Friday, February 13, 2015

Chinese New Year prints at Bahay Tsinoy highlight auspicious symbols

Twelve outstanding Taiwanese artists draw inspiration from the traditional Chinese culture of words and symbols in a collection of colorful Chinese New Year prints that go on view at the “Auspicious Art” exhibit at the Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros from February 15 to March 8.

Once more, it is time to celebrate the joy of the Lunar New Year. The 12 Chinese zodiac animals - the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig - are central to the stories told by the different prints on view.

Chinese New Year prints called “nian hua” are traditionally displayed in homes and at workplaces to invite very positive forces and to sweep away all suggestions of negative elements. The works of art on exhibit all play up wishes entertained by people from all walks of life at the start of another 12 months.

Fish for abundance, peach for longevity, peonies for success, and a vase for peace and harmony are some of the meaningful images introduced in the traditional pictorial art to usher in a happy Lunar New Year.

Family values like togetherness and protectiveness are in focus, too, in some of the pictures in the collection.

Some of the artists incorporate Chinese calligraphy and even Chinese papercut in their creative art. Printmaking techniques include silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, mixed media and digital art method.

Bahay Tsinoy is located on the corner of Anda Street and Cabildo Street in Intramuros. For more information, call tel. (02)526-6796.

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