Li Chi Mao Art Museum, located at Gao Tang district in Shandong province in north-east China, is the biggest art museum showcasing the works of the Grandmaster of Contemporary Chinese Brush Paintings, Prof. Li Chi Mao, who is based in Taiwan.
The sculptural building, conceptualised by the artist himself, is inspired by the mega junk boat of the great Chinese explorer-mariner Admiral Zheng He (1371-1433). The imposing boat shape of the building stands four storeys high with three unique mock mass on top. The Li Chi Mao Art Museum project is a special grant of the China Government to honour Grandmaster Prof. Li Chi Mao.
Also, Prof. Li is recognised as the Honorary Citizen of Malacca when the Govenor of Malacca, Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil Yaakob, announced this on October 8, 2009, on occasion of the launching of Li Chi Mao Art Museum in Malacca. The Museum, founded by Datuk Vincent Sim to honour Prof. Li, has recently been moved to Taman Mulia, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It will be open for public viewing again in December 2017.
Prof. Li Chi Mao (born in 1925, Woyang Country, Anhuei Province, China) is a great scholar, educationist, ambassador of art, and is considered a national treasure in his home base in Taiwan. He has been awarded by the President of Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek (1973), Taiwan Ministry of National Defence and the National Literature and Art Prize, Taiwan in 1982. The City of San Francisco honoured him by naming November 29 as ‘Li Chi Mao Day’ in the United States in 1987.