National Art Museum of China hosts woodblock print exhibition

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-06 16:59:29|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition featuring Chinese woodblock printing has opened to the public at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

The exhibition features 52 woodblock prints, 100 blocks, and 80 portrait seals by Wei Lizhong, a national-level intangible cultural heritage representative inheritor.

Wei is also head of the Shizhuzhai art gallery based in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. Shizhuzhai, literally meaning "ten bamboo hall," was founded by Hu Zhengyan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Hu advanced China's woodblock print to a higher level by applying techniques such as multi-color printing. His virtuosity is still evinced at the present day by his two books, the 16-volume "Writings and Paintings of the Ten Bamboo Hall" and the 5-volume "Collection of Decorated Letter Papers of the Ten Bamboo Hall," which are regarded as the oldest east Asiatic specimens extant of polychrome woodblock prints.

The Shizhuzhai woodblock printing technique was listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in China in 2014.

This exhibition, which opened Wednesday, will remain open to the public until Sept. 16.