C.T. Loo: Highs and Lows of a Great Art Dealer

Géraldine Lenain speaking at Asia Society Hong Kong Center on May 26, 2014.

HONG KONG, May 26, 2014 — Beginning with a series of ancient Chinese relics — ranging from a pagoda in Paris to a large sculpture of Namo Amitabha in London — Géraldine Lenain introduced the trade pieces dealt by C.T. Loo, one of the most exceptional art dealers of Chinese artifacts in Europe. Having dealt with many art pieces from Loo herself, Ms. Lenain talked about the mystery behind the man and how his life has remained unexamined and unknown.

“This silence has a reason,” Lenain suggested. “It’s the will of C. T. Loo himself, to hide his life.”

In the rest of the evening presentation, Lenain unraveled the Loo's life through her long-term investigation and research, starting with her talk with Loo's last witness in his life — Janine, his youngest daughter, who was then 92 years old and living in Paris. Loo’s secretive yet exciting life was then finally revealed to the art world and the general public.

Video: Watch the complete program (1 hr., 16 min.)