Peacock and Peach Blossoms, by Tian Shiguang, from the collection of Beijing Fine Art Academy. (Photo provided to China Daily)
Beijing is changing itself into not only a political and cultural center but also the country's hub of international exchanges and scientific innovations. And the historic depth and dynamics of metropolitan life have inspired Beijing-based artists to create a dynamic art scene.
An exhibition now on at the National Art Museum of China, and which runs through June 9, features around 100 paintings by Beijing-based artists which hail cultural traditions and modern developments.
The show also marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China this year.
The bulk of paintings on show were done by artists from Beijing Fine Art Academy or loaned from its collection.
A section of Spring of Capital, from the collection of Beijing Fine Art Academy. (Photo provided to China Daily)
The institution is dedicated to developing and collecting works from the Beijing school of painting.
The ongoing exhibition showcases long scrolls of classic ink paintings which depict construction projects from the 1950s, such as the Shisanling Reservoir in northern Beijing.
Another highlight is the 46-meter-long Spring of Capital, a work of six painters from the academy and bearing an inscription by Guo Moruo, a prominent author and historian. The painting was completed in 1959 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China.
Other paintings on display are those produced as part of two ongoing creative projects jointly initiated by the academy and the Beijing Artists Association.
The projects, Beijing's Charms, which will run for six years, and Beijing Images, which will run for 10 years, want artists involved to create works which document the capital's renewing cityscape, for example the new Daxing International Airport set to open soon and preparations for the Beijing 2020 Winter Olympics.
(From left to right) Beijing in Four Seasons- Spring, by Li Jiangfeng, Beijing in Four Seasons- Summer, by Lei Bo and Zhuang Zhong, Beijing in Four Seasons- Fall, by Ma Lin and Beijing in Four Seasons-Winter, by Bai Yuping.
Shisanling Reservoir, from the collection of Beijing Fine Art Academy. (Photo provided to China Daily)
Home, by Li Xiaoke, from the collection of Beijing Fine Art Academy. (Photo provided to China Daily)