Revered Chinese calligrapher’s work unveiled at Richmond Museum
28 November 2016
Thirty works by Wang Duo, a revered Chinese calligrapher from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, will be on display in the Richmond Museum’s new show Leave Your Mark: Wang Duo – A Calligrapher for the Ages opening December 1. Some of these pieces have never been seen outside of China since Wang Duo created them over 500 years ago.
This exhibit is in partnership with China’s Luoyang Museum and the Canada Multicultural and Arts Exchange Association with support from the Camby Wang Risk & Wealth Management Company.
“Richmond is proud to be the first city outside China to present some of these beautiful and historic works and this exhibition is an excellent symbol of successful international collaboration and cultural exchange,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This exhibit supports the Richmond Museum’s goal of contributing to a broader understanding of our community in an accessible everyday setting that everyone can enjoy and understand.”
Museum visitors will be able to try their hands at calligraphy, put their mark on a graffiti wall, take a surprising selfie in the gallery to post to hashtag #LeaveYourMarkRM, and dive into a variety of interactive activities in the Discovery Area. Also on display will be rare and valuable glazed vases, bowls and burial pillows. These ceramics complement the exhibit as this Chinese art form uses many of the same principles as calligraphy.
Wang Duo lived in Henan, China from 1592-1652 during the fall of the Han Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Likely influenced by these difficult times, his work is revered for its unique, vigorous and emotional style.
Leave Your Mark – Wang Duo: A Calligrapher for the Ages will run from December 1, 2016 to June 11, 2017 at the Richmond Museum, 7700 Minoru Gate (located in the Richmond Cultural Centre). Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information about the Richmond Museum visit www.richmond.ca/culture/sites/museum.