Lin Baogang, a famous Chinese artist, 西安建大艺术学院院长蔺宝钢


Lin Baogang, a professor and the dean of College of Arts of Xi’an University of
Architecture and Technology(XAUAT), is a famous artist in China. As an artist, Prof.
Lin doesn’t take arts merely as a matter of personal preference, but highly values its
social responsibility. Based on the idea of “arts serving the public”, his artworks
appeal both refined and popular taste with artistic charm.
XAUAT is an engineering institute with a long history, however, it plays a pivotal role
in the academic communication of culture and arts in Shaanxi province. It is not only
an inheritance of the education idea of “art and science go hand-in-hand” of the
former president of XAUAT, but also a concrete practice of “arts serving the public”,
which is put forward by Prof. Lin.
Being an outstanding educator and artist, Prof. Lin devotes himself fully to the urban
sculpture research and the organization and promotion of international arts exhibition. As the chief curator of the international section of the 4th International Art Invitational
Exhibition of Contemporary Silk Road(IAIECSR) 2017, which is an significant part
of the Silk Road International Arts Festival(SRIAF) sponsored by the Ministry of
Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Shaanxi
Province, Prof. Lin and his colleagues have invited artists from 106 countries this year,
ten times more than the number of the participating artists in its first year in 2014.
Besides, Prof. Lin is the curator of the annual Shaanxi Contemporary Art Exhibition
as well. Shifting roles at work, Prof. Lin said: “Living life is like playing an piano,
you have to learn how to balance.”
The following is an interview of Prof. Lin from the Artron Net, an authoritative art
media in China.
Artron Net: Prof. Lin, Could you please tell us something about you and the history
and development of the College of Arts?
Lin Baogang: It has been 32 years since I graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine
Arts in 1985 and became a teacher at XAUAT. The College of Arts has a long history.
In 1956, the Department of Architecture (College of Architecture) began to offer
courses of sculpture, sketch and watercolour, which was taught by masters of Arts in
1920s-1930s represented by Mr.Cai Nansheng, Mr. Hu Cuizhong, who is the founder
of the first Watercolour Painting Association in China, etc. In April 2002, the College
of Arts was founded with majors in art design, photography, industrial design and
sculpture, and I was the deputy dean at that time. Through years of effort, inheriting
and carrying forward the professional advantages, the College of Arts, a combination
of art, science and engineering, has developed into a characteristic college with high
reputation both at home and abroad.
Artron Net: What is your core education philosophy?
Lin Baogang: As an art college in an engineering university, the direction and method
of the students’ cultivation is quite different from artistic schools. In my opinion, the
biggest difference lies in that we pay great attention to the cultivation of the students’
awareness of social responsibility. We have to bear in mind that the Culture
Self-confidence is a matter of all the people of the whole nation, therefore, they should
be the audience of our works of art. The principle of Serving the society is not only
my philosophy, but also the requirement of our university.
Artron Net: As the old saying goes, “Everyone is responsible for the fate of his
country”. To be an outstanding educator is your pursuit, isn’t it?
Lin Baogang: Yes, definitely. From being a teaching assistant, lecturer, associate
professor until now as a professor, I enjoyed every minute of teaching, because the
Chinese artistic culture can be spread through the process to influence your students,
from whom they can still be spread to more and more people. The experience of being
an educator reminds me of Confucius, the greatest Chinese ancient sage, who has
3000 disciples, through whom the Confucianism passed down from one generation to
the next and influenced innumerable Chinese people and became the backbone of the
Chinese culture. And because of that, I think it is more important to be an educator
rather than a mere artist, in that we are all responsible for the inheritance of the
Chinese culture.
Artron Net: Prof. Lin, what major art events have been held by the College of Arts in
the past few years?
Lin Baogang: We divide the art events into two levels: the student level and the
college level. In the student level, we encourage them to participate in domestic and
international artistic competitions, so that they can be more confident in artistic
creation, broaden horizon and get to know the development trends of arts. As to the
college level, we seize every opportunity to organize art events, such as exhibitions
and forums, so as to enlarge our social influence with our creative ideas and
continuous endeavor. Take Shaanxi Contemporary Art Exhibition for an example, we
organize the exhibition with high efficiency. Other than that, we collect all the
information about the artworks and artists to form an official documentation, which
on one hand keep record of the exhibition, on the other hand publicize the art event to
the public. By doing this, People’s Government of Shaanxi Province speaks highly of
us, and that’s why we become one of the organizers of the International Art
Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Silk Road(IAIECSR). In the year 2015, we
held the IAIECSR for the first time. Adhering to the core idea of “international”, we
