Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

[photo caption: Sisyu + teamLab, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2011. Interactive digital installation. Calligraphy: Sisyu; Sound: Hideaki Takahashi. Courtesy of the artists and Pace Gallery]

May 11 – October 9, 2017 at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

We invite you to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, which honours the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia.

The exhibition features artworks by contemporary artists from Afghanistan, Japan, Thailand and Tibet along with works from the Aga Khan Museum, and highlights of our Asian collection such as Chinese calligraphy, Islamic calligraphy, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Sumerian bricks:

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 7-10pm

No RSVP required. Free admission. Cash bar.
Remarks at 7:15.
Calligraphy performance with Kimura Tsubasa to follow.
Parking at MOA and the Rose Garden parkade is only $2 for the opening. At pay stations, select COUPON and enter TRACES.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Exploring Ink and Brush: Japanese Calligraphy for Beginners
10:30am–12:30 pm
Led by calligrapher Kimura Tsubasa, this workshop will guide you through the tools, materials and methods of this fascinating art form. Register at

Curator Tour
1pm– 2pm
Join exhibition curator Fuyubi Nakamura on a special tour that explores the varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia. Free with admission.

The Expressive Art of Japanese Calligraphy: Intermediate Workshop
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kimura Tsubasa will demonstrate the use of brushes and inks, and lead you through traditional and experimental techniques. Register at

Satellite Exhibition
Traces of Words: Asian Materials from the UBC Library Collections
In collaboration with UBC’s Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections
On view: May 1-31, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC (level 2 foyer).
Free admission.