Professor Jao Tsung-I and Macao

Professor Jao Tsung-i has close ties with Macao. In 1981, Professor Jao was invited as Chair Professor at the School of Arts of the University of East Asia and in 1984, he established the Department of Chinese Literature and History for the Graduate School. As the founder of the department, Professor Jao has made a considerable merit to the local academic arena that sows the seeds of the subsequent studies on Chinese literature in Macao. In 2004, Professor Jao was conferred a Degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, and the title of Honorary Professor by the University of Macau. Among many other spheres, the master also gives guidance and pays much attention to the archaeological studies of cultural relics in Macao, having assumed an advisory role in the excavation of an archaeological site at the Hac-Sa Beach in Coloane in 2006.

Professor Jao’s exhibitions and painting catalogues presented in Macao include Terra Pura – Exposição de Pintura e Caligrafia do Jao Tsung-I (The Pure Land – Exhibition of Painting and Calligraphy by Jao Tsung-I) and the catalogue of the same title, presented at the UNESCO Centre of Macau and published by the Macau Foundation in November 1999. Another three exhibitions and catalogues named after these exhibitions, respectively, were presented by the Macao Museum of Art (MAM), namely the Calligraphy and Paintings by Rao Zongyi in July 2001, which displayed 103 artworks by Professor Jao, and collaborative calligraphies and paintings with renowned artists from mainland China and overseas, together with some assorted ornaments and treasures of the study; Immortal Lotus: Painting and Calligraphy by Jao Tsung-I, His 90th Birthday Celebration in November 2006; as well as Convergence of Aspirations: Donated Paintings and Calligraphies by Jao Tsung-I to MAM in November 2011.

Professor Jao’s great support to the cultural affairs of Macao is evidenced by his generous donations of 30 calligraphies and paintings to MAM’s permanent collection in 2011, as well as his donation of 159 pieces of art and academic works to the Macao S.A.R. Government in 2013. Macao, as the home to these masterpieces, is extremely blissful and grateful to have them, as they serve as a guiding light for the local art sphere for generations to come.


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