Ancient Chinese Painting causes stir in Greater Washington

[Source]    Confucius Institute at George Mason University [Time]    2011-03-11 15:22:08 

Mr. Wei Dong made speech for the opening ceremony of the exhibition

Feb 24th 2011, more than one hundred guests gathered in the Alumni Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall of George Mason University to enjoy the ancient Chinese painting exhibition, which is hosted by Confucius Institute at College of Visual and Performing Arts of George Mason University.

Mr. Wei Dong, First Secretary of Education Section of the Embassy of P. R. China in USA, Dr. Merten, the president of George Mason University, and Dr. Hughes, the vice president of George Mason University and Director General of Confucius Institute at George Mason University were invited to cut the ribbon for the opening of the exhibition.

All the Chinese painting works of the exhibition are of the personal collection of Dr. Wang Ji, who was born in China and worked as the director of the Chinese department of U.S. Library of Congress for thirty years. Dr. Wang is also the founder of the US-China Policy Foundation in Washington DC. Dr. Wang brought 12 items of his personal collection for this exhibition and hopes to avail of the influence of Confucius Institute at George Mason University to disseminate Chinese art and culture.

The 12 Chinese paintings on the exhibition are the best representative works of ancient Chinese art work. The earliest one titled Plum Flower and the Stone is the work of Wen Zhengming, one of the "Four Aces" in Ming dynasty.

The one with highest artistic value on the exhibition is a reduplicate of Giuseppe Castiglione's (1688-1766) One Hundred Horses. Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), whose Chinese name is 郎世宁, was an Italian painter at the court of the Chinese emperor in Qing dynasty. He combines the Chinese painting style with the western artistry to create an extraordinary artistic effect in his works. One Hundred Horses is his master piece of this style where one hundred horses are shown in the wild with varied shapes and sizes. Both the artistic conception and the painting skill are perfect and that is why it was listed in the "Ten of the best ancient Chinese paintings".

William Reeder, the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts as well as the main organizer of the exhibition said to the journalist that "Both Chinese painting and calligraphy are very attractive art works. A lot of American people loved them and it is very interesting to see the artist in ancient China create such great works. I hope more people could come and enjoy them."

The main goal of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University has been to promote Chinese culture and language ever since it was founded in 2009. During the past three years, it has developed into one of the most promising Chinese language and culture providing organizations in Greater Washington. As part of a series of cultural activities, the Chinese painting exhibition will be open to the public till March 18th.

The president, vice president and Mr. Wei dong cut the ribbon for the opening of the exhibition

The audience are enjoying the ancient Chinese painting