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Art auctions underway to help fight virus

By Zhu Linyong | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-02-10 16:24

The Moca Westlake, a private museum in Hangzhou, the Power of Children, a charity foundation in Shanghai, Beijing Huachen Auctions, and the Beijing Association of Auctioneers have jointly initiated a charity drive starting late last month to help fight the novel coronavirus, calling for donated artwork.

Quickly, a dozen studios and institutions from China and abroad have joined in. Now they are staging Artists In Action Against Virus, a series of online charity auctions starting today, to raise funds for medical workers and hospitals in Wuhan and Huanggang, two cities hit hard by the virus in Central China's Hubei province.

Veteran artist Zhang Ding's calligraphic piece will be auctioned off today. Starting today, a series of online charity auctions will be held by Beijing Huachen Auctions to raise funds for medical workers and their hospitals in Wuhan and Huanggang, two virus-hit cities in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]

"When we sent out our message, we were unsure whether our voices would be heard," said Moca Westlake general manager Tong Yanrunan, a key organizer of the charity project. "To our delight, more and more artists from home and abroad have been answering our call. We have so far received more than 200 donated artworks, from artists or art galleries. Still more are coming in."

Chinese Artists Association chairman Fan Di'an's calligraphic work will be auctioned off today.[Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]

The first of the online auctions is being held today and will end at 8 pm.

Going under the hammer today are 100 works, mostly contemporary and vanguard artworks, created by 70 world-renowned artists from home and abroad.

Vanguard artist Qiu Shude's mixed media work will be auctioned off today.[Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]

Among featured artists are Zhang Ding (1917-2010), chief designer of China's national emblem, Fan Di'an, chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, Giuseppe La Bruna, director of Venice Academy of Fine Arts and experimental ink artist Qiu Shude.

Anyone who is interested in art collection can log on and join in the bidding after paying a small deposit, organizers said. More online auctions will be held in the coming weeks.

Venice Academy of Fine ArtsdirectorGiuseppe La Bruna's sculpture will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Xue Song's lithographic print piece will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Chen Jinqing's sculpture will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Hong Hao's experimental ink painting will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Wang Hui's oil landscape painting will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Gao Xiaowu's sculpture will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Shao Yinong's experimental ink painting will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Chen Wenling's sculpture will be auctioned off today. [Photo/huachen.zai-art.com]
Qu Guangci's sculpture will be auctioned off today. [Photo / huachen.zai-art.com]
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