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Shanghai painter's works show a fairy world
Shanghai artist Chai Yiming is a lover of classic Chinese literature and folk tales about fairies, ghosts and mysteries. He is inspired by these stories to paint ink works in which he creates a world inhabited by fairies.
His many paintings adopt the traditional style of blue-green landscapes of Chinese ink art, or are derived from his experiments to present the texture of ink and paper. Dozens of Chai's paintings are now on show at Expecting a Spring Breeze, a solo exhibition in Beijing.
If you go: Through Feb 2. Ici Labas gallery, D10, East 798 Art Zone, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang district. 798东街D10号ICI LABAS 艺栈画廊
Classics of Beethoven
Western classical music is growing in popularity in China in recent years. The China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra will stage a concert of Beethoven's Symphony No 9 on Thursday. The piece is the final complete symphony by Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824》Now it's become one of the most performed symphonies in the world.
If you go: 7:30 pm, Jan 17. Concert Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district. 010 -6655-0000. 北京市西城区西长安街2号 国家大剧院 音乐厅 Tickets: 100 - 500 yuan
The Last Warrior Elephant
The Last Warrior Elephant is a co-production of the Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group and Shanghai Puppet Theatre, directed by He Nian.
Set in the anti-Japanese war period, the play tells how a teenager, who grows up with a little elephant, lives in harmony and defends the motherland during the war. It's a family play full of fun, and "a legend about humanity and the elephant in the war".
The play is co-produced by Chinese and foreign teams, which use the latest multimedia technology to reveal the harmonious relationship between humans, nature, and animals, and tell the Chinese story in an international context.
If you go: 7:30 pm, Jan 11-13. Theater, National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district. 010 -6655-0000. 北京市西城区西长安街2号 国家大剧院 Tickets: 100- 500 yuan
A truly revolutionary painter
Chinese oil painting pioneer Li Tiefu's (1869-1952) solo show at the Art Museum of the Beijing Fine Art Academy is coming to an end this weekend.
The late Cantonese artist, who died nearly seven decades ago, is less well-known today since he spent half his life in North America and remained distant from art communities. He was one of the first Chinese artists to receive academic art training overseas.
If you go: 9 am - 5 pm, through Jan 13. Art Museum of the Beijing Fine Art Academy, No 12 Chaoyang Park South Road, Chaoyang District. 010-65025171朝阳公园南路12号 北京画院美术馆 Tickets: Free (ID/passport cards are need to get a free entry ticket at the museum)
Watercolor exhibition celebrates dynamics of life
Ever since watercolor was introduced into China, it has become an important form for both career artists and amateur painters. A new exhibition in Beijing shows nearly 140 watercolors to offer a glimpse of professional painters' work over the past four decades.