Tientsin China Art
This is the second in a series of posts about Guangzhou, which is based on giving a deep insight into the history of Guangdong, China's second largest city. This is a collection of photographs from the first three months of 2014 and the last two months.
Although China's modernity has shifted to Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei, Tianjin remains one of the country's most important cultural centers with a history spanning more than 70 years, recognized by LAFA. CAAD has a special focus on artists and designers who have returned to China after their training abroad. There is a strong presence of artists from China, but also from other countries such as the United States and Japan.
Chinese carpets were produced, beginning with the more xenophobic Ming rulers and beginning in the early 20th century. These rugs, which became known as "Chinese Art Deco" because the Art Deco movement took place in China itself, complemented what was happening in the West.
Interestingly, it was suggested that some of the eastern botanical elements that characterized early Chinese Art Deco rugs were borrowed from Japanese motifs, which were then adapted to the designs of the French Art De Co. This led to a unique "Chinese style" in terms of the use of plant materials and the design of decorative elements.
Guanyin, which stands for a large lotus leaf or flower, is native to Valais and included a variety of other plants such as pomegranates, chrysanthemums, lemons, lilies, rhododendrons, orchids and other herbs and flowers.
Western publications, many kinds of maps have appeared illustrating contested areas of China, including disturbing images of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Great Wall of China, and the Forbidden City. The Chinese perspective, which is rarely seen, is reflected in this atmospheric view of Beijing, seen through clouds of smoke. The picture shown here shows a view from the top of a tall building in the middle of an industrial area in central Beijing. It includes twelve Chinese print translations and commentaries that show a front the artist had never seen before.
The exhibition is intended to underscore the importance of the artist's work in the context of China's political and cultural history and its history as a nation.
The Tianjin Art Museum is a comprehensive fine arts museum that focuses on and devotes itself to aesthetic education and international cultural exchange. We will strive to develop the ability to collect the best and most important artworks from China and other countries.
There are 193 works on display that emphasize the intertwined development of the Chinese language and art, and many of these are unique. This jar with lid made of Ming wucai (five colours) (shown below) is the only known example of its kind in the world to demonstrate the importance of Ming-qing as an art language in China and its influence on modern art.
There were over 600 factories that made carpets for export to China, and many woodblock printmakers began to gather there. The earliest Chinese porcelain mount is believed to have been made in the late 19th century, coinciding with the opening of the first Chinese Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
When the boxers romped through Beijing, hanging placards calling on the Chinese to kill all foreigners, the foreigners retreated. The graphic that begins with the unit as shown in close-up below celebrates victory with flags, smoke and troops waving swords to drive out the helpless foreign army.
Chinese characters and patterns are nearby, but it is generally understood that this is not necessarily what the Chinese might refer to. Because much is unknown about the early use and production of carpets in China. There is a woven carpet from Persia, which was imported into China in the mid-16th century ("ang t'ang"), although it was not a carpet. It is slightly misleading to call such rags "Chinese art" or "de-co," as they are made in areas outside of China today and are not necessarily the same type of carpet as those that might be called in Chinese (e.g. "t'an").
The 1889 Chinese Extradition Ordinance permitted the extradition of Chinese subjects wanted for crimes committed in imperial China. The law was enacted to enact the annexation of the city, now called Tianjin, which marked the beginning of China's transition from imperial to communist rule in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Communist forces took control of Tianjin in the late 19th century, following the defeat of the Qing Dynasty by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the rise of Mao Zedong. To regain control of the city, a group of well-known Qing generals and their allies hatched a plan to transform it into a completely modern city.