Canada Day marked in Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Bei­jing wan­gru@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The works of 30 Cana­dian print­mak­ing artists are on dis­play at the Shengzhi Art Cen­ter in Bei­jing’s 798 Art Dis­trict. The ex­hibit, which be­gan its run on June 28, ends July 12.

This ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled Res­o­nance, is one of many events this year to mark and celebrate the 45th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Canada and China.

It is also one of the cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties to un­der­line Canada’s com­mit­ment to 2015-2016 as the Canada-China year of peo­ple-topeo­ple and cul­tural ex­change.

The event is be­ing held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Em­bassy of Canada, Hu­nan Fine Arts Pub­lish­ing House, and Shengzhi Art Cen­ter.

Cu­rated by Wu Ji­aqi of Canada, Res­o­nance aims to cre­ate a mean­ing­ful ex­change be­tween Cana­dian print­mak­ers and the Chi­nese art com­mu­ni­ties.

“We have full rea­son to be­lieve that all these ex­hibits, com­ing afar from Canada and qui­etly dis­played in the show­room, not only rep­re­sent the free-spir­ited pur­suit of Cana­dian artists, but also serve as cul­tural am­bas­sadors,”said Wu.

Through the li­ai­son of Guy Langevin, a Que­bec print­mak­ing artist and aca­demic con­sul­tant for the ex­hi­bi­tion, the 30 con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ers whose works will be shown come from across Canada and in­clude some of the most im­por­tant artists work­ing in this field.

In ad­di­tion to Langevin, whose work is part of the ex­hibit, the open­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day was at­tended by Guy Saint-Jac­ques, the Cana­dian am­bas­sador to China, and Tracy Tem­ple­ton, another Cana­dian print­mak­ing artist who has works fea­tured in the ex­hibit.

Guang Jun, a pro­fes­sor at the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts, said dur­ing the event that in the early 1980s Cana­dian print­mak­ing aroused cu­rios­ity in Chi­nese artists.

Print­mak­ing did not start as a sep­a­rate and dis­tinct art form in China. It is gen­er­ally be­lieved in aca­demic cir­cles that the ti­tlepage il­lus­tra­tion of The Diamond Su­tra dates back to the Tang Dy­nasty (AD618-917) and deemed the world’s ear­li­est known printed art on pa­per.

The ori­gin of mod­ern print­mak­ing in China is known as the New Chi­nese Wood­cut Move­ment. It was led in the 1930s by cul­tural icon Lu Xunin, who was deeply inspired by the Ger­man print­maker Kaethe Koll­witz.

Cana­dian artists have a long history of be­ing ac­tive in the print­mak­ing com­mu­nity, with sev­eral im­por­tant artists hav­ing gained at­ten­tion on the in­ter­na­tional scene.

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