China hits 3D-wonders


Pravda Report


Published on Apr 1, 2013

In the north-east China, in Jilin Province an interactive exhibition of paintings was held, there you could see the works of a widely popular 3D artist Ai Weiwei. Enjoy some of the samples!

The collection of paintings, on display at a contemporary art exhibition in the Jilin province, uses techniques similar to the 'stand-up' advertising hoardings that are sometimes painted on the edges of sports pitches.

The pieces are a huge hit with spectators who have already shown a talent for interacting with the works to become part of the art themselves.

These photographs show how creative fans have snapped themselves holding the end of Van Gogh's paintbrush, shouldering the train of a portrait's flowing dress and, in one clever sideways snap, skydiving from the safety of of the gallery floor.
China's artistic community is currently a focal point for the world.

It's most prominent artist the acclaimed Ai WeiWei, 53, has not been heard from since he was detained by Chinese authorities at Beijing airport on April 3, for 'economic crimes' - an event which has prompted strong international criticism.

But there is hope that freedom of expression will gain a stronger foothold in China as the country enjoys an incredible surge in the popularity of art.

Back in 2006, China had just a six per cent share of the market and the UK bought as much as 27 per cent.
But last year China raked in 23 per cent of the world's art, one per cent more than Brits brought home.

Both countries are still lagging behind the U.S., which has a 34 per cent share, while France is the only other significant international player with a six per cent share. The rest of the world accounts for the remaining 15 per cent.

The world art market hit a peak of €48 billion in 2007 and had been declining since then, dropping by around 33 per cent to €28 billion in 2009, the biggest decline since its previous recession in the early 1990s.

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