On January 4-9, “Rereading Chen Zizhuang—Exhibition of Chen Zizhuang's Works in Sichuan Museum,” co-sponsored by China National Academy of Painting (CNAP, then known as Chinese Painting Research Institute, CPRI) and the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, was held in the CNAP Art Museum. A seminar was also held on first day of the exhibition.
In the evening of January 13, “CNAP Spring Festival Gala 2006”, co-organized by the CNAP and the Publicity Department of the Party Committee of Hequ County in Shanxi, was held at Yongxing Garden Hotel and attended by more than 150 people, including painters and theorists in Beijing and the staff.
On January 20-24, “Road of Life—Exhibition of On-the-Spot Sketches by Chinese Ink Painting Artists for 80th Anniversary of Mr. Huang Zhou's Birthday,” co-sponsored by CNAP, the China Artists Association (CAA), the Painting and Calligraphy Studio of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference ( CPPCC), the Beijing Huang Zhou Art Foundation and the Yan Huang Art Museum, was held at the CNAP Art Museum, showcasing more than 200 on-the-spot sketches by 41 painters. At the same time, a book of selected sketches was published and an academic seminar was held.
In the morning of January 23, Zhao Weisui, accompanied by Cai Xiuwen, paid a special visit to CNAP on behalf of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Culture to extend best wishes for the Chinese New Year.
On February 21, at the conference on government agencies’ cultural development and social affairs management held at the National Government Offices Administration, CNAP was awarded and praised for the title of “Role Model Organization 2005” for the third consecutive year.
In the morning of March 3, at the certificate-conferring ceremony for the government special allowance recipients held by the Ministry of Culture, Zhao Wei was awarded the title of Special Government Allowance Expert 2004. At this point, 13 experts in the CNAP had won the national-level title of Expert with Outstanding Contribution and enjoyed special government allowance, including Liu Boshu, Long Rui, Sun Ying, Li Baolin, Li Yansheng, Wang Yingchun, Xie Zhigao, Zhan Gengxi, Gong Wenzhen, Deng Lin, Ji Lianbin, Liu Kun and Zhao Wei.
On March 12 (Sunday), Ma Kai visited CNAP and gave some guidance on its development and planning.
On March 15-25, the “Annual Exhibition 2005 of Chinese Painting Research Institute” was held at the CNAP Art Museum, with more than 140 works on display. At the same time, a “CPRI Workshop on Art Creation 2005” was also held.
On April 17-26, more than 90 people, including the painters and students from the landscape classes and the advanced learning classes of the CNAP Education and Training Center, visited the revolutionary base in Bazhong, Sichuan and drew on-the-spot sketches with the theme of “Nature and Man in the Revolutionary Base.”
On April 18-22, the CNAP Trade Union organized the staff to visit Lin County and Yuntai Mountain in Henan for the education on revolutionary legacy.
On April 29-May 6, “Nostalgia—Exhibition of Li Yansheng Paintings,” co-sponsored by CNAP, the Painting and Calligraphy Studio of CPPCC, CAA and the Zhongshan Municipal Bureau of Culture, Publication and News, was held at the Zhongshan Art Museum in Guangdong Province, displaying more than 100 works.
On April 29-May 7, “Ink Experience—Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Portrait and Landscape Paintings,” co-sponsored by CNAP and the Shandong Yunhe Art Academy, was held at the Yan Huang Art Museum in Beijing, chaired by Lang Shaojun. The People’s Fine Arts Publishing House published a collection of selected paintings from the exhibition with the same title.
An “Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Masters” was held in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, exhibiting about 70 works by 15 painters, including Fan Yang, Liang Zhanyan, Chen Peng, Zhang Jiangzhou and Ji Lianbin. Also, a book of selected paintings from the exhibition was published with the same title. Fan Yang, Liang Zhanyan and Chen Peng were invited to the United States for the opening ceremony.
On May 19, the Creative Research Department of the CNAP organized a meeting to study the draft paintings for the National Art Creation Program of Major Historic Themes.
