Political figure showcases Chinese art

5th Nov 2012

Carved seals and calligraphy created by a leading politician from China have gone on display at the British Museum.

Former Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing retired nine years ago and has devoted his time to raising the profile of his homeland's art and culture. In the Past decade he has produced more than 800 seals and a large number of pieces of calligraphy.

An exhibition of his work has been touring the world, stopping in Singapore, Russia, France and Indonesia before reaching London. Showcasing 108 of Li's seals as well as numerous examples of calligraphy, the show will remain at the British Museum until January 15.

The works have been divided into four groups - the art of the Chinese seal carving; world culture; contemporary China; and lifestyle.

Fourteen of the seals on display were created by Li specifically for the exhibition, including a dozen featuring the names of iconic British people from across the ages including William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

These seals will remain at the British Museum permanently as they have been donated by Li.

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