An exhibition on the theme “Ink Wonders of San Wu” kicked off at the Zhejiang University Museum of Art and Archeology (ZJUMAA) on May 18. offers to present a complete picture of the development of calligraphy centered in Wumen during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
The exhibition features 93 pieces (sets) of calligraphy and paintings, most of which are open to the public for the first time. It is also the first special university exhibition dedicated to the private collections of ZJUMAA.
The 82 pieces (sets) of the exhibition are provided by LIN Xiao, former student of ZJU and chairman of the board of directors of the Jinmotang Calligraphy Foundation. “Public museums occupy a dominant position in the collection of valuable cultural relics, but some private collections are also impressive,” said Professor BAI Qianshen, dean of the School of Art and Archeology and director of ZJUMAA. promote a favorable cooperation mechanism between public museums and private collections. “
“The vast majority of the works in this exhibition are open to the public for the first time,” said Professor XUE Longchu of the School of Art and Archeology, who is also the curator of this special exhibition, “The The exhibition not only gives visitors a tangible feel of calligraphy, but also offers an in-depth exploration of the way of life of scholars in historical contexts. I hope different spectators will gain different things from the exhibition.
As an educational museum, this exhibition is also a crucial opportunity to train students. Several postgraduate art history students participate in screening exhibitions, compiling catalogs, labeling exhibitions and proofreading in English. “Holding an exhibition of private collections is a significant challenge in terms of professional competence. The entire exhibition planning process is a continuous learning process for faculty and students. In addition to focusing on the quality of the exhibits, we also strive to find out more about their significance, ”said XUE Longchun.
“Hopefully, students of history, cultural preservation, museology and chemistry as well as relevant associations can benefit from the exhibition,” said BAI Qianshen, who also expressed his cordial gratitude to LIN Xiao for his generous support. With the approval of the collection owner, the cultural preservation team at our school will also sample and test and conduct comprehensive research leveraging the interdisciplinary strengths of the University.
In order for visitors to gain more experience and deepen their feeling and understanding of calligraphy, ZJUMAA will offer academic workshops, lectures and hands-on workshops during the exhibition.