As the Chinese New Year is near the corner, the National Art Museum of China is planning to hold an exhibition of donations from the National Art Museum of China in the past five decades in a bid to present a wonderful cultural feast to the public during the Spring Festival.
The National Art Museum of China, as one of the ten architecture projects in Beijing in the 1950s, was completed and put into use in 1961. At the beginning of the construction, the museum put the collection of the exhibits into an important place. A purchase team including Liu Xian, Jiang Feng, Mi Gu and Zheng Yefu was responsible for collections of and researches on the artworks.
The first group of the collections comprises a number of contemporary printmaking and six traditional paintings by Shi Lu, Lin Fengmian and Fu Baoshi respectively. In the meantime, the National Art Museum of China received a number of donations from artists, scholars and people from all walks of life.
In 1961, Ju Ruowen, wife of Chen Shuren, donated a total of 116 artworks in 1961. In 1964, Deng Tuo, editor-in-chief of People's Daily, donated 145 pieces of his collections of ancient paintings.
The donations are national treasures. The latest collections are 8 artworks by Song Buyun, professor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts and 69 artworks created by Liao Bingxiong by his daughter.
The donations are almost the most representative artworks of the artists. The collections and the donations can date back to the Ming and the Qing dynasties until the contemporary time, especially the development evolution since the 20th century. The exhibition comprises a total of more than 800 artworks with a wide range of categories donated by about 88 representative artists, such as the traditional Chinese painting, the oil painting, the printmaking, the sculpture, the sketch, the comics and the folk art.
The exhibits are of high artist value and historical value. The National Art Museum of China is a public artist organization to run the function of national collection and exhibition. As a debut to showcase the collections from the museum in a collective way, the exhibition is hoped to display the cultural fortune of the Chinese nation.
The exhibition opens at Hall 1 to 21 until February 26, 2011.