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Annual Beijing art fair goes international

Embassy of Israel in Beijing presents Broken Fingaz Crew at the 2010 Art Beijing contemporary art fair. [Photo courtesy of Art Beijing]

Echoing this year's Shanghai World Expo, which opens on May 1, China's largest contemporary art fair has joined forces with foreign embassies in Beijing to present what it describes as "a mini expo of art."

The fifth annual Art Beijing fair, which opens to the public on Friday, will present a cluster of events, among which a project called "Art Platform" will stage nearly 20 video art and photographic exhibitions in cooperation with 25 embassies and some overseas art institutes.

"These foreign embassies run perennial cultural projects in China, and because the World Expo is around the corner, Art Beijing wants to work with them to promote exchanges," Zhao Li, the fair's art director, told CRI.

More than 120 exhibitors, including 70 art galleries from China, Japan, Russia, the United States, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria, will showcase their works at this year's main fair as well as exhibitions held on the sidelines.

Exhibits cover every major genre of contemporary art, from paintings and photographs to sculptures and installations. Fashion photography will also be included with exhibits contributed by publications such as Harper's Bazaar.

The Art Beijing contemporary art fair runs until May 2 at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center. Entry is 50 yuan (US$7.3) per person.

Source: CRI,
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