Olympic Fine Arts exhibition opens (Beijing Olympics Sidelights)August 13th, 2008 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 13 (IANS) Apart from organising a flawless Olympic Games, China has given the thousands of visitors from across the world an option to quench their thirst for aesthetics. An exhibition of fine arts has drawn a large number of people from all over. The “Olympic Fine Arts 2008″ exhibition at the China International Exhibition Centre aims to showcase a collage of Chinese arts and culture and also presents the underlying thread connecting cultures of all nations, according to a statement on the exhibition’s official website.
According to China Daily, since the event kicked off in Jan, it has received nearly 10,000 artworks from artists of more than 40 countries and regions. About 800 of them are on display in the exhibition.
The event included a sports and art contest. Ten artists were awarded at the opening ceremony Friday. Around 16 outstanding artworks from the contest would be on display as well. The International Olympic Committee first held the Olympic sports and art contest in Sydney for the 2000 Games.
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Music to pump up spectators at venues
Spectators are being treated to an eclectic mix of Chinese and western music to keep them at ease during the Olympics.
Played during breaks between competitions, the tracks are being punctuated with the odd commentary.
Blondie’s ‘The Tide Is High’ has turned out to be a favourite at the weightlifting venue.
Apart from the obligatory Beijing Welcomes You, one of the Beijing Games’ theme songs, artists from Taiwan are having their voices heard loud and clear.
Popular Hong Kong singer Emil Chau is also performing on the sidelines of the Beijing Games.
Breakdancing Fuwa, the five stylised animals who are the official mascots of the Beijing Olympics, and cheerleaders called the “Beijing Dream Dancers” are hamming it up for basketball fans.
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Artists eye champions
A group of artists here have come up with a new way to spread news of 2008 Chinese Olympic gold medallists.
With the television set on, a group of Chinese artists in their studios are simultaneously depicting the Chinese gold-winners through art - using sculpture, cartoons and oil or ink painting.
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