Zhao Puchu calligraphy show under way at Shanghai Museum
The exhibition “Infinite Compassion: The Calligraphy of Zhao Puchu” is currently on display at the Shanghai Museum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Zhao’s death.
Born in 1907 in Taihu, east China’s Anhui Province, Zhao initially studied at Soochow University, later teaching himself Buddhist doctrine. He served as president of the Buddhist Association of China from the 1950s until his death in 2000.
Zhao lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. He loved the city and made considerable contributions to its liberation and construction.
The exhibition is named after Zhao’s study, Wu Jin Yi Zhai, or Study of Infinite Compassion, written during his Shanghai residence. Presented by his family, the exhibition features Zhao’s handwritings, documents and other articles, offering viewers a glimpse of every stage of his life.
A charitable lay Buddhist, Zhao helped provide shelter to refugees, played an active role in disaster relief and made education accessible to underdeveloped regions. He also promoted engaging religious communities to serve people and society.
Moreover, Zhao achieved extraordinary success in classical Chinese poetry and haiku. He was a world-renowned author, poet and calligrapher with distinctly elegant handwriting.
“From his calligraphy works, we see not only the artistic writing of Chinese characters, but also the inner world of a great patriot who pursued progress and sought the truth throughout his life,” said Zhao Lihong, vice chairman of the Shanghai Writers’ Association and chairman of the Zhao Puchu Research Society.
Date: Through July 19, 9am-4pm
Venue: 3F, Shanghai Museum
Address: 201 People’s Ave