On May 28-June 1, nine artists, including Long Rui, Zhang Jiangzhou, Li Baolin, Zhao Wei, Shu Jianxin, Fan Yang, Yu Wenjiang, Liang Zhanyan, Ji Lianbin and Hu Yingkang, went to Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province to participate in on-the-spot sketch activity entitled “Prosperity of Hangzhou Since Ancient Times—Hangzhou Paintings by Famous Painters.” They paid a special visit to the former residence of Mr. Ye Qianyu.
Since June 5, “Exhibition of Paintings and Calligraphies by Xu Linlu” was available for visitors at the National Art Museum of China. In the afternoon of the first day, a seminar sponsored by CNAP was held in Heping Gallery. More than 20 people attended the event and delivered speeches.
From June 14 to 15, “Symposium on Chinese Painting Creation for National Art Creation Program of Major Historic Themes,” sponsored by the Art Department of the Ministry of Culture and organized by CNAP, was held at Beijing Wanshou Hotel and attended by over 70 famous painters and theorists.
On June 21-26, “Chinese Painting Masterpieces in 20th Century (III): Heritage of Literati—Exhibition of Paintings and Calligraphies by Pu Hua and Wu Changshuo”, proposed by CNAP and approved by the Ministry of Culture, was held at the Yan Huang Art Museum in Beijing. The exhibition was co-sponsored by CNAP, Tianjin Museum and the Wu Changshuo Memorial in Anji, Zhejiang, showcasing 89 artworks, including 44 by Pu Hua and 45 by Wu Changshuo. At the same time, a book entitled Heritage of Literati—Selected Works by Pu Hua and Wu Changshuo was published by Hebei Education Publishing House. On the first day of the exhibition, a seminar was held and attended by more than 60 people.
In June, the last issue of CPRI Newsletter was published. Since 1990, a total of 65 issues had been published, with an additional special issue.
On July 8-12, “Culture and Nature in Revolutionary Base—Exhibition of On-the-Spot Sketches in Bazhong by Students of Advanced Learning Classes 2005,” co-sponsored by CNAP and the Bazhong Municipal People’s Government of Sichuan Province, was held in the East Hall on the third floor of the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing, displaying more than 170 works by 103 students and some of the instructors. At the same time, the book Culture and Nature in Revolutionary Base—Collection of
On-the-Spot Sketches in Bazhong by CPRI was published by Sichuan Publishing Group (SCPG) and the Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House. Another book titled Teaching for Tao—CPRI’s Teaching and Training in 2005-2006 was published around the same time by the Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House. In the afternoon of the first day of the exhibition, the commencement of the Advanced Learning Classes and the Creation Learning Classes of CPRI 2005 was held at CNAP.
On July 14, organized by the CNAP Art Exchange Center, Long Rui, Xie Yongquan, He Shouwu, Shu Jianxin, Zhao Wei, Fan Yang, Deng Jiade, Zeng Laide, Mei Mosheng, Xing Shaochen, Wu Xun, Hu Yingkang, Chen Peng, Wang Yongliang, Zhang Zikang, Chen Fengxin and other artists created a painting for the new building of the Ministry of Public Security.
In July, the first issue of the newly restored publication Chinese Painting Research (bimonthly) was published by the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, with Long Rui as its honorary editor-in-chief and Deng Jiade as its editor-in-chief.
On August 25, at the CNAP meeting for senior management and professional painters, Meng Xiaosi and Gao Shuxun announced the appointment of Lu Yushun in “Circular of the Ministry of Culture on Appointment of Lu Yushun (Wen Ren Han  No. 1563)”:
To Chinese Painting Research Institute: After researches and much consideration, we hereby appoint Lu Yushun as the vice president of the Chinese Painting Research Institute…The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China (Seal with National Emblem) August 14, 2006
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⑥ Records and collections by the author
On January 4, 2006, a seminar for Chen Zizhuang Exhibition was held.
