Exhibition celebrates the ubiquitous art of calligrapher Tung Yang-tzu

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/29/2020
By: Chao Ching-yu and Matthew Mazzetta

Photo courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) Although Tung Yang-tzu (董陽孜) is perhaps not a household name, it is hard to go anywhere in Taiwan without encountering her calligraphy.

Her work appears everywhere, from the passport stamps at immigration control, to the logos of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Huashan Creative Park; the covers of books by renowned novelist Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇); in the main hall of Taipei Station and the arrivals terminal of Songshan Airport; even in a music video by the pop star Jay Chou (周杰倫).

Now, 94 of Tung's large-format pieces, as well as oil paintings dating from early in her career, are being exhibited at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, in a solo retrospective called "Moving Ink."

Born in Shanghai in 1942, Tung came to Taiwan at age 10, and studied art at National Taiwan Normal University. After a period spent developing her skills in the United States, Tung returned to Taiwan in 1977 to devote herself full-time to calligraphy.    [FULL  STORY]

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