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Porsche Art Healing Exhibition and 2020-2021 Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” Kicks-off in ShanghaiThe new biennial selection continues Porsche’s dedication to discovering and supporting young art talents.

Shanghai. On 12 November, jointly organised by Porsche China and Cc foundation, with the support of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, the Art Healing Exhibition was held in Shanghai. As the first special exhibition since the launch of the Art Healing Project, it featured various artistic works by six Chinese artists, creating a peaceful and therapeutic space for visitors from all walks of life. Meanwhile, the 2020-2021 Porsche "Young Chinese Artist of the Year" was also launched, featuring an upgraded selection mechanism and a new board of well-known artists, curators, scholars and media personalities sitting on the judges committee. The new Porsche "Young Chinese Artist of the Year” programme strives to create a professional and inspiring selection of artwork that keep abreast of the times, showcasing a wide field of vision, innovative thinking and integration of Chinese and Western cultures and knowledge, helping more outstanding young art talents to shine on a broader stage.

The Art Healing project is an innovative charity initiative launched by Porsche China in collaboration with related organisations in the context of the global pandemic crisis, which aims to bring spiritual comfort and emotional relief to people in the form of art. In September this year, the Art Healing mini-program launched its online education section and has already provided professional healing guidance to tens of thousands of visitors.

"This exhibition is a continuation of Porsche's Art Healing project, and is also a creative part of Porsche’s CSR programme in the field of art. After this exhibition, we plan to hold a touring exhibition in Wuhan to provide local citizens with a therapeutic space for unloading their emotional stress," said Jojo Tang, Vice President Public Relations and Press for Porsche China. "In addition, the kick-off ceremony signifies our strong commitment to the cultivation of young artistic talent. In the forthcoming programme, Porsche China is honoured to be recognised and affirmed by many of the country’s top-ranking art institutions and industry professionals, and to work with them to build a long-lasting platform for outstanding young artists in China to communicate and showcase their talents."

Moreover, young actress Ms. Li Meng also attended the conference and received an award for her work as an “Advocator of Young Artistic Dreams". Li was present at last year’s awards ceremony, where she witnessed the announcement of the four winning artists, and shared her personal experiences and insights regarding the current state of the art world. In the new biennial selection, Li Meng will continue to support the cultivation and development of young artists as well as further participate in the relevant activities.

Special exhibition offers immersive healing experiences for all walks of life.

Themed “No Man is an Island”, the Porsche Art Healing Exhibition gathered a selection of impressive artworks by artists Liu Jianhua, Ma Haijiao, Lu Pingyuan, Gong Jian and Zheng Da. Their porcelains, videos, sound installations and paintings either focus on their self-reflections during the global pandemic, address social and environmental concerns, explore art’s capacity for healing, or reconsider man’s relationship with nature and the universe.

As a special interactive exhibition, "Temporary Quarantine Houses", an art installation created by young artist Wang Xin, was presented at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai L+Mall and TX Huaihai Youth Energy Centre respectively. The giant plush toys inside the installation accompanied visitors in the "isolation" environment, turning the cramped and narrow space into a warm place for a moment of serenity and meditation.

"We are delighted to see the support and participation of so many artists who have, in their own ways, shown us art’s healing power and the social responsibility it carries," said Ms. Kylie Ying, co-founder of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair. "As the theme of this exhibition suggests, no man is an island. In the face of challenges and adversity, art has always rallied the collective effort at contributing to the wellbeing of our mind, body and spirit for not only surviving together but also thriving together."

The "Online Exhibition" section in the Art Healing mini-program was also launched on the event day. It broke through geographical constraints and displayed the exquisite art pieces in the virtual world, bringing a stirring and immersive healing experience to a wide range of online participants.

Upgrade of selection mechanism to firmly practice CSR commitments

Following the success of the previous selections, the mechanism for the 2020-2021 Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” programme was upgraded to include four stages: nomination, group exhibition of the nominees and voting, announcement of winners and the exhibition of new works. Additionally, the selection process has been elevated to a new level with more rigorous and professional nomination criteria based on artistic creation, thematic conception and innovative forms. And the new committee members, who will further support the new Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” with their authoritative perspectives and expertise.

As one of the core practices of Porsche’s “Empowering the Future” Corporate Social Responsibility programme, the Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” has always been dedicated to identifying emerging young artists and promoting exchanges within the contemporary art world. Since its inception in 2017, nearly 40 young artists have been nominated, with seven of them being named as the winners of the previous selections thanks to their inspirational personal style of expressiveness and prominent art talent. Previous winners include Wu Junyong, Yao Qingmei, Zhang Ding, Chen Baoyang, Liu Wa, Liu Xinyi and Miao Ying. In the future, Porsche expect to collaborate with more art institutions and industry professionals to improve the cultivation and support of Chinese young artists, as well as promote the development of contemporary art and society in China.


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