The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is hosting "Fruitful Imagination - Exhibition of Works by Famous Contemporary Chinese Painters and Calligraphers” at its Chungshan National Gallery from Dec. 20 through Jan. 20. On display are precious Chinese paintings and calligraphy works collected by renowned collectors at home and abroad, making the exhibition the most meaningful gift presented by the memorial hall to start off the new year. In addition to aesthetic edification, the exhibition highlights academic research with both literary and documentary significance.
For example, the painting "Riverbank and Distant Mountains” (闊浦遙山) by the late maestro Chang Dai-chien (張大千) is accompanied by a nifty little anecdote. Dated March 17, 1981, the painting is inscribed with a note that says "[Chiang] Chao-shen (江兆申) highly praised the beef noodles he ate at my residence. I did not know how to respond, so in return, I spent half a day on this painting for him.”
The handwritten text records Chang's friendship with Chiang, and stands testament to their mutual love for gourmet beef noodles served at Chang's Taipei residence as well as Chang's character of boldness and generosity. Chiang treasured the painting very much during his lifetime and displayed it at the main hall of his residence in Puli, Nantou County. Although the painting has never been displayed in public prior to this exhibition, he personally shared the anecdote with all his good friends and students.
It can be said that all works on display at the memorial hall are masterpieces and some of them broke audition records for their high price. The rare exhibition has brought together a large number of artworks of high standards and the collection will be returned to their respective owners after Jan. 20.