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Brush Strokes of Modern China
A glimpse at contemporary China through its artwork
September 3-October 17, 2019 (dates extended)
Washington, DC


The U.S.-China Policy Foundation has organized an exhibit showcasing calligraphy by authors, politicians, military generals, and other notable Chinese historical figures as well as a selection of Shanghai School and other modern Chinese paintings.  The pieces date back to the late Qing dynasty, go through the fall of Imperial China, the start of the Republic of China, the Sino-Japanese War, the rise of the Communist Party and the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

While modern China has been full of change, war, and strife, this exhibit shows that certain Chinese customs and culture remained the same. The value placed on calligraphy and the written word persisted. So much so that it was a skill mastered by a wide range of China’s modern leadership and notable figures and was continually practiced, even during times of war. Regardless of the dynasty or political system in charge of China, calligraphy and the Chinese language was a constant, unifying the Chinese people over thousands of years. As China continues to develop and modernize, calligraphy will hopefully persevere as an integral part of the Chinese identity.

The exhibit includes pieces by Sun Yat-sen; Chairman Mao Zedong; Lin Zexu, a Qing dynasty official known for his opposition to the opium trade; Chen Duxiu, co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party;  Feng Yuxiang, a Chinese warlord who commanded troops during the Sino-Japanese War; Hu Shi, a renowned educator and scholar who later served as the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. from 1938-1942; and more.

The pieces in this exhibit come from the personal collection of Chi Wang. Many of these pieces have never been exhibited before. The collector hopes that by displaying these pieces, viewers will learn more about China’s recent history and will also come to appreciate both the historical significance and artistic value of Chinese calligraphy.

Event Info
Exhibit Flyer: Link
Date: September 3 – October 17, 2019
Time: Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: 1776 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC
Media Contact: Ariane Rosen, 202-547-8615

Calligraphy Catalog: Link