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Under the dual pressures of international financial crisis as well as domestic pattern changes, China is facing challenges, but opportunities outnumber challenges. “Chinese Concept” is indeed a system combined with culture, economy and politics. Meanwhile, China is a representative in emerging markets. China has made great achievements in art market, like its economic construction, arousing enthusiasm of people around the world. In particular, classical art, both in techniques and concepts, has established its status in art history which is deeply influenced by the profound accumulation of humanities and history. Although classical art market did not experience an explosive growth, its steady growth and falling resistance have attracted people‘s attention under the financial crisis. From the view of market performance or academic study, classical art once again becomes a hot topic nowadays. Compared with the overall market, the significance of classical art market lies in its limited resources and the function of "safe haven".
Art Beijing is not only a large-scale international cultural event, but also a high-end project of Beijing’s cultural and creative industry, which will draw the attention of international art community. Art Beijing 2009 • Fine Art Fair supported by worldwide leading luxury automotive brand Mercedes-Benz is expected to be held in the National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing on November 6, 2009. As the manufacturer of the very first car in the world, Mercedes-Benz has been famous for its creation of the most charming and popular “Automotive Artworks” in the past 120 years with its long-term support to the influential artworks and artists. The partnership with Fine Art Beijing results from the emphasis on promoting the development of Chinese culture and arts definitely, and indicates the long-term promise on the Chinese market of Mercedes-Benz. On the occasion, Fine Art Beijing will become another high-end art brand, following Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair and Photo Beijing. It will fill a gap in professional Fine Art Fair in China and even Asia. Fine Art Beijing will explore market characteristics and follow market trends with professional planning and all-round services, which will inevitably become the focus of the circle. The passion of exhibitors was unforeseen when merchant invitation was carried out this April. In a short span of six months, many classical art galleries from Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States registered for the exhibition. Now we still contact some high-end galleries. Exhibitors of galleries and art institutions have firm confidence in the prospects of classical art market and the integration ability of art market resources at the first Fine Art Beijing. Currently, the number of registered galleries has exceeded the planned booths. When the time comes, Fine Art Beijing will join hands with a number of art businesses to “Reinvigorating the Spirit of the East, from the Classic to the Contemporary”, giving the present for the 60th anniversary of new China.
Fine Art Beijing makes great efforts to fully integrate operation strength of classical art. At the same time, it attaches equal importance to commerce and academy, following the idea of Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair and Photo Beijing. A series of academic exhibitions are expected to be held, which help look into the future of art from the viewpoint of academy, and explore a new growth point of classical art market so as to guide collectors and investors.
The theme exhibition “Traces on Paper” is sponsored by Hermes, focusing on paper-based artworks. Although the paper is one of the most traditional, simplest and commonest media, it conveys the meaning of works. Artists utilize different artistic languages to express the ordinary significance. Also, paper, as the most sensitive carrier, reveals the artist’s joy, anger and sadness. Every stroke is a key to open the inmost world of the artist. Moreover, paper is the most intimate medium for artists and viewers, which can shorten their distance. The audience is able to feel the artist’s thoughts, dreams and soul through his or her brush strokes, like taking a journey into the very heart of the painter.
In addition to the theme exhibition, Fine Art Beijing will organize several special exhibitions, which offer visual feasts for collectors. A special exhibition “East Meets West” will be presented in cooperation with Guardian Auction, combined with masterpieces from returned overseas artists Xu Beihong, Liu Haisu and Lin Fengmian. The audience will appreciate Chinese water-ink painting influenced by Western painting techniques during the particular era. These works are the beginning of exploration in Chinese painting which starts to move toward the international market. Wang Shikuo is an important “red artist” in new China. His works are the landmark of new China’s art history due to dramatic effects, rich flavor composition and vivid characterization. A retrospective exhibition will be held, focusing on his sketches, with the help of his families and relevant academic institutes. He is the first person of new China to represent major historical themes with the use of sketches. The realistic approach has a unique artistic value. With the cooperation of Huang Zhou Foundation, Huang Zhou Retrospective Exhibition will be held to display this important water-ink painter in new China, which will reveal the philosophy of oriental aesthetics, the depth of humanities and the significance of reality. Huang Zhou has made great contributions to promote contemporary water-ink painting and carry out international cultural and artistic exchanges. Therefore this rare large-scale individual exhibition is worth expecting.
The art forum of Fine Art Beijing will be held at Mercedes-Benz VIP Room in the forms of lectures and seminars. Several influential art historians, critics, curators and collectors will have a face-to-face conversation with 35 audiences about Chinese painting in the 20th century, oil painting masters, Western Impressionism, the evolution of modern styles, modern and contemporary Chinese painting as well as the collection of Chinese painting and Western classical oil painting, in order to promote the development of Chinese art and cultural industry and to have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the art industry from various angles through the platform of information exchanges and experience sharing. Moreover, the organizers also hope to create new models of exhibitions and explore the trend of art industry through this forum.
Fine Art Beijing will take its first steps on the journey of classical art on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the birth of new China. From above mentioned introduction, exhibition planning, forum organization and academic discussion of Fine Art Beijing have been fully prepared. We hope that Art Beijing 2009 • Fine Art Fair, as a pragmatic and excellent exhibition, is worth looking forward to.