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600 Small-scale Works from China's Top Ten Art Academies Dazzle in Chongqing

By DENG, YANICHONGQING|Aug 03,2022

Chongqing – On July 30, the “2022 Chongqing Contemporary Small Works Collection Promotion Plan” kicked off at Jinshan E-cool in Liangjiang New Area in Chongqing. 

With the theme of “New Feeling New Vision,” the exhibition selected more than 600 artworks from the top ten art academies in China, such as the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University, China Academy of Art, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and others. Different types of artwork are available, such as oil paintings, prints, traditional Chinese paintings, fashion plays, and sculptures.

The exhibition is free to the public and runs until September 3. It is open to the public during the exhibition period, and visitors may purchase their favorite works.

The City Underground Series II by Lu Biao from Central Academy of Fine Arts. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

Goose by Ye Xuyong from Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

Unbounded Diary Series 1 by Wu Wenjie from Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

Snakehead and tiger tail by Li Qiangqiang from Hubei Fine Arts Institute. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

This exhibition features small works whose size is no larger than 120 centimeters. Small-size works are not artists’ casual works but often their finest works. Liu Tao, the curator of this exhibition, said that small works are more manageable in terms of creative content, so artists can feel more relaxed and happy during the creative process compared to large-scale works. 

Moreover, small pieces are more suitable for decorating work and living spaces than large ones. It encapsulates the artists’ progress in creative ideas, bearing their unique visual expressions and cultural attitudes, but it is also the starting point of their thought and creation.

Visitors appreciated the small works in the exhibition. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

“Although the event focuses on the exhibition itself, it also has the function of art trading, aiming at specific social needs such as art collection and consumption,” said Liu Tao.

“We hope to join hands with more like-minded friends to develop this plan into an art consumption IP with Chongqing characteristics within 3 to 5 years, and then to build Chongqing as a heaven for art fairs,” he added.

Since 2018, the “Chongqing Contemporary Small Works Collection Promotion Plan” has been held four times. The exhibition aims to promote art to the public and cultivate the Chongqing art consumer market.

(Tan Sirui, as an intern, also contributed to this report)

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