Writing, Carving, and Rubbing: China's Calligraphic Arts

April 4, 2009 – October 25, 2009

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 13 Floor Plan

The exhibition showcases the evolution of Chinese calligraphy through six major script types -- oracle-bone, seal, clerical, cursive, running, and standard script -- in the past three millenniums. Eminent calligraphers today both reinterpret the accomplishments of past masters and create original works with unique personal styles, illustrating the art of Chinese calligraphy that continues to the present day. Also included in the exhibition are writing tools, such as The Four Treasures of Scholar's Studio -- namely paper, ink stick, brush, and ink stone -- as well as the seal and seal paste.