On the afternoon of January 25, 2018, the “Clouds on the Paper – He Lu’s Poetry and Calligraphy Exhibition” co-sponsored by Chongqing Municipal Committee of Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, Chongqing Municipal Committee of Jiu San Society, Chongqing University, China Three Gorges Museum, and the Propaganda Department of CPC Yuzhong District Committee, Chongqing opens as scheduled at Chongqing Wang Qi Art Museum. Meng Weidong, vice president of Chongqing University, attends the event and delivers a speech. Yang Jiaxue, vice chairman of Chongqing Municipal Committee of Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, Qi Gang, vice chairman of Chongqing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, chairman of Chongqing Calligraphers Association, and a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association, Mr. He Peiyan, the son of He Lu, Zhong Zhifang, chairman of Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Yuzhong District, Chongqing and curator of Wang Qi Art Museum, well-known calligraphers and poets of Chongqing, and current officials of middle schools and primary schools founded by He Lu are also present.
This is the second time that the authentic works of calligraphy of He Lu have been exhibited after they were exhibited on the “Science and Art Enhance Each Other – He Lu’s Poetry and Calligraphy Exhibition” held at Huxi Campus, Chongqing University on November 8, 2017. A total of 82 pieces of works are exhibited, including central scrolls, antithetical couplets, letters, the genealogy of calligraphy, fan calligrapher, hand scroll and manuscripts. In particular, calligraphy includes regular script in small characters, regular script in intermediate characters, running hand, grass writing and hard-tipped pen calligraphy. The works are provided by the Archives Center of CQU, the Three Gorges Museum, and family members of He Lu and Wang Yunfan.
In the speech, Meng Weidong states that Chongqing is located where the Jialing River and the Yangtze River meet and Chongqing University is where humanity and science meet. Chongqing University, since the beginning of its founding, has been characterized by the fusion of humanity and science. Mr. He Lu, in particular, has set an example of perfect combination of science and humanistic spirit. He was a mathematician, educator, calligrapher and poet. Mr. He managed to connect his interest in calligraphy, pursuit the art and education philosophy with the destiny of the country and the nation, and connect the social reality with development of times. He wrote poems as a means to record the daily life, express his sentiment of life and witness the changes of time. His poems and calligraphy works functioned as the voice of the nation, the ode to the era and the image of the country. The Exhibition is a larger-scale show of the calligraphy works of Mr. He Lu, and is also a way to inherit and promote the excellent culture of the Chinese nation. As pointed out by president Xi Jinping at the Forum on Cultural and Art Work, works that manifest the family-country feelings can best unite and inspire the Chinese people. Such feelings get extensively promoted in the poems and calligraphy works of Mr. He Lu. His spiritual character and artistic attainments deserve eulogization and inheritance even in nowadays. As the representative of Chongqing University, Meng Weidong expresses his pride and honor to be able to promote and disseminate the humanistic spirit of a former president of Chongqing University on this occasion.
Zhong Zhifang, chairman of Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Yuzhong District, Chongqing and curator of Wang Qi Art Museum, presides over the opening ceremony of the Exhibition.
Qi Gang, vice chairman of Chongqing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, chairman of Chongqing Calligraphers Association, and a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association points out in his speech that Mr. He Lu is the pride of Bashu Region. Mr. He has studied the calligraphy works of Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi, and those published in the Genealogy of Calligraphy, and admired Yu Youren, which demonstrates the inheritance spirit and artistic origin in the Chinese culture. His poems and calligraphy works, his engagement in mathematic research and the philosophy of saving the nation by education showed that he is a “universal genus” in the traditional Chinese culture. As a perfect combination of humanity and science, Mr. He Lu is still playing a significant guiding role in nowadays.
Mr. He Peiyan, the son of Mr. He Lu, and the former vice president of Sichuan Provincial Machinery Research & Design Institute gives an introduction to the highlights and major works of this Exhibition: thirty seven last poems of Chairman Mao written in regular script, the note of the Understanding of Infinitesimal Calculus written by Mr. He Lu in 1915 in French, and An Ode to the Three Gorges: One Hundred Couplets. He points out that the Exhibition is actually an artistic feast for researchers and fans of Mr. He Lu and that his father would be happy to know that his poems and calligraphy works and the implicit artistic spirit are now being inherited.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. He Peiyan donated the calligraphy works, the New Century of China of Liu Bocheng, by his father, to Wang Qi Art Museum.
Yang Jiaxue, vice chairman of Chongqing Municipal Committee of Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, announces opening of the Exhibition.
Group photo of officials and honored guests attending the opening ceremony
After the opening ceremony, the “Clouds on the Paper - He Lu’s Poetry and Calligraphy Exhibition" Seminar is held. The Exhibition will last till March 4.