NAMOC "Activation of Classic Collections" Series Exhibition: Painting Stories-NAMOC Collected Serial Pictures Original Works Exhibition kicks off in NAMOC

Source:namoc Time:2016-07-08

On May 28, 2016, NAMOC "Activation of Classic Collections" Series Exhibition: Painting Stories-NAMOC Collected Serial Pictures Original Works Exhibition opened at the fifth floor exhibition half of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Sponsored by NAMOC, the exhibition was a part of the series exhibitions of NAMOC activation of classic collections for showing the general picture of the development of Chinese picture-story books since the 1920s, in the form of collected works.
NAMOC curator Wu Weishan said that NAMOC collected great many original picture-story books. In response to the speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the forum on literature and art work, and further promoting the implementation of the NAMOC “activation of classic collections” project, the museum selected some quality picture-story books from its collections to exhibit the development path and artistic achievements of Chinese picture-story books in the 20th century. Wu said that he hoped the classic works that touched the heart of the public would enable audiences to go over the memory of their growth and console their heart while displaying their artistic charms.

The exhibited works were masterpieces familiar to the general public. Most of the works were familiar names that won prizes in previous national fine art exhibitions and picture-story book awards, or were distributed in great volumes. The exhibition, separated into three parts on the basis of time, displayed 61 sets of works including 446 original picture-story books. The themes related to the genres of classical myth, revolutionary history, real life, and Chinese and foreign literature. They were expressed in the forms of line drawing, oil paint, pencil sketch, ink painting, wood engraving and watercolor. A large number of picture-story books that touched us appeared in the exhibition, such as Romance of the Western Chamber by Wang Shuhui, I Want to Study by Ben Qingyu and Wang Xuyang, The Monkey King Makes hell of Heaven by Liu Jiyou, The Railway Guerilla by Ding Binzeng and Han Heping, Chaoyang Ditch by He Youzhi, Maple Tree by Chen Yiming and others, At the Middle Age by You Jingdong, The Story of Nyima by Han Shuli, Luo Lun Takes Exam by Gao Yun, Snow Goose by He Duoling, and The Red Ribbon of the Earth by Shen Yaoyi. Particular attention were given to Everlasting Regret Artistic Inspiration (30 pieces for a complete set), black-and-white and liquid powder picture-story book created by Li Yishi between 1927 and 1929, attending the first national fine arts exhibition sponsored by Ministry of Education during the Republic of China period (1912-1949); the Five Heroes on Langye Mountain (16 pieces for a complete set), woodcut picture-story book created by Yan Han during the anti-Japanese war period (1937-1945); and The Peach Blossom Fan (16 pieces for a complete set), realistic color picture-story book created by Ren Shuiying and distributed nationwide in the form of four strip screens of New Year pictures.

In addition, NAMOC arranged a picture-story book reading quarter in the exhibition hall to display over 100 picture-story books in a brand-new form, enabling audiences to indulge in the happiness of reading such books in their childhood.

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