Improvements in the material, spiritual and cultural standards of the people are the main signs of social progress. From 1921 to 2021, Chinese society has undergone tremendous changes, and so have the living standards and spiritual outlook of the people. One hundred years ago, due to the invasion of the Western powers and the corruption of the feudal rule, China gradually became a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society, and the nation suffered unprecedented hardships. The Communist Party of China (CPC), born at a time of national peril, righteously took up its founding mission of seeking the happiness of the people and the rejuvenation of the nation, and led the Chinese people to overcome obstacles and forge ahead, making glorious achievements that have attracted worldwide attention. The Chinese people have made a great leap from being poorly clothed and fed to being happy and prosperous. The people’s sense of attainment, happiness and security has only grown stronger.

In celebration of the centenary of the founding of the CPC, the National Museum of China, the China Artists Association and the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute jointly planned and presented the exhibition “The Greatest Changes in the Past 100 Years: The Sculpture Artworks Exhibition.” The exhibition is divided into two sections, “Years of Suffering” and “A Better Life.” It features nearly 100 sculptures created by artists young and old, including Liu Kaiqu and Hua Tianyou, who took the lives of ordinary people and their personal feelings as their starting point. The sculptures depict the miserable fate of the people who suffered so much in the China of old, and vividly portray the happy life of the people who share the prosperity of the new era, revealing that only the CPC can take up the historic mission of fighting for national independence and people’s liberation, and bringing prosperity to the country and happiness to the people. Only the CPC can lead the Chinese people to stand up, become rich and strong, and set the Chinese nation on a magnificent path toward rejuvenation.

We sincerely hope that the exhibition will guide audiences to acquire a profound understanding of the hardships encountered by the Chinese people as the CPC has led them on the great journey toward national independence and liberation, national prosperity and happiness over the past century, as well as the hard-won nature of today’s good life, and the fact that without the CPC there would be no New China.