Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) to develop itself into an art venue that enjoys worldwide prestige.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the call on Sunday in a reply letter to veteran experts and artists of the NAMOC.
Recently, 13 veteran experts and artists of the NAMOC wrote a letter to Xi, reporting the art museum's development and expressing their determination of contributing to the high-quality development of the NAMOC in the new era.
In his letter, Xi extended warm congratulations and sincere greetings to all members of the museum as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Xi said the NAMOC has witnessed the vigorous development of the fine arts in contemporary China and has achieved positive results in terms of collections, exhibitions, public education and foreign exchanges.
It is hoped that the NAMOC will adhere to the principle of putting people first in running the museum, practice the core values of socialism, and work hard on high-quality collections, high-level utilization and high-quality services, said Xi.
He urged efforts to create a national and world-class art venue for people to appreciate fine arts and enhance their cultural literacy, aiming to make greater contributions to the prosperity and development of Chinese fine arts and the promotion of cultural self-confidence and self-improvement.
As a national art museum, the NAMOC was formally open to the public in 1963. Since its establishment 60 years ago, it has held more than 5,500 influential art exhibitions and housed more than 130,000 pieces of Chinese and foreign collections.