Relay Series Exhibition of China Central Academy of Fine Arts: Another Long March of Arts opens in NAMOC
On December 23, 2016, the Relay Series Exhibition of China Central Academy of Fine Arts: Another Long March of Arts was unveiled in the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army’s Long March. The exhibition pulled together creative forces of all colleges and departments under China Central Academy of Fine Arts, gathering over 100 pieces of new works on the historical theme of the Long March. The contemporary artists of the academy gave artistic expression on the Long March theme with diversified forms and original features, as well as their academic ideals and cultural pursuit in major theme creation.
The exhibition was separated into four parts, “firm ideals”, “correct direction”, “hard struggle” and “solidarity”, in consideration of the Long March routes and critical junctures. It eulogized the Long March in diversified modes of creation, reproduced the heroic undertaking of Long March with majestic picture scrolls, and lauded the spirit of Long March with surging artistic enthusiasm. It recreated eventful years of the Long March, and unfolded many vicissitudes of life and radical changes for the revival of the country. The exhibited works included traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, sculpture, wood block, image, animation, cartoon books, installations, VR technology, and architectural mapping.
In preparation for the exhibition, the colleges and departments under China Central Academy of Fine Arts set up creation teams for “Another Long March of Arts”. They set out in batches going deep into the historical sites of the Long March, hurried off to the provinces of Jiangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi, and revisited the Long March trails. They made field studies of the revolutionary traces along the line of the Long March. They experienced the hard and bitter environments of the Long March. They gathered precious historical materials, called upon veteran Red Army men, and painted from life in the sites of major events. In the months of collecting raw materials for artistic creation, they ceaselessly transformed the lofty ideals and convictions of the Red Army Long March into visible, perceptible artistic works. While revisiting the Long March route, they cast a new perspective, regenerated historical circumstances in the current cultural context, and carried out various social art educations in the spirit of serving the people, realizing transformation from “history” to “site”.