Timeline

1899
Born May 19, at Neikiang, Szechwan Province, China.
1914
Attends Ch'iu-ching School in Chungking, Szechwan
1917
Joins his brother Shan-tze in Kyoto, Japan. Learns drawing and dyeing.
1919
Goes to Shanghai. Studies with the famous scholar Tseng Hsi. Becomes a novice in a Buddhist monastery at Sungkiang and is given the name Ta-ch'ien. Returns to Szechwan and marries three months later. Returns to Shanghai to study calligraphy with Li Jui-ch'ing.
1923
Elected as a member of the Committee of the First National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Nanking
1959
Awarded gold medal by the International Council of Fine Arts in New York.
1981
Begins painting "Panarama of Mount Lu" painting, a monumental painting (6.6 x 33ft) that remains unfinished.
1983
Died April 2nd, in Taipei, Taiwan

Exhibitions

1976
Homecoming exhibition of his paintings held at the National Museum of Hsitory, Taipei. During the opening cermonies, presented with a horizontal tablet bearing the four-character inscription "Master Before Arts's Altar" by the Minister of Education, His Excellency, Dr. Tsiang Yen-shih.
1975
Exhibition of his early period works a the National Museum of History, Taipei. Eighty of his works of thre decades shown in the "Exhibiton of Paintings by Famous Chinese and Western Painters," National Museum of History, Taipei.
Sixty of his works shown in an exhibition of contemporary paintings from the Republic of China at the National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, under the auspices of the Sino-Korean Art Association of Korea and the National Museum of History, Taipei.
1974
Paintings exhibited at the Chu-O Fine Arts Museum, Tokyo, under the auspices of the Joint Sino-Japanese Cultural Association of Japan and the National Museum of History, Taipei.
1972
Exhibits in San Francisco, Asian Art Museum.
1971
Exhibits in Exhibition Hall, City Hall of Hong Kong.
1970
Exhibits in Laky Gallery, Carmel.
1969
Exhibitions in National Palace Museum, Taipei (a special exhibition featuring paintings after the wall paintings at Tun-huang), Cowie Galleries in Los Angeles, New York Cultural Center in New York, St. John's University in New York, Frank Caro Gallery in New York and Alberts-Langdon Gallery in Boston.
1967
Exhibition in Stanford University Museum in California, Laky Gallery in Carmel, California and National Museum of History in Taipei.
1966
Exhibition in Sao Paulo in April and in Hong Kong in December.
1965
First one-man show at Grosvenor Gallery in London.
1964
Exhibits in Thailand. Lufthansa Airlines sponsors exhibitions in various cities in West Germany.
1963
In October, exhibits in New York, sell his "Giant Lotuses ". Exhibition in Singapore, Kula Lumpur, Iph, and Penang.
1961
Exhibits thirty paintings at the Musee Municipal d'Art et D'Histoire, Geneva. Visits St. Moritz and Walensee. Exhibition of "giant Lotuses" at Musee Cernuschi. Museum of Modern Art in New York acquires a Lotus painting. Participates in the Quadricentennial International Art Exhibition in Sao Paulo.
1960
Exhibits recent paintings in the Grande Salle d'Honneur at the National Salon in Paris. Exhibition of thirty of his paintings at the Musee Royald' Art et d' Histoire, Brussels, in May; at the Parnassus Hall in Athens, and at El Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid in November
1953
Visits the United States and Taipei. Exhibits his paintings in Taipei. Presents twelve works to the municipality of Paris.
1952
Exhibits paintings in Buenos Aires.
1950
Exhibits in New Delhi and Hyderabad, India. Stays over a year in India, spending three months in the caves of Ajanta. Exhibits in Hong Kong
1948
Travels and exhibits in Hong Kong.
1947
Exhibits in Shanghai. Twelve of his Tun-huang frescoes published in color.
1946
Exhibition in Shanghai. Group of works included in Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition at Musee Cernuschi, Paris. Participates in UNESCO Exhibition of Contemporary Painting at Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris; Chinese section later invited to London, Geneva, and Prague.
1945
Completed "Giant Lotuses", on four panels, and "A Gathering in the West Garden", on eight panels. Exhibitions of his paintings in Cheng Tu.
1944
Exhibits copies of cave frescoes in Cheng-tu in January and in Chungking in May. His subjects are published in two volumes with critical studies

Literature

1976
The book, "Chang Dai-Chien's Paintings, volume 2," edited and published by the National Museum of Hsitory, Taipei .
1962
The book, "Chinese Painting, Chang Dai-chien", edited by Kao Ling-mei in Hong Kong is published.
1955
Publishes five volumes of reproductions from his private collection, entitled 'Materpieces of Chinese Painting in the Colllection of the Ta Feng Hall', in Tokyo.