The 1st Qingdao International Contemporary Art Exhibition (the Art Exhibition) was held in 2017. After three successful sessions, the 4th edition will be put on this year. This year's show chooses to“look eastwards”, which means oriental artists will represent the majority at the show. That is a wise decision which makes this year's exhibition special, different from other international exhibitions.
Artists invited to this year's exhibition come from China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, the United States, Australia, and other countries and regions. There are 183 artworks by domestic artists and 45 artworks by international artists on display, bringing the totality to 228. The rich and colorful styles of the works reflect the distinctive natural landscapes and social customs of different countries and regions, which makes this year's Art Exhibition extraordinary. The success of this year's exhibition will demonstrate that people's passion for creation is inextinguishable despite the COVID-19, and people's rationality and optimism in the face of crisis is invincible.
A city's dynamism lies with its outstanding figures, renowned enterprises, special festivals, non-replicable natural and human resources, as well as events like Qingdao International Contemporary Art Exhibition. I hope to see continued success of Qingdao International Contemporary Art Exhibition in the future, and expect it to go down in the city's history as a brilliant stroke.
As someone born and bred here, I wish the 4th Qingdao International Contemporary Art Exhibition a great success. I also give my congratulations on the launch of the 1902 Art Museum at Qingdao Textile Valley on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition.（Du Dakai September 20, 2021）