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Exhibition shows printmaking as modern art

An international printmaking exhibition titled “Mirror Inflec­tion” is underway at the Hongqiao Museum of Contemporary Art through September 22.

Featuring 103 prints and pieces of installation work created by 28 artists from 12 countries, the exhibition shows the art of print­making from a contemporary perspective.

The printmaking genre has a rich history. When talking about this art form, most people might think about traditional printmak­ing, for example, Ukiyo-e from Japan and Chinese New Year’s woodblock prints. The exhibit demonstrates that there are more possibilities in printmaking.

The exhibition is co-curated by Fang Xiaolong and Chinese- American Fred Liang.

An array of Chinese artists are displaying their artwork at the exhibition. Chinese printmaker Lu Zhiping presents two screen-printings that feature vases depicted in an abstract way. He is also showing three pieces of installation artwork, including two chairs and a printing press, which are adorned with a layer of black, white and gray print pasted on their surfaces.

Japanese artist Ryuta Suzuki, who lives in Suzhou, presents three woodblock prints, which utilize Japanese pigments and Japanese and Chinese paper. He offers his own reflections on the social environment and cultural structure through his works.

The exhibition also features artists from European and North American countries, includ­ing Kiki Smith from the United States and Ingrid Ledent from Belgium.

Employing a plethora of print­making techniques, the artists from different backgrounds demonstrate their shared com­mitment to further the language and tradition of printmaking.

Curator Liang said that the ex­hibition explores the versatility and material nature of printmak­ing as a meaningful reflection upon contemporary, societal and individual ethos. He thinks their works are reflective of both the personal and universal while underscoring the interaction be­tween individuals and societies.

Dates: Through September 22, 9am-4:30pm

Venue: Hongqiao Museum of Con­temporary Art

Address: 650 Xianxia Road


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