"Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Exchange" Exhibition Held in Malaysia
From May 4-11, 2008, SGI-Malaysia (SGM), Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society, Malaysia, and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society, Singapore, jointly organized the "Singapore-Malaysia Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Exchange" exhibition at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Tan Sri Dato' Michael Chen Wing Sum, former president of the Malaysian Senate, officiated at an opening ceremony on May 4. Some 180 creative works of Chinese calligraphy, ink painting and seal-carving were displayed.
Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society was founded to preserve Chinese traditional arts and promote the ink painting and seal-carving developed in Malaysia's diverse cultures. The society and SGM have worked together to put on exhibitions and public seminars six times to date.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of cultural and art events took place at the venue. Feng Jun Hu, deputy director and secretary of China Guo Men Art and Calligraphy Association, spoke on the "Appreciation of Calligraphy and Painting" and "Knowledge on Archiving of Calligraphy and Painting." Malaysian and Singaporean artists held ink painting and calligraphy demonstrations.
At the exhibition opening on May 4, Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society presented a certificate of appreciation to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda recognizing his efforts to promote culture, education and art exchanges that serve to contribute to world peace. SGM General Director Choo Kong Fei received a certificate from Society President Dr. Cheah Thien Soong on Mr. Ikeda's behalf.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia and an article in the May 16, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan; photos courtesy of Soka Gakkai Malaysia]