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10th Calligraphy and Painting Festival
Post Time: 09/10/2017

On the morning of September 26, the 10th Pujiang Calligraphy and Painting Festival and the 2017 Pujiang Nationwide Chinese Painting (Figure Painting) Exhibition was held at Wenjing Park, Xianhua, Pujiang.

In 1995, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture, Pujiang began to hold a calligraphy and painting festival every three years. The festival attracted tens of thousands of calligraphers, painters, and celebrities to Pujiang.

At the beginning of 2015, the China Artists Association and Pujiang government signed a strategic cooperative agreement in Beijing. The agreement provided that Pujiang was to hold the Nationwide Chinese Painting Exhibition for five consecutive years, from 2015 to 2019.

The goal of the yearly calligraphy and painting festivals is to implement the Four Comprehensives that the Zhejiang provincial government promotes by building pilot counties, boosting the calligraphy and painting industries, and increasing the popularity of “ten thousand-year-old Shangshan and picturesque Pujiang.” (The Four Comprehensives are to comprehensively build a moderately prosperous society, to comprehensively deepen reform, to comprehensively govern the nation according to law, and to comprehensively govern the Party strictly.) 

This is the third year of the Pujiang Nationwide Chinese Painting (Figure Painting) Exhibition. Among 1744 paintings and calligraphy works submitted from around the nation, 196 works were selected for exhibition.

With a unique and special theme and rich content, the 2017 calligraphy and painting festival was a spectacular event that combined cultural exhibitions, calligraphy and paintings, and a sales exhibition into one. There were eight exhibitions during the festival: the 2017 National Chinese figure painting exhibition, exhibition of Wu Fuzhi’s paintings, He Youzhi’s comic strip exhibition, the Yifeng calligraphy and painting exhibition, Dunhuang mural copies works abstract figure painting exhibition, four artists’ Pujiang detailed painting exhibition, the 12th Pujiang sales and exhibition week, and a calligraphy and painting auction. There were also three cultural activities: the Impressive Golden Lion evening party, Pujiang Welcomes You Performance, and the 11th rural cultural art festival.

       Pujiang’s calligraphy and painting have a long and illustrious history. In the recorded history of Pujiang, there have been more than 250 calligraphers and painters. From the Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, Fang Feng, Liu Guan, Wu Lai, Song Lian, Donggao, and other artists were well-known. Among these, Song Lian and Donggao Xinyue, who was known as the father of modern seal carving, were the most famous. In the modern age of China (1825-1945), Zhang Shuqi, Wu Fuzhi, Zhang Zhenduo, Zheng Zuwei, Xu Tianxu, Zhang Weiyan, and Qi Weixin all enjoyed great popularity. In the contemporary period (1945 to now), Fang Zengxian, Wu Shanming, Liu Cun, Zhang Shijian, Zhang Yuejian, Yuan Fei, Hong Rui, Ma Fenghui, Chen Qi, Hu Liangyong, and Luo Xianyue have great artistic acclaim.

       Now, there are 19 members of the China Artists Association from Pujiang, and over 40 members of the China Calligraphers Association from Pujiang. Generally, people from Pujiang tend to be good at calligraphy and painting. Pujiang is worthy of the name “home of calligraphy and painting.” (By Qian Zeng, translated by Pu Yanli, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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