LONDON, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Forty artworks, highlights from the Beijing International Art Biennale Exhibitions, are shown here for the first time from Monday to Friday.
The works, shown at the Mall Galary under the title "Art & Peace -- An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art", include ink paintings, oil paintings, wood block prints, sculptures, watercolour paintings and mixed media, all by renowned Chinese artists.
As a part of the China Arts World Tour, hosted by The China Artists Association, the exhibition celebrates the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ambassador-level diplomatic relations between China and the United Kingdom.
The Tour aims to promote and strengthen mutual understanding and exchange between China's artists and fine art communities around the world.
At the opening ceremony, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the exhibition not only showcases the unique charm of contemporary Chinese art but also expresses Chinese artists' commitment to world peace and development, as well as the Chinese people's keen aspiration for peace and "a shared future for mankind".
"For the Chinese nation, the pursuit of peace, concord, and harmony is a way of life and at the heart of Chinese culture," Liu added.
"I believe that viewers visiting this exhibition will gain a deeper understanding about the value of peace, about the healing power of art, and about the importance for humanity to pursue and uphold peace together."
Funded by the China National Arts Fund, the China Arts World Tour had a successful run in Italy and Finland. After the exhibition in Britain, it will go to Georgia.