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Like Strings of Splendid Beads: Exhibition of Works of Calligraphy and Painting Donated by Qu Geping

Exhibition Info
Exhibition Period   16 March 2021 - 5 May 2021
Exhibition Venue   Exhibition Hall 8, 4th Floor, Tsinghua University Art Museum
General Planner   Du Pengfei
Curators   Ni Jia An Su
General Coordinators   Su Dan Wang Chenya
Project Coordinators   Lan Yu
Curatorial Assistants   Gui Lixing Gao Ning
Visual Supervisior   Wang Peng
Visual Designers   Wang Peng Yang Hui Wang Meiyi
Exhibition Designers   Wang Zhiyong Liu Yunhui Wu Yuqing
Exhibition Team   Lan Yu An Su
English Proof Reader   Shao-Lan Hertel
Acknowledgements   Qu Geping Zhang Kun
Host   Tsinghua University Art Museum
Exhibition Profile

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.

Works on show

  • Climbing Mount Tai in the Early Summer of 1961
    Guo Moruo
    1961

  • Forgetting Being Old in Sichuan
    Qian Songyan
    20th Century

  • Wild Geese in Reeds
    Lin Fengmian
    20th Century

  • The Life of the Dong Women
    Song Yinke
    1974

  • Ode to the Plum Blossom
    Dong Shouping, Zhao Puchu
    1973

  • Pine, Rock, Bamboo, Waterfall
    Dong Shouping and Other Artists 1973

  • Let Go of the Rafts Beside the Forest
    Li Keran
    20th Century

  • A Poem to the Beijing History Museum
    Zhao Puchu
    1974

  • Keep Moving Forward
    Wu Zuoren,
    Zhao Puchu
    1975

  • The Waterfall in Pine Valley
    Li Xiongcai
    20th Century

  • The Morning in Sanxia
    Song Wenzhi
    1965

  • Driving the Donkeys
    Huang Zhou
    20th Century

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