Dongguan's multi-angel lantern to shine in UN's Headquarter
http://www.dongguantoday.com/     08/20/2015 15:02

The Multi-angle Lantern cultural display, a distinctive Dongguan Intangible Cultural Heritage, will appear at the headquarter building of United Nations and make its debut in the "United Nations 70+ Chinese Contemporary Art & Design Creativity Exhibition" from 20th to 22nd August, 2015.

From 20th to 22nd August, the Multi-Angle Lantern cultural display, a distinctive Dongguan Intangible Cultural Heritage, will appear at the headquarters building of the United Nations and make its debut in the “United Nations 70+ Chinese Contemporary Art & Design Creativity Exhibition”.

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. Hence “United Nations 70+ Chinese Contemporary Art & Design Creativity Exhibition” will be held by the Cultural Association of the UN and the Sino-China Exchange Centre from 20th to 22nd August at the headquarters building of the UN in New York. After returning to China, Dongguan’s Multi-Angle Lantern cultural display will be exhibited in major cities nationwide.

As a direct descendant of the multi-angle lantern culture Zhang Shuqi explained that his father Zhang Jinpei made a total of four multi-angle lanterns during his lifetime. Two were made by his own hands, among which one was made in 1957 and exhibited in Guangzhou Cultural Park, the other made in 1963 and exhibited in Dongguan’s Workers Cultural Palace. The other two lanterns were joint efforts with others in recent years.

At present, there are only two multi-angle lanterns in Dongguan, both made by Zhang Jinpei with others together. One is stored on the second floor of Dongguan Museum’s library at a height of 4.5 metres and 3.5 metres wide. Another is on display in the auditorium of Guancheng Culture Square with a height of 6.5 metres and a width of 5.5 metres. 

Zhang Shuqi is working on a new multi-angle lantern this year. He made some modifications to the lantern’s design especially its tail. It is expected to be completed in two months and will be exhibited in the new Dongguan Cultural Hall.

The art of making the Multi-angle Lantern originated from the Imperial Palace of Song Dynasty 1,000 years ago and it was handed down through generations. Honored with the title "China's Premier Lantern", it is included in the National Intangible Culture Heritage list. In 2005 it won the gold prize at the China (Shenyang) International Spring Festival Lantern Design Contest.

(By Stefanie Tan and Sev Pischl)

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来源:Dongguan Today     Editor:谭晶