Chinese University Entrance Examination (Gaokao) is held on June 7 and 8 every year. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is postponed to July 7 to 10. For tens of millions of students, Gaokao marks one of the most significant turning points in their lives. Over a decade of hard work is solely for entering a fine university and starting a new chapter of life. Whatever results are, this year’s Gaokao is over and life still goes on. As graduation season and summer vacation arrive in July, many graduates embark on a new journey, and hundreds of millions of students are able to enjoy a brief rest. In Sweden, it is also a time of summer vacation now, when people are endowed with more free time to appreciate art. Art academies in China released a variety of online graduation exhibitions, while art museums are constantly updating their online exhibitions and collections. In such lovely summer, do not let the pandemic hinder our pursuit of aesthetics.
中央美术学院 Central Academy of Fine Arts
中国美术学院 China Academy of Art
西安美术学院 Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts
四川美术学院 Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
鲁迅美术学院 Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
广州美术学院 Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
湖北美术学院 Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
天津美术学院 Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
清华大学美术学院 Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
中国美术馆 National Art Museum of China
The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) is the only national art museum of plastic arts in China. The museum houses more than 110,000 pieces of various collections, most of which are representative works of different periods and great artworks of Chinese art masters from ancient times till today, constituting art development history since the beginning of modern China. Collections also include some ancient paintings and calligraphy works, foreign artistic works as well as plentiful folk art works.
中央美术学院美术馆 CAFA Art Museum
The CAFA Art Museum is a professional and international modern art museum that conducts academic research, presents exhibitions, restores artworks and provides art education. It is the first museum designed by noted Japanese architect Arata Isozaki in China with a collection of nearly 20,000 artworks ranging from paintings and photography to videos and installations, etc.
广东美术馆 Guangdong Museum of Art
Guangdong Museum of Art is a modern multi-functional museum of plastic art taking “Chinese modern art from coastal areas, art by overseas Chinese artists and Chinese contemporary art” as the direction of academic research and collection. It has collected 36,000 pieces (sets) of works. While promoting the local fine arts and traditional culture, Guangdong Museum of Art created some cultural brands with international influence, including “Guangzhou Triennial Exhibition” and “Guangzhou International Biennial Photography Exhibition”, while continuously innovating and enriching its exhibition modes and academic propositions, so as to promote the development of Chinese modern art with greater openness.
湖北美术馆 Hubei Museum of Art
As a landmark for cultural development of Hubei province, Hubei Museum of Art is adjacent to Hubei Provincial Museum. In addition to exhibition halls, the museum owns advanced supporting service facilities, including lacquer art exchange center and art library, making it a plastic art museum of good taste which integrates the functions of exhibition, collection, research, education, exchange, service, etc.
江苏省美术馆 Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum
Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, formerly known as the National Art Gallery of the Republic of China, was the first national art museum in China’s modern times and an important place for art collection, research and display in Jiangsu and the rest of China. The collection is mainly composed of nearly 10,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art, as well as ancient and modern Chinese and foreign works, among which Chinese paintings are the most abundant in addition to a large number of prints, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, contemporary calligraphy, folk art and other fine art works. The collection of works by the “New Jinling Painting School” is the top priority.
深圳美术馆 Shenzhen Art Museum
Shenzhen Art Museum has been able to effectively take advantage of its proximity to Hong Kong and Macao, offering visitors an insightful “cultural window” through hosting various activities and promoting artistic exchanges both domestically and abroad. Through adhering to its academic focus, Shenzhen Art Museum has actively acquired a wide range of artworks to gradually build up extensive and diverse collections, such as the ‘Classic 20th Century Art Masters’ collection, ‘China Contemporary Art’ collection and ‘Shenzhen Local Art’ collection. These current collections amount to 4608 works which include artistic mediums such as traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, printmaking, sculpture, calligraphy, watercolor, caricature, paper-cutting and photography.
上海美术馆 – 中华艺术宫 China Art Museum, Shanghai
China Art Museum, Shanghai engages in art collection, academic research, exhibition, education, international exchange and establishing partnership with eminent domestic and international art museums. On October 1, 2012, the museum was relocated to the China Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai World Expo to play a better role in creating a space and community of culture, art and leisure, which marks a milestone in the history of Shanghai art development. The museum collects artworks of oil painting, Chinese ink painting, print, calligraphy, sculpture, shadow puppetry, etc. It also presents a digitized and panoramic view of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (painted by Zhang Zeduan in Northern Song dynasty and now in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing) on a mountain-shaped screen with 128 meters in height and 6.5 meters in width.
上海当代艺术博物馆 Power Station of Art
The Power Station of Art (PSA), home to the Shanghai Biennale, is renovated from the former Nanshi Power Plant. As Shanghai’s generator for its new urban culture, PSA regards non-stopping innovation and progress as the key to its long-term vitality. The museum has been striving to provide an open platform for the public to learn and appreciate contemporary art, to break the barrier between life and art, and to promote cooperation and knowledge generation between different schools of art and culture.
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