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On December 23, 2016, “Hue Art in the Contemporary Era – The 10th National Exhibition of Chinese Hue Art Paintings 2016” grandly opened at the National Art Museum of China. This exhibition continues the theme of “Hue Art in the Contemporary Era”, which was generally recognized by the public. It is intended to continue to examine the existence of the Hue Art Paintings and the representative inner spirit of contemporary global culture, Chinese social and cultural transformation, as well as being concerned about the specific evolution and the challenges faced in the creative language and cultural heritage.

The China Federation of Literary and Art Circles acts as the supporting mechanism for the “Hue Art in the Contemporary Era – The 10th National Exhibition of Chinese Hue Art Paintings 2016”, which is jointly sponsored by the China Artists Association and the Chinese Hue Art Society, undertaken by Shandong Luxin Culture Media Investment Group Co., Ltd. Co-organized by Meibo Culture (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Shandong Taishan Culture and Art Exchange Co., Ltd., 81 Art Museum, Curatorial Committee at China Artists Association. Fan Di’an, President of CAFA and the renowned art critic serves as the Academic Director.

At 2:30 pm, the opening ceremony kicked off in the lobby on the ground floor of the National Art Museum of China, and it gathered a large number of honored guests at the scene. Fan Di’an, Vice President of the China Artists Association and President of CAFA, Xu Li, Party Secretary of the China Artists Association, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the China Artists Association, Xiang Kaijin, General Manager of Shandong Luxin Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd., Han Ziyong, Director of the Management Center at the National Art Foundation by the Ministry of Culture, Feng Dazhong, President of Chinese Hue Art Society attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. The opening ceremony was presided over by Du Jun, Deputy Secretary-General of the China Artists Association.

The honored guests who were present at the exhibition included: Zhao Shi, Party Secretary of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Secretariat, Cai Wu, Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Hu Zhenmin, Deputy Director of the Committee for Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports of the CPPCC, Zuo Zhongyi, Party Member of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Vice President and Secretary of the Secretariat, General Li Cunbao, the former Vice Chairman of the Chinese Writers Association and Vice President of People’s Liberation Army Academy of Arts, Wang Jiaxin, Director of the Central State-Owned Cultural Assets Supervision and Administration Office, Liu Dawei, Chairman of the China Artists Association, Chen Jianwen, Party Member of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Secretary of the Secretariat and Director of General Office at China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Liu Shangjun, Director of the Domestic Department of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Xu Li, Party Secretary of the China Artists Association, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the China Artists Association, Wu Weishan, Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association and Director of the National Art Museum of China, Fan Di’an, Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association and President of CAFA, Han Ziyong, Director of the Management Center at the National Art Foundation by the Ministry of Culture, Guo Guang, General Manager of the Publishing Media Company, Li Xiang, from China Youth Publishing House (UK) International, Vice Chairman of China Artists Association and Director of the Department of Fine Arts at People’s Liberation Army Academy of Arts, He Jiaying, Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association, Xiang Kaijin, General Manager of Shandong Luxin Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd., Zhou Hanping, Deputy Director of the Art Department of the Ministry of Culture, Ding Jie, Director of the Art Center of Fine Arts at the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Li Honglin, Deputy Librarian of the National Library and Executive Deputy Librarian of the National Museum of Classical Books, Su Xinping, Vice President of CAFA, Lu Yushun, Executive Vice President of the China National Academy of Painting.

Three Parts: Presentation of the New Force of Chinese Hue Painting

The exhibition is divided into three parts: the Historical Review Exhibition, Academic Nomination Exhibition and National Award-Winning Exhibition, in order to ensure the integrity, technical level, openness and fairness of the exhibition.

Academic Nomination is an important part of this exhibition highlighting the art style of contemporary hue art painting. On the basis of the nomination of the 9th Chinese Hue Art Paintings Exhibition, the academic director Fan Di’an invited Liu Qinghe, Chen Xiangbo, Wu Hongliang, Hang Chunxiao and He Guiyan as nominating members in order to give consideration to the creative faces of different ages and different regions.

This part of the national award-winning showcases some new powers in the field of Hue Art under the novel and changing social trends that have emerged since the Ninth Exhibition. Seen from the participating works, the theme is broadened and the quality has also been significantly improved, some are outstanding works with a living temperature, full of positive energy.

Innovation: The Joining of Cases and VR Technology 

It coincides with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Hue Art Painting Society in 2017, therefore the historical review part of the exhibition does not only present conventional exhibitions, but also through a large number of historical documents and in-kind display evidences the 30 years of the Chinese Hue Painting Society.

In addition, the Organizing Committee also selects prominent art cases from the history of Chinese painting in order to explore the inheritance of Chinese painting, teachers and students from CAFA who will reproduce the original appearance of Yongle Palace mural painting at the site of the exhibition. In addition, by using virtual reality the exhibition will present “Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers Figure” of the Song Dynasty.

“Hue Art in the Contemporary Era”: Contemporary New Dimensions of Hue Art 

In the view of Fan Di’an, compared with the previous exhibitions, the academic nomination part of this session offers a more extensive realistic care, human feeling and is also more explorative. In the exhibition, it not only pays attention to the new phenomena in the field of Hue Art, but also through the exhibition is able to demonstrate all aspects of the exploration of Hue Art. As one of the nominating members Prof. Liu Qinghe said: “The boundaries of painting are not so tightly defined, and the scope of painting should not be defined by a technique, the concept and definition is gradually replaced by a new feeling on a wider level.”

Text by Lin Jiabin, translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFo

Photo by Hu Sichen and Yang Yanyuan/CAFA ART INFO

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