China Today, held from 28 January to 19 March 2023, is a FREE public event that gives Adelaide art lovers a taste of traditional craftsmanship and the richness and diversity of Chinese culture.
The spirit of "craftsmanship" has been practised in China since ancient times. As Zhuangzi says, "Skill is the way to progress", which refers to an almost compulsive persistence in what one is doing, with a focus on excellence and perfection. For thousands of years, artisans of all kinds have been engaged in their only profession without distractions. Through constant inheritance and innovation, they have been unique in their design, perfect in their quality, constantly improving their skills and sparing no effort in their production. In this way, the "artisan spirit" passed down from generation to generation has forged a splendid Chinese civilization.
The China Today showcase includes artworks of Chinese ceramics hereditary inheritors and the artworks of Heilongjiang Province of China in two sections.
A wise man creates things, and the theatre is a vessel. Porcelain is an important symbol of Chinese civilization, especially in the case of ceramics, where tradition is important.
The exhibition starts from the traditional Chinese non-heritage culture and selects 50 pieces of ceramic art from the representative old, middle and young generations of non-hereditary inheritors in Jingdezhen, and 39 pieces of Chinese paintings, oil paintings, prints, watercolours and ice and snow paintings created by outstanding artists in Heilongjiang Province.
The ceramic works in this exhibition represent the essence of traditional Chinese handicrafts, both in terms of design style and cultural subject matter. The extraordinary and outstanding craftsmanship and the profound artistic temperament and connotation are a concentrated presentation of China's excellent ceramic art.
Meanwhile, the painting and calligraphy works highlight the regional characteristics and depict the northern style, with a variety of styles, rich subject matter and innovative forms to highlight the creative style and aesthetic trends of Heilongjiang artists.
Don't miss China Today at Adelaide Festival Centre. Entry is FREE and all are welcome to come along and explore the showcase.