Museum unveils rich tapestry of Sichuan artistry through three exhibitions

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On Friday, the Guang Hui Art Museum, a distinguished nonprofit private art gallery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, unveiled a trio of exhibitions designed to offer a comprehensive exploration of modern and contemporary art evolution since the 20th century, spotlighting artists native to the vibrant Sichuan region.

The museum, situated in Chengdu — renowned for its pandas and hot pots — opened its doors to the public on Friday, presenting a diverse array of artistic expressions. The first exhibition, a collection showcase, features masterful ink paintings by luminaries like Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Lin Fengmian, and Xu Beihong, influential figures who have significantly shaped the landscape of Chinese art.

Art lovers find HK a growing cultural paradise

Crowds at Hong Kong’s M+ museum, Asia’s first global museum of visual culture. [Photo provided to]

Hong Kong, known for its blend of Eastern and Western cultures, is experiencing a thriving art scene, with affluent collectors seeking to make significant art purchases this year.

A telling example is the Art Basel show held in March in the special administrative region – a barometer of the global art market. For the first time since 2019, the exhibition regained its pre-pandemic magnitude, featuring 242 prominent galleries from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Among them, 69 galleries made a comeback after a hiatus, while 23 galleries participated in the fair for the first time.

“This edition reflected the city itself to the world – utterly alive and teeming with energy, a meeting place of tradition and the avant-garde, a port of cultures and an essential bridge in the evolving art landscape across regions,” said Angelle Siyang-Le, director of Art Basel Hong Kong.

Shanghai Museum hosts Prado’s Mona Lisa

Ages of Splendor: A History of Spain in the Museo del Prado, running in Shanghai’s Museum of Art Pudong from Apr 23 to Sept 1, marks the largest presentation of the Prado Museum’s collection in China. [Photo provided to China Daily]

One of the most famous paintings of all time, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has a fine copy in the collection of Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

It was believed to be done by the pupils of the Renaissance master during his lifetime, with details and changes that mirrored those of the original at the Louvre in Paris, France.

The Prado’s Mona Lisa is among 70 paintings on exhibition in Shanghai’s Museum of Art Pudong from Apr 23 to Sept 1.

Exhibition lauds cases of solid work to build beautiful, better China

Songs of the Earth, a survey exhibition at the China Millennium Monument, hails those who carry out social reforms under the banner of “beautiful China”. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In his poem The Song of the Land of China, Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda (1904-73) wrote: “The land of China, I wish to speak to you, only in the language of land, only in the free language of paddy, only in the crimson language of flame …”

The passion mixed with a deep sentiment underlying the lines of Neruda has touched the hearts of the people in the country, and these days, members of different social sectors are “speaking” to their homeland by endeavoring in the extensive fields under the banner of “Beautiful China”.

Painter’s floral works a transplantation of Monet’s garden

Watercolorist Xu Minghui’s works on show usher the audience into the dynamism and vibrancy of spring. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Watercolorist Xu Minghui says she was enthralled at the moment she entered the prosperous garden at Claude Monet’s villa in Giverny, in France, known for its blooming flowers which were planted to the planning of the impressionist himself and became a recurring motif in his creation.

“The colorful blossoms, with pleasant smells, erupted with vigor in the bright sunlight,” she recalls of the visit in May 2010. “It was a celebration of life, and a hub for one to pacify his heart and soul.”