Intangible cultural heritage celebrated in Shanghai

Wang Jie
The 10th International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts is on display at the Shanghai Art Collection Museum through July 12.
Wang Jie

The 10th International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts is on display at the Shanghai Art Collection Museum through July 12.

The exhibition is a key cultural exchange project of the Shanghai government to promote communication and exchange with cities along the “Belt and Road.”

The exhibition attracted renowned artists, masters of arts and crafts, and inheritors of intangible cultural heritage from all around the world.

Artists from China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Australia, Iran, Romania and Hungary have brought various traditional art forms under the theme of “Many a Little Makes a Mickle.”

Stunning ceramics, lacquerware, glass, tinware, embroidery and dyeing and weaving are all on display.

Visitors can also find fine-patterned carpets, metal chiselled sets, bronze carvings, exquisite Tunisian fabrics, crystal glassworks and Ukrainian jewelry ornaments.

Hu Muqing, the exhibition’s curator and director of the Shanghai Art Collection Museum, said the number of participating countries and artists this year is bigger than that in all previous shows, despite the current pandemic situation around the world.

“This reveals the desire for art and cultural exchanges around the world,” Hu said. “Established almost a decade ago, this exhibition has hosted nearly 1,300 artists from 50 countries and regions.”

Items in a series of China’s intangible cultural heritage are part of the spotlights at the exhibition, such as cloisonne, red sandalwood carving, copper sculpture and tribal embroidery from the ethnic minorities of China.

The 8th International Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Forum, which was held last week in conjunction with the exhibition, invited experts and scholars from around the world.

Ma Shengde, one of the speakers at the forum, revealed China has invested more than 7 billion yuan (US$1 billion) in the protection of intangible cultural heritage since the country adopted a law designed to preserve traditions in 2011.

“Some 400 out of 3,068 inheritors of China’s intangible cultural heritages were dead as of the end of 2019. Half of the living ones are above 70, so the situation is quite critical,” said Ma.

Exhibition info

Date: Through July 12, 10am-4:30pm
Venue: Tianshan Park
Address: 1731 Yan’an Road W.

Intangible cultural heritage celebrated in Shanghai

Lacquerware by Shon Dae-Hyun

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