“The Walker”Academic Orientation of Li Xiangqun's Art Exhibition Author: Zhu Qingsheng

AcademicOrientation of the Exhibition:

In art history, every artist is special. Li Xiangqun is representative of the specialness of artists since the founding of China. As a representative one of Chinese figurative sculptors, Li Xiangqun, uses his unique vision and solid foundation to reshape people and spirit of history. His art is not only a way of stating his historical view, but also a powerful tool to lead the viewer to review the spiritual power and ideological heritage of China. What is even more valuable is that Li Xiangqun is not shackled to the simple identity of a sculptor, but always maintains an explosive power and passion on his creation. He is a man who challenges formalism with his art. Constantly, he asks questions and explores new ways in creation, which makes him a true artist.


The large-scale solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China is significant. This kind of honor is not often granted to the artist at this young age, so it really is a milestone for Li Xiangqun. The exhibition will present new breakthroughs in his art and thought. At the same time, with the joining of the Chinese Modern Art Archive of Peking University, the exhibition combines a large number of documents, materials, and videos to display his works. This will allow for careful analysis of societal problems as reflected in Li Xiangqun's art. The exhibition is a chance for civic education, strengthening social harmony, and the education and general improvementof people.  It is an important attempt to explore national rejuvenation and lead It through a national renaissance towards the world's frontier.


In the No. 1 Main Gallery of the National Art Museum of China, Li Xiangqun's three classic figures will be presented: Confucius (new work "The Walker"), Cixi (Piling Clouds, Pilling Snow),  and Mao Zedong. The two side halls will present the new large-scale installations "Landscape" and "TheForbidden City" respectively. Finally, the Hall of the Circle Gallery is entirely composed of documents and research materials. It can be seen as a historical accompaniment.