Confucius Institute at University of Malaya holds China-Malaysia Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Calligraphy and Chinese art lectures

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Malaya [Time]    2014-07-21 14:54:19 

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28th--In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Malaysia, the week-long China-Malaysia Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition was officially launched at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This event was jointly hosted by Malaysian National Art Gallery, School of Arts of Peking University and Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya and co-organized by Malaysian Contemporary Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Association, Sabah Institute of Art Malaysia and New Era College. It also received support from Malaysian Ministry of Tourism & Culture and Chinese Embassy in Malaysia. A total of 40 ink paintings and 40 calligraphy works by top Chinese artists were on display in the exhibition and nine professor-level artists from China were invited to attend this event. Since it was the first time for top Chinese artists in these fields to visit Malaysia, both Chinese and Malaysian governments attached great importance to this event, and Malaysian Ministry of Tourism & Culture and Chinese Embassy in Malaysia sent their representatives to attend the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony

Before the opