Artworks capture struggles of Red Army in Long March

By Lin Qi | China Daily | Updated: 2016-12-27 07:59

Students from the fashion design department were inspired by the Red Army's uniforms and the attire of ethnic groups living along the Long March routes to create the works.

Visitors put on helmets, and virtual-reality technologies are applied to bring the audience into a fighting scene in which soldiers advance on a chain bridge amid intense fire.

A group of eight people from the art education department sent painting tools and books to primary schools in Sichuan's Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. They taught students there to paint stories of the Red Army. They brought back some 100 paintings that are also on show at the current exhibition, juxtaposed with another 100 paintings by Beijing primary school students.

Students from the experimental art department have animated some of these paintings, and turned them into a 15-minute-long video work and nine installations.

Song Xiewei, the exhibition's curator and a professor of the CAFA's urban design department, says the rich experiences and narrative feature of this exhibition show how to engage modern-day viewers to cherish the heritage of the Long March.

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