Iconic Chongqing Art Museum’s New Advanced Design Attracts Visitors


The Luo Zhongli Art Museum, also known as the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum in Chongqing, China. / CFP

The Luo Zhongli Art Museum, also known as the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum in Chongqing, China. / CFP

There is one amazing place that exemplifies the aura of art in Chongqing – the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SFAI). Going there will fill your heart with an “artistic spirit”. It is not so much a university as it is a park. Every element of this college is designed to grab people’s attention.

Founded in 1940, it is the only art school in southwest China. There are two SFAI campuses; one is in Huang Juping and the other is in University City in Huxi, Shapingba District.

SFAI became one of the five art academies of China in 1959. The other four art academies are Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University , also in Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, Zhejiang and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangdong Province.

Luo Zhongli, a contemporary Chinese painter known for his portraits of workers in rural China, October 20, 2021. / CGTN

Luo Zhongli, a contemporary Chinese painter known for his portraits of workers in rural China, October 20, 2021. / CGTN

The Luo Zhongli Art Museum, also known as the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, is the largest art museum in Chongqing. It was established in 2012 and construction was completed in 2014. After construction, it became the new landmark of the university town.

What’s even more fascinating is that the outer wall of the art museum is made up of rubbish. The museum has bought broken tiles from many different factories. Therefore, the wall is economical and environmentally friendly. Also, because it is a part of SFAI, over 30 students participated in the construction at that time.

“This work contains our understanding of art, culture and tradition, including our understanding of ecological protection, conservation and low carbon emissions, global adjustment, or reflection, and opportunity.” , said Luo Zhongli, a contemporary Chinese painter known for his portraits of workers in rural China. His best-known work is “Father” (1980), an empathetic portrayal of a wrinkled elderly man holding a bowl to his face. He was also the former director of SFAI. The museum was built when he was director of the institute.

Luo also added that the construction of the new campus of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts is another three-dimensional work of him after “Father”.

The art museum is not only a place of exhibitions. It is also a family gathering place and a place of parent-child activities, said He Guiyan, director of the art museum at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. In the beginning, they had a basic positioning for the museum which was to serve the teaching of the academy and serve as a platform to promote scientific research and the exhibition of the academy.

He Guiyan, director of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, October 20, 2021. / CGTN

He Guiyan, director of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, October 20, 2021. / CGTN

“We hope that the museum will be a rich and diverse place, suitable for people of different ages, acquiring something and feeling a different power or experience of art,” he said.

Speaking of the atmosphere of artistic creation, Luo said that the city is the important element to affect the creation of artists. The mountains and rivers of Chongqing have strengthened the character of the people of Chongqing. And the “dockland culture” is the origin of the strong and fierce character of the people of Chongqing.

“I think the cultural difference between Chengdu and Chongqing is the fundamental reason for the difference in people’s character,” Luo added. But in fact, the people of Chongqing are very direct and sincere. This trait has also become the reason why SFAI has continuously exported its works and talents to the art world over the past two years.


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