“Ten Bamboo Studio Woodblock Printing Art Exhibition”, one of the 2019 China National Art Fund’s programmes, will be open to the public at Asia House in London, UK on 19th September 2019. The exhibition is organised by Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association of China, and co-organised by Hangzhou Ten Bamboo Studio Art Museum from China.
Printing, one of the four great inventions of ancient China, can be traced back to as early as the Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), matured in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD), was introduced to Europe in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), and reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The multi-colour overprint technique incorporates the beauty of painting, carving and printing, is one of the precious cultural heritages in the development of the ancient Chinese printing history.
The exhibition takes the inheritance of traditional Chinese woodblock printing as a key clue, and demonstrates the exquisiteness and elegance of the woodblock printing technique and the profoundness of China’s intangible cultural traditions through the artworks created by Hangzhou Ten Bamboo Studio Art Museum as well as its extraordinary collection namely Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Painting and Calligraphy and Ten Bamboo Studio Letter Paper.
The exhibited artworks were collaboratively created over a number of years by a team led by Master Wei Lizhong, inheritor of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage – woodblock printing, Director of Hangzhou Ten Bamboo Studio Art Museum. The series work of prints – “24 solar terms”- are based on the twenty-four solar terms in the traditional Chinese calendar, and have perfectly combined the traditional Chinese cultural elements such as woodblock printing technique, Chinese calligraphy and modern art and ancient Chinese poetry.
About Ten Bamboo Studio
Located in Hangzhou, China, Ten Bamboo Studio is dedicated as an art museum, art studio, and educational centre that revives, preserves, and teaches traditional woodblock printing. Ten Bamboo Studio manifests its commitment to cultural heritage preservation by collecting and preserving woodblock printing masterpieces, by presenting influential exhibitions and educational programmes, by providing children and adults with print-making courses of high quality, by sustaining archives for future research, and by sponsoring promising woodblock printing artists. Inheriting its name from the famous publishing house of Hu Zhengyan in the Ming dynasty, Ten Bamboo Studio inherits and continues to practise the ancient techniques of multi-coloured assorted block printing and embossed designs.
About the Artist
Mr. Wei Lizhong is a Chinese artist practicing Chinese painting, seal cutting, photography, and most importantly, woodblock printing. Mr. Wei has received numerous honours and awards in recent years for his outstanding contribution in preserving and promoting the Chinese Woodblock Printing as a traditional art. One of his most important positions, other than his role as Director of Ten Bamboo Studio Art Museum, is the woodblock printing instructor at China National Library.
In 2018, Mr. Wei had the honour of organizing a solo exhibition on his woodblock printing art works at National Art Museum of China.
The exhibition has free admission
To attend the reception at 9am on 21 September 2019, please RSVP with Helena (Helena.firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is an external exhibition and not part of the Asia House Arts and Learning programme.