LOS ANGELES, June 3 (Xinhua) – The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that they will open a new art gallery in their Chinese garden in August with a Chinese calligraphy exhibition as inaugural installation.
The new gallery, the Studio for Lodging the Mind, or Yu Yi Zhai in Chinese, located at the northern end of the garden, according to the famous Southern California collections-based research and educational institution, the gallery is a 160-square-meter, light and climate-controlled gallery space, suitable for exhibiting works of art on paper or silk.
The exhibition, scheduled to open in August, will be presented in two rotations of 20 works of calligraphy – from artistic brushwork to ink on paper – each and will last until next May. Visitors will explore the various visual forms of calligraphy through the five conventional types of writing: seal, clerical, regular, fluent, and cursive.
All of the works, created by contemporary artists since 2007, served as models for the inscriptions in the Chinese Garden, known as Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Perfume.
“Calligraphy is fundamental in a Chinese garden, but it is a characteristic that is often overlooked by visitors, especially those who cannot read Chinese,” said Phillip E. Bloom, curator of the Chinese garden and director of the Center. for East Asian Garden Studies in a press release.
“This exhibition promotes a deeper appreciation of the art behind these inscriptions by introducing the content, materials, forms and future of calligraphy.” Bloom explained, noting that Chinese calligraphy is an art of apparent contradictions.
“Although it is made with simple materials – brush, ink and paper – its visual forms are endless. Although written according to rigid rules, it also encourages sophisticated forms of self-expression. Ubiquitous in the world of Chinese reading, calligraphy nonetheless can remain difficult to appreciate even for a scholar. “
He said that through this exhibition, the organizer hoped to help make Chinese calligraphy more accessible to local residents and make a significant contribution to public engagement with this art form.