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Modern Art for a Modern China. A Walk through the Changchun World Sculpture Park

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When I think about Chinese art, my thoughts go to classical brush paintings and the classic sculptures of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian figures. When the World Sculpture Park, Changchun, was first presented to me, it was a big surprise.

But I’m so glad I went. A stroll through Changchun World Sculpture Park is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.

Take a stroll with me through the Changchun World Sculpture Park

There are several large plazas and a lake in the park. The four corners of the park are connected by many paths with sculptures, trees, and flowers.

This artwork includes a variety of styles, materials, aesthetics, and themes.

Five of Rodin’s most iconic pieces, the Bourgeois of Calais (the Thinker), are located in the center of the park. They have been authorized and certified replicas. These European masterpieces can be seen directly in front a modern Confucius statue.

The park’s contrasting and complementary artworks interact with one another, creating a diverse world.

The Changchun World Sculpture Park had one of my favourite things. It featured artworks by artists from other countries, including contemporary art. Examples of these are Bhutan and Timor Leste.Waiting Eliseu Pereira Timor Leste Changchun World Sculpture Park

Reflection on War and Peace Angel Calvente Andorra Changchun World Sculpture Park
A Samoan Talking Chief Papalri Penehuro Taimalelagi Samoa Changchun World Sculpture Park

A pleasant surprise was also how modern Chinese artists took on traditional subjects and reinterpreted them.

 

Buddhist Zhou Xuan China Changchun World Sculpture Park

The Moor Lake in the middle of the park is a great spot to rest your legs and have a picnic. The park’s entire area is free Wi-Fi, so it makes a great spot to have a video chat.

Moor Lake Changchun World Sculpture Park

You have the option of visiting all four museums as you travel through the park. The Changchun Sculpture museum of Art and Songshan Han Rong African Art Collection museums are worth mentioning.

Permanent and temporary exhibits are available at the first, including paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, and installation art. A kinetic movement sculpture exhibit was on display when I visited in September.Kinectic Movement Changchun World Sculpture Park tree

Kinetic Movement Changchun World Sculpture Park shapes

This is one of China’s most important collections of African art. It was donated by Changchun natives who moved to Tanzania many decades ago. Although the collection could have been better curated, it does a fantastic job of showcasing Makonde and other African artistic traditions. Two original Tinga Tinga pieces are also included in the collection, which is one of two in China.

Masaai young people Kiluna warriors Makonde Changchun World Sculpture Park

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The prices for tickets are very affordable at Y=60 for full admission or Y=30 if you just want to visit the park without the museums.

The parking fee is Y=3 the first hour, and Y=1 every 30 minutes thereafter. We spent approximately 4.5 hours in the park, visited three of the four museums, and probably walked 95% of the park’s 144 hectares.

You should definitely stop by the Changchun World Sculpture Park if you are in Manchuria.

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