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Modern Folk Paintings of Xiuzhou, China

Location Fourth Gallery
From Saturday 02 February 2019 -  10:00am
To Sunday 24 February 2019 - 04:00pm

Exhibition opening event will be held on Friday 1 February, 5pm - 7pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. See you there!

For thousands of years, people living in and around the waterways of Xiuzhou, China, have created colourful folk art, including printed fabrics, painted household stoves, carved cake moulds, clay sculptures, embroidery, paper cutting, architectural ornaments, which have been woven into the tradition of Xiuzhou festivals, food, clothing and funeral and wedding ceremonies.

Xiuzhou is a district located in Jiaxing, Bunbury’s Friendship City, and is a typical canal town in Southern China. Located in the north-eastern part of Zheijiang Province on the Yangtze River Delta, Xiuzhou has a rich culture developed over thousands of years of agriculture and relationship with the waterways. Out of this culture has grown the splendid folk art of the Xiuzhou Modern Folk Paintings.

This artistic aesthetic has been passed down from generation to generation. Xiuzhou Folk Paintings show the vibrant life of the rural areas south of the Yangtze River with exaggerated structures, bright colours and dynamic composition. These works exude a strong sense of place and provide an insight into the lives and work of the people who live there.

This exhibition has been donated by Xiuzhou to the City of Bunbury in recognition of the friendship between Jiaxing and Bunbury. Proceeds of the sale of the artworks will form a fund to send a reciprocal exhibition to Xiuzhou.


Image credit: Li Jianfang, Water Chestnut Harvestin (detail).



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