The Xi-Yuan (西园) Museum of Characterism Art Institute is located in the city of Xi-Tang (西塘), it is 60 kilometers Southwest of Shanghai, 110 kilometers east of Hangzhou, and 85 kilometers south of Suzhou.
Xi-Tang is one of the six best preserved ancient towns in southest China. Most residential houses, streets and bridges in Xi-Tang dated back to Ming (1368-1644) and Qin (1644-1911) dynasties.
The Characterism Art Institute is a non-profit organization that develops and promotes the modern art which is based on calligraphy and uses Chinese characters as major elements. It collects, preservers, and exhibits Characterism artworks, and organizes annual and biannual art exhibitions and artist conferences. The institute advocates new artistic methods, practices, thinking and views, also works hard to carry on the great traditions of classic calligraphy as well.
Over the years, we have accumulated an abundant collection of artworks, documents and books related to the Characterism theme. The majority of the collection is by Chinese artists, it also included many great pieces by artists from Southeast Asian, Korean, Japan, African and European countries. Although calligraphy and the modern character painting originated in China, but we believe the art has no culture, language, racial and political boundaries. We regularly organize international art exhibitions in order to offer opportunities for artists from different cultures and countries to meet with each other.
Organizationally, the Characterism Art Institute consists of an art committee, an administrationcommittee, and an exhibition organizing committee. Based in Xi-Tang, Zhejiang province, wecurrently have an office in Hangzhou, and we are planning to set up regional centers in other parts of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and hopefully some Asian countries in the future.
The Characterism Art Institute is an open and growing organization. It welcomes all individuals and organizations who are interested in participating in its activities, helping organizing events, and providing financial or other forms of support.
Luo Qi is the Director of the Characterism Art Institute.