A seal cutting exhibition in Beijing is showing works created by the public to mark the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics.
Seal cutting is a traditional Chinese art form that combines calligraphy and engraving. The exhibition, which runs from January 15 to March 15, is jointly hosted by the Beijing Olympic City Development Center, the Beijing World Art Museum, the Seal Cutting Institute of the Chinese National Academy of Arts and Shanghai-based newspaper Wenhui Bao.
The exhibits are divided into seven themes, including government guidance, preparations for the Games, the development of the Games, support from home and abroad, COVID-19 safety measures for the Games, knowledge of the Winter Olympics and ice and snow sports in today’s China.
The more than 350 seals on display were designed and created by professional seal cutters, teachers, students, company employees and staff members from scientific research institutions.
The works embody the Olympic vision of “green, shared, open and clean” put forward by president Xi Jinping, and reflect Chinese people’s supportfor and active participation in the Games.
Seal-cutting remains a vibrant art form in China. In recent years, enthusiasts and volunteers have continued to promote and popularize new fonts, materials and shapes, as well as new seal-cutting techniques and technologies.
Rewritten into English by Huang Siyi, Shanghai International Studies University