China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou, China

The China Paper-cutting Museum (Chinese: 中国剪纸博物馆) is located in the back garden of Wang’s Xiaoyuan, a historic district in Yangzhou. The museum displays a variety of styles of paper-cutting art from all over the country, and regularly holds the national paper-cut works “Shanhua Award” and related cultural exchange activities. The museum has collected more than 400 pieces of paper-cutting masterpieces from various genres across the country. The original site of the Chinese Paper-cutting Museum is located in Mazhan Lane, Yangzhou City, and has now been relocated to the Arts and Crafts Building.

Chinese paper-cut
Chinese paper-cutting is an important part of Chinese folk culture. Chinese paper-cutting has three major schools, namely, Shandong folk paper-cutting, Anhui folk paper-cutting, and Yangzhou folk paper-cutting. Yangzhou is one of the earliest areas of Chinese paper-cutting. In the Tang and Song Dynasties, there was a custom of “paper-cutting and spring”. Yangzhou in the Qing Dynasty, due to the development of the Jianghuai salt industry, brought prosperity to the city. Therefore, there are quite a lot of folk artists living in Yangzhou City. It is rumored that during the Jia and Dao years, the famous artist Bao Zheng was well known for his skill. Under the cutting of the baggage, flowers, birds, fish, and butterflies are all fascinating, and they are fascinating because of the reputation of “God Scissor”.

The China Paper-cutting Museum was initiated by Mr. Feng Yicai, Vice Chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Chairman of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association. Yangzhou Arts and Crafts Group Co., Ltd. and Yangzhou Craft Factory Co., Ltd. jointly invested in the construction, protection, inheritance, rescue and research of Chinese paper-cut art. It aims to promote the prosperity and development of China’s paper-cutting industry.

The China Paper-cutting Museum displays paper-cut art works of various styles from all over the country, and regularly holds the national paper-cut works “Shanhua Award” and related cultural exchange activities.

The state attaches great importance to the protection of intangible cultural heritage. On May 20, 2006, the estate was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage. On June 5, 2007, Zhang Xiufang (female of Zhang Yongshou) of Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, was identified as the representative inheritor of the cultural heritage project and was included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage projects. A list of representative inheritors.

The main building area of ​​the China Paper-cutting Museum is 1,000 square meters, divided into four major areas:

Yangzhou Paper-cut Art History Exhibition Hall is used to display the history and culture of Yangzhou paper-cutting as a whole, collecting, collecting, protecting and displaying famous works;
Yangzhou Paper-cut Master Studio, used for paper-cutting performances, allowing visitors to watch the creative process of Yangzhou paper-cutting;
The Yangzhou Paper-cut Art Workshop is used to open a paper-cutting art training class and use modern means such as multimedia presentations to teach paper-cutting knowledge to primary school students or adults;
Yangzhou Paper-cutting Exhibition Center is used to satisfy tourists’ desire to purchase and collect paper-cutting products.


Mr. Zhang Yongshou(张永寿先生):
Yangzhou Paper-cut is an outstanding representative of Southern Paper-cutting. Mr. Zhang Yongshou is a master of Chinese paper-cutting art. He has made immortal contributions to the promotion and development of paper-cutting art. The museum has specially introduced a special hall. Zhang Yongshou is an outstanding representative of Yangzhou’s paper-cutting art. He has studied with his father since the age of 12, and has experienced more than 70 art spring and autumn, creating thousands of paper-cuts. His main works include the “Hundred Flowers in the Flower” in the 1950s, the “Bai Ju Tu” in the 1970s, and the “Painted Butterfly” in the 1980s. When the paper-cut collection of “Hundred Flowers” was published, Comrade Guo Moruo wrote a poem: “Yangzhou artist Zhang Yongshou, cut out the flowers and put them in. See the spring and autumn, and let the east wind go all the way.” In 1979, Zhang Yongshou was awarded by the state. The title of master of Chinese arts and crafts.

