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

Comments 39 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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!

39 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. JenThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 4:11pm PDT

    That video is stunning. Looks like a fascinating event

  2. AindreaThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 8:05pm PDT

    So beautiful!

  3. ValThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 8:43pm PDT

    This looks fantastic

  4. KrystalThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 8:45pm PDT

    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 MThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 8:57pm PDT

    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 PetersenThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 9:23pm PDT

    Looks like a great way to spend the weekend!

  7. Phoebe DyThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 9:56pm PDT

    I would love to see this display!

  8. KarlaThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 9:57pm PDT

    Beautiful. Would love to win this for my family!

  9. StephanieThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 10:10pm PDT

    Looks amazing!

  10. Stella PanagiotidisThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 11:06pm PDT

    I love visiting MOA!

  11. monicaThursday, May 4th, 2017 — 11:13pm PDT

    wow.. this looks amazing

  12. MilynneFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 1:02am PDT

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

  13. GeorgeFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 2:09am PDT

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

  14. KathrynFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 7:42am PDT

    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. SheilaFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 7:50am PDT

    Love the MOA.

  16. DavidFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 10:17am PDT

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

  17. Yolande N.Friday, May 5th, 2017 — 1:25pm PDT

    Wow! Asian calligraphy is so beautiful!

  18. LindaFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 1:49pm PDT

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

  19. JazzyFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 2:05pm PDT

    Would love to win!

  20. Teresa KFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 3:05pm PDT

    I’d love to win.

  21. JeffFriday, May 5th, 2017 — 10:13pm PDT

    This looks great. I’d love to win

  22. Jason BSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 12:13am PDT


  23. taliaSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 7:22am PDT

    This would be great to win! Fun!

  24. RachelSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 4:00pm PDT

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

  25. AriSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 4:58pm PDT


  26. AhSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 5:19pm PDT

    Good luck everyone.

  27. AleciaSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 10:02pm PDT

    Looks amazing

  28. TrishSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 10:28pm PDT

    This would be a great prize to win.

  29. DebzSaturday, May 6th, 2017 — 10:46pm PDT

    Looks sooooo good!

  30. LindaSunday, May 7th, 2017 — 6:05am PDT

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

  31. CarolynSunday, May 7th, 2017 — 10:30pm PDT

    Please pick me

  32. IanSunday, May 7th, 2017 — 10:43pm PDT

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

  33. TammyMonday, May 8th, 2017 — 4:05am PDT

    How cool!

  34. ariel cMonday, May 8th, 2017 — 9:26am PDT

    this looks like a very cool exhibition!

  35. adamMonday, May 8th, 2017 — 9:33am PDT

    would like to see this

  36. PamMonday, May 8th, 2017 — 5:44pm PDT

    Looks like an awesome event ❣

  37. AlexTuesday, May 9th, 2017 — 8:58am PDT

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

  38. GraceTuesday, May 9th, 2017 — 10:00am PDT

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

  39. Mary YuTuesday, May 16th, 2017 — 9:16am PDT

    would love to win

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