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Dongyang Woodcarving in National Museum
Post Time: 02/01/2018

On December 28, Lu Guangzheng’s Dongyang Woodcarving Exhibition was held in Beijings National Museum of China. For every Chinese artist, having an exhibition in the national museum is the ultimate dream. Lu, at 72, finally achieved this dream.

Lu is a master of Chinese arts and crafts and director of the Woodcarving Committee of the China Arts and Crafts Association. His pieces have been sold to more than 20 countries and regions, including Russia, Germany, France, the US, and Singapore, bringing China’s art to the world.

This exhibition marks the conclusion of Lu’s career. During his 60-year career as a Dongyang woodcarving artist, he has made the publicity of Dongyang’s woodcarving a priority. “It’s not easy to have the chance to be displayed on the national stage. We should seize this opportunity to expand the influence and the international market of Dongyang woodcarving handicrafts.”

One of the innovations of this exhibition is the combination of woodcarving with the Belt and Road Initiative. The exhibition consists of three parts, with both the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road as its theme.

The prologue, Chinese Dream, gives a general picture of Chinese culture and its modernization. Part one, Memories of the Silk Road, shows various historical events along the ancient Silk Road, such as Zhang Qian’s exploration into Central China, the Ancient Tea Horse Road, and Zheng He’s expeditionary voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, Western Asia, and East Africa. Part two, On the Way to Rejuvenation, displays the environments, economics, cultures, and technologies of the countries along the Belt and Road.

“I got inspiration from the Belt and Road Initiative,” Lu said. In order to represent it accurately, Lu invited scholars from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, China Academy of the Arts, and Art College at Xiamen University to collaborate on the creation of some pieces. This invitation embodies both Lu’s strictness and his openness.

“When designing and creating, I’m extremely concentrated, employing my entire heart and soul,” Lu said. A distinguished master, he gives credit to his diligence and patience. (By Ye Yongyong, translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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