Traditionally, the Spring Festival is all about food and travel. But that’s not everybody’s cup of tea. Some complain that the endless banquets cause weight gain, and that flights during the holidays are too busy and sights too crowded.
So, why not head to a museum to enjoy some of the latest exhibitions. Shanghai Daily picks three exhibitions that include photography, paintings and woodcut, which provide you with tranquil environment and artistic experience during the bustling holiday.
Feng Junlan’s Dust Icons Photograph Exhibition
Feng Junlan was born in Hong Kong in 1961 but moved to Taiwan along with his missionary father when he was only three. He majored in art in college and then engaged in art-related work after graduation.
Feng began to contact with photography from 1985 under the influence of famous Taiwanese photographer Ruan Yizhong. Since he became a priest in 2004, he has been working on a series of photographic works called Dust Icons.
In his photos, models are common believers who have followed him for years. Most pictures are faith-themed, depicting the Virgin Mary or King David as a young shepherd’s boy.
Feng says that in relation to the universe, we are all but tiny dust particles. He hopes the his photos will make visitors realize that the characters in the Bible are similar to us, the only difference being that they answered God’s calling at the time.
Date: Through March 2
Venue: Manton Gallery
Address: 167 Fenghuangshanjiao
Memories of a Country Lady
Wu Haiying never went to school, and she had certainly never learned how to draw ink paintings. However, this now elderly woman was blessed with a natural talent.
An exhibition now pays tribute to her paintings, which depict country life in her home in northern Zhejiang Povince‘s Jiaxing.
Before she moved to Hangzhou, Wu had a small-scale farm where she grew vegetables and raised poultry for almost 50 years. When she left her countryside home for Hangzhou, she struggled to adjust to city life and her daughter suggested that she start drawing scenes from her hometown. What was meant as a way to help her cope quickly became a passion for which Wu had a natural gift.
Used bold strokes and lines to portray the idyllic view and everyday life of her village, Wu’s paintings grew popular among art industry experts. At the end of 2014, she held her first solo exhibition, which was well received by the public. This is her second exhibition.
Date: Through February 18
Venue: Sarlang Art Dimension
Address: 167 Fenghuangshanjiao Rd.
Tel: 138-6711-7668 (Reservation is needed during the Lunar New Year)
Admission: 10 yuan
China’s woodcut history dates back to Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) when people used it to print Buddhist scriptures. During that period, woodcut spread from northwestern China to today’s Yangtze Delta region.
Woodcut reached its peak time during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties when literati used it to print novels, poems and operas. Some of the prints were passed down through generations, which in return reflect their popularity.
During the 1930s, Lu Xun, a leading figure in contemporary Chinese literature, urged artists to use powerful woodcut posters to inspire patriotism and fighting spirit. During that period, a new generation of woodcut artists emerged.
In modern times, more and more artists combine traditional Chinese woodcut with Western engraving techniques and designs, developing a new woodcut school that features abstract patterns and minimalist style.
In addition to showcasing Chinese modern woodcuts, this exhibition also displays works from Japanese woodcut masters. Japanese woodcut originated in the 18th century and is strongly influenced by Western painting style.