Art capital in question (2)

08:35, April 07, 2010      

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Chen Danqing's work to be exhibited in Minsheng Art Museum.

Minsheng Art Museum, founded by Minsheng Bank, will open its doors April 18 in Shanghai, with a large-scale exhibition tracing the history of Chinese contemporary art over the past 30 years marking the occasion. Famous avant-garde artist Zhou Tiehai has been appointed chief director of the museum.

More than 100 pieces from the past 30 years will be part of the opening exhibition, among which some are regarded as representative works, such as Luo Zhongli's oil painting Father, Chen Danqing's portraits of Tibetans and Liu Xiaodong's unique work Migrants of Three Gorges.

An exhibition of Shu Qun, one of the first generation of Chinese avant-garde artists will be held at UCCA at the same time, with both exhibitions the result of joint efforts by the two organizations, according to He Juxing from Minsheng.

In many art experts' eyes, the news of the founding of an art organization sponsored by a local enterprise and its partner relationship with a high-standard art center is encouraging for the long-term development of Chinese contemporary art.

"No matter how the two sides will work with each other in the future, the cooperation between an art organization and a local entrepreneur is good news for both artists and art lovers," commented Cai Jianjun, a collector who has long paid close attention to the Chinese art world. He added that he believes many cooperations of this kind will be forged in the near future.

However, while some see the trend as a good opportunity for the development of Chinese art, others are worried that the influx of money may have negative effects on the contemporary genre, arguing that the independence of art may be weakened if decisions by local entrepre-neurs influence the outcome as many do not know much about art itself.

"I'm afraid that capital will be another underlying danger for the independence of Chinese artists in their artistic creation," commented artist Zhu Wei.

Source: Global Times
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