Zhang Yongshou (National Master of Arts and Crafts): Male, born in 1905, Zhang Yongshou was born in a paper-cut family in Yangzhou. His ancestors were famous for their paper-cutting techniques during the Jiaqing period of the Qing Dynasty. Zhang Yongshou studied art with his father at the age of 14 and became the fifth generation of Zhang’s paper-cut. In the seven or eight years of the rivers and lakes, Zhang Yongshou’s cut patterns gradually became famous. Because he was born with smallpox, no money to heal, and his father fell like a pockmark, and because both father and son are ranked third, they are known as “old Zhang San Mazi” and “Xiao Zhang San Mazi.”

In the early years, Mr. Zhang Yongshou went to the town for a long time, and he was exposed to the vast world, enriching the content of paper-cutting, and also crafting good craftsmanship. At the age of twenty (1926), he ended his wandering career. In the door of a building called Dexing Yizhuang on the streets of Yangzhou, he set up a table and a signboard, which was officially opened for business. His small stall is different from his home. There is a mahogany frame on the table, which contains various patterns. A signboard in front of the door reads “Zhang San Mazi specializes in depicting new styles”, and also cuts a couplet. The Shanglian is “cut into the dragon and fly away”, and the lower line is “depicting the birds and flowers.” The horizontal batch is “iron pen expert”. His paper-cut is really different. The couples on the couplet are not all exaggerated. Take the shoes and flowers of the 4:8 knot. What goldfish play, the magpies and the plums, what are the sacred eyes, the bamboo newspapers are safe, not only the image but also the gods, embroidered After becoming a shoe, it really makes a difference. After a long time, Zhang Sanma’s reputation is great. Yangzhou City and the township and eight towns are really well-known. Zhang Sanma, cut patterns, all kinds of like, known as cut flowers craftsman, reputation is not a day of creation, women from all walks of life have seen joy, if you need any new tricks, please come to Yangzhou Duozi Street.

Zhang Yongshou studied hard and worked diligently. On the basis of Zhang’s tradition of paper-cutting art, he has made tremendous development and improvement, and finally became a master of paper-cutting art. In 1979, Zhang Yongshou was awarded the title of Master of Chinese Arts and Crafts by the state. When he was in elementary school, he was fascinated by the various patterns that his father had cut. His father found that many of his children were very good at seeing paper-cutting, and he passed on the secrets of his family’s craftsmanship. On the road of paper-cut art.

In 1954, Jiangsu People’s Publishing House published Zhang Yongshou’s paper-cut collection. In 1957, he represented Yangzhou City in the first National People’s Congress of Arts and Crafts, and was awarded the honorary title of “Old Artist” and became the representative of Yangzhou Municipal People’s Congress. In 1959, Guo Moruo’s “Hundred Flowers and Flowers” poems were used as a model to create a collection of flowers and flowers, which was highly appreciated by Guo Lao and wrote him a warm letter and a poem. In 1959, it was published by Jiangsu People’s Publishing House. In 1979, Zhang Lao spent half a year creating the “Bai Ju Tu” paper-cut. In the same year, he participated in the National Arts and Crafts Artists Design Congress and won the country. The “Craft Art Artist Certificate and Medal” was presented by the party and state leaders. In 1980, he and the artist jointly created the “Hundred Butterfly Love Flower Map”, which was called “the highest god skill” when it was exhibited in Japan.

Zhang Yongshou is very strict in teaching his students to learn art, but at the same time, they must continue to innovate on the basis of inheriting the tradition, and carry forward the art of paper-cutting Yangzhou. Zhang Lao’s paper-cutting is a taste of elegance and popularity. This is the highest artistic realm. It is popular at home and abroad, and has been praised by many artists. Fei Xin, Fei Xiaotong, Bao Chang and other famous scholars have given him words and poems. Remember. Zhang Lao pushed the Southern paper-cut art to the peak of art. Mr. Zhang Yongshou died of illness in 1989. During his lifetime, he also trained Zhang Muli (the daughter of Zhang Yongshou, the master of arts and crafts in Jiangsu Province), Zhang Xiufang (Zhang Yongshou’s niece, Jiangsu master of arts and crafts) and other outstanding representatives of Yangzhou’s paper-cutting generation.

