An exhibition of Foshan's woodcut new year pictures has been held at Zhengyang Gate Museum in Beijing since Jan 15. Beijing citizens are fascinated by these pictures which are a display of Lingnan culture. Guan Hong, deputy curator of Foshan Museum, inspected the exhibition in Beijing yesterday.
This exhibition of Foshan's woodcut new year pictures, with a theme of "Zhengyang Gate Museum receiving the spring blessings from Lingnan", is co-organized by Zhengyang Gate management office, Foshan Museum and Chancheng District Museum.
Foshan's woodcut new year picture originated in the Ming Dynasty and thrived in the Qing Dynasty. Foshan's woodcut new year picture is one of "China's top 4 woodcut new year pictures", along with Tianjin's Yangliuqing new year picture, Suzhou's Taohuawu new year picture and Weifang's Yangjiafu new year picture. In 2006, Foshan's woodcut new year picture was listed as one of China's National Intangible Cultural Heritages.
Guan Hong noted that it's the first time for Foshan's woodcut new year picture to be exhibited in Beijing. There are 126 items on display, including door god pictures, god pictures, decorative pictures and wood types. The exhibition offers a brief introduction of Chinese tradition of pasting new year pictures in Lunar New Year and the development of Foshan's woodcut new year picture.
Yuan Xuejun, a research associate in Zhengyang Gate management office, said that the exhibition is frequently visited and visitor flow had reached over 11000 person-times from the second day to the seventh day of the first lunar month. Besides, the exhibition offers experience services for children and parents. With parents' help, children can fill colors on a woodcut new year picture calendar. "We hope that children learn about this tradition through playing." said Yuan Xuejun.
Mr. Xu, a Beijing citizen at the exhibition, pointed that Foshan's woodcut new year pictures were quite different from those in the north. "The figures in Foshan's woodcut new year pictures, with a style of the Tang Dynasty, look more vivid. The bright scarlet, obtained from cinnabar, is frequently used in these pictures, making them look more elegant." said Mr. Xu.
This exhibition will last till March.
Written by Morly