Happy Chinese New Year – Celebrating with Shandong
Peasant painting from Shandong in particular has a rich regional character and combines elements of the local Qilu culture. Traditional representations and methods of folk art, such as paper cutting, embroidery, New Year pictures and carvings, combine with motifs from modern life to create a new artistic approach.
The passion and simplicity inherent in folk art are continued stylistically; Extreme shapes, natural lines and rich colors are an expression of the hard work and lively spirit of the Chinese rural population. This art has an intense regional character and is therefore typical of a modern and genuine representation of rural life in China.
The “Exhibition of Chinese Peasant Painting” gives the German audience access and a better understanding of the unique art form of Chinese peasant painting from Shandong and conveys a special form of Chinese folk art. At the same time, the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin is ushering in the festive season before Chinese New Year with the right atmosphere so that everyone can welcome the Year of the Dragon together.
The exhibition is an invitation to visit Shandong Province and experience the regional Qilu culture.
Shandong Province, located on the east coast of China, is one of the important places of origin of Chinese civilization. The magnificent Taishan Mountain rises here and the restless Yellow River flows from here into the sea. Shandong, also known as the home of Confucius and Mencius, is also the birthplace of Confucian culture, a place where saints and sages as well as famous scholars worked in large numbers.
In 2024, Shandong will be a partner province of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin. Throughout the year, the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin and the Office of Culture and Tourism of Shandong Province will jointly develop a variety of cultural projects, showcasing the province's rich cultural and tourism resources and the charm of regional culture.
It starts with the “Exhibition of Chinese Peasant Paintings”, which will open in the Chinese Cultural Center on the evening of January 18, 2024. This first joint project of the cultural center and the province of Shandong this year is also an important part of the “Happy Chinese New Year” series with which the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin celebrates the Chinese New Year in Berlin every year.
The exhibition can be viewed free of charge and without registration during the regular opening hours of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin (Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
Exhibition duration January 18th to February 28th, 2024