A century’s worth of influential artistry has landed in Beijing in celebration of the 40th anniversary of positive diplomatic relations between China and Spain. Held in the sprawling National Art Museum of China that spans five floors and 18,000 sq m, the exhibit entitled ‘From Picasso to Barceló’ is a collection of Spanish sculptures that showcase the genre’s evolution throughout the C.20th from the avant-garde trends of its beginnings through to the present day. A fantastic example of this pioneering artistic period, the chosen works clearly demonstrate the shift in sculptures from the traditional principles of three-dimensionality into the realm of modern art.
Displayed in Beijing from April 21 until June 30 2013 and joining the 100,000 items of Chinese art that already reside in the prestigious museum, a total of 79 iconic pieces make up this Spanish exhibit, including of course, as the name of the show suggests, works by Picasso and Barceló. Other visionaries (a total of 32) whose works are on show throughout the 10-week exhibition include Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Susana Solano, Juan Muñoz and Antoni Tapies as well as Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. No need to book ahead, simply arrive and admire.