The Soul of the Black Earth
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Who this event is for
Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
This summer, The Soul of the Black Earth, an
exhibition of contemporary Chinese woodblock prints, will be presented to the
Glass Tank by the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University and the
Heilongjiang Provincial Museum of Art in China. The exhibition, a One Belt and
One Road project will provide a chance to look back on a momentous and critical
60-year history of the Heilongjiang province in China. The Soul of the Black Earth seeks to tell the story of four
generations of printmakers. Each print in the exhibition is a document of
modern Chinese history and is a reflection of the souls of their makers and the
character of Heilongjiang, the Black Earth.
To tell this story
we must start in 1958 when thousands of soldiers, demobilised by the Korean War,
were sent to Heilongjiang. Their purpose was to transform the Heilongjiang
wasteland into prosperous farmland. Yet, amongst the soldiers were many amateur
artists who took the fertility of the land and the momentum of socialist
realism as inspiration for new, innovative work. These printmakers became
pioneers for their use of landscape and inventive utilisation of distinctive
printmaking techniques. Generation after generation gave way to new artists,
each one as inspired by the political and economic disturbances as the
next. Each generation passed on
developments to the next, but the artists never failed to produce works
characteristic of the Heilongjiang region and with a sense of their own soul.
There are now 200
active printmakers in Heilongjiang, their styles are as versatile as ever and
their achievements continue to gain international recognition.
Organised by the
Glass Tank, Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University and the
Heilongjiang Provincial Art Museum in China, we would like to warmly invite you
to The Soul of the Black Dragon River and
to share in our story with us.
exhibition woodblock printing workshops will be organised for the public to
participate in. Dates of these workshops will be announced closer to the time.
The Soul of the Black Dragon Earth: Contemporary printmaking
from the Heilongjiang Provincial Museum of Art in China will be shown from Wednesday 25 July – 31 August 2018
in the Glass Tank gallery at Oxford Brookes University.