from her husband when he proposed to her six years ago. She said he had left the watch in a toilet of a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur after changing her baby’s diaper at around 1.40pm.

“I returned to look for it 15 minutes later and it was gone,” she said, adding that she has lodged a police report. She appealed to the person who found the watch to contact her to negotiate a reward.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a, it denotes a separate news item.

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