Exhibition celebrates 90th anniversary of China's Army Day

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Army Day, an exhibition is currently underway at Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute.
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"The Pioneers" (1972), oil painting by Chen Yifei and Wei Jingshan

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of China’s Army Day on August 1, an exhibition featuring a cluster of sculptures and paintings, under the theme of Jinggang Mountain, is currently running at Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute until August 6.

Jinggang Mountain, in east China's Jiangxi Province, is known as the birthplace of the Red Army, predecessor of the People’s Liberation Army, and the “cradle of the Chinese revolution.”

It is on Jinggang Mountain that Chairman Mao set up his first peasant soviet in 1927. Since then Jinggang Mountain has been considered as a symbol for revolutionary spirit.

The 24 oil paintings showcased at the exhibition were created in the 1970s and 1980s by the artists at the institute. They all share a strong realistic style, vividly depicting some famous historical moments.

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"Little Sparks of Jinggang Mountain" (2015), bronze sculpture

Milestones in China’s modern art history

Today, a lot of these works are considered as milestones in China’s modern art history.

In fact, since its establishment in 1965, Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute has long been known for producing politically themed artworks and has nurtured a group of big shots including Chen Yifei (1946-2005) and Xu Mangyao.

Last year, the institute sent an artist delegation to Jinggang Mountain. The artists stayed there to get a deep understanding of the historic mountain.

“It is interesting that these works all reflect a similar theme although they were created in different periods,” says Xiao Gu, director of the institute. “This is an exhibition about not only the history of China’s Red Army, but also art itself.”

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Artists from Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute take a group photo at the foot of Jinggang Mountain in Jiangxi Province.

Date: Through August 6, 9:30am-4:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute Museum

Address: 111 Jinzhu Rd

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