Dance of the Brush. The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

25.03.2014 to 14.09.2014
Museum für Asiatische Kunst

To this day, calligraphy is regarded throughout China as the greatest of all art forms. The aesthetic principles it follows are similar to painting, using a brush to apply ink to paper and silk.

The changes in direction and pressure used while handling the brush appear as a succession of points and lines that taken together reflect the writer’s personality. These points and lines lend an abstract quality to the work, allowing it to be appreciated even by audiences that cannot read Chinese.

The 33 works in the exhibition reveal the spectrum of the various styles of calligraphy: seal script, clerical script, standard script, running script, and cursive script. They also demonstrate the range of this artistic tradition, in which the calligrapher values imitation, creativity, and self-expression above all else.

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Please note that due to preparations for the transfer to the Humboldt Forum the Collection of South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art on the ground floor, that contains, amongst others, the famous 'Turfan' collection as well as art from India, have been closed since 11 January 2016.

Extended opening time Fri 6 to Sun 8 January 2017
Over the weekend of 7–8 January, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst will open their doors for the last time at their current location, before preparing in readiness for the move to Humboldt Forum. For this reason, the opening hours on this weekend will be extended and special events will be on offer.
Fri 6 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat 7 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun 8 January 2017 : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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