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Intellectual Creations. Contemporary Chinese Lacquer Exhibition: 1 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
Intellectual Creations. Contemporary Chinese Lacquer Exhibition
Intellectual Creations. Contemporary Chinese Lacquer Exhibition
From 01 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

Opening: 30 November 2018, 6.00 pm

In Intellectual Creations.  Contemporary Chinese Lacquer Exhibition displays the works of twelve contemporary Chinese artists selected by the curator Xu Liang all experts in lacquer processing: Tang Mingxiu, Tian Shixin, Liang Yuan, Fu Zhongwang, Ge Wei, Li Lun, Lin Dong, Lin Tao, Shen Kelong, Shen Ye, Wang Xiangyang, Zhong Sheng.

This exhibition is an opportunity to learn about this ancient technique that has greatly influenced the development of the arts in Europe. Chinese lacquer, also known as raw lacquer, is an important legacy of man’s intelligence. Over the centuries many of these artefacts have been preserved and transmitted marking the evolution of humanity.

The first written testimony relating to the use of lacquer dates back to the Warring States period (from 453 BC to 221 BC). Han Feizi, a Chinese philosopher and official who lived towards the end of that period, cites the technique in his essay “Ten common mistakes of the Emperors”, indicating its use to cover wooden trays for the emperor. But it is only in recent times, thanks to modern technologies allowing the dating of the finds, that we understand how ancient this technique is. In 1977 a vase was found in the Ruins of Yuyao dating back to 6000 years ago, while in 2002 another relic of about 8000 years ago was found in the ruins of Kuanghuqiao.

Over the centuries lacquer has been gradually replaced by other simpler and faster techniques, to the point of having been increasingly relegated to a traditional art known to and applied by a few masters. The society itself no longer felt the need for artefacts to be made with this material and few schools promote its use.

Some artists have rediscovered lacquer in the 80s of the 20th century, no longer as a traditional decorative art, but as an object of artistic research, giving a strong impulse to its use through contemporary art.

Today in China most of the Fine Arts Academies offer courses and workshops dedicated to the art of lacquer and its modern applications.


Exhibition design and interpretation: We Exhibit Srl

Supported by: Hubei Museum of Art

Sponsored by: Jiu Qi Tang (Beijing) Culture Development Co.,LTD  

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