Exhibition of Calligraphy by Dr. Ambrose So
“Treasures from the Brush Tip”
opens at the University of Macau

(Macao, 25 September 2015) The exhibition “Calligraphy by Ambrose So: Treasures from the Brush Tip” opened on Friday 25 September at the University of Macau (“UM”) Wu Yee Sun Library.

The exhibition of around 30 pieces of calligraphic work by Dr. Ambrose So Shu Fai was officiated at the Library by the President of the Legislative Assembly of Macao SAR and member of the University Council of UM Mr. Ho Iat Seng, President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government Mr. Ung Vai Meng, Director of the Macao Government Tourist Office Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Chairman of the University Council of UM Dr. Lam Kam Seng Peter, Rector of UM Prof. Wei Zhao, University Librarian of UM Dr. Paul W. T. Poon, Chairman of the Board of General Assembly of the UM Alumni Association Dr. Ao Peng Kong, as well as Dr. Ambrose So.

The exhibited works include transcriptions of carved stone tablet texts, inscriptions of axioms from the Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist schools, and couplets with excerpts of verse and prose from the Tang and Song dynasties right up to modern times.

Rector Wei Zhao thanked Dr. So for his continuing support to the University. He said in his speech, “xxx.”

Dr. Ambrose So said in his speech, “I am privileged to show my calligraphic works at the University of Macau. The majestic structure of the Library with its spacious atrium is grand and serene, and its design reflects the cosmology of ‘Round Sky, Square Earth’. The beautiful humanistic environment certainly makes a call for developing the best in scholarship. The Library is full of treasures with its extensive collection of books, from classics to modern. In ancient China, brushes were considered an important writing tool. Through the written word, our ancient records were preserved and passed on from generation to generation, with the function of inheriting the past and inspiring the future. Hence I have chosen the title ‘Treasures from the Brush Tip’ for this exhibition.” Dr. So hopes that through calligraphy he can bring people, in particular students, closer to Chinese culture, to appreciate it more and implement the essence of Chinese culture into everyday life for building a moral and harmonious society.”.

Dr. So has loved calligraphy since childhood. Founder and Chairman of the Jiazi Society of Calligraphy since 1985, he has held various solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Taiwan. His works, themed around Macao’s east-west cultural matrices, were featured in the “Portugal meets China” exhibition inaugurated by the then President of Portugal Dr. Jorge Sampaio and the Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Sun Jiazheng in 2005 in Beijing. His calligraphy was also featured on a set of Macao stamps “Macao Art – Chinese Calligraphy” issued in 2000, and inscribed on the plaque of He Xiangning College of Art Design at Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, which was unveiled in 2013. Dr. So proposed the Pan Pearl River Delta calligraphy exhibition in 2004 with the first of its series opening in Guangzhou in 2005. The exhibition “Calligraphy by Ambrose So: Infusing the Past with the Present” was held at HKU in 2014. His works have been collected by various museums, including the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, University of Macau, Macao Museum, Hunan Provincial Museum in China, Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Princeton University Art Museum and the Library of Congress in the United States. Dr. So holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Macau, and has been named the first Honourable Alumnus by the UM Alumni Association. He is also an Honorary University Fellow of The University of Hong Kong. He was awarded the Medal of Merit – Culture by the Macao SAR Government in 2009, and conferred as Comendador da Ordem do Mérito by the Portuguese Government in 2014.

The exhibition will continue until 17 October 2015, daily from 9 am to 6 pm at Exhibition Hall 1, University of Macau Wu Yee Sun Library. All are welcome.
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