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New exhibition explores traditional Chinese opera’s history through calligraphy, paintings from masters
Published: Jul 28, 2022 05:54 PM
An art exhibition combining the Chinese traditional operas, calligraphy, and paintings has just unveiled on July 26, 2022, in Kunshan, East China's Jiangsu Province. Photo: Courtesy of Jin Tao

An art exhibition combining the Chinese traditional operas, calligraphy, and paintings has just unveiled on July 26, 2022, in Kunshan, East China's Jiangsu Province. Photo: Courtesy of Jin Tao


An art exhibition combining the Chinese traditional operas, calligraphy, and paintings has just unveiled on July 26, 2022, in Kunshan, East China's Jiangsu Province. Photo: Courtesy of Jin Tao

An art exhibition combining the Chinese traditional operas, calligraphy, and paintings has just unveiled on July 26, 2022, in Kunshan, East China's Jiangsu Province. Photo: Courtesy of Jin Tao


An art exhibition combining traditional Chinese operas, calligraphy and paintings kicked off on Tuesday in Kunshan, East China's Jiangsu Province. 

The city of Kunshan is the starting point of one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera - Kunqu Opera. The ancient opera form evolved from local melodies in Kunshan, and subsequently came to dominate Chinese theater during the Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. 

The exhibition presents nearly 200 artworks from masters such as well-known calligrapher Huo Guoqiang.

The works present ideas inspired by poems describing Kunshan and Kunqu Opera as well as the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) Yushan Yaji, one of China's largest, longest-lasting and most creative collections of poems by Kunshan poets.

"We need a calligrapher like Huo who spends a lot of time and energy studying traditional Chinese culture. Holding such a vivid and colorful exhibition is the responsibility of the Kunshan Federation of Literary and Art Circles [KFLAC]," said Xu Huiquan, vice president of KFLAC, at the opening ceremony.

Kunshan calligraphers including Huo and other well-known domestic painters have created a number of literary and artistic works for the exhibition showing the historical and cultural heritage of Kunshan and the essence of Kunqu Opera in a unique way. 

"The exhibition combines paintings, poems and calligraphy so that visitors can appreciate pure traditional beauty," said Li Yi, deputy director of the China Calligraphers Association Academy Committee, at the opening ceremony.

Global Times