New National Art Museum of China exhibitions delve into 40 years of changing Chinese art

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/10/11 18:33:40

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With this year being the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up, Beijing's National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) has started holding a series of exhibitions displaying the great changes that have taken place in the Chinese art world over the past four decades. 

These include three exhibitions that kicked off at the end of September right before the week-long National Day holidays.

The first two focus on the transition of art forms in East China's Jiangsu Province and Central China's Hubei Province respectively, while the third exhibition delves into the overall development of art throughout the country by displaying some of the most famous art works created by Chinese artists since the late 1970s.

"It is quite different when you see them in the flesh, instead of just appreciating a picture in a textbook," Guo Wenjing, an art student from East China's Shandong Province, told the Global Times as she wandered around the exhibition hall on Thursday.

"Our tutor brought us here to cultivate our aesthetic appreciation," she explained. 

"I found them all wonderful. I have a lot to learn from these masters."

Arranged in chronological order and featuring a wide variety of art forms, including traditional Chinese paintings, oil paintings, calligraphy and sculptures, the general exhibition aims to introduce to visitors the characteristic styles that were prevalent at the beginning of China's reform and opening-up in the late 1970s through to the turn of the century and the current period.

Works on display range from sculptures and paintings created during the late 1970s and early 1980s depicting people hard at work to more abstract installation works that reflect the frequent communication and exchanges that took place between China and foreign countries in the field of art.

"These classical works not only depict the history of China, but also reflect the observations and hopes of Chinese artists. If you pay close attention to these works, you can feel the true love and sense of responsibility these artists possessed and passed down through their works," NAMOC director Wu Weishan told media at a press conference for the exhibitions held on Thursday.

The three exhibitions are scheduled to come to end on October 21.

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