Infinite Compassion: The Calligraphy of Zhao Puchu


Date:2020-05-21 ~ 2020-07-19
Venue:3F, Chinese Calligraphy Gallery

       Zhao Puchu (1907–2000) was a close friend of the Communist Party of China, a famous social activist, and an eminent, patriotic religious leader. He served as a vice-chair of the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th National Committees of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, honorary chair of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy, and president of the Buddhist Association of China.
   Zhao was a great patriot. He pursued progress and sought the truth throughout his life. He was devoted to friendly exchanges between China and other countries and always concerned himself with the reunification of his homeland, China. A charitable and devout lay Buddhist, Zhao helped to provide shelter to refugees, took an active part in disaster relief, and made education accessible to the underdeveloped regions. He promoted engagement of the religious community in serving society and the people.
   Zhao also achieved extraordinary attainments in classical Chinese poetry, such as shi, ci, and qu, as well as in haiku. He was a worldwide prestigious author, poet, and calligrapher with his distinctly elegant handwriting.
   Shanghai is the place in which Zhao worked and lived for a long time. He loved the city and made considerable contributions to its liberation and construction.
   May 21st, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Zhao’s passing away. The Shanghai Museum avails itself of this opportunity to stage the exhibition “Infinite Compassion: The Calligraphy of Zhao Puchu” to commemorate him. It is named after Zhao’s study, Wu Jin Yi Zhai, or Study of Infinite Compassion. Exhibits include curated handwritings, documents, and other articles in his life from his family, such as shi, ci, qu, haiku, and calligraphic works. They give us a glimpse of every stage of his life, displayed to manifest his intense love for the Party and China and his firm faith in propagating Buddhism for the benefit of the Chinese people.