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A joint calligraphy exhibition featuring the late calligrapher Shih Tzu-chen (史紫忱) and his student Chen Kuo-yang (陳國揚) will take place at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall from Feb. 8 through 26. Dedicated to Shih's 100th birthday anniversary, the opening ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Feb. 8.
Shih devoted his whole life to teaching and studying calligraphy. To commemorate his role as a mentor and an educator, Shih's students organized the exhibition to display over 80 of his and Chen's calligraphy pieces. Color calligraphy, which the late professor was a pioneer and advocate for, will be featured prominently in the exhibit.
Chen, who had studied calligraphy under Shih for nearly three decades, said his teacher was quite knowledgeable of Chinese literature and courageous enough to break traditions. Calligraphy, the cursive style in particular, is both written and drawn. The flowing cursive style is more often freely drawn than carefully written, giving rise to Shih's ethereal "painting-like calligraphy.”