New exhibition explores the history of traditional Chinese opera through calligraphy and paintings by masters

An art exhibition combining traditional Chinese operas, calligraphy and paintings was 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 was 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 was 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 Tuesday in Kunshan, east China’s Jiangsu Province.

The city of Kunshan is the starting point for one of the oldest existing forms of Chinese opera – Kunqu opera. The ancient form of opera evolved from local Kunshan melodies, and later dominated Chinese theater during the Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

The exhibition presents nearly 200 works by masters such as the famous calligrapher Huo Guoqiang.

The works feature ideas inspired by poems describing Kunshan and Kunqu opera as well as the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) Yushan Yaji, one of the most important, enduring and creative collections of poems by Kunshan poets in China.

“We need a calligrapher like Huo who devotes a lot of time and energy to studying traditional Chinese culture. Holding such a lively and colorful exhibition is the responsibility of the Federation of Kunshan Literary and Artistic Circles . [KFLAC]“, said Xu Huiquan, vice president of KFLAC, during the opening ceremony.

Kunshan calligraphers, including Huo and other well-known national painters, created a number of literary and artistic works for the exhibition showing Kunshan’s historical and cultural heritage and the essence of Kunqu’s opera. a unique way.

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

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