Foshan China 2021-03-18
On March 8, the opening ceremony of “Jade in the World, Ox in Pingzhou” (“天下玉·平洲”) Carving Master Works Exhibition (hereinafter referred as the Carving Exhibition Show) was held at Guicheng Art Museum in Nanhai District. Themed on the Year of Ox, the show incorporated over 50 masterpieces – showcasing both mastery of local artists and rich cultural deposit in Pingzhou.
Over 50 jade carvings to deliver artistic experience
Among more than 50 pieces unveiled in the show, some came from prestigious local artists, and some national carving masters. Carved in great craftsmanship, these works look bright in color and lifelike in characters and roles.
The exhibition covers a wide array of subject matters, ranging from classic Buddhist figure of Guanyin, mythological characters, iconic roles and poetic imagery depicted in classic Chinese literature to splendid scenery of China.
The top award-winning piece: “Picturesque Landscape of China” (《江山如画》)
The biggest focus at the show was landed on “Picturesque Landscape of China”, awarded a gold medal in Tiangong Award 2020，which is the most influential award for China’s jade carving and stone carving and enjoys a nickname as the “Jade Carving Oscar”. This cutting-edge jade carving was made by three masters - Chinese jade carving master Wang Guoqing, Foshan arts and crafts master Lin Xinxing, and the founder of Brother Jade Xu Meixian. When unveiled to the audience, the work has caused a big sensation.
Take a close look. You can see details on every brick, tile, tree, wood, temple, and pavilion in the work. Inspired by some elements from paintings of the Song Dynasty, the work recaptures the fascinating landscape of the beloved motherland and shows off exquisite carving techniques. The work is made of jade, which is worth 10 million yuan.
According to the artists, due to high complexity, it took them three whole years to complete.
Creative orientation for Pingzhou jade industry upgrading
Since the 1970s, Pingzhou jade craving artists has always focused on passing on traditional craving skills and developing artistic innovation. Committed to this goal for more than 40 years, Pingzhou has become a glorious land of craftsmanship that received international recognition as the “Home to Chinese Bracelets. In 2019, traditional jade craving in Pingzhou, which now passed down to the 6th generation, was listed on the seventh batch of Foshan intangible cultural heritage.
Based on a concept of “promoting production through exhibition” and the industrial trend of “globalization, professionalism, localism and industrialization”, the show not only delivered the art concept of the artists themselves, but also opened up new direction for the cultural and creative industry of Pingzhou jade.
Duration: March 8th to March 25th
Location: Guicheng Museum, Nanhai District
Ticket: Free Entry
Author | Jersey
Revisor | Jessica
Photo | Wang Weinan, Foshan Daily