The unique culture of writing that has shaped China for more than 3,000 years is an important reason for the cultural continuity and cohesion that accord China a special place in world history. The exhibition illuminated all aspects of this tradition, highlighting the many different functions ascribed to Chinese writing over the centuries. Works by contemporary Chinese artists entered into an intriguing dialogue with classical art. Their juxtaposition showed how the unique Chinese calligraphic tradition has retained its relevance until the present day.