On the afternoon of October 8, 2016, the Father of Modern Ink Painting, Liu Kuo-sung (Liu Guosong) was induced as a foreign honorary member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the longest-running and most prestigious academic institution on the United States. Presently, the Academy has over 4,000 academicians, including 250 Nobel Laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners, 600 of which are foreign academicians. In addition to scientists and humanists, the Academy s also recognizes writers and artists.
In the Academy’s history, over 60 academician have been of Chinese descent, including the educator Hu Shih, the mathematician Tsien Hsue-shen, and the chemist Yuan T. Lee. Liu Kuo-sung was the first to be elected from the Taiwan in the arts and humanities field, and the first Chinese painter to receive this honor.
On March 3 Elaine Suyu Liu, Director of Loftyart Gallery, will present a guided tour on the To The Moon – Liu Kuo-sung Exhibition in rooms 201 – 203 at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Moon Landscape, 1969 – 1990 © The Liu Kuo-sung Archives
Taiwan’s National Cultural Award ceremony was held at the Executive Yuan on 27, April, 2017. Liu Kuo-sung, artist Cheng Shan-hsi and director Tsai Ming-liang were recipients for this year.
Premier Lin Chuan and Liu Kuo-sung’s daughter, Liu Lin-hui. Photo: Timothy Chang