National Art Museum of China, August 16——The “Splendid China – Contemporary Neo-Hui Style Wood Block Works Exhibition” was unveiled in the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) on August 13. The event, hosted by the Publicity Department of Anhui Provincial Committee, Advisory Office of Anhui Provincial Government, Anhui Literature and History Research Institute and Anhui Federation of Literary and Art Circles, was another holistic exposure of contemporary neo-Hui style wood block works following the “Anhui Wood Block Exhibition” in 1983 and the “Soul of Mount Huang•Neo-Hui Style Wood Block Exhibition” in 2007.
Anhui Wood Block boasts a long history. It was originated in the middle of Tang Dynasty, grew up in Song and Yuan Dynasty and reached its peak in the middle of Ming Dynasty, leaving a rich and splendid legacy to people of this world.
From the 50s to the 70s of the last century, Anhui wood block painters represented by Lai Shaoqi, Zheng Zhen, Zhou Wu, Shi Songling, Tao Tianyue, Lin Zhiyao among others, inherited and carried forward the tradition of Anhui style wood block. They created a host of wood block works with distinct time features and went into history under the label of “Neo-Hui Style Wood Block.”
Since the new century, especially in recent years, Anhui style wood block was seen with innovative efforts for development and breakthrough, featuring times characters and major theme creation. The exhibition under discussion saw 56 pieces of wood block works on display, of which 8 were representative huge works organized by the Advisory Office of Anhui Provincial Government, Anhui Literature and History Research Institute – namely, the Mount Huang Embraces Visitors around the World, Beauty and Spirit of Mount Jiuhua, Danxia Beauty on Mount Qiyun, The Romantic Charm of Mount Tianzhu, The Splendor of Hong Kong, Taroko of Taiwan, Ruins of St. Paul of Macao and Mount Huang in the Flourishing Age. 17 were works of the first generation, some of which were the first time to be on show; 31 were works of contemporary neo-Hui style wood block artists, demonstrating the latest exploration and aesthetic pursuit on this genre of art.
The neo-Hui style wood block artists not only depicted the beauty of mountains – Mount Huang, Mount Qiyun, Mount Jiuhua and Mount Tianzhu, scenes they were familiar with, but also touched upon new subject matter relating to Hong Kong, Ruins of St. Paul of Macao and Taroko of Taiwan, an indication of their initial efforts of exploration of natural culture of other regions apart from their original native expressions.
The neo-Hui style wood block artists, while inheriting the artistry of traditional Hui style wood block, has been extensively drawn nutrients from the three sculptures (wood, stone and brick), Han Dynasty Stone Portraits, ancient mural and folk painting. In addition, horizontally they used for reference, line modelling of traditional Chinese painting, metal and stone seal cutting technique, and western painting color expression, etc. and at the same time they adopted appropriate modern engraving and printing skill based on traditional engraving method, innovated and expanded the neo-Hui style wood block in terms of time characters, thinking connotation, form language and aesthetic style.
The exhibition is located in NAMOC’s Hall 2 and Hall 6 and will last until August 20 (not open to the public on Mondays).