In the lush mountains and forests of Saxony, there is a building built in the early 20th century in the town of Markneukirchen, famous for its tradition of making pianos. This building surrounded by mountains was once the home of the instrument merchant Merz. In the pre-East German era, it once became a kindergarten, and today it has a string manufacturing specialty unique in Europe.
In the season when the mountain rhododendrons bloom, this quiet and beautiful building is sheltered between red beech, linden, spruce and maple. As a part of the Department of Applied Arts of West Saxony University of Applied Sciences (the department is located in Zwickau), 37 students from Germany, Britain, France, Turkey, Spain, South Korea, Japan and other places are active in its building Among them, 22 are young people who specialize in making fiddle and guitar.
The fiddle is a very complex pronunciation. Over the centuries, it has gradually developed into a complete musical artwork. What a traditional piano maker must master is the knowledge of wood, the experience of piano making, and the meticulous fingertips. In order to create the perfect sound quality of a violin, in addition to learning its complex technology, it is also necessary to be proficient in physics, electroacoustics, measurement, and even psychology. Students who have completed the basic training of piano making, once admitted to this school, will have four years to set up their own workshops in this Taohuawu-like environment. Craft. Their graduation thesis is often a perfect antique master violin.
Musical instrument workshop manual, markneukirchen Author: Pang Serena
In addition to violin making courses, students here must study Western music history, natural history, historical methodology, and art history. Only in this way can they understand the importance of cultural heritage when they understand the exquisite craftsmanship of Guqin. At the same time, the four part-time professors in the school are often themselves masters of piano making. The intact combination of theory and practice provides students with a rare and comprehensive knowledge of music and instruments. Students making 18th or 19th century instruments, such as Rene Lacote’s guitars, Francois Chanot’s violin, Ernst Busch or Johann Christian Hoffmann’s ancient cello, must answer the reserved repertoires, performance techniques and corresponding eras that these ancient instruments have played And other issues. It is conceivable that once the piano making students of the Department of Applied Arts of the West Saxony University of Applied Sciences graduated, they will be the world’s top technical personnel in the industry. Whether they set up their own piano workshops or were hired by others, they will all be independent senior piano makers.
In 2015, from Dresden to Leipzig, from Chemnitz to Glashütte, after more than a month, photographer Xiaowei Wei traveled throughout Saxony. From the calm perspective of onlookers, Xiaowei Wei has taken thousands of breathtaking works on Saxony’s nature, history, humanities, business traditions and characters. In these works, the valley greenery and sandstone wonders bring Saxony’s unique geographical environment. Sandstone architecture records the history of Saxony’s breathlessness, while the artisans who created with the mind, soul and hands show Saxony’s pride. Handicraft tradition.
Selected works from this shoot will be exhibited at the National Art Museum of China from April 24th to May 3rd, 2016.
‘Saxony: The Home of German Craftsmanship-Wu Xiaowei Photography Exhibition’
Date: April 24 to May 3, 2016 (closed days: April 25, April 30)
Venue: Halls 13-17 on the third floor of the National Art Museum of China
Address: No. 1 Wusi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (closed at 16:00)
About the artist
Xiaowei Wei is a well-known contemporary Chinese photographer, a member of the Chinese Photographers Association, a member of the Royal Photographic Society of China, and a special picture photographer invited by China Central Television’s film channel, sports channel, and the National Grand Theatre. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chinese films, Xiaowei Wei has taken black and white portraits of 1,000 famous Chinese film artists for four years since 2002, assembled into a book, and presented the centennial birthday of Chinese films. In order to welcome the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Xiaowei Wei spent two years in many countries around the world, shooting black and white portraits of all 134 Chinese Olympic champions before the Beijing Olympics. Wu Xiaowei’s works have been collected by many institutions such as the National Museum of China, the National Art Museum of China, the Chinese Film Museum, and the Shanghai Art Museum.
About the curator
Fan Di’an, born in Fujian in September 1955, has been the curator of the National Art Museum of China, and is currently the dean of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the vice chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, the vice chairman of the Chinese Literary Critics Association, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and a librarian of the Central Cultural and Historical Research Museum . Engaged in 20th century Chinese art research, contemporary art criticism and exhibition planning, art museum studies. During his tenure as the director of the National Art Museum of China, he put forward the concept of “public-centered”, and enhanced the professional level of the National Art Museum in terms of strengthening academic research and exhibition planning, expanding public cultural services, and increasing national art accumulation. Outstanding art from various countries, hosted a large number of large-scale art exhibitions reflecting the theme of the times and continue to expand international art exchanges. He has also curated the exhibitions of the National Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the Chinese-French Cultural Year, the Sino-Italian Cultural Year, the Shanghai Biennale, and the Europalia Chinese Art Festival. CCTV’s ‘People’, ‘Art Life’ column, the United States ‘Time’ and other special reports for it, was named by the United States ‘Art and Investment’ magazine ‘one of the 50 celebrities affecting the world’s art’.
When Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the watch factory in 1845, he also laid the foundation stone for the watchmaking industry in Saxony. His precision pocket watches are still sought after by collectors around the world. After World War II, Lange’s century-old business was nationalized by the East German regime. In 1990, the founder’s great-grandson, Walter Lange, seized the opportunity and started the road to Lange’s revival. Today, Lange produces only thousands of gold or platinum 950 watches representing the highest quality each year. All are equipped with an exclusive movement carefully modified and assembled by hand. In more than 20 years, Lange has developed 54 Manufacture-manufactured movements, leading the world’s leading watch brands. The brand has achieved a lot of results and launched different innovative timing tools, such as the first LANGE 1 with a large calendar display in a production watch, and ZEITWERK with a clear, easy-to-read, accurate word jumper. Lange’s signature watch. RICHARD LANGE PERPETUAL CALENDAR “TERRALUNA”, ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER and DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL TOURBILLON show the determination of Lange to achieve the pinnacle of fine watch art.
About the exhibition venue
Lange also has a relationship with the National Art Museum of China. In 2008, the National Art Museum of China co-sponsored the three major exhibitions with “German Landscape: Crossing Deutsch Art Time” and “Gerhard Richter Art Exhibition 1963-2007”, which were called the then two major exhibitions. The largest German art exhibition in China. The exhibition brings together 118 pieces of German art from more than 100 famous European museums, including the Dresden National Art Museum, the Baden-Baden-Fried Bolda Collection, the Bavarian National Painting Collection in Munich, and the Berlin National Museum. Boutique. Lange supported the exhibition at the time as a sponsor.