tried our best to invite artists from as many countries as we can, because our aim is to
let more and more people know about the Silk Road Culture, and establish an
exchange platform for artists from different countries to learn from each other. Through our unremitting efforts, the 4th IAIECSR this year totally invited artists from
106 countries, which ranks first in all the international art exhibitions in China. We
sincerely hope that, by means of holding IAIECSR, the Chinese Silk Road Culture
can be spread throughout the world.
Artron Net: So it seems that Prof. Lin is very good at seizing opportunities and make
your creative ideas and intentions come true. Then, what kind of development plans
do you have in mind for the future of the Colleges of Arts?
Lin Baogang: As to the future, I think there are 3 aspects we should focus on. First,
we ought to make the best use of the cultural resources of Shaanxi province, set up a
platform for artists from worldwide to communicate, just like what we have done for
the Silk Road International Arts Festival(SRIAF). Second, other than attracting artists
to “come in”, we should also “go out”. In October 2017, we held art exhibitions
about Chinese culture in Austria and Slovenia under the support of the Shaanxi
government. The cultural exchange is an important part for the development of the
whole nation. In the future, we plan to bring the Silk Road Culture to more and more
countries by holding all kinds of art events and make contributions to the
development of our country. This is what we called “big vision”. Third, we should
cultivate our students with a broad vision, under which they will think more about
how to devote themselves to the construction of the spiritual civilization of our
country, so as to better serve our society.
Artron Net: Let’s talk about your art creation.
Lin Baogang: Actually, when I did my bachelor’s degree in Xi’an Academy of Fine
Arts, I majored in oil painting and minored sculpture. However, after I came to
XAUAT as a teacher, I found out the importance of architecture disciplines in the
development of urban construction. Therefore, I pursued my PhD in XAUAT and
learned how to combine architecture with landscape and sculpture. In the mid 1990s, I
started to do research in the field of sculpture and the environment. Working in
XAUAT , an university strong in architecture, provided me with an advantageous
condition, under which I achieved some accomplishments in a short period of time. In
my opinion, arts is created for serving the public. Therefore, I devoted myself to the
creation of public art and sculptures.
Artron Net: Prof. Lin, could you tell us an unforgettable art creation experience?
Lin Baogang: One of my most important urban sculptures is the Statue of Laozi in the
scenic spot of Hangu Pass. In my point of view, Laozi, as the core culture carrier,
should be seen at any corner of the scenic spot. Therefore, through measurement, I
decided to make the Statue at least 28 meters, which at the same time represented the
28 constellations in ancient Chinese culture. At the base of the Statue, I designed 3
stairs with the length of 24 meters, which displayed the old saying of Taoism “one
produces two, two produce three, three produce myriad things” and 24 solar terms in
Chinese culture. As to the cultural square in front of the Statue, I decorated it with 12
cultural pillars, showing the 12 months in one year, and a 365 meters cultural wall
engraved with Dao De Jing, representing 365 days a year. In this way, the spirit of
Taoism and the relationship between human and nature are embodied in the Statue and
the cultural square, giving the artwork a significant cultural meaning. After its
completion, the Laozi Statue was reported by more than 30 websites, 46 newspapers
and 8 TV stations.
Artron Net: Most of your artworks are urban sculptures, so do you have any unique
understanding on that?
Lin Baogang: Yes. Making urban sculptures is like dancing with shackle. Not as a
mere artist, we should take the public into consideration when we do urban sculptures.
Besides, there are many constraints, such as different cultures in different cities.
Therefore, the creation of urban sculptures is based on the characteristic of a specific
culture and region. In my point of view, how to integrate the culture with art perfectly
is the most difficult part in the process of art creation. Urban sculpture is a part of
cultural construction of a city, thus, the artworks should be done from the perspective
of the public. We have to make it clear that the significance of urban sculpture is
culture transmission.
Artron Net: So Prof. Lin, do you have any strict standard for material selection?
Lin Baogang: Yes, all the material I selected can be stored for a long period of time,
because if an artwork can be kept for more than 50 years, it will be of cultural relic
value. Acting as a visual symbol, urban sculptures can reach a wide range of people
and has great value for cultural transmission.
Artron Net: Prof. Lin, what is your ideal and pursuit of life?
Lin Baogang: I hope some of my artworks can be handed down.
Artron Net: Thank you very much.



  蔺宝钢:我1985年从西安美院油画专业毕业分配到建大教书,到现在32年了。最开始在建筑系的美术教研室带课。 2002年4月,由于建筑学科的发展,由建筑学院的艺术设计专业和摄影专业本科生、机电工程学院工业设计专业本科生和新成立的雕塑专业及各专业相关教师组建而成现在的艺术学院。当时,我任副院长。
  蔺宝刚:学院现设有环境设计、工业设计、摄影、雕塑、艺术与科技、视觉传达设计、产品设计、广播电视编导、绘画9个本科专业,在校本科生1700多人。艺术设计专业被评为”国家级特色专业”、”省级名牌专业”。 学院的”设计艺术学”、”美术学”、”戏剧与影视学”具有硕士学位授予权,”风景园林”、”艺术设计”、”工业设计工程”具有专业学位硕士授予权,在校研究生460余人,专任教师146人。教师中教授、副教授42人,博士、硕士生导师49人。






作品名称:中共中央进驻延安 设计单位:西安建筑科技大学
地点:延安凤凰广场 尺度:25米