Venue：No. 3 Exhibition Hall
Since 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Mr. Jin’s passing away, and 2020 marks the 130th anniversary of his birth, the Shanghai Museum presents this special exhibition to commemorate Jin Xiya (1890-1979), the outstanding bamboo carving artist and theorist.
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The Shanghai Museum has a long and profound connection with Mr. Jin Xiya. As early as in 1950s, Mr. Jin donated some of his artworks to our museum. During the political upheaval, he entrusted the family collection to the museum to prevent from being robbed or destroyed. In 2008, his family donated some of his bequests to us. Through various channels of acquisitions, Shanghai Museum has proudly announced to be the most important public institution of holding Jin Xiya’s artworks.
This is the first exhibition themed on the art of Jin Xiya’s bamboo carving since the founding of new China, which covers not only over 100 pieces of his bamboo carvings, but also wood carvings, paintings, seals, rubbings, colophons by other artists, archives and other objects related to his artistic career as well. The exhibition aims to present a full picture of Mr. Jin’s artistic feature and accomplishment, which will reflect the traditional craft culture of Jiangnan area and promote the research and practice of bamboo carving.
The exhibition is made possible by the collaborative efforts through various departments of the Shanghai Museum. Most exhibits are from our own collection but some documents come from Archives of Nanxun District, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province. My sincere gratitude should be extended to them all above, for their intimate teamwork and professional support.