Mr. Qu Geping is a pioneer of environmental protection and one of the founders of environmental protection education in China, thus also known as "the number one in environmental protection in China". As the first part-time professor of environmental science as a discipline at Tsinghua University, he has devoted himself to the development and growth of the subject at the university.
Mr. Qu Geping, adept at Chinese calligraphy and painting since childhood, has gained recognition as a calligrapher within the field of environmental protection. He is associated with many famous calligraphers and painters such as Zhao Puchu, Qi Gong, Li Keran, Wu Zuoren, and Huang Zhou through close friendships. Moreover, his collection of hundreds of outstanding artworks can be considered to represent a microcosm and epitome of modern and contemporary Chinese calligraphy and painting. The arts of Chinese calligraphy and painting present an essential source of solace and enjoyment for him in his high age. In 2020, with the generous support of his wife and daughter, Mr. Qu made the decision to donate 48 pieces of fine works of calligraphy and painting from his collection to Tsinghua University to benefit the public.
The exhibition is themed on “Like Strings of Splendid Beads”, which is cited from the “Record of Music” (Yueji) contained in the Book of Rites (Liji), to highlight the preciousness of Mr. Qu’s calligraphy and painting collection as well as the refined taste, noble sentiment, and elegant pursuits of the collector. The donation not only enhances the virtues and standards of the modern and contemporary calligraphy and painting collection at the museum, but also allows for the donated works to be presented to the public as precious carriers to narrate stories of art, and disseminate the excellent Chinese culture.