Ambassador Ding Wei Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienze's European Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienze [Time]    2010-12-06 16:45:39 
 

'With plain but mature forms, with pure but rich flavor; Forceful writing with tenderness, delicate touches at the head and the tail' summed up the initial feelings felt by visitors after having paid a visit to the 5th European Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition.

On November 25th, the 5th Overseas Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition of Europe was jointly hosted by organizations including the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienze and the Chinese Calligraphers Association of Europe, at Acquarilo Romanon of Vittorio, Rome. More than 200 people, including Ding Wei, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, a number of important Italian government officials, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rome La Sapienze, Masini, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienze, and Zhu Yong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienze, were in attendance at the opening ceremony.

Ambassador Ding Wei, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Italy, extended congratulations on the 5th Overseas Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition of Europe. He said:' 2010 is a very special year for Sino-Italian relations because it witnesses the 40th anniversary of Sino-Italian diplomatic relations and Italy’s 'Chinese Culture Year' . 'Chinese Culture Year' provides good opportunities for Italian people to gain an all-round understanding of China and Chinese culture. The exhibition, as a crucial part of the 'Chinese Culture Year', was a showcase of excellent skill as well as Italian people's great enthusiasm for Chinese culture. The exhibition’s contributors are worthy of both compliments and encouragement. We extend our sincere gratitude to all people who were involved in the exhibition. Chinese calligraphy and painting enjoy a long history and are rich in different forms of representation. We wish for the complete success of the 5th Overseas Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition of Europe and a brighter future for Sino-Italian cultural exchanges.

More than 1,000 overseas Chinese people and more than 200 Italian students from the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienze and 罗马国立住读中学孔子课堂 visited the five-day exhibition. A calligraphy experience class is expected to be held by the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienze next spring, following negotiations with the Calligraphy Association of Europe.

On November 26th, the calligraphy and painting exhibition was reported by CCTV Morning News .