THE Zhuhai Long Hei Culture & Art Centre in Vanke Park opposite the Duty Free Emporium in Jida opened a week ago Saturday with traditional Chinese and oil painting exhibitions.
Costing more than 100 million yuan ($157 million), the 2,700sqm venue is the largest professional cultural and art centre in Zhuhai. It encompasses a museum, auction company, exhibition hall, tea house, collections room and VIP club.
The centre aims to promote national culture, recommend artwork, display traditional Chinese treasures, boost art exchange and improve art appreciation, according to Executive President Xu Honglin. It also targets an upscale artworks exchange, appreciation and trading platform, he said.
The exhibition hall will showcase antiques, calligraphy, oil paintings, modern Chinese and western art free of charge. Some rare art collections will be on display in rotation. Artwork of collectors from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao and other areas will also be exhibited. Additionally, lectures, auctions, symposiums and other educational activities will be hosted year around.
Situated by a pond, the wooden tea house features the traditional handmade cotton cloth of ethnic Naxi of Yunnan province. VIP members can enjoy various free services.
The 500sqm collections room in the style of classic Chinese design displays high-quality chinaware, antiques and jewellery in red and golden surroundings of classical furniture and wooden sculptures.
The VIP club is a high-end venue for art appreciation and catering. It provides one-to-one valet service for high-class customers and makes their business proceed easily at tea or dinner in VIP coupes. It also provides services for overseas exhibition, auction and exchange.
The first exhibition on opening day highlighted traditional Chinese oil paintings by Qi Yongcheng, an artist at home with classical Chinese figures, flowers, birds and landscape; Gu Jinqi, a Zhuhai-based representative of sketches of Tibetans and other minority people; and Wang Xiuzhang, a local oil painter famous for figures of China’s western regions.
Based in the bustling business centre of Jida, the facility faces communities and exposes residents to elegant artwork. It is of great value for promotion of cultural and art appreciation and city status, Xu noted.
The centre will serve as a nucleus where artists, amateurs, collectors and art institutions can gather and exchange ideas and artwork. It will also contribute to prosperity and development of the art collections market, he stated.