Printmaking works on display

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Vincent Lin  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-04-29

A total of 264 Chinese prints are on display to mark the 90th anniversary of the New Woodblock Print Movement in China.

In 1931, satiric writer and intellectual Lu Xun initiated the movement, using printmaking as a means of political expression. He organized exhibitions with prints by German artist Kaethe Kollwitz and others. Printmaking in China flourished during the 1930s under the dual influence of European socialist artists and the Chinese New Year woodblock prints and papercuts. Many prints in black and white were created with subjects expressing criticism of society.

A 1957 woodblock print. Photos from WeChat account “ftwtzx”

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, oil painting, traditional Chinese ink painting, watercolor painting and gouache painting all underwent massive development. Not only was printing established in the academies as a specialized area of study, but workshops for woodcut printing, lithography and intaglio also started to create an impact. Today, in a lively and open art scene, prints are an art form practiced in various forms.

Dates: Until May 5

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Venue: Futian Art Museum, 5 Meidong Road 2, Futian District (福田区梅东二路5号福田美术馆)

Metro: Line 9 or 10 to Maling Station (孖岭站), Exit D