“Support Education with Art – An Exhibition of Artistic Works on Poverty Alleviation at National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)” was opened on August 11 at NAMOC. Over 550 (sets of) exhibits, the majority of them from the collection of NAMOC, were displayed under the themes of poverty alleviation and achieving prosperity, production and construction, education and medical service, poverty reduction and disaster relief and fight against the COVID-19 epidemic and work resumption. A part of the exhibits showed the intangible cultural heritage in the old revolutionary base areas, ethnic minority areas, border areas and poverty-stricken areas. Meanwhile, some newly created paintings, sculptures, calligraphy works, seal cutting works and photographs which focus on poverty alleviation and fight against the COVID-19 epidemic and work resumption were invited to be displayed. The exhibition endeavored to unfold before the visitors the historical process of poverty alleviation from different angles.
The exhibition was divided into nine chapters. At the invitation of NAMOC, ten newly created paintings themed on the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic and work resumption created by Miao artists from Pingpo village in Guizhou province were displayed in chapter six “Folk Fine Arts Boosts Rural Revitalization” together with over 160 folk fine arts works from the NAMOC collection. Chapter six focused on showing rural China’s customs, practices and spirit and supported the cultural revitalization in contemporary rural China.
It was because of the exhibition “The Psalm of Life from Optimists – Pingpo Miao Paintings” that the ten Miao paintings from Pingpo village in Guizhou province were specially invited to be displayed at NAMOC. “The Psalm of Life from Optimists – Pingpo Miao Paintings”, co-organized by Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, CPC Longli County Committee and Longli County People’s Government, was opened on July 28 at the Yiwen Hall of Confucius Academy. Over 100 paintings and 52 embroidery and batik works from 18 Miao artists from Pingpo village showed different themes including poverty alleviation, the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, farming, harvest and hometown. Just as Wu Weishan, director of NAMOC, said that literature and art should be for the people and for the day, these vibrant works stemmed from real life were not only a combination of reality and artistry, but also witnesses to the artists’ endeavor to nourish the public with art.
The Miao painters of the paintings specially invited to be exhibited at NAMOC were all villagers from Pingpo Miao Village. The theme covered not only beautiful village development, but also the distinctive Miao festivals and the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, which were also the highlight of “The Psalm of Life from Optimists – Pingpo Miao Paintings”. This was part of Guiyang Confucius Academy’s campaign on promoting diversified and rich traditional Chinese culture and carrying forward fine traditional Chinese culture as well as an experiment it made to bring public cultural services to the rural areas.
On August 16, Zhongguo Wenhuabao (Chinese Culture News) reported on this under the title of “For These ‘Ifs’ – An Experiment Carried Out by Guiyang Confucius Academy on Bringing Public Cultural Services to the Miao Village”.