Chaozhou woodcarving is a well-known school of folk woodcarving in China, popular across the Chaozhou region in Eastern Guangdong. It is recognized among the top four woodcarvings in China, together with Dongyang woodcarving, Boxwood (Huang-yang) carving and Longan woodcarving. Boasting a long history, beautiful shapes, and distinct regional features, Chaozhou woodcarving was listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list in 2006.
This exhibition will display more than 160 pieces (sets) of collections, including fine works of the Ming and Qing dynasties and modern times, works of famous contemporary Chaozhou woodcarving masters, and some cultural relics that reflect the Chaoshan culture. These collections present advanced skills, a wide range of subjects and varieties, demonstrating the artistic features of Chaozhou woodcarving which integrates carving, lacquering, gilding and other techniques. They represent the exquisite craftsmanship and artistic value of Chaozhou woodcarving, and also reflect Chaoshan's distinct cultural landscape.
The exhibition is divided into five sections: “Historical Origins”, “Essence of Art”, “Popular Appreciation”, “Life Charms”, and “Woodcarving and Chaoshan Culture”. To enhance visitors’ informative and interesting experience, games and interactive activities are set up, such as “Glamour of Woodcarving”, “A Brief Section Diagram of Chinese Wood Buildings”, and “Arranging Ancestral Halls”.