From 01 December 2018 to 06 January 2019
In Intellectual Creations. Contemporary Chinese Lacquer Exhibitiondisplays 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.
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.