Artists In Action To Commemorate Quake 2009: Years Wenchuan

Artists in action to commemorate quake

Last year’s Wenchuan earthquake and the moving stories behind it were recorded with artistic twists.
Artists of all ages from across the country commemorated those who died, and expressed their admiration of the good deeds done through their art works. A painting album commemorating last May’s earthquake was released on Monday. It’s collected the works of middle and elementary school students from the city of Dujiangyan, which was hit hard by the quake. The paintings are odes to the vitality of life, and the unselfish love displayed by the quake rescuers. The works drawn by 150 students were selected from over ten thousand works submitted by students of fifty schools in Dujiangyan. An exhibition gathering the original pieces of the works in the album will be held in Shanghai, and a set of postcards will be issued. In China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the Urumqi Museum is housing an exhibition of wooden block paintings that takes visitors back to a year ago, in the aftermath of the disaster. These works were created by some veteran wood block artists in Xinjiang over the past year. They express the artists’ mourning and pay tribute to the solidarity of the Chinese people in the face of the disaster.
In the Chinese capital, painters and calligraphers convened at downtown Beijing’s Wu Dongkui Art Gallery for a charity auction. The money raised will be used to build a park in quake-hit Qingchuan county. The charity event also called on attendees to donate more of their art works to aid the construction of the park. Among the donations is a painting titled “President Hu is in Wenchuan”.

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