Chinese President Xi Jinping: 'No More Weird Architecture'
Speaking at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Xi's two-hour speech took shot at Chinese architects and artists who have designed avant-garde style buildings.Instead, he said that art should "be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste, and clean up undesirable work styles."
Xi's speech comes at a time when China is being noticed and appreciated for its architecture. In 2012, Wang Shu, an Hangzhou architect, became the first man who was born and working in China to win the Pritzker Prize, the architect's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, according to the Wall Street Journal. REUTERS/Alex Lee
The speech addressed the rampant corruption in Chinese architecture that Xi is trying to curb as well. The Chinese president said that artists should not be "slaves" to the market and the work itself should not have "the stench of money."
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