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New Year paintings are a type of Chinese painting. The “painting of the Door-God”, which began in ancient times, is part of Chinese folk art and common folk crafts. As a unique painting genre in China, New Year paintings are also an art form that people in rural China enjoy a lot. Most of them are used for decoration during the Chinese New Year t, and they bring blessings and auspiciousness for the New Year, hence the name.
Since the 1960s, New Year paintings with traditional themes have been gradually replaced by New Year paintings with new themes, some of which have obvious characteristics of these times; so, the meaning of “New Year paintings” have changed from a form of painting art to “New Year’s posters”.
By the late 1980s, large paper calendars with pictures of landscapes, Chinese paintings, famous people, etc., began to replace traditional New Year’s paintings. From that moment on, the paintings of the Door-God became a distant memory of the past, existing only as a concept.
We have selected some of Chinese New Year paintings from the collection of the Belgium-China Association Library to hold this exhibition, aiming to introduce the once popular Chinese New Year paintings to all and to greet the arrival of the Tiger Year 2022.
Opening hours: from Tuesday until Saturday from 2 pm until 6 pm until end of May.
Confucius Institute in Brussels & Belgium-China Association