China Europe Academy Invites you to an Online Programme: Lu Xun, the Modern Woodcut Movement and Printmaking Art in China
Tour of the Exhibition 'Lu Xun’s Legacy: Printmaking in Modern China' at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Revolution, Propaganda and Art: Printmaking in Modern China, Clips from the Recorded Online Discussion Presented by the Brunei Gallery, SOAS and AFSOAS
Mary Ginsberg (Guest Curator at the British Museum, Chinese and Central Asian Collections)
Dr Malcolm McNeill (Director of the SOAS University of London Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art)
Zheng Haiyao (Secretary of the Muban Educational Trust)
Time: 26 March 2022, 13:30 GMT (UK)
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Supported by: Brunei Gallery, SOAS and the Muban Educational Trust
It is well known that woodblock prints have a long history in China, and the first printed book in the world is The Diamond Sutra, published in 868 AD during the Tang Dynasty - which can now be found in the British Library. In the seventeenth century, the emergence of overlay Shuiyin printing techniques, marked the peak of Chinese engraving and printing history. In the late Qing Dynasty, missionaries introduced Western mechanised lithographic and letterpress printing to China, transforming printing and book publishing.
Portrait of Lu Xun (1936)，by Li Qun (1912 – 2012), Muban Educational Trust
Arguably one of the most important cultural figures of 20th century China, Lu Xun was a leading left-wing writer, literary critic, print-maker and designer. He was highly acclaimed by the Chinese government after 1949, and Mao Zedong himself, was a lifelong admirer of Lu Xun's writing.
It was Lu Xun, who revived woodblock printing in the Modern Woodcut Movement from 1930 to 1950. He transformed woodblock printing into a weapon for social change, national resistance and a new type of visual art.
Liu Jing(B.1983), Master Series No.1: Lu Xun, 2018. Muban Educational Trust
“Lu Xun's Legacy: Print Making in Modern China” exhibition is being presented by University of London SOAS’s Brunei Gallery and Muban Educational Trust.
China Europe Academy’s online programme will have an online tour of the Exhibition 'Lu Xun’s Legacy: Printmaking in Modern China' at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, curated by Mary Ginsberg.
And the Brunei Gallery SOAS University of London and the American Friends of SOAS presented an online event titled "Revolution, Propaganda and Art: Printmaking in Modern China, on 10th March. This event invited three speakers, including: Mary Ginsberg (Curator of 'Lu Xun's Legacy: Printmaking in Modern China'), Dr. Malcolm McNeil (Head of SOAS University of London's postgraduate diploma program in Asian Art and senior lecturer in Arts Education), and Haiyao Zheng (Secretary of Muban Educational Trust). Based on the exhibition, they analyse the glorious century-long development of Modern Chinese Printmaking and the extraordinary range and diversity of its stylistic, technical and aesthetic expression.
China Europe Academy is honoured to be granted permission from the Brunei Gallery at SOAS to replay the informative conversation between the three speakers in the programme.
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