英文名(English Title)：The Artists of Yuan Ming Yuan
片长(Running Time)： 33分钟
年份(Year of Production)：1995
For a few years until 1995, droves of young artists from all over China arrived in a few villages near Yuan Ming Yuan (the old imperial Summer Palace) on the outskirts to the west of Beijing in pursuit of freedom of art. They rented cheap houses from the villagers and settled in. They then ambitiously bought paint and canvas, setting out on their artistic explorations. The peasants were not interested in their art, but they knew these people were reasonable and knowledgable. And there were a lake, woods and the ruins of Yuan Ming Yuan. But the biggest obstacle for the artists was that they had to scramble around to pay the rent every month. Selling their paintings wasn't the only way of making a living. They had to rely on other crafts. As their artworks were different and had a very rebellious spirit that did not comply with traditional aesthetic values, the authorities that had been used to propaganda art were concerned.
In the spring of 1995, after hearing through the grape vine, the artists suddenly had to face the authorities. Without much resistence, the authorities expelled nearly a hundred artists and their children.
This documentary recorded this spring and the stories of what happened to those artists later in the winter.
导演简历(Bio-filmography of director)
胡杰，独立纪录片导演、制片人。1958年生于山东，1977 年在空军服役，1991年毕业与解放军艺术学院油画系， 1993年退役。1995年开始纪录片创作。