130,000 visit special exhibition of Chinese modern art

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A visitor views Qi Baishi's artwork at the  at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2017. [Xinhua]

An exhibition of fine art at the National Art Museum of China attracted 130,000 visitors, the organizer said Monday.

Over 200 paintings from the best-known Chinese artists of the 20th century, including Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong, were on display from Nov. 17 to 26.

Qi (1864-1957) was honored with the title "People's Artist," while Xu (1895-1953) was recognized as "the father of modern Chinese painting."

Many of the works were on show for the first time, according to the museum.

To see the paintings, people had to queue for hours for tickets, which were free.

Titled "Beauty in the New Era," the exhibition was dedicated to the success of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October.

At the congress, the CPC promised to build stronger cultural confidence and help socialist culture to flourish.

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