Exhibition of Outstanding Artworks from the 13th Guangdong Art Festival Opened at the Guangdong Museum of Art
To celebrate the successful convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Exhibition of Outstanding Artworks from the 13th Guangdong Art Festival hosted by Department of Culture of Guangdong Province and organized by Guangdong Museum of Art opened at Guangdong Museum of Art on November 16, 2017. This marks another large-scale exhibition following the “Reform Mission—Guangdong Art Centennial Exhibition”. The exhibition brings together the excellent works of fine arts created over the past three years in Guangdong Province, displaying the great spirit of the nation and the times, singing the praise of the opening-up and reform and modernization drive and highlighting the themes of the times. The exhibits feature traditional Chinese paintings, oil paintings, woodblock prints, sculptures, watercolors, gouaches, photos, mixed media works, and others, giving full play to the rich and diverse nature of fine arts in Guangdong Province.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was chaired by Director Tang Guohua of Art Division of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province. Among the distinguished guests are Director-General Wang Yiyang and Deputy Director-General Yang Shu of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, Mr. Li Jingkun who’s concurrently Chairman of the Guangdong Artists Association and President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Director Zhang Haojiong of General Office of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, Executive Vice Chairman Wang Yong of Guangdong Artists Association, Mr. Wang Shaoqiang who serves as Vice Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association and Director of Guangdong Museum of Art, Mr. Chen Xiangbo who’s concurrently Vice Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association and Director of Guan Shanyue Art Museum in Shenzhen, Dean Liu Yingwu of School of Fine Arts of Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, President Li Jianjun of Lingnan Fine Arts Publishing House, and representatives of artists, including Chang Jiang, Jin Fan, Li Shuren, Xie Yuanqing, Wen Junbo, and Qi Zhe.
Initiated in 1984, the triennial Guangdong Art Festival is hosted by Department of Culture of Guangdong Province. It’s a professional art festival of the highest level in Guangdong Province and a provincial art festival with the longest history in China. With the support of provincial government and higher authorities, Guangdong Art Festival has been successfully held on 12 occasions. Since the last Guangdong Art Festival, the Exhibition of Outstanding Artworks has been added as a new session by Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, in a bid to highlight the latest outstanding achievements of contemporary Lingnan fine arts, the inheritance, innovation and development of the Chinese culture in the contemporary era, as well as the distinctive features and styles of the Chinese culture. The Exhibition of Outstanding Artworks is held simultaneously with Guangdong Art Festival. Thanks to the joint efforts of various departments and local authorities, the Exhibition of Outstanding Artworks has developed into a comprehensive and authoritative government project of Guangdong Province. We aim to tell the stories of Guangdong Province and Lingnan art through art creation, enhance the originality of art through exchanges, stimulate creativity in art, and elevate the art creation in Guangdong Province to a new height.
The exhibits consist of two categories. The first category of works are collected by Departments of Culture, Radio, Film, TV, Press and Publication (Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau) above the prefecture-level and submitted to Department of Culture of Guangdong Province. After multiple rounds of reviews and evaluations by experts, 181 pieces of works were selected for the exhibition, including 5 pieces of Gold Award, 11 pieces of Silver Award, 15 pieces of Bronze Award, and 25 pieces of Excellence Award. The second category of works are recommended by famous artists, giving prominence to the sense of responsibility and independent thinking of Guangdong artists at different times in terms of lofty spirit, historic feelings and social concerns. They’ve been committed to people-oriented art creation by going deep among the masses and into the thick of life. They’ve created the most affectionate art works with heart and soul.
The exhibition also introduces digital technology in the exhibition hall. Visitors could get access to the introduction to the artists and works by scanning QR code. The collaboration of art with science and technology is conducive to stimulate the innovation and diversified development of art and provide strong backing for the everlasting cultural vitality.
The exhibition shall continue till December 7.
Wang Yiyang, Director-General of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, delivers the opening speech and declares the opening of the exhibition
Li Jingkun, Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association and President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Director-General Wang Yiyang and Deputy Director-General Yang Shu of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province presenting the Gold Award
Group photo of distinguished guests and award-winning artists
Director-General Wang Yiyang of Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, Mr. Li Jingkun who’s concurrently Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association and President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Mr. Wang Shaoqiang who serves as Vice Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association and Director of Guangdong Museum of Art, and other distinguished guests at the exhibition
At the scene of the exhibition
Text: Liu Danni, Zeng Ruijie
Picture: Liu Danni
Editor: Wu Junxian