2006 British Museum acquires 2 of Huang Yao’s Wenzi Hua

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Bookcover of Modern Chinese Calligraphy

Huang Yao’s Wenzi Hua

Huang Yao’s Wenzi Hua 2

British Museum acquires 2 of Huang Yao’s Wenzi Hua or the paintings of ancient Chinese characters to join its existing collection of Modern Chinese Calligraphy.

The British Museum started its collection of Modern Chinese Calligraphy with the help of Mr. Gordon Barrass, who had served in the British Embassy in Beijing in the early 1970s and has since then frequently travels to China. In his book, ‘The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China’ he has acquired for the British Museum a set of Modern Chinese Calligraphy paintings and has interviewed the different calligraphers. In the book, he documents the influences that have shaped calligraphy over the last 50 years.

To the Chinese, the art of calligraphy represents the epitome of culture, the dark days of China's Cultural Revolution (1966-76) were marked by suppression of the arts and free expression, calligraphy continued to flourish as a propaganda tool. In the decades since Mao's death, calligraphy has continued to evolve, but it is now an instrument of expression of the avant-garde.

Huang Yao’s works rejoin that of several of his old friends from the 1930s and 1940s such as Huang Miaozi and Zhang Zhengyu.

Source : The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China (click to purchase)

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