Intangible Wood Culture Exhibition
Exhibition of Intangible Culture Heritage Related to Wood
The Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Heritage Related to Wood takes place in the Xian-Style Museum of Expo City.
Demonstrators pictured are lumberjacks native to Changbai Mountain, including Mr. Shouyong Wang (left), singing the forest song, also known as “Haozi,” in synchronized movements.
The Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Heritage Related to Wood with the theme of Wood: Art, Joy and Culture was a prominent program of the 2014 WWD Event. It spotlighted the non-substantial aspect of arts and crafts related to wood in diverse historical contexts and explored the value and usage of wood from cultural perspectives.
The exhibition invited artists and craftsmen to share thirty-two unique cultural legacies in the following categories:
- Construction: wooden boat in watery place, wooden arch bridge construction, Dong minority building, Yantang ancient architecture
- Appliance & Equipment: birch bark crafts, wooden movable type printing, willow steamer, Cantonese rosewood palace lantern, Daoming plaited bamboo handicrafts, water wheel, Taiping drum car
- Commodities: Dongyang wood comb, Li nationality tree bark clothing, Shawo woodturning
- Arts: cork carving, Nanyang Pyrography, Chu Style lacquer, Beachhead New Year wood-block print, Chaozhou woodcarving
- Entertainments: Kongzhu toys, Taishun doll-head, Nuo mask, Slovakia puppet show
- Culture symbols: Changbai Mountain forest song, Xinghua horizontal inscribed board, Mashao facial makeup
- Musical instruments: please see the Wooden Music Fair for information (link).
All collections displayed, including woodworks derived from Chinese dynasties and some Asian countries, as well as western ethnic woodcarvings, carry the spirit that reflects the unique time and region.
Mr. Jianning Zuo amazes the audience with the wooden movable-type printing which is one of the world’s oldest printing techniques originated in Yuan Dynasty and maintained in Zhejiang Province.
Mr. Jinqing Cheng demonstrates ancient woodturning as done in Shawo Village of Hebei Province, where artisans have the wood objects turned manually on wooden lathes.
A demonstration shows the procedure for making a Dongyang wood comb which requires a particular tool for each of the 18 steps.
The Dong minority wooden architecture building is on display in the Exhibition.
The program served as an opportunity to present intangible cultural heritage based on better protection and recognition. Each exhibit offered the general public a specific vision of wood, its relation between tradition and modernity, as well as its social and ethnic value and significance.
The exhibition also tried to explore a diverse collection of entertainments of the east and west for kids.
The artist performs tricks on a Chinese yo-yo which reflect local entertainment of Ming and Qing dynasties.
Jena Pilátová presents her skillful artistry of Slovakia puppet making.
Taishun doll head carving, dating back to Song dynasty, works for the Chinese puppet show.
Our attempt to share these non-material treasures with traditional cultural backgrounds received positive response from both the public and artists on WWD.
The demonstrations caught the audience’s fancy during the show. From left, Mashao facial makeup, Nuo mask and Li Nationality bark clothing.
Artists and inherited masters of non-material cultural heritage related to wood contribute to the WWD celebration.
The cultural carnival with all its details was not only entertaining, but also informative and illuminating. It successfully connected the present day to history and vice versa. Such exhibition would serve to develop interest in tranditional wood culture among public and promote the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in the current gerneration.