New Met Museum Exhibition Features Classic Calligraphy

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Following its first major foray into Chinese contemporary art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art returns to traditional ink art with its latest Chinese art exhibition, Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy – Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.  The exhibition presents nearly fifty works of calligraphy by about two dozen calligraphers from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, including Zhao Mengfu (赵孟頫 /  趙孟頫), Wen Peng (文彭) , Xiong Tingbi (熊廷弼), and Dong Qichang ( 董其昌).  One of the highlights is Wen Peng’s transcription of the Thousand Character Classic (千字文) on 85 leaves, filling a 25-foot long wall.

For those unable to attend, the works in the exhibition can be viewed online.

More from the press release.

Related programs include two exhibition tours and a lecture on Chinese calligraphy:

Free Lecture:

Friday Focus—Reading and Looking: The Pleasures of Chinese Calligraphy
Friday, May 9, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talks:

Exhibition Tour—Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy—Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang
Thursday, May 15, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 20, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Free with Museum admission

The exhibition runs from April 29 – August 17, 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image: Poem by Wen Zhengming courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art