展覽地點│樹火紀念紙博物館-台北市中山區長安東路二段68號( 週一 ～ 週六 09:30 ～ 16:30 / 週日休館)
A Perennial Chinese New Year Tradition – An Exhibition of New Year Pictures from the Wuqiang New Year Painting Museum Jan. 15 (Mon.) – March 24 (Sat.), 2018
Chinese New Year is a key aspect of traditional Chinese culture. Over the Chinese New Year, people seek to drive away evil spirits and welcome good fortune in the form of New Year Pictures, usually woodblock prints. In traditional agricultural societies of the past, New Year Pictures were folk art that closely reflected people’s daily lives. In the past, following a year of hard work, during Chinese New Year people expressed their sense of awe at nature and their uncertainty about the coming year by hanging up woodblock prints, which embodied their hopes for the future, in an annual ritual. In today’s modern lifestyles people are isolated from one another by technology; people who stare at their phones all day don’t feel the same concern for the community and pious hopes for a prosperous new year. Suho Memorial Paper Museum have been promoting traditional papermaking and related cultural traditions. Every Chinese New Year, the Museum posts up paper strips decorated with the zodiac sign of the coming year, hangs up New Year Pictures, and prepares red envelopes. This year, thanks to efforts from traditional folk arts expert Mr. Chen I-Chung, the Suho Memorial Paper Museum is collaborating for the first time with China’s Wuqiang New Year Painting Museum, which has loaned several dozen New Year Pictures from its collection for exhibition at the Suho Memorial Paper Museum, including auspicious pictures of door gods, images of traditional folk customs, and iconic images from traditional Chinese Opera performances. Poor soils made it difficult to live off agriculture alone, so the people of Wuqiang County started supplementing their income by making New Year Picture woodblock prints. Wuqiang County was situated at a major transportation hub, so sales of the locally-made New Year Pictures boomed, and Wuqiang County became one of the four main centers of New Year Picture production in China. As we bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new, visitors to this exhibition will experience the immense appeal of New Year Pictures. New Year Pictures are a form of decoration that is far from being irrelevant or outdated. The homelike atmosphere of the exhibition venue gives a new appreciation and understanding of New Year Pictures, as we view traditional stories from a modern perspective. A house with New Year Pictures becomes a real home, a place with eternal memories. Exhibition curated by Suho Memorial Paper Museum. We would like to thank the Wuqiang New Year Painting Museum for the loan of the exhibits and express its sincere appreciation for the assistance provided by traditional folk arts expert, Mr. Chen I-Chung.