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A Successful China Calligraphy Invitation Exhibition and Workshop Held in Nanjing

Date: 2015-02-05

On 22 January 2015, a China Calligraphy Invitation Exhibition, with the Chinese title of “Han Mo Zai Dao”, was held at the Museum of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, with the co-sponsorship of the CCICH Calligraphy and Painting Institute and the Jiangsu Provincial Institute for Culture and History. At the opening ceremony, Wang Weimin, Vice Chairman of the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council, and Cao Weixing, Vice Governor of Jiangsu, delivered speeches. In his speech, Wang Weimin pointed out the importance of literary and art people being committed to a people-centered approach in their creation, with an awareness of their historical responsibility and an aim of creating more outstanding works living up to the expectations of the era. He expressed hope that the exhibition would play a role in guiding the direction of creation among the literary and art communities in China. Jiao Ziwei, Executive President of the CCICH Calligraphy and Painting Institute read the congratulatory letter of CCICH President Yuan Xingpei. The opening ceremony was attended also by Zhou Heping, Deputy Director-General of the United Front Department of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Gao Yun, Deputy Director-General of the Culture Department of Jiangsu Province, Song Linfei, Chairman of the Counsellors’ Office of the Jiangsu Provincial Government (Jiangsu Provincial Institute for Culture and History) as well as renowned calligraphers from all over the country, local calligraphers, theorists and university teachers and students.

The exhibition is the last stop of the series exhibitions – “Han Mo Zai Dao” Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Invitation Exhibition. It displayed 64 pieces of work from 33 calligraphers. The works featured self-created poems or classical poetic lines, with an elegant and unique style, giving expression to the true feelings and romanticism of the calligraphers. In their calligraphy, Shen Peng, Yuan Xingpei, Xue Yongnian, Cheng Yongzheng, Wei Feng, Wu Jingshan, Zhu Shouyou, Lin Xiu, Hua Rende, Chu Yun, Wang Degong, Lu Zhongnan, Sun Xiaoyun, and Li Yi, among others, expressed their feelings and sentiments by writing their own poetic creations in brush and ink.
    This exhibition showed the new features of contemporary Chinese calligraphy to the audience in Jiangsu, providing an opportunity of appreciation, learning and research and winning great applause from the audience.
     In the afternoon, a workshop was held. Cao Shouhuai,Wang Shizheng, Yu Dequan, Wei Feng, Wu Jingshan, Zhu Shouyou, Huang Dun, Kong Keli, Chu Yun, Wang Degong and other contributing calligraphers engaged in discussions on the status and challenges of current calligraphy creation. In response to the rashness in the calligraphy community in recent years, they spoke their mind and shared views on the relationship between the inheritance and innovation of Chinese calligraphy. They agreed that Chinese calligraphy should build on the classical Chinese cultural spirit and fine traditions of the older-generation calligraphers and that only building on the heritage can offer a way of artistic innovation for contemporary calligraphers. The workshop was chaired by Hua Rende, researcher of the CCICH Calligraphy and Painting Institute and also researcher of the Jiangsu Provincial Institute for Culture and History.