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“Had I been born Chinese, I would have been a calligrapher, not a painter.” said Pablo Picasso. Why was calligraphy so attractive to him? Why has the art of writing lines become so appealing? Chinese calligraphy certainly is a “second to none” art form, and is without doubt the most important form of art in Chinese history. In daily and academic lives, Chinese words/characters are not only for embodying meaning, but also for various purposes of cultural expression, such as writing, artistic performing, religion, aesthetics and philosophy, social life and “tempering personality”. In fact, it is rare to find any Chinese literati without the ability to function in this art in earlier historical periods. Therefore, it can be said that Chinese culture truly is a filled “culture of words.”
Following the Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice course offered by the School of Culture, History and Language, here comes a unique showcase exhibition featuring student artworks from the summer session intensive course.
Exhibition dates: 16 February -27 February 2019
Opening reception: Friday, 15 February 2019, 4pm