CAFA Art Mu­seum ex­hibits more than 200 wood en­grav­ing prints

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More than 200 wood en­grav­ing prints make up the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Art Mu­seum’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion. The ex­hibit is the largest dis­play of this type of art­work in China in more than a decade.

Ac­cord­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion’s cu­ra­tor, Wang Huax­i­ang, the ex­hi­bi­tion is di­vided into three sec­tions – Clas­sic Art, Mod­ern Art and Con­tem­po­rary Art – to best present the his­tory of these wooden prints, which orig­i­nate from nine coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing the UK, the US, France and China.

The CAFA Pres­i­dent Fan Di’an noted that wood en­grav­ing is a fas­ci­nat­ing art form that com­bines the nat­u­ral qual­ity of the wood and the emo­tions of an artist into one work.

Ac­cord­ing to the cu­ra­tor, the world’s old­est dated printed book is a Bud­dhist scroll dis­cov­ered in the Mo­gao Caves of Dun­huang in North­west China’s Gansu Prov­ince. The scroll was printed in 868, al­most 500 years ear­lier than Europe.

The en­grav­ing method that orig­i­nated in the UK and ex­panded to other parts in Europe did not reach China un­til the mid­dle of 20th cen­tury, Wang noted.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is set to run un­til De­cem­ber 3.

Photo: Courtesy of CAFA Art Mu­seum

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