The Ulan-Ude-based National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia and the Ministry of Culture's Russian branch office have curated a special Lunar New Year exhibition offering Taiwanese prints from Feb. 7 through March 10.
Featuring prints ranging from woodcut and lithography to silkscreens and digital creations, "Oriental Calendar" will feature over 40 works from the collections of the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which holds an annual competition for printmaking on the Eastern zodiac animal of the coming year.
Explaining that the Taichung museum has held the competition for over three decades, exhibition curator Andrey Martynov called attention to the diverse range of techniques used by the featured Taiwanese artists and how more submissions have started to make good use of digital technology in recent years.
Moreover, no age restrictions are placed upon the participants, said Martynov, citing how the youngest contestant was a mere 10 years old while the most senior artist was firmly 71 at last year's nationwide competition.
"We are glad to be opening an exhibition in Ulan-Ude," stated Nicholas Hsu, head of the Ministry of Culture's Cultural Division in Moscow. "Our traditions dictate that the arrival of the Lunar New Year is celebrated by hanging such festive prints at home to attract good luck and happiness."
Hsu added that cultural exchanges between Buryatia and Taiwan have been steadily increasing. A Taiwanese orchestra visited Ulan-Ude in 2009, and its Buryat counterpart visited Taiwan in the following year. Ulan-Ude and Taipei have also been sister cities since 1996, and a large number of students from Buryatia are now studying in Taiwan.
Led by director Tatiana Boronoeva, the National Museum of Republic of Buryatia in Siberia is considered the treasure house of the republic. It focuses on the history, ethnography, cultures, and modes of life of those who live next to the famed Lake Baikal, one of the deepest lakes in the world.
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