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Four Treasures of the Chinese Study Exhibition Closing Reception
December 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To celebrate a successful and enchanting exhibition, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, are hosting a closing reception on Sunday, December 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Four Treasures of the Chinese Study exhibit showcasing ink stick, ink stone, writing brush and paper, four treasures used in the study of Chinese calligraphy and writing. To bring the exhibition to a close, the museum welcomes Dr. Ruan Daren (阮大仁) for a live art demonstration of Traditional Chinese Calligraphy.
About Dr. Ruan Daren:
In his early years, Ruan Daren (阮大仁) was recognized for his great interest and talent in mathematics, and he aimed to be a mathematician in the future.
He graduated from National Taiwan University in 1965 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Then he went to the United States and received a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from University of Notre Dame. Again, he wanted to gain more knowledge, and admitted to University of Wisconsin where he obtained a MBA degree.vYet his learning spirit was still strong and made a switch to attend Stanford University and received a Master degree in Computer Engineering.
With so many degrees, the employment became a difficult choice. Ruan Daren was a Professor in Mathematics, a Computer Engineer and a project manager in charge of research and development.
Due to his fantastic motivation in study, he became an expert in Chinese lectures. He can write various style of poetry, editorial and criticism writings. However, his favorite Chinese Calligraphy. He collected copies of writings from the masters of various dynasties, such as Wang Xizhi (王羲之), Su Shi ( 苏东坡), Huang Tingjian (黃庭堅), Mi Fei (米芾), Zhao Mengfu (趙子昂), Xiānyú Shū ( 鮮于樞), and among others. He studied the style of handling the brush, body posture movement and writing speed to compare the differences in writing.
According to some experts in China and Japan in the field of Chinese Calligraphy, Dr. Ruan was considered one of the most important contributors in the last 400-500 years. Please come to join us to listen and enjoy the speech and demonstration of this modern renaissance-man.