SGM Hosts International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention
From December 8-16, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted the 10th International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention, showcasing some 360 calligraphic works by artists from 21 countries at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition, held for the second time in Malaysia, was co-organized by the International Calligraphers' Federation, Negeri Sembilan Chin Woo Athletic Association, the Calligraphy Society of Malaysia and SGM.
Malaysian Minister of Health Y.B. Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai was guest of honor at the exhibition's opening ceremony on December 8. In his speech he praised the effort that goes into producing fine calligraphic work and, at a time when young people spend more time on touch screens than with ink brushes, advocated calligraphy classes targeting youth.
Zhao Changqing, secretary-general of the International Calligraphers' Federation, commented that the exhibition's collection of calligraphic works by artists from numerous countries demonstrated the way in which Chinese art forms have become popular throughout the world. SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai expressed his hope that the event would help promote international cultural exchange and strengthen ties between people.
Also in attendance were High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong representing the Republic of Singapore; Chen Dehai, political counselor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China; Wong Ho, president of the Calligraphy Society of Malaysia; and Dato' Seri Kee Yong Wee, chairman of the event's organizing committee.
After the opening ceremony there was a calligraphy demonstration and an opportunity to engage the calligraphers in discussion about their work.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]