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Ningbo Museum Exhibiting Cultural Relic Preservation and Restoration Techniques
2020-11-20Text Size: A A A

(Citizens visited the restored paintings and cultural relics. Photo by Zhou Jianping)

From today onwards, the "Good Workmanship: Cultural Relics Conservation and Restoration Techniques Exhibition of Ningbo Museum and Yao Aijuan Ancient Calligraphy and Painting Installation and Restoration Techniques and Achievements Exhibition" is being held in the East Special Pavilion on the first floor of Ningbo Museum. This is the first comprehensive restoration technique and achievement exhibition with the theme of cultural relic preservation and restoration held by the Ningbo Museum.

The cultural relics protection and restoration work of Ningbo Museum has been carried out for nearly 5 years. It has promoted the scientific and technological protection of cultural relics from scratch, and has achieved fruitful scientific research results. It has completed the protection and restoration of more than 1,000 cultural relics (sets) of the museum and other cultural institutions. There are more than 140 bronze ritual instruments in the Confucian Temple in the Ningbo Museum. This is one of the most complete and systematic ritual instruments of the local official Confucian temple in existence in China. Beginning in 2016, Ningbo Museum began to protect and restore these collections, and in 2018 launched a large-scale original exhibition of "National Ceremony-Qing Dynasty Ningbo Confucian Temple Sacrificial Rites Musical Instruments".

The original exhibition is divided into units based on the materials of cultural relics, namely (paper) painting and calligraphy restoration, bamboo and wood lacquer restoration, ceramic restoration and metal restoration. Each unit intuitively conveys the knowledge of the protection and restoration of cultural relics and records the specific process and details of the restoration of cultural relics from the aspects of disease status, restoration techniques, cultural relic restoration process and restoration cases. Nearly 150 renewed and radiant exhibits showcased the "Cultural Doctor" combined with "ancient techniques" and "modern techniques". The exhibition will last until December 13.

Through the comparison before and after the restoration of ancient calligraphy and painting, the audience can feel the power of turning decay into magic. The highlight of this exhibition is that a large number of photos are used to restore the process and details of the installation and restoration of ancient paintings and calligraphy. The techniques of uncovering, washing, repairing, supporting, brushing, cutting, and installing are displayed in the form of teaching diaries, supplemented by Yao Cheats are like reading a textbook.

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