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Macro “Rabbit” Exhibition – Chen Xiangbo Lunar New Year Art Exhibition @ Dafen International Art Tribe
January 25 @ 2:30 pm
Macro “Rabbit” Exhibition
Chen Xiangbo Lunar New Year Art Exhibition
2022·Third Shenzhen Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale Parallel Event
Hóng Tù Dà Zhǎn
New Year Art Exhibition of Chen Xiangbo
Parallel activities of the 3rd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale, Shenzhen, 2022
Organizer: Dafen Oil Painting Village Cultural Development Center, Longgang District, Shenzhen
Organizer: China Resources Land
Dafen International Art Tribe
Planning: Urban Renewal Culture Team of China Resources Land
Exhibition Coordinator: Xie Yunting
Exhibition period: January 11, 2023 – February 28, 2023
Opening time: 14:30, January 11, 2023
Venue: Dafen International Art Tribe
Address: Building 8, East Fourth Lane, Laowei, Dafen Oil Painting Village, Longgang District, Shenzhen
Special support: Chen Xiangbo Art Public Welfare Fund, Art Journal
In the context of traditional Chinese culture, the rabbit is the earthly branch in the twelve zodiac signs. As a Chinese totem and cultural symbol in the early days, “rabbit” has entered the long-term cultural history of human beings in the Neolithic period, such as “rabbit-shaped jade axe”, “rabbit totem riding a dragon” and other unearthed jade wares. For a long time, the image of the rabbit has been considered as a cultural symbol carrying auspiciousness, blessings and good wishes, and it is also accompanied by a divine color. There is a folk saying: Because the sun has not yet risen at Maoshi (5-7 o’clock), the moon’s brilliance also shines. It has not completely retired, and the jade rabbit is the only visible animal in the moon palace, so Maoshi is the rabbit time. “Shuowen Maobu” interprets “Mao” as: “Mao Ye. In February, everything emerges from the ground, like the shape of an open door, so February is the gate of heaven.” . Duan Yucai’s note: “”Law Book” said: “Mao is the word of prosperity, and it is said that all things are luxuriant.” “Mao” represents the vitality of spring, which is the “gate of heaven” that opens life. “Mao is the gate of spring, and everything has come out. “, therefore, the rabbit also carries the image of vitality and renewal of all things .
This “Macro “Rabbit” Exhibition-Chen Xiangbo Lunar New Year Art Exhibition” is a parallel event of the 3rd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale in 2022, and it is also the first famous artist invitation exhibition of the “Dafen+” series of Dafen International Art Tribe . Dafen International Art Tribe is honored to invite the famous artist Chen Xiangbo to exhibit the artist’s new works of the same period, such as “Jade Rabbit Welcomes Spring” and “Rui Rabbit Announces Good News”; New Year greeting art works; at the same time, the exhibition will also present Chen Xiangbo’s fine brushwork and ink works created in different periods, such as the “Like a Dream – Lotus” series and past works of the Year of the Tiger and the Year of the Ox.
Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, once said: “The culture of the zodiac is an integral part of traditional Chinese culture with eternal charm and lasting vitality.” Every year, the creation of the images of the Chinese New Year’s zodiac by artists is also a grand event in the art world. The Spring Festival of the new year is coming, and the tired dust of the past has faded away. With expectations and wishes for the new year, Chen Xiangbo, who is also an educator and curator of an art museum, has created a new design with a traditional minimalist ink style combined with a lively and lovely trendy design. The Year of the Rabbit ICON “Cute Baby BOBOTU” series. From the 2022 Spring Festival Gala to the 2023 Spring Festival Gala, from Tiggo to “Rabbit Yuanyuan”, from logos to mascots, Chen Xiangbo has closely linked the city of Shenzhen with 1.4 billion Chinese people . For Chen Xiangbo, this is closely related to how to creatively convey traditional Chinese culture in the form of art that he has been focusing on and researching these years, and how to make it an aesthetic lifestyle that young people love to see. After the image of “Cute Baby TIGER” was greatly loved by audiences and art lovers in 2022, the “Cute Baby BOBOTU” series in 2023 swept through the end of the year in Shenzhen with a strong momentum and was popular among a wider range of age groups. It is worth mentioning that, The series of cultural and creative prints are ingenious, reinterpreting the traditional Chinese treasure Dunhuang culture with the color matching of Dunhuang murals; Chinese water element) and “Golden Rabbit Year” (“Guimao” Nayin is “gold leaf gold”), BOBOTU trendy figures correspond to “Moon Shadow White”, “纁玄黑”, “Sakura Falling Powder”, each Rabbits of different colors have their unique blessing meanings, and each piece of cultural and creative art is interpreting how traditional culture has become a new contemporary way of life.
Corresponding to the theme of the 3rd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale “Interconnection and Development” , it aims to break the barriers in the art world and integrate across borders. Bringing art into life, making traditional culture a new trend and going to the world, new hopes have sprouted in the artistic soil of Shenzhen.
Chen Xiangbo-General Design of the 2023 CCTV Spring Festival Gala Mascot “Rabbit Yuanyuan”