Meet Liu Jipiao, the Father of Chinese Art Deco

Why We Recommend it

Jennifer Wong, the granddaughter of the first Chinese architect to create modern design with a distinctive Chinese aesthetic, will speak about her grandfather’s life and career.


Liu Jipiao (劉既漂) (1901-1992) is remembered as the first Chinese Art Deco architect. In 1925, he was invited to contribute to China’s pavilion section of the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes. In particular, his design for the entrance, which included a dragon and a phoenix, was the first melding of Chinese elements with Art Deco, a uniquely Chinese aestethic that was later embraced by new generations of Chinese architects and artists. This design earned him recognition and awards from the French government.

In this talk, Liu’s granddaughter Jennifer Wong, a graduate of Wesleyan University specialising in Southeast Asia language and history, will reveal more about the life and work of the Father of Chinese Art Deco. Interested parties are asked to sign up for the talk by filling out this form.

This is a companion talk to the Art Deco. The France-China Connection exhibition.


When: 6 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019 Where: Room 6208, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong – 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong – Kowloon