Rabarama (Italija). Labirintas. 2000, bronza,
Vaclovas Krutinis (Lietuva). Jungtis. 2000,
Zhang Defeng (Kinija). Išminčius. 2002, spalvotas
stiklo pluoštas, plastikas, 200x100x40
Beijing International Fine Arts Biennial Exhibition
First China Beijing
International Fine Arts Biennial Exhibition, held in China on September
20-October 20, was initiated and put together by the Federation of China
Literature and Circles, China Artists Association and Beijing Municipality
Government. The organizers had the vision of turning the biennial into
a forum for contemporary sculptors and painters from different continents
and to reveal regional and ethnic similarities and differences as reflected
through personal artistic sensibilities.
The preparations for the biennial started back in 2002, the process
was somewhat disrupted by the outbreak of SARS, but the world start
forum was held as originally scheduled. The China Millennium Monument
hosted over 200 hundred works by 114 artists representing 40 countries.
The second part of the exhibition was showcased at the China National
Fine Arts Museum. It featured around a hundred of works by Chinese artists,
two personal exhibitions, Qi Baishi, Chinese artist, and Tatsuo Takayama
from Japan, as well as collections of Korean and French painters.
The international jury selected three Lithuanian artists to represent
Lithuanian art, the painters Jūratė Mykolaitytė and
Pranas Griušys, and Vaclovas Krutinis, a sculptor. Most national
collections featured from three to four works, excepting Australia,
Egypt, Iran, the USA and Vietnam, whose collections included around
ten works. In contrast to Venice Biennial, the Beijing Biennial focuses
on a particular artist and his or her work.
The China Artists Association is confident that Beijing International
Arts Biennial will be held parallel to Venice events, but in autumn.