Collectors Circle talk with Paul Yu
"The Art of Bamboo Carving in the Ming and Qing Dynasties"
Bamboo, with its natural characteristics of having nodes and a hollow body as well as a vital force under difficultenvironments, is projected in traditional Chinese culture as possessing the highly valued, Confucian characteristics of humility and perseverance.. Symbolically, bamboo is regarded as one of the “four noble gentlemen” (together with plum blossom, orchid, and chrysanthemum). It is also one of the “three friends in harsh winter” (together with pine and plum blossom). During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the art of bamboo carving was adopted by scholars and highly educated sculptors, who absorbed elements of calligraphy, painting, and sculpture carving to produce works of refinement where the sculptor’s knife replaced the calligraphy brush.
Mr. Paul Yu has been a member of the Collectors Circle and the Friends of the Art Museum of the CUHK for many years. Being an ardent collector of Chinese objects of antiquity, his collections cover several categories, including bamboo, jade, various metals, porcelain, and some calligraphy and paintings. In his talk Mr. Yu will discuss his collection of bamboo carvings. Using items from this collection, as well as his personal photographs, he willcompare the art of carving between bamboo, wood, and other materials, sharing his knowledge and love of his subject.
We will be welcomed by Mr Jonathan Macey, CEO of Macey & Sons.
The Friends are grateful for the generous sponsorship by Macey & Sons