11th National Art Exhibition creates a picture of creativity

Published on China News, Source: China Daily, 2010-01-08.

The National Art Museum of China is hosting the Eleventh National Art Exhibition, displaying recent Chinese contemporary artworks that won top accolades. The show runs until Feb 3.

The exhibition, initiated in 1949 and staged once every five years, is a veritable feast for art lovers in China. It’s the biggest of its kind. A variety of fine artworks in 10 categories are awarded. These include Chinese ink painting, oil painting, engraving, sculpture, murals, watercolor and pastel drawings …  //

… Fan Di’an, director of the National Art Museum of China, says the young generation of artists in China is thriving. This can be seen in the works by even those who haven’t won top awards.

Chen Yuping’s wood print, Oh, Northeast, has been selected as a work of excellence.

If he were not a printmaker, Chen would probably have been a musical composer. At least that’s the first impression received by viewers of his art works. His pieces are like a symphony, drawn with vivid colors.

The landscape in his prints is one he knows rather well – that of the Songhua River in Northeast China.

Many of his artworks are close to abstract compositions.

“There is nothing called abstract art to begin with. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality,” he says.

Liang Yu’s oil painting Signal is likely to take the viewers to the time of steam locomotives, cabooses and Russian-style train stations.

The son of a railway worker, Liang is obsessed with the idea of trains – the axis around which his childhood memories seem to hover.

He doesn’t paint trains and stations exactly as they appeared in his childhood but, rather arranges them in a decorative style, trying to reach out to the people who have similar memories of life around a railway station.

“Painting is like storytelling. Looking at Liang Yu’s paintings helps me recall the memories of my days near Hankou railway station of Wuhan province,” says visitor Yang Wenjuan.

“Modernization has changed our lives. Liang’s paintings are replete with the stories, ideas and romantic mood of a bygone time.”  (full text).

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