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 China Red Sandalwood Museum Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary and Announced the Opening of branch museum in Zhuhai Hengqin in Dec. 2019

Pubdate:2019-09-21

 

Sep. 19th,2019 is the 20th anniversary of China Red Sandalwood Museum. The curator Madam Chan Laiwa announced in her speech that the branch museum of China Red Sandalwood Museum in Zhuhai Hengqin will open in Dec. 2019 and the first exhibition of the branch museum will be held together with the Palace Museum with the theme of “the elegance and beauty at the flourishing age”.

 

This year is also the 20th  anniversary of Macao's return to the motherland. Madam Chan expressed that d in Zhuhai, covering Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and facing the world, Hengqin branch museum will be an platform for displaying both the royal culture of Palace Museum and chinese traditional red sandalwood artistry and functioning to serve the cultural exchange activities among the top cultural organizations and institutions worldwide and foster the culture development in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

 

The Chinese culture has a long history. Inheriting and carrying forward the excellent Chinese culture is the responsibility of each chinese people. Madam Chan said, we have been spreading and promoting chinese red sandalwood culture worldwide aiming to have more people appreciate and understand the beauty of chinese culture and artistry and then love the traditional chinese culture. At the same time, we would like to inherit the craftsman spirit of our ancestors thus build a sound foundation for traditional chinese culture.

 

 

China Red Sandalwood Museum was opened 20 years ago. With the help and instructions of the experts from Palace Museum, using the original pieces in Palace Museum as blueprint, Madam Chan Laiwa with her team fabricated the fine works of red sandalwood furniture and exquisite large building models such as corner watchtowers of the imperial palace, Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in Temple of Heaven, A-Thousand Autumn Pavilion, Ten-Thousand Spring Pavilion, Heavenly Pavilion. d on all the great work she has accomplished, Madam Chan Laiwa established China Red Sandalwood Museum.

 

In the recent decades, Madam Chan Laiwa has donated many invaluable large red sandalwood masterpieces to the Palace Museum in China, the Domaine National de Chambord in France, the Smithsonian Institution in US, the Dresden State Art Collections in Germany and the Kyushu National Museum in Japan respectively, which not only spread chinese traditional red sandalwood culture to the world but also bridged a connection between China and the rest of the world, starting a chinese red sandalwood journey to promote the cultural exchange between china and other countries.

 

In 2011, the “Red Sandalwood Carving Artistry”declared by China Red Sandalwood Museum was rated as national intangible cultural heritage and Madam Chan Laiwa was awarded as the inheritor of national intangible culture and ranked as one of the great craftsmen specialized in various chinese traditional cultures. Each process of the red sandalwood works creation such as material selection, fabrication, carving, grinding and polishing, waxing is very fastidious. To Madam Chan, the reason that she is willing to fully dedicate to red sandalwood artistry is because she values and cherishes the workmanship underlying the red sandalwood carving artistry - being earnest with every single thing - which will go beyond times and society and be handed down forever.

 

 

It is a common phenomenon nowadays that private museums in china are struggling to survive. It is also the case for China Red Sandalwood Museum - the income by selling tickets is not enough to support the daily operation of the museum. In order to carry forward the traditional chinese culture, Madam Chan Laiwa has to leverage other commercial incomes to maintain the operation of the museum and she believes whatever it takes, it’s worth it.

 

 

Since its opening 20 years ago, China Red Sandalwood Museum has received hundreds and thousands of visitors from all over the world. Many visitors has get fascinated with red sandalwood culture through close contact and experience with red sandalwood masterpiece in China Red Sandalwood Museum. From 2010, Madam Chan has organized hundreds of experts, scholars, great craftsmen and invested huge amount of money to start the amazing project of reproducing Old Beijing City Gates by using red sandalwood and carbonized wood. So far a total of 16 city gates(including 9 interior gates and 7 exterior gates), 10 corner watchtowers and 10 temples have been successfully fabricated at a ratio of 1:10, which has been highly praised by the previous director of Palace Museum Shan Jixiang, Master Hsing Yun and famous scholar Yan Chongnian, etc. The Old Beijing City Gates in red sandalwood and carbonized wood have been displayed in cities such as Beijing, Macao and won wide applause from the visitors.

 
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