The “Tang Prize” features awards established by a Chinese and rooted in millennia of Chinese cultural heritage, being presented this year for the first time in the hope of stimulating new views for and injecting new ideas into practical solutions to the issues facing modern society. Nowadays, in response to rapid developments in globalization, many people around the world have come to enjoy the fruits of modern advances along with the conveniences that technology has brought. At the same time, however, humanity today is facing and must address the critical challenges of climate change, the increasing disparity between rich and poor, and the decline of traditional social values and mores. To encourage scholars around the world to rethink and chart a new middle course for sustainable development, Dr. Samuel Yin established the Tang Prize in December of 2012 in the fields of “Sustainable Development,” “Biopharmaceutical Science,” “Sinology,” and “Rule of Law.” Scholars, irrespective of race or nationality, are selected as laureates for the Tang Prize on the basis of their substantial contribution and influence in these fields.
The National Palace Museum is proud to have been chosen to host the reception for the first Tang Prize awards. With its stately exterior and rich collection, the National Palace Museum most aptly reflects the deep cultural spirit of Chinese civilization to serve as a setting for the reception. To complement this event of global significance, the National Palace Museum is also specially presenting “Tang Prize Week: An Exhibit of Select Painting and Calligraphy” (Gallery 204; September 5 to September 28). The exhibit theme focuses on the Tang dynasty (618-907), after which the Tang Prize was named and which was one of the most resplendent heydays of Chinese history based on a tolerance for diverse religions, cultures, and peoples. The exhibit contents include such famous ancient paintings on related Tang dynasty subjects as “Ode on Pied Wagtails,” “Traveling Through Mountains in Spring,” “A Palace Concert,” “Emperor Minghuang Playing Go,” “Leaving Behind the Helmet,” and “Beauties on an Outing.” In addition, the character “tang” in the Tang Prize logo comes from calligraphy in “My Friend” by Mi Fu of the Song dynasty, a rubbing of which in “Modelbooks in the Three Rarities Hall” is also on display. Thus, it is hoped that this small exhibit of exceptional quality can highlight the lofty ambitions and rich heritage embodied by the Tang Prize.
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