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Department of Fine Arts Introduces Russian Arts

<p>By Vickie Lo<br /> Assistant Executive Officer</p> <p>A total of 60 paintings by 31 Russian artists and another 47 paintings by 47 National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) artists will be displayed during an exhibition at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall between Dec. 13 and Jan. 18, 2009.</p> <p>The exhibition will be hosted by NTNU&rsquo;s Department of Fine Arts and four of those 60 Russian paintings were presented to the public during a press conference for the event at the Sun Yet-sen Memorial Hall this afternoon.&nbsp; These Russian paintings came from 31 Ilya Repin St. Petersburg Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (SAATCHI) art professors while those 47 domestic paintings came from 47 NTNU art professors.</p> <p>Department of Fine Arts Director Su Xian-fa (蘇憲法) said that the exhibition, which was named &ldquo;Across Europe and Asia,&rdquo; will be the first international exhibition hosted by a university in Taiwan.&nbsp; The exhibition will also offer Taiwanese audiences chances to access Russian arts.</p> <p>&ldquo;From those paintings, we will see the reflection of Russian social realism,&rdquo; Su said.</p> <p>Su said that his fellow staff members spent almost NT$4 million (US$121,000) and spent 18 months for preparing the exhibition, while the Cathy United Bank sponsored for parts of necessary expenses.</p> <p>During the press conference, Gregory Wang (汪國華), the bank&rsquo;s chairman, said that he would help elevate the communication between Taiwan and Russia in terms of arts because he was very impressed by Russian art history himself and would like to share and introduce it to more Taiwanese audiences.</p> <p>SAATCHI was founded in 1757 and is the largest art educational institution and one of the most important scientific centers in Russia.&nbsp; Presently there are more than 700 students during the day and over 500 attending evening courses at the Academy.&nbsp; The Academy has five faculties: Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Sculpture, Architecture, and Art Theory and History.&nbsp; There are about 100 professors, associate professors, and 60 teachers teaching at the Academy.</p>