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Young artists, 'fresh blood' flow in fine arts show

THE works of young artists are featured at the fifth Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition through the end of the month.

The 410 works, chosen from among 2,000 entries, are on display at the Shanghai Art Museum.

They include contemporary and traditional artworks, oils, ink-wash, watercolors, prints, sculpture and other works, chosen by a panel of senior professors and artists.

The exhibition, which began in 2001, is held every two years.

"Since it began in 2001, the exhibition has become a special platform to promote promising young artists," says Chen Qi, chairman of the Shanghai Artists' Association. Many of the artists whose works are on show were born in the 1970s and 1980s.

The exhibition has become more flexible in selecting artists.

In previous years, only members of the artists' association could enter, but this year it is opened to non-members.

About half the works are from non-members.

"We need more fresh blood from outside the group, artists who bring their creative and experimental pieces," Chen says.

"We are considering reorganizing the Shanghai Artists' Association so it does not become obsolete or a nest for aged artists," he says.

Winners of the Shanghai exhibition will be submitted to the National Fine Arts Exhibition.

Date: through June 30, 9am-5pm

Venue: Shanghai Art Museum, 325 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 6327-2829


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