On January 17, 2006, Long Rui, president of CNAP (right), drew prizes in a lucky draw at the 2006 Chinese New Year Gala organised by the Ministry of Culture.
During the Chinese New Year of 2006, Zhao Weisui, vice minister of culture (third from left) and Cai Xiuwen, chairman of Labor Union of Ministry of Culture (first from left) visited Liu Kun, painter of CNAP (right).
During the Chinese New Year, , Vice president of CNAP Xie Yongquan , visited Ouyang Zhongshi (left).
During the Chinese New Year, President Long Rui visited Liu Boshu.
During the Chinese New Year, Vice President Xie Yongquan visited Qin Lingyun (right).
During the Chinese New Year, Vice President Xie Yongquan visited Liao Jingwen (left).
During the Chinese New Year, President Long Rui visited Li Huiwen (left).
During the Chinese New Year, Vice President Xie Yongquan visited Cui Zifan (left).
During the Chinese New Year, President Long Rui visited Zhang Ding.
On January 20, 2006, “Road of Life—Exhibition of On-the-Spot Sketches by Chinese Ink Painting Artists for 80th Anniversary of Mr. Huang Zhou's Birthday” was held at CNAP.
President Long Rui (second from left) visited an exhibition with fellow painters.
On March 15, 2006, the “CPRI Annual Exhibition 2005” was held.
On March 12, 2006, Ma Kai, Director of National Development and Reform Commission (left) visited the academy.
Ma Kai (middle of front row) visited the academy.
On April 29, 2006, “Ink Experience—Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Portrait and Landscape Paintings” was held at the Yan Huang Art Museum. Curator Lang Shaojun presided over the opening ceremony.
A scene at the “Ink and Experience” Lecture
A Work Meeting on May 19, 2006, which was also a meeting on the preparations for CPRI Journal.
On May 19, 2006, the CNAP painters participated in a meeting to study the draft paintings for the National Art Creation Program of Major Historic Themes.
On April 18, 2006, the opening Ceremony of “Culture and Nature in Revolutionary Base—Exhibition of On-the-Spot Sketches in Bazhong by CPRI” was held in Guangwu Mountain Scenic Area in Dabashan, Sichuan Province.
On April 22, 2006, Director Zeng Laide (third from right), Li Jian (second from right) and Ma Xiao (second from left) from the CNAP Education Department; Yan Changyuan, journalist from Cultural Daily (third from left); Gao Shuxun, director-general of HR Department of Ministry of Culture (fourth from left); Yang Fan, director of Cadre Division of HR Department of Ministry of Culture (first from left) and An Yuanyuan, director of Literature and Art Division of Art Department of Ministry of Culture (first from right) had a group photo taken during their sketching trip.
The CNAP painters in a group photo in Bazhong on April 20, 2006.
President Long Rui in sketching on April 19, 2006.
A group lunch on April 20, 2006.
Students in sketching on April 20, 2006.
A scene at the “Seminar on Paintings and Calligraphies by Xu Linlu” on June 5, 2006.
On June 19, 2006, “Chinese Painting Masterpieces in 20th Century (III): Heritage of Literati—Exhibition of Paintings and Calligraphies by Pu Hua and Wu Changshuo” was unveiled at Yan Huang Art Museum, and President Long Rui delivered a speech.
The CNAP painters in a group photo after creating a painting for the new building of the Ministry of Public Security on July 14, 2006.
President Long Rui working on his painting.
On July 18, 2006, “Inauguration of Li Kuchan Art Museum & First Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition of Gaotang, China” was held in Gaotang, Shandong Province.
On August 25, 2006, Vice Minister of Culture Meng Xiaosi (third from left) and Director-General Gao Shuxun of HR Department of Ministry of Culture (first from left) came to the academy to announce the appointment of Lu Yushun as the vice president of CNAP. Lu Yushun (right) delivered his inaugural speech.
President Long Rui at a lecture.
Painter Fan Yang at a lecture.
Painter Zhou Shaohua at a lecture.