Over hundred years ago, the sound of camel bells and the vast expanse of the Silk Road bore witness to the legendary journey of enamel craftsmanship as it was introduced to China. Through the subsequent centuries of development and transformation, the ingenuity and dedication of countless artisans have collectively forged the exquisite shapes, magnificent patterns, rich colors, and captivating luster that characterize the art of cloisonné. Cloisonné is not only a dazzling cultural emblem of Chinese craftsmanship but also a precious medium for the exchange and mutual appreciation of Eastern and Western civilizations.

From June 9 to July 15, China Cultural Center in Stockholm will host a series of exhibitions and events themed around the art of cloisonné. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire classic masterpieces, view contemporary enamel works with novel styles, and even create their own desired enamel pieces under the guidance of artists. This summer, come and experience the joy of art at your fingertips.

Exhibition 1

Witness of Cultural Exchanges and Mutual Learning – China Cloisonné Artwork Exchange Exhibition

Hosted by: China Cultural Center in Stockholm, Network of International Culturalink Entities

Organized by: Sino-Foreign Enamel Gallery, Beijing Enamel Factory Co.,Ltd.

Duration: June 9 – July 15

Venue: Main Exhibition Hall, China Cultural Center in Stockholm

This exhibition will showcase an array of representative cloisonné artworks, systematically presenting the development  of Chinese cloisonné craftsmanship and the history of mutual exchange between Eastern and Western civilizations.

Cloisonné, formally known as “copper-bodied filigree enamel,” commonly referred to as “fa lan” or “inlaid enamel,” is an artistic amalgamation of Eastern and Western civilizations from the ancient Silk Road. Over centuries, Western enamel techniques have continually integrated with Chinese culture, gradually forming the distinctive Chinese cloisonné craftsmanship. Due to its intricate labor, exquisite artistry, and luxurious materials, cloisonné was esteemed as an artistic treasure and national treasure upon its emergence. The cloisonné craft and artifacts reached their zenith during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, enjoying a 600-year legacy in the royal courts, while being rarely seen among the common people. After 1949, traditional Chinese cloisonné craft received active government protection and transmission, fostering generations of master artisans. This exhibition will feature representative works by Zhong Liansheng and other Chinese arts and crafts master.


Themed Event

Dragon Boat Festival Sentiments – Cloisonné Workshop and Art Reception


Date & Time:

June 9, 14:00 – 15:30 Cloisonné Workshop

June 9, 16:00 – 17:30 Cloisonné Art Reception

Venue: China Cultural Center in Stockholm

Please book via:booking@cccstockholm.org

Under the guidance of several master artisans from China, participants will create cloisonné zongzi as Dragon Boat Festival gifts from the China Cultural Center. The master artisans will also introduce the history of cloisonné. Snacks and beverages will be served.

These events welcome participation from artists, craftspersons, artisans, museum and gallery professionals, and students from art institutions. (The workshop is limited to 40 participants, available on a first-come, first-served basis). The events are adults only with alcoholic beverages.

Exhibition 2

Contemporary Stories of Enamel in the East – Contemporary Enamel Art Exhibition

Date: June 13 – June 20

Hosted by: China Cultural Center in Stockholm

Curators: The Enamel Alliance

Venue: Second Floor Exhibition Hall, China Cultural Center in Stockholm

Throughout the development of enamel art in China, some enamel artists who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s went abroad to countries such as the UK, France, and the USA to study enamel techniques. Combining modern design with traditional skills, they use enamel to tell their own stories, design contemporary jewelry, and create portraits of pets…making the ancient and mysterious art form of enamel more accessible to modern life.

The exhibition is composed of four sections:

1. Naturalism: Depicting the life and emotions of nature through enamel.

2. Contemporary Memories: Using enamel to tell stories of growth, capture moments of memory, and recreate childhood scenes.

3. Art Philosophy: Reflecting on life, understanding the world, and dialoguing with history and literature through the timeless colors of enamel.

4. New Generation: Showcasing the individuality and thoughts of contemporary young people, incorporating more modern technologies.

Theme Activities

Contemporary Stories of Enamel in the East – Lecture and Enamel Craft Workshop

Date & Time:

June 15, 14:00 – 15:00 Themed Lecture
June 15, 15:00 – 16:30 Enamel Workshop

Venue: China Cultural Center in Stockholm

Exhibiting artists will introduce contemporary enamel techniques and their creative inspirations. Ten lucky attendees will be selected on-site to participate in the enamel workshop. Guided by the artists, participants will create a small enamel accessory on a sterling silver base (valued at 450 SEK). Participants will not only experience the enamel-making process but also create a beautifully handcrafted gift for themselves or their loved ones.


Please book via:booking@cccstockholm.org

Note: Only audiences who attend the lecture will have the opportunity to participate in the enamel craft workshop

*All the events will be photographed and filmed. If you or your family members prefer not to appear on camera, please inform us in advance. We will respect your privacy and take appropriate measures to protect your interests.


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