Hubei Museum of Art displays Chinese-language emojis
An exhibition entitled “Chinese Character — Art, Design and Rhyme” by artist Chen Nan kicked off at the Hubei Museum of Art on August 31. The exhibition showcases Chen's design works on Chinese characters, as well as his approaches to Chinese-characterbased art designs.
Chen is an associate professor of the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University. He has been dedicated to artistic design of ancient Chinese characters, specifically, the oracle bone inscriptions and Dongba characters, for 19 years.
The exhibition displays his artistic designs alongside related theoretic explanations. It also covers Chen's design manuscripts and video materials, allowing visitors a peek at his concept of Chinese character designs.
The exhibition highlights a set of emoji designs on the oracle bone inscriptions. The emoji character "萌 cute）" for example, consists of an upper part "艹" resembling a cat's ears, a middle part "日" and "月" looking like big eyes, and a lower part similar to a cat's claws. The three parts represent a cute image of a cat, which is exactly what "萌" conveys in modern Chinese.
The free exhibition will last until October 28.
Finished emoji designs
Oracle bone inscriptions