Landscape of textile artworks richly decorates exhibition halls

Modern Art of Chinese Textiles on show at National History Museum of Belarus

By Irina Svirko

The exhibition showcases works by famous masters, teachers and students from 18 leading Chinese art universities — using wool, cotton, flax and silk fibres.

Weaving was invented by the Chinese back in the Neolithic era, spreading worldwide via the Great Silk Road. Tapestries portray the spirit of the time and each artist’s understanding of Chinese history, culture and their surroundings.

The central place is occupied by Purity, Distance, Silence — an original composition made from three fine organza pieces, portraying rivers, lakes, high mountains, sea and endless sky; it creates the impression of space and solemnity and won a gold medal at the 6th From Lausanne to Beijing International Fibre Art Biennale, organised in China since 2000. Other works on show in Minsk have also been awarded prizes at Beijing biennales over the years.

Specialists stress that it’s impossible to speak of contemporary Chinese textile art without mentioning the From Lausanne to Beijing Biennale. Swiss Lausanne is home to contemporary textile art, having organised 15 biennales from 1962 to 1995. After it ceased its work, Beijing took over. Last year, over 300 textile artworks, created by 300 masters from 30 countries worldwide, were exhibited at the 6th From Lausanne to Beijing International Fibre Art Biennale.

The Modern Art of Chinese Textiles exhibition is part of the Days of Chinese Culture in Belarus, organised with assistance from the Chinese Embassy.

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