People visit an exhibition of German Art in China at the Royal Ancestral Temple in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 17, 2017. The opening ceremony of "Germany 8 -- German Art in China" was held here on Sunday. The massive art shows including 7 themed exhibitions will display 320 works of 55 German artists. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Art lovers in Beijing are able to take a close look at the diverse works of 55 contemporary German artists as a large exhibition opened at the Imperial Ancestral Temple art gallery on Sunday.
In celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Germany, the "Deutschland 8 -- German Art in China" exhibition at seven different venues, displays nearly 320 works of German artists since the 1950s in painting, sculpture, photography and others.
The exhibition, which will last until October, is sponsored by China's Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Foundation for Art and Culture in Germany.
"The exhibition opens a new chapter and an innovative path for cross-cultural exchange between China and Germany, and between China and Europe," said Fan Di'an, president of the Chinese art academy.
According to Walter Smerling, chairman of the German foundation, the preparation for the exhibition took nearly two years and the masterpieces on display were collected from a number of German museums, galleries and individuals.
A forum will be held for Chinese and German scholars and artists to discuss contemporary art development.
The Germany art show is in response to the successful exhibition, "China 8 -- Contemporary Art from China," which was held in eight German cities and nine museums in 2015.