THE NATIONAL GALLERY
THE GUANLAN PRINTMAKING MUSEUM
BELT AND ROAD
International Printmaking Exhibition
1 September–15 October 2017
Opening on Friday, 1 September, 6 pm
The Palace, Knyaz Alexander I Sq.
‘Belt and Road’ is one of the largest projects in the modern history of China. It adds new meaning to the ancient Silk Road in the country’s relations with the other states along the route.
Printmaking is the quintessence of Chinese culture, characterised by its unique development and distinctive style. Under the ‘Win-win Cooperation / Belt and Road Initiative’, the Original Printmaking Base in Guanlan, China, invites prominent local artists and creators from the countries along the Belt and Road with the aim of promoting cultural exchange. The Original Printmaking Base is a centre for graphic art creation, printing, exhibiting, collecting, education and research.
The exhibition presents a selection of over 100 artworks created in the past year at the Guanlan Printmaking Base by artists from China, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thailand, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Indonesia, India, Bahrain, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Mongolia. The exposition tracks the processes and trends in the sphere of contemporary graphics and the diversity of graphic techniques such as lithography, etching, dry point, aquatint, and serigraphy - each with its peculiarities and specific devices. With a distinct sense of searching for a new plastic style and expressivity, the artists demonstrate the never-ending possibilities of this art, in which various themes and subjects, emotions and states intertwine.
For further information:
Dr Boryana Valchanova
0889 515 330