Articles in this Issue
A word from the guest editor . . .
Contemporary Chinese Christian artists have grown out of historical relationships between Chinese culture, contemporary art, and Christianity. This article looks as these three factors to help us understand contemporary Chinese Christian art.
An Opportunity for Silent Artists to Converse
In the spring of 2019, ten of China’s highly respected Christian artists gathered at Purdue University to freely display and discuss their work with each other and a fascinated public. Only now is art being encouraged in the church, but this connectedness of art and faith is providing a refuge for artists in this increasingly difficult time.
The author brings to our attention Christian propaganda posters, intentionally used in China between 1927 and 1951, aimed at toppling China’s ideological systems. They provide a view of what Chinese Christians believed about their faith, and how they believed Christ could transform China.
Listening to the Music of Contemporary Chinese Christianity
This article looks at the development of Chinese hymns and spiritual songs, along with some examples, during recent periods of Chinese history. These provide insight into the hearts of Chinese Christians during both the difficult days and today’s contemporary church.
In 2001, Handel’s Messiah was performed in Beijing’s Forbidden City conducted by Timothy Su Wenxing (苏文星 ), a Christian. When he took the podium, he displayed a public manifestation of faith seldom seen in the PRC. When will Handel’s Messiah again be performed in China?
A Book Review
Using a conversation format, the life experiences and oil painting of Yang Feiyun, head of the Chinese Academy of Oil Painting, are explored.
Contemporary Chinese Christian Art
This brochure, from an exhibit held at Bard College (Annandale on the Hudson, New York) in September 2011, is an introduction to contemporary Chinese art.