China International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition:“Integration: Ancient & Modern”

Metal art has always been accompanied by the development of human civilization. In the splendid civilized ancient society and today's high technology, new materials, new technology and new ideas of metal art constantly promote its innovation and development. On the one hand, metal artists or practitioners stick to the tradition, on the other hand, they explore and experiment in different ways, creating and constructing new fashion and new style of contemporary metal art.Craftmanship contains a nation's cultural value, philosophy and practical experience. 

The inheritance and innovation of craft is of great significance to the inheritance and development of national culture, the conservation of cultural ecology, the enrichment of cultural resources and the enhancement of cultural confidence. Inheritance and innovation of metal craft is of great help to promote the traditional craftmanship and traditional culture better in contemporary society, contributes to promote the development, transformation and upgrading of the metal art industry to boost the resources complementation, the interactive development and powerful combination between related art institutions, industrial enterprises and industry practitioners thus forming the cultural soft power and strengthening the international influence.

To this end, on the basis of four international metal art exhibitions held in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017, Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University and Chinese Arts and Crafts Society will co-host the "China International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition" on June 5th, 2021 to July 5th, 2021 at the World Craft Industry Expo Park (Shanghai). More than 160 pieces of contemporary metal art works collected from around the world will be exhibited. The exhibition is jointly organized by the Department of Arts and Crafts in Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University, the Metal Art Professional Committee of the Chinese Arts and Crafts Association, and the Beijing Gongmei Art Research Institute. It is co-organized by Henan Huaxia Copper Art Forming Technology Research Institute and Bai Rui Art Space, and funded by the " China National Arts Fund".

Vortex Brooch, Andrew Lamb, 2020, Titanic, Precious Metal Alloys, 7cm x 7cm x1cm×1 piece, courtesy of the artist

 Peace Dove Plate, Chang Shana, 1952, Gold,Copper,Enamel, 31cm×31cm×40cm×1 piece, courtesy of the artist

The Spirit of Culture, Wang Xiaoxin, 2019, Silver, Enamel, Gold, 30cm×20cm×20cm×3 pieces, courtesy of the artist

Sketch on a Bowl, Chris Knight, 2020, Silver, 45cmx25cmx25cm×1 piece, courtesy of the artist

Snail, Satoshi HARA, 2018, Gold,Silver,Iron, 20cm x 20cm x 18cm×1 piece, courtesy of the artist

"China International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition" aims to display most outstanding and cutting-edge metal artistic works in the field of contemporary metal art and to present the deep and innovative integrations of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. the exhibition will be supported by a high-end academic forum, in-depth discussion of metal art in traditional culture, contemporary ideas, aesthetic spirit and commercial value of multi-dimensional interaction, highlighting the heritage of culture, innovative works, academic research, experimental exploration. the exhibition promotes the combination of theory and practice, as well as the combination of production, study and research through the combination of traditional, industrial and contemporary works and the exhibition of academic works. Through the joint exhibition of international artists and Chinese artists, it promotes the benign interaction between Chinese metal art realm and international metal art.

Integration: Ancient & Modern

The metal age has brought a new era to human civilization. Metal art has proved the continuous development of human society with brilliant achievements in the long history. In modern times, traditional metal craft is handed down from generation to generation in the hands of artists and craftsmen and it is glowing with new vitality of life; brand-new materials, techniques and arts constantly impact the inherent boundaries of metal art, pushing the development of metal art to a new height. Contemporary metal art is forming new values and new social demands in the confrontation and interaction between inheritance and innovation, decoration and concept, traditional craft and modern technology. the "ancient" and "modern" values are constantly fused in the development process of metal art.

Exhibition Name

“Integration: Ancient & Modern” - China International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition


Hall E, World Craft Industry Expo Park (Shanghai)


June. 5th. 2021 – July. 5th. 2021

Supporting Organization

China National Arts Fun:


Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University:

China Arts and Crafts Association:


Department of Arts & Crafts, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University:

Metal Art Professional Committee of China Arts and Crafts Association:

Beijing Gongmei Academy of Art


Xiaoxin Wang

Associate Professor of Arts and Crafts Department of Academy of Arts & Design,Tsinghua University;Secretary-general of Committee of Metal Arts under China Arts and Crafts Association;Award winner of China Dragon Design Foundation(DDF)