To usher in the Chinese New Year 2023, museums in Guangdong have launched several exhibitions on Spring Festival customs and traditional Chinese culture. Here are some wonderful exhibitions for you to enjoy during the Chinese New Year.
New Year painting exhibition
In China, placing New Year paintings (nianhua) on doors during Spring Festival is a time-honored tradition to invite heavenly blessings and ward off disasters and evil spirits. Door gods (menshen) and chubby babies are the most common images of the New Year paintings, while some paintings depicting local customs and other auspicious symbols will also be hung on the walls as decorations.
(Photo: Guangdong Museum)
This exhibition showcases more than 300 New Year paintings from Guangdong, Hebei, Tianjin, and other provinces across China, offering a festive atmosphere to audiences.
Time: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays), January 10 to March 29, 2023
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, 3rd floor, Guangdong Museum (广东省博物馆三层专题展厅)
Add.: No. 2, Zhujiang East Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区珠江东路2号)
The culture of God of wealth: Exhibition of China's Conceptions of Wealth in Folk Cultural Relics
Greeting the God of Wealth is a traditional custom to celebrate Lunar New Year in China, and the fifth day of the first lunar month is believed to be the birthday of the God of Wealth. This exhibition focuses on the origin and development of Chinese folklore of fortune praying, displaying 112 pieces (sets) of cultural relics from 10 museums nationwide. Visitors can see cultural relics used for praying for wealth, such as money trees and treasure pots, as well as the statues of the gods of wealth.
(Photo: Nanshan Museum)
Time: 10:00-18:00 (closed on Mondays, except major national holidays), 18:00-21:00 on Saturdays; Until February 5, 2023
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall 2, Floor 2, Nanshan Museum (深圳南山博物馆二层二号专题展厅)
Add.: 2093 Nanshan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区南山大道2093号)
Chinese New Year Shiwan Zodiac Pottery Touring Exhibition
In China, rabbit has always been recognized as an auspicious animal and the embodiment of good fortune and harmony, and immortality. In celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, this exhibition presents several rabbit-shaped Foshan Shiwan ceramic sculptures that look quiet, leisurely, energetic, and playful, creating a strong New Year atmosphere and bringing warm blessings to everyone.
(Photo: Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum)
Time: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays, except holidays), 9:00-18:30 (holidays); until February 15, 2023
Venue: Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum (广东石湾陶瓷博物馆)
Add.: Nanfeng Kiln, No. 5 to 6 Gaomiao Road, Chancheng District, Foshan (佛山市禅城区高庙路5-6号南风古灶)
Time: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays, except holidays); until March 16, 2023
Venue: 2nd and 3rd floor, Zhuhai Museum (珠海博物馆二楼、三楼公共区域)
Add.: No.88 Haihong Road, Xiangwan sub-district, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai (珠海市香洲区香湾街道海虹路88号)
Pottery exhibition in the Year of the Rabbit
As the New Year is approaching, Qinghuiyuan Museum in Foshan has displayed more than 30 life-like ceramic sculptures themed on the Year of the Rabbit, which are created by national and provincial pottery masters. This exhibition aims to show the charm of Foshan Shiwan pottery and convey Spring Festival greetings to the public.
(Photo: Qinghuiyuan Museum)
Time: 9:00-17:00, until February 27, 2023
Venue: Yueyaxuan Exhibition Hall, Qinghuiyuan Museum (清晖园博物馆悦雅轩展厅)
Add.: No. 23 Qinghui Road, Shunde District, Foshan City (佛山市顺德区清晖路23号)
Guangdong Chaoyang Paper-cut Exhibition
Present throughout China and in various ethnic groups, paper-cut is a popular folk art integral to everyday life. During Chinese New Year, the paper cut, as an auspicious decoration, will usually be pasted up to windows to bring people good wishes and a festive atmosphere.
Chaoyang paper-cut is one of the representatives of Guangdong paper-cut, and you can appreciate numerous masterpieces of Chaoyang paper-cut in celebration of the Spring Festival.
(Photo: Yuan Chonghuan Memorial Park)
Time: 8:30-17:30 (closed on Mondays, except holidays), 8:30-18:00 (holidays); until February 28, 2023
Venue: Comprehensive Exhibition Hall A, Yuan Chonghuan Memorial Park (袁崇焕纪念园综合展厅A厅)
Add.: No. 212, Chonghuan East Road, Dongguan (东莞市崇焕东路212号)
The opening hours of some venues will be adjusted during the Chinese New Year. Please check the official WeChat account for relevant information before your trip.
Author: Holly, Crystal (intern)
Poster: Lu Lu
Editor: Wing, Steven, Monica, Jerry