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CRAFTSMANSHIP

03/07/2019 - 02/08/2019 09:00
CRAFTSMANSHIP

Handicraft is a carrier for disseminating human civilization. As early as 2,500 years ago in China, Records of Construction in Rites of Zhou portrayed man-made objects as having been created by Immortals for the sake of facilitating human activities. Subsequently, clever and deft people recorded the process of making objects, of which those who had preserved traditional workmanship were called craftsmen. Needless to say, the objects produced by craftsmen were believed to have been created by the Immortals.

Hence, the “Craftsman” was believed to be the recorder and successor of the production process of objects created by Immortals in ancient China. Manual skills of thousands of years of craftsmanship have provided great convenience and aesthetic enjoyment for people’s lives at all times. By virtue of craftsmanship, Chinese civilization, epitomizing human wisdom and spiritual realm, is incessantly disseminated from generation to generation by means of handcrafts. Behind each piece of artwork, there is a torturous story of an unflinching craftsman of great fortitude, embodying the immortal spirit of creating and disseminating civilization - “exquisite craftsmanship”.

In this exhibition, four Chinese arts masters are invited to exhibit their four kinds of famous traditional artworks with a long history in China, namely “Filigree Inlay”, “Carved Lacquer”, “Ceramics” and “Purple clay ware”. By observing these artifacts, one can deduce that traditional Chinese Culture relates closely to human beings. While showcasing the beauty of craftsmanship at the exhibition, we will also explore the inheritance of traditional craftsmanship with exhibits and share the “craftsmanship spirit” of contemporary arts and crafts.

As a traditional Chinese handicraft with a long history, “Filigree Inlay”, ranks among the “Eight Treasures of Chinese Arts and Crafts in Beijing”, and was mainly used for making imperial ornaments. It can be said that a history of ancient Chinese imperial jewellery is an evolutionary history of filigree inlay. In 2008, filigree inlay art was included in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage list.

China is the first country in the world to discover and use natural lacquer. “Carved Lacquer” is a traditional Chinese national art with a history of at least 1,400 years. Lacquer ware artifacts were also recorded in the royal courts and have retained a high social status and artistic value throughout the ages.

Chinese people invented pottery as early as around 8000-2000 BC (the Neolithic Age). The evolution history of “Ceramics” constitutes an important part of the history of the Chinese nation. Chinese porcelain is highly acclaimed for its utilitarian and artistic value. It can be said that ceramics represents one of the most brilliant symbols in China's 5,000-year civilization and forms an important part of intangible cultural heritage.“Purple clayware” originated in the Song Dynasty and flourished in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Purple clay ware is a kind of ceramics product in natural color of clay. The “Yixing clay teapot”, which is pure and rich in texture is reputed to be No.1 tea ware in the world.

This event is co-organized between China Cultural Centre in Malta and Network of international Culturalink Entities

For more information about this exhibition, send an email to maltaccc@gmail.com

Venue

China Cultural Centre

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China Cultural Centre in Malta