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ZEST TO DUNHUANG: PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY BY JAO TSUNG-I
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19 Nov 2010 - 16 Feb 2011

The Dunhuang Academy of China, the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, and the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong are pleased to present an exhibition of painting and calligraphy by the eminent scholar and artist Professor Jao Tsung-I.

Born in Chaozhou, Guangdong province in 1917, Professor Jao taught at The University of Hong Kong from 1952 to 1968. From 1968 to 1973 he was the first Chair of Chinese and Head of the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. In 1973, he joined the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of The Chinese University of Hong Kong as Chairman until his retirement in 1978. As a scholar of extraordinary and broad talent, he is distinguished in fields as diverse as palaeography, Dunhuang studies, history, archaeology, and epigraphy, among others. He has written over 80 books and 500 papers. In addition to his many academic achievements are those as an artist, poet, and calligrapher. He has held many exhibitions of his painting and calligraphy internationally. Professor Jao's many awards include being the first Chinese to receive an honorary degree in humanities from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in France. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Dunhuang Research Institute, China and has been awarded a Prize for Special Contributions to the Protection of Dunhuang Relics.

Dunhuang in north-western China was established as an important border town in the Han dynasty, but quickly became a significant site in the development of Buddhism in China as it lay at the junction of the trade routes known collectively as the Silk Route. This exhibition will feature Professor Jao's paintings and calligraphy inspired by this ancient oasis town. Known for his studies of the art, history and culture of Dunhuang, these works are executed in the style of the line drawings and frescoes found there, as well as the calligraphic style of Buddhist sutras. Around sixty works including paintings of heavenly figures such as lokapalas, apsaras and bodhisattvas of compassion (Guanyin), and earthly subjects such as lohan, will be on display alongside Professor Jao's calligraphy.

 

Contemplative Bodhisattva 

 2008 

 

Flying Apsaras 

 2002 


Stream 

 2010

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