Currently, with imbalanced resources and deteriorating environment, human civilization and technical development have encountered major problems. These problems are widespread, covering geopolitical conflicts, wars, racial violence, multi-cultural differences, ideological conflicts, economic discrepancy, terrorist attacks, and financial crisis to name but a few. Amidst this world of contradictions, Chinese art is facing its own: contradictions between traditional and contemporary arts, East and West, society and individuals. In this era of rapid globalization, the art community is also confronted with problems such as social issues, resources and environment; how to solve these problems is the central topic discussed below.
Art is a tool with which to study the world, it is a part of life, how we perceive the world around us, even a part of our capability to express and change the world. Art crosses over race and borders, reflects the collision and fusion between local and international cultures. Art today requires new horizons for this new radiance and needs to be spread further and wider. The word “beautify” recalls the desire for something glorious, the concept of Utopian esthetics, and “new” points to the current cultural trends and tendencies. Together, the theme “a beautiful new world” reflects how art processes, understands, surveys and affects the world.