Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8
January 2, 2022 (Sun) - February 27, 2022 (Sun)
The poet, calligrapher, and painter Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322) was one of the most important artists of the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368). Zhao was a descendant of the Han-Chinese imperial family of the Song dynasty (960–1279). He attempted to preserve traditional culture during the Mongol-led Yuan-dynasty, which he served most of his life. In particular, his advocation for reviving ancient calligraphy styles from the Jin (266–420) and Tang (618–907) dynasties, and painting styles from the Tang and Song dynasties, had a great influence on later generations of artists.
This exhibition—the 19th held in collaboration with the Taitō City Calligraphy Museum—introduces Zhao Mengfu’s art through four chapters: 1) Painting and Calligraphy before Zhao Mengfu, 2) Zhao Mengfu and Yuan-Dynasty Calligraphy, 3) Paintings of the Yuan Dynasty, and 4) Zhao’s Reception in the Ming Dynasty.