56 ethnic groups on display at NAMOC exhibition
Updated 19:29, 05-Mar-2019
By Sun Wei & Li Qiong

A sculpture exhibition showcasing the rich culture and customs of China's 56 ethnic groups is being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition is part of the NAMOC's contribution to the celebrations for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Close to 300 pieces of sculpture are displayed across 11 exhibition halls at the National Art Museum.

The majority – 220 of them – were selected by a team of judges, from 600 submissions. The rest are from the museum's own collection.

The exhibition is divided into two sections called Ethnic Groups' Unity and Ethnic Culture. The pieces represent the diversity and latest developments of China's sculpture art.

"This may well be the most extensive exhibition of ethnic sculptures ever held since the founding of the PRC," said Wu Weishan, curator of the National Art Museum of China.

"The exhibits vividly express the diverse customs, life, sentiments and pursuits of the country's ethnic peoples. Every ethnic group is represented. The sculptors range from emerging young talents to established artists. By delving deep into the local communities, they've found subjects that have great vitality," Wu added.

Jointly organized by the China Urban Sculptors Association and the National Art Museum, the exhibition runs until March 24.