Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the MOA

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 — 9:00am PDT
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The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC presents Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia on display May 11 – October 9, 2017. Honouring the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia, the multimedia exhibition will examine how artists have reinterpreted written words as visual expressions.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Drive)
When: May 11 – October 9, 2017

From Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions and Qu’ranic manuscripts, to Afghan graffiti and digital creations from Japan, the texts in many styles represent physical traces of time and space, evoking the ephemeral and eternal.

Traces of Words will take place in the Audain Gallery at MOA where contemporary artworks and Islamic calligraphic works from the Aga Khan Museum will be shared. Other supplementary exhibitions include highlights from the museum’s Asian collection displayed in MOA’s Multiversity Galleries; and throughout the month of May, a satellite exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC will display Asian materials from the UBC Library Collections.

The combined exhibition represents an enormous diversity of calligraphy, painting, digital and mixed media works. Through paper, silk, clay, woodblock and digital projections, Traces of Words invites visitors to experience and sense the works, and gain an appreciation for the cultural significance of Asian writing beyond reading and writing.

The exhibition is expertly curated by socio-cultural anthropologist Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, who joined MOA as its Curator for Asia in April 2014. She specializes in the anthropology of art, museum studies and the material and visual cultures, especially of Asia.

Sisyu + teamLab, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2011
Interactive digital installation calligraphy by Sisyu, sound by Hideaki Takahashi
Courtesy of the artists and Pace Gallery

Win Passes

I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to opening weekend of Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, May 13-14, 2017 at the Museum of Anthropology.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Follow MOA on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibition and more.

Update: The winner is Milynne!

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  1. Jen says:

    That video is stunning. Looks like a fascinating event

  2. Aindrea says:

    So beautiful!

  3. Val says:

    This looks fantastic

  4. Krystal says:

    This would be so great! I’ve been wanting to go to the Museum of Anthropology for the longest time and haven’t got around to it yet… Maybe now’s the Time!

  5. Karen M says:

    I haven’t been to the MBA in Years!
    Id love to win this and take my family.

    Fingers crossed that I Win the tickets.

  6. Shelby Petersen says:

    Looks like a great way to spend the weekend!

  7. Phoebe Dy says:

    I would love to see this display!

  8. Karla says:

    Beautiful. Would love to win this for my family!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Looks amazing!

  10. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    I love visiting MOA!

  11. monica says:

    wow.. this looks amazing

  12. Milynne says:

    Looks amazing! I haven’t been to the MOA in years and would love to win this giveaway to see this event!

  13. George says:

    The MOA is a treasure trove of wonders. This exhibit should be spectactular.

  14. Kathryn says:

    Amazing exhibit, would love to take the three kids here and let them take it all in and then have them play the music they like to compose, relating sound to visuals.

  15. Sheila says:

    Love the MOA.

  16. David says:

    Nice! I thought the MoA was only Canadian stuff, will have to check it out!

  17. Yolande N. says:

    Wow! Asian calligraphy is so beautiful!

  18. Linda says:

    I love the MoA! Haven’t been in ages.

  19. Jazzy says:

    Would love to win!

  20. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  21. Jeff says:

    This looks great. I’d love to win

  22. Jason B says:


  23. talia says:

    This would be great to win! Fun!

  24. Rachel says:

    Haven’t been to the MOA since I was a kid!

  25. Ari says:


  26. Ah says:

    Good luck everyone.

  27. Alecia says:

    Looks amazing

  28. Trish says:

    This would be a great prize to win.

  29. Debz says:

    Looks sooooo good!

  30. Linda says:

    I love the Museum of Anthropology. I would like to take my family to this.

  31. Carolyn says:

    Please pick me

  32. Ian says:

    This is a very unusual museum to try with my family.

  33. Tammy says:

    How cool!

  34. ariel c says:

    this looks like a very cool exhibition!

  35. adam says:

    would like to see this

  36. Pam says:

    Looks like an awesome event ❣

  37. Alex says:

    Kids need some culture that’s not gaming videos on youtube =)

  38. Grace says:

    Looks so cool. Would love to go and re-experience my heritage!

  39. Mary Yu says:

    would love to win

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