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Art at Site 	www.beijingart.info	Shengzheng	Chen	Agricultural Workers
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Shengzheng Chen

Agricultural Workers

1968
China Agricultural Exhibition Center
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China Agricultural Exhibition Center statues. What is it? Designed by Chen Shengzheng and his students from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, these statues depict agricultural workers united in leading a chariot towards a bright new future. The figures are strong, angular and heavily influenced by Soviet realism. The expert opinion: ‘Not since the arrival of Buddhism a millennium and a half earlier has Chinese sculpture been so directly affected by foreign examples. The style mimics the Soviet style and is charged with political symbolism.’ Eric Hyer, associate professor of political science, Brigham Young University. Time Out says: The statues, as well as the building itself, are one of the best examples in the city of Chinese adoption and adaptation of Soviet aesthetics – Soviet realism with Chinese characteristics. Agricultural Exhibition Center, 16 East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang district 全国农业展览馆