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Contemporary artist Feng Zikai's works exhibited on Metro train

A fast-moving art exhibit opened today as the artwork of Chinese contemporary artist Feng Zikai was unveiled on a Metro Line 11 train for the 115th birthday of the painter, writer, and teacher of music.

The artwork include cartoon paintings, poems and philosophical words teaching people to love life and create a more civilized living environment. They were posted on the railcar’s inside walls and on the hand-strap signboards on the train. The exhibition will remain until January.

Feng’s birthday falls on Saturday. The artist’s grandchildren also took a ride on the specially decorated train this morning.

“I feel extremely happy to see my grandpa’s paintings appearing on a modern Metro train after a half a century,” said Yang Zhaoying, a granddaughter of Feng. “We are honored that the traditional arts can be inherited in such a way, despite there being no economic benefits.”

The artwork was praised by passengers. Some paintings featuring old community daily life aroused memories of childhood among senior riders.

“I grew up with Feng’s cartoon paintings,” a 62-year-old commuter surnamed Zhu said. “It was rare to see the paintings later, and such activities should be promoted in the Metro system more often.”

The Metro operators selected 40 paintings and 36 pieces of poems and philosophical words from Feng’s numerous creations, with permission from his descendants.

It’s the third time the operators have put up artwork and other displays to promote traditional culture and literature. The previous two times featured the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese artist and painter He Zhiyou earlier this year.


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