African stone sculptures blend simplicity and modernity
Updated: 2017-10-23

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Ma Jinming, deputy Party secretary of Tongji University, speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Exhibition of Zimbabwe African Stone Sculpture on Oct 20. [Photo/Weibo]

Tongji University in Shanghai opened an exhibition of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe on Oct 18, introducing the unique contemporary African art to Chinese audiences.

The exhibition, a joint effort of Tongji University and Shanghai Overseas Chinese Foundation, will be open at the Tongji University Museum, Mondays to Saturdays until Dec 9.

The rich spiritual beliefs of the artists, both young unknowns and established elders, were evident in the striking simplicity of the soapstone, opal stone and serpentine stone works.

The process of creating such powerful sculpture requires not only technical skill but also the artistic talent to convey emotional depth in each piece. Inspired by the form, color and texture of the raw stone, the sculptors waited patiently for it to speak to them.

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Visitors listen to an interpretation of a Zimbabwean stone sculpture. [Photo/Weibo]

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The 2017 Exhibition of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture opens at the Tongji University Museum from Oct 18 to Dec 9, every Monday to Saturday. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

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