On 22 September, “Shiny Life: Contemporary Female Artist Invitation Exhibition” opened at the Taoxichuan Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Jingdezhen Ceramic Culture Tourism Group. Prof. Lyu Pinchang, Deputy Dean of School of Plastic Arts at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Director of the Department of Sculpture, serves as its artistic director and Ms. Yue Jieqiong, Director of the Collaborative Innovation Office of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, serves as its curator.
The exhibition invited 12 female artists who are active in the current art scene to showcase their artworks. Many of them have studied in the affiliated school of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and experienced the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral education at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Many artists also have cultivated their experience over a long period abroad. The systematic training and the guidance from their masters have reinforced the foundation of their creative skills, and they have gained the freedom to express their artistic language. Now they are a group that cannot be ignored in the development of contemporary art. With the development of contemporary art, art pays more attention to the quality of human life. These female artists show the splendour and beauty of the world through Chinese paintings, oil paintings, prints, sculptures, abstract paintings, product design, jewelry, etc., and they condense this special feeling into artistic masterpieces. This is an affection and return to life.
Professor Lyu Pinchang, Deputy Dean of the School of Plastic Arts at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Director of the Department of Sculpture, curator Ms. Yue Jieqiong, Director of the Collaborative Innovation Office of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, artist representative Ms. Chen Xi, Professor from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Professor Lyu Jinquan, Dean of the Ceramic Art Institute of Jingdezhen Ceramic University, addressed the opening ceremony. Ms. Gang Hao, Deputy General Manager of Jingdezhen Taowei Culture Development Co., Ltd. attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition and delivered a speech. In addition, most of the artists included in the exhibition also attended the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was hosted by Huang Shan, Director of the Taoxichuan Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Professor Lyu Pinchang gave the first speech at the opening ceremony. He said that the exhibition displayed the art and thinking of female artists from an unique perspective. It has added a beautiful vision to the Tao Xichuan Art Museum of CAFA. The artists participating in the exhibition are all outstanding representatives who are active in the world of the contemporary art and the Central Academy of Fine Arts. They use their own unique ways to show the artist’s thinking about history, culture and art, especially the talent in art. Research on female art and female artists is a very important theme in the world. He hoped that through this exhibition, these artists would be able to form an indissoluble bond with Jingdezhen.
The development and status of the twelve participating female artists’ creations has always been what curator Yue Jieqiong focuses on. “I am particularly pleased to be able to bring their works together into this exhibition and present them to the public as a whole.” Yue Jieqiong said, “Every artist has a very rich form of work, and I am able to show the abundance of their inner world and reflect the characteristics of their unique perspective and observation on the world. In fact, these 12 artists are presented as samples of 12 kinds of thinking models. I hope to find out where they shine as stars and encourage more people to see the glamour of these brilliant stars.”
“Female art is as rich as women, very abundant and diverse.” Ms. Chen Xi, as the representative of the artists, expressed that, “this exhibition is actually quite warm and soft, just like their daily lives, it is natural state that their emotions flow. So this is also a reflection of the diversified energy of female art. The artworks that everyone sees today is the tip of the iceberg in our creations. You can slowly experience it in the exhibition. I hope that female art can have further opportunities for wider dissemination, and we also need to be aware of ourselves as a type of person who can bring better energy to the world. We must pay attention to this strength and continue to expand it through continuous effort.”
Professor Lyu Jinquan was very pleased to be invited to participate in “Shiny Life: Contemporary Female Artist Invitation Exhibition” organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts Taoxichuan Art Museum. He said that each exhibition at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Taoxichuan Art Museum offers him a lot of surprises and impressions. This exhibition with the theme on female artists gave him a lot of shocks. These artists show their concerns about things round them from their own perspective. By experiencing the strong academic atmosphere of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Taoxichuan Art Museum, we can find the academic pursuit and contemporary expression by the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
In the end but not the least speech at the opening ceremony, Ms. Gang first of all expressed her warm welcome and sincere gratitude to the guests of Jingdezhen Ceramic Culture Tourism Group. Later, she talked about her feelings: “Today’s Taoxichuan Art Museum is a little different. It has become gentle and colorful. As a woman, I feel more cordial and touched.” She believes Taoxichuan presented like this is multi-faceted and is also wonderful. she hopes that female artists will increasingly join in the future of Taoxichuan. Meanwhile she hoped that through the exhibition presented by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the public will discover the glimmer of life.
“Shiny life, were originally ordinary days. They just experienced a period of precipitation, which constitutes the reminiscence of becoming an unique situation in life. In this ‘you only have to run all the time to stay in the same place’ new era.” As the curator wrote in the preface of the exhibition, “We need art to make us realize that only life has been going on, pulling us out of ordinary days.”
The exhibition will remain on view till November 8th.
Courtesy of the organizer, translated and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO