The five calligraphy works by Tong Yang-Tze, one of the most acclaimed calligraphy artists working today, were commissioned for the Main Hall on the occasion of the museum opening. Each phrase was selected by the artist from the I Ching (Book of Changes), an ancient Chinese philosophical text. Standing in the centre of Main Hall, one pillar displays four phrases from the original text; the other is encircled by a single sentence. These excerpts, written in a mix of running and regular scripts, touch upon delicate dynamic between humans, nature and cosmic order and are the artist’s reflection on how ancient wisdom applies to the modern world. Tong’s monumental calligraphy proposes new possibilities for experiencing written Chinese, emphasising the significance of script in Chinese visual culture, and underscoring calligraphy as a contemporary medium.
Tong Yang-Tze is one of the most acclaimed calligraphy artists working today. Trained in the classical art of writing since childhood and later in oil painting in Taiwan and the United States, she began making calligraphy exclusively in the 1970s. Her signature rhythmic strokes and innovative compositions of characters often blur the boundaries between calligraphy and abstract painting.