Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’s current exhibition showcases contemporary trends in ceramics and glass from China. Many of the exhibiting artists have connections with the city of Jingdezhen where porcelain has been made for over ten centuries. All of the twenty artists selected for the exhibition challenge traditional approaches to glass and ceramics.
For example, Wan Liya challenges perceptions of tradition and modernity in his piece, Birds’ Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers (2010). Liya’s work is inspired by the functional shapes of modern containers and the traditional enamel designs of 18th century imperial porcelain (see image below).
Ahead of the Curve: new china from China complements Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’s world-class permanent collection of historic Chinese ceramics and glass, allowing visitors to compare renowned examples of ancient and contemporary work.
Ahead of the Curve: new china from China runs until 1 March 2015 with various curator led tours throughout January and February (see website for further details).