Sunday, 17 January 2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

Exhibition of Chinese Zodiac Celebrating the Traditional Chinese New Year 十二生肖迎新春圖片展

Opening Reception: January 31, 2016 2:00pm (free event)
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Exhibition Dates: January 31 - April 3, 2016
Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5pm closed on Mondays and Holidays. Admission by donation.
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6a 4H5

Co-presented by Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage

The year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey (also the year of Bingshen) according to the Chinese lunar calendar. As the Chinese spring festival is approaching, Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver and China’s Henan Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage co-present an exhibition titled Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals Celebrating the Traditional Chinese New Year at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum during January 31st to February 28th. The 63 bilingual panels of the exhibition illustrate and explain the history of Chinese zodiac animals and traditions. The content is enriched by photos of the excavated artifacts such as clay, jade and bronze zodiac animals in Henan Province. This exhibition is entertaining, instructive and family friendly. The exhibition is in both English and Chinese.

Henan Province in China is one of those most important cradles of Chinese culture and has long served as the national political, economic and cultural center. It preserves a host of cultural relics themed on the Chinese zodiac and passes down the zodiac’s cultural tradition. From clamshells with designs of dragons and tigers in the Neolithic age, to today’s folk custom of uncles sending lamb-shaped food to nephews in the sixth lunar month every year in Northern China, all those aspects are embodied with the charm of Chinese zodiac culture. 



White Ceramic Rabbit, Tang Dynasty (618 - 906 A.D.), China
Collection of Sanmenxia City Museum, Henan Province, China
白瓷兔  唐代  三门峡市博物馆藏

Ox Zun, Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC – c. 1046 B.C.E.), China
Excavated at Yinxu (The Yin Ruins), Anyang, Henan Province, China
牛尊  商代  安阳殷墟出土

Pottery Figures Holding Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals, Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 A.D.), China
Collection of Henan Museum, China

黃綠彩十二生肖陶俑  明代  河南博物院藏