Ms. Zhang Muli(张慕莉女士):
Zhang Muli (Jiangsu Province Arts and Crafts Master): Female, born in a paper-cut family of six generations, his father Zhang Yongshou is a famous national craft artist and an outstanding representative of the paper-cutting industry. Zhang Muli was loved by her father’s edification, and in 1979 she officially entered the Yangzhou Craft Factory to cut paper. After entering the factory, Zhang Muli humbly consulted, studied hard, studied hard, and constantly explored the techniques and techniques of paper-cutting art. In just one and a half years, I basically mastered the entire operation process of paper-cutting and officially became a paper-cutting technician. From 1981 to 1983, he studied at the Yangzhou Arts and Crafts School, which enabled Zhang Muli to have a deeper understanding of the art of paper-cutting. He also appreciated the charm of other sister art, which was useful and useful.

In July 1982, Zhang Muli and her sister went to Japan for paper-cut performances and art exchanges. It took more than two months to visit eight cities. The Japanese news media “Asahi Shimbun” and TV stations have used a lot of publicity reports, and the people who watch the paper-cut performances every day are in a constant stream. During Japanese time, he was highly appreciated by Japanese friends. The Asahi Shimbun said that Zhang Muli is the youngest paper-cut artist in China.

In March 1990, Zhang Muli made a paper-cut performance with the delegation of the Jiangsu Provincial Government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a sister city between Jiangsu Province and Aichi Prefecture of Japan. It was a privilege to deepen the love of paper-cut art. In 1995, 97, and 98, I went to Japan again for paper-cutting performances for three consecutive years. Although I went to work in Japan three times, I worked hard, but I had a deep friendship with Japanese friends who worked with me. Japanese friends loved Chinese traditional art. I am very pleased.

In November 2003, he was selected by the Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial Government to go to Paris, France to participate in the 2003 Sino-French Cultural Year “Jinxiu Jiangsu – China Arts and Crafts Exhibition. During the performance, he was highly praised by people from all walks of life in France. Exquisite craftsmanship reappears in ancient and romantic Europe.

Twenty-seven years later, Zhang Muli’s works have won many awards in various forms of exhibitions and competitions. The work “Mei” won the Outstanding Works Award in the 1990 First Folk Art Fair in Jiangsu Province. The work “Goldfish” won the Outstanding Works Award in the “Oriental Paper-cut Art Competition” in 1992. The “Flower and Bird Pieces” paper-cut was awarded the “Bronze” Award by the 5th China Arts and Crafts Masters and Arts and Crafts Boutique Expo at the West Lake Expo in Hangzhou in 2004. “Zenyi” paper-cut was awarded the “Bronze” award by the 5th China Arts and Crafts Masters and Arts and Crafts Boutique Expo in Hangzhou West Lake Expo 2005.

In 1998, he was elected as a member of the 4th CPPCC National Committee of Yangzhou City. In 1997, it was approved by the Jiangsu Provincial Arts and Crafts Review Committee and approved as a celebrity in Jiangsu Province. In 2005, he joined the Yangzhou Federation of Literary Circles. At the end of 2004, under the arrangement of the Yangzhou Municipal Government, the school was actively engaged in the work of the teachers, so that the paper-cut art of Yangpai was better inherited and carried forward. In 2006, the 7th China Arts and Crafts Masters and Arts and Crafts Fine Exposition, the work “Ancient Bottle” won the Silver Award. At the 2007 National Paper-cutting Boutique Expo, the work “Ancient Bottle” won the gold medal. In 2007, he went to the Fo Guangyuan Art Museum in Taiwan for a live performance.