OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 27, 2016) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition that showcases Canadian and international artists and the traditional Chinese folding book.

Open Books: International Artists Explore the Chinese Folding Book is an international artist-led venture that has traveled the world and is now in Canada for the first time. The exhibition explores the traditional Chinese folding book as a medium used by modern visual artists from the West and China-including new works from 13 Canadian artists and past contributions by international artists.

The official launch of the exhibition is open to the public and takes place on September 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. A panel discussion on the Chinese folding book will follow.

Open Books: International Artists Explore the Chinese Folding Book runs until November 30, 2017.

Quick Facts

  • The folding book has historically been a common choice of display for painting and calligraphy in China.
  • The Open Books exhibit first began in the National Library of Wales, then toured to smaller venues in Cardiff and Bristol, the UK, China, Australia and Hong Kong before arriving in Canada.


"This cross-cultural exhibition highlights our special relationship with China, promotes a broader understanding of its unique culture, and underscores our commitment as an institution to cultural dialogue".

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

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Exhibition: Open Books: International Artists Explore the Chinese Folding Book

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