Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy

"Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy"

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries  January 16, 2019 (Wed) - February 24, 2019 (Sun)

Draft of a Requiem to My Nephew, By Yan Zhenqing, Tang dynasty (Lent by the National Palace Museum, Taipei)

During the Tang dynasty of China (618–907), three great calligraphers–Ouyang Xun, Yu Shinan, and Chu Suiliang–perfected the style known as "standard script." While inheriting the tradition they established, Yan Zhenqing (709–785) succeeded in establishing his own style of calligraphy, which would have tremendous influence for ages to come. Bringing together exquisite works from collections in Japan and abroad, this exhibition will explore Yan Zhenqing and his work, its influence on future generations, and its reception in Japan.

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