Foshan Folk Art Research Institute

Last updated by meimeili at 2013-11-3

Overview

Foshan Folk Art Research Institute had been established in 1956 by the government for developing, inheriting and researching Foshan’s traditional folk arts.
 
The institute has received a large number of celebrated artists, famous scholars and government officials and is known for its artistic achievements.

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Introduction 

Foshan Folk Art Research Institute had been established in 1956 by the government for developing, inheriting and researching Foshan’s traditional folk arts. The institute has received a large number of celebrated artists, famous scholars and government officials and is known for its artistic achievements.

Background 

Foshan Folk Art Research Institute has a display area of almost 1600 square meters and it exhibits traditional handicrafts and folk arts from Foshan as well as other parts of China. The craftsmen are highly skilled and showcase their performance on handicrafts at the institute. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the rich historical and cultural traditions of the area as well as watch skilled craftsmen at work.

Foshan Culture History 

Foshan has had a very long history and is considered to be a very well known ancient town in the country due to its well respected handicraft industry that has made a name for itself all around the world. As per the historical records, the beautiful folk arts from Foshan dates back to Ming Dynasty.
 
The area’s folk arts enjoy a very good reputation and are rich in their local features. Some of the items that are made at the institute include sculpture, calligraphy, paintings, colored lantern, tying and paper cutting. In the last few years, this institute has organized various festive celebrations and artistic exhibitions in Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, South East Asia, Europe, America and Australia. The craftsmen from the institute are invited to give skilled performance or artistic lectures in other parts of the world.

Paper Cut 

Paper Cut has a very long history in Foshan and is believed to have originated during the Song Dynasty. It was popularized in the Qing and Ming Dynasties. This industry had been professionally separated in the Ming Dynasty for exports to other countries.

New Year Wood Carved Pictures 

The New Year wood carved door pictures in Foshan are highly popular. These pictures had originated during the Ming Dynasty and became popular during the Qing Dynasty as well as during the War against Japan. 

Traditional Lantern Art 

Foshan is also highly popular for its colorful lantern art which are designed as well as produced by Foshan Folk Art Research Institute. It is considered to be the mainstream in traditional Chinese lantern arts and features fine workmanship and exquisite work. The lanterns here are made from materials like iron wires and bamboo pieces.
 
These lanterns are crated in various shapes and are matched with the beautiful and unique paper cut patterns of the institute. While the art is based firmly on tradition, the lantern art has slowly developed and innovated with colorful and richer variety and patterns, going from the original interior use towards plaza arts. 

Features of Foshan Lanterns 

The Foshan lanterns feature traditional workmanship, novel modeling, bright coloring, fine workmanship, elegance, exquisiteness and realistic but often exaggerated designs. These lanterns look magnificent and beautiful during day as well as night. The beautiful lanterns from Foshan Folk Art Research Institute are often exhibited in various other countries. Some of the beautiful lantern work has also been listed thrice in the Guinness Book of World Records. Foshan Lantern Art had been showcased to the entire world in 1997 in Hong Kong.

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Zumiao Road Number 5, Chancheng District in Foshan

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