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A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan

Aug. 28, 2021May. 16, 2022
Chinese Garden, Studio for Lodging the Mind

Part 1: Aug. 28–Dec. 13, 2021
Part 2: Jan. 29–May 16, 2022

Celebrating the recent opening of the final phase of its Chinese Garden, The Huntington presents an exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy as the inaugural installation in the garden's new art gallery, the Studio for Lodging the Mind. The exhibition, designed to illuminate the art form and foster deeper appreciation of its expressive qualities, will be presented in two 16-week rotations of 20 works each. The work of 21 contemporary ink artists will be featured, including Bai Qianshen, Michael Cherney, Grace Chu, Fu Shen, Lo Ch’ing, Tang Qingnian, Wang Mansheng, Wan-go Weng, Zhu Chengjun, and Terry Yuan, among others. The works on view comprise the original calligraphic scrolls that served as the models for inscriptions throughout the garden. To complement the show, a series of calligraphy demonstrations by featured artists will be offered during the run of the exhibition inside an adjacent structure known as the Flowery Brush Library.

Part 1 | View Gallery Guide (English) | 導覽手冊(中文版)
Part 2 | View Gallery Guide (English) | 導覽手冊(中文版)

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Exhibition Events

Some Thoughts on the Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 | 7:30–9 p.m.
Zoom lecture

Mid-Autumn Moon Celebration
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 18 & 19, 2021 | 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Chinese Garden

Wild Cursive Calligraphy, Poetry, and Buddhist Monks in the Eighth Century and Beyond
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 | 7:30–9 p.m.
Zoom lecture

Calligraphy Demonstration: Terry Yuan (Yuan Zhizhong 袁志鍾)
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Chinese Garden

Calligraphy in the Lingering Garden, Suzhou
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 | 7:30–9 p.m.
Zoom lecture

Drinking and Scribbling in the Garden: Xu Wei’s Wild Cursive Calligraphy
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 | 7:30–9 p.m.
Zoom lecture

Calligraphy Demonstration: Tang Qingnian 唐慶年
Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden Tours

Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園
Learn about the artful brush writings found throughout the Chinese Garden. Start

Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance
Learn the design and history behind the Chinese Garden, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Start

Chinese Garden Audio Tour
Take a stroll around the Chinese Garden with this audio tour. English | 語音導覽

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