The Splendor of Engraving

The Louvre's Chalcography

To protect the world's cultural and artistic classics, showcase the charm of printmaking art, and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations in 2024, while promoting exchanges in the field of humanities and fostering cross-cultural dialogue between China and foreign civilizations, Meet You Museum, in collaboration with the French National Museum Alliance Workshop, presents the exhibition "Splendor of Engraving: The Louvre's Chalcography Collection."

This exhibition will showcase 108 copperplate engravings and 2 copperplate matrices. These works of art are meticulously crafted using centuries-old engraving techniques passed down by the French National Museum Alliance Workshop. They utilize copperplate molds originating from the 17th to 20th centuries in the Louvre Museum's collection, thus reviving the splendor of artistic treasures from the Louvre Museum. Each limited-edition copperplate engraving is labeled with a catalog number from the former Louvre printmaking studio and stamped with the RMN-GP seal of the French National Museum Alliance. The exhibition will begin with a copperplate engraving of "Portrait of Louis XIV," serving as the starting point of the narrative. It will then be divided into five thematic sections: "Glory of the King," "Reshaping the Classics," "Traces of Time," "Craftsmanship's Heritage," and "Continuing Narratives." Through these themes, the exhibition will present the achievements of the French National Museum Alliance Workshop and a series of backstage stories.


WANG Chunchen
Director of Meet You Museum
Renowned curator, critic
Professor, and doctoral supervisor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts
Deputy Director of the Art Museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts
Member of the Curatorial Committee of the China Artists Association
Wang Chunchen is actively engaged in research on modern art history, contemporary art theory, and criticism.

In 2012, he was a guest curator at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University. In 2013, he curated the Chinese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. He serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and is the Editor-in-Chief of the “Series on Contemporary Chinese Art” published by Springer. In 2015, he was a visiting researcher at Tate Modern, UK. He has published translated works including "Art Since 1940," "After the End of Art," "The Abuse of Beauty," "Contemporary Art Theory Since 1985," "The Language of Art History," and "Art History: A Very Short Introduction." In 2009, he received the China Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) and published "Art Intervention in Society." In 2013, he published the monographs "The Democracy of Art" and "The Politics of Images."


Supporting Organization:
Art Exhibitions China


Beijing Zhongchuang Culture and Tourism Industry Group

French National Museum Alliance Workshop

Hosted by:
Meet You Museum

Co-hosted by:
Hangzhou Baolong Art Center

Exhibit Source:
Louvre Museum

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