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Picasso Walks into China Art Show Opens in Beijing
   2016-05-29 10:37:43    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Linxi

A visitor looks at a group of photos focusing on the life of Picasso at the Riverside Museum in Beijing on Saturday, May 28, 2016. A total of 84 photos are exhibited at the art show, offering audiences an opportunity to learn more about Picasso. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Li Linxi]

An exhibition of masterpieces by Pablo Picasso is underway in Beijing. Called "Picasso Walks Into China," it's the largest ever show of the Spanish painter's works ever held in China.

Around 1,000 people visited the Riverside Museum in Beijing on Saturday to have a close look at the masterpieces created by Picasso.


A visitor surname Yuan says he was surprised at the inclusiveness of the artworks displayed this time.

"The exhibition is very informative. You can find Picasso's painting, print works and even his ceramic artworks here. Many people thought Picasso was a painter. But in my view, he should be called an artist. He created many different categories of artworks."

These artworks displayed at this show come from 8 famous collectors from 5 countries.

More than 80 works by Picasso are on display.

Angela Occhipinti, a famous Italian print art master who used to work with Picasso, is also featured at the show, displaying 16 pieces of her own works.

Among them, there is a piece by her done in cooperation with Picasso.

The 83 year old artist recalls her time working with Picasso.

"I was very lucky. I met Picasso when I was 16. I was studying the print arts in Paris then. Picasso was very skilled at painting. He was not that good-looking then, not tall, with little balding on the top, but his passion and love for painting made him a deadly charming person, especially for women."

Occhipinti met Picasso in 1940s. At that time, Picasso completed Guernica, one of his masterpieces which reflected the cruelty of the Spanish Civil War.

The exhibition is co-chaired by China's Riverside Museum and Italy's Metamorfosi Culture and Art Center.

Wei Yuncheng, professor from Beijing University of Technology, points out the influences of Picasso's artworks on Chinese artists.

"Picasso's artworks played a vital role in leading Chinese contemporary artists; especially those were born in 1980s. His idea of cubism exerted a decisive effect on the creation concepts of these artists. We can fairly say that his works opened the dialogue between Chinese artists and modernism."

Pietro Folena, former Italian Minister of Culture says, today is the moment for China and European countries to cooperate in the arts.

"Italy is a country of art. China is a country of new art and technology. China got a big demand for arts. Chinese companies and governments are very interested in investments in arts. At the same time, Europe is going through a big crisis. For us, it's very important to join with China, with its new artists."

Folena believes that more cooperation will be taken between Chinese and European art markets in the future.

The art show will last until early August.

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