RELEASE: CGTN: "The Art Beat" - A Cultural Perspective on Chinese History

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BEIJING, Feb. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Premiering on January 22 on CGTN television and various social media platforms, the six-part series "The Art Beat" features six leading contemporary artists from China: five painters and a symphony conductor. Produced in several languages, it describes how his art, capturing the spirit of the times, tells the story of China from a cultural perspective.

Through their stories, and by examining the influences and innovation that manifest in their works, the series explores how they reflect and impact the times in which they live. These artists, although they are inspired by traditional Chinese painting and music, do not stop worrying about the future of their art in a world as changing as today.

"Drawing is also a process of self-cultivation," said Chen Jialing, a leading figure in the Shanghai School of Traditional Ink Painting. Chen, famous for his depictions of plum blossoms, makes innovative use of freehand to describe reality and portray the world around him.

"Painting and life, before they were two lines. As you walk farther and farther, the two separate lines merge into one," says Jia Guangjian, dean of the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Jia, who says she draws inspiration from real life for painting, has revived the boneless painting style and introduced it into contemporary art.

"A painting must adjust to the changes of the times. I follow modern trends," said Fan Yang, a doctoral supervisor at the Chinese National Academy of Arts. Anything that catches your eye can become the subject of a painting, from nurses caring for COVID-19 patients to spectacular landscapes. Sensitive to changing times, Fan has spent many years painting a visual record of the evolution of the world around him.

"Art prodigy" Wang Mingming learned to paint at the age of five. "I have tried to capture the spirit of the Chinese and identify the artistic conception at the core of Chinese arts," he said. Now Wang is convinced that Chinese art must follow a Chinese path.

"We must preserve the essence of ancient art while reflecting our contemporary spirit and culture," said Feng Dazhong, an ink painter born into a mining family in Liaoning province in 1949. Feng is known for his bold and unrestrained paintings. of tigers, who are hailed as "the best tigers in the world".

"I am in favor of popularizing classical music. If they need it, I will do it," said Zheng Xiaoying, China's first female symphony conductor and the first Chinese musician to conduct an opera abroad. This 93-year-old woman has dedicated her life to feeding the hearts and souls of people with music. At the end of 2022, she and her student Wu Lingfen, jointly 170 years old, staged the opera "La Traviata".

The first season of "The Art Beat" has received a warm response from international audiences, calling it "inspiring" and "amazing". The second season, which will air in mid-2023, will introduce more Chinese artists who are striving to preserve and innovate their art in a time of rapid social change.

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