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Shanghai establishes center, expo for art and antique trade

Updated: 2022-03-10 08:39 ( China Daily )
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Art and cultural relics on display at the fourth China International Import Expo in November include paintings of Claude Monet and Marc Chagall (on the wall);an artwork by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (front).[Photo provided to China Daily]

On March 2, Shanghai announced the official establishment of the Shanghai International Antiques and Fine Art Trade Center. The move marks the city's latest step toward its goal of becoming an international trading hub for the sector.

Fang Shizhong, head of the municipal administration for culture and tourism, says, starting this year, a China international cultural relics and artworks trade expo will be held annually from Oct 26 to 28 at the Museum of Art Pudong. It will be the only official international cultural relic and artwork commodity exchange in China.

The city has also pledged to push forward duty-free sales of art and cultural relics at the China International Import Expo every year, as well as accelerate legislation concerning the art and antiques market.

In 2021, exhibitors at the fourth CIIE were permitted to bring five cultural relics without having to pay taxes. The CIIE featured, for the first time, 178 artworks and antiques-with a combined value of 2.3 billion yuan ($363.74 million)-from 11 countries and regions. Forty-one items with a total value of 760 million yuan were sold at the event.

This year, the CIIE will, for the first time, set up a dedicated exhibition zone for art and antiques to further facilitate such sales, according to Fang.

Shanghai, which has 78 auction companies engaging in the trade of antiques, has always been the most vibrant art market in China. In 2020, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage kicked off a series of trial operations in Shanghai concerning the administration of the exhibition, trade and appraisal of antiques.

The new policy enabled international auction houses to showcase and sell works of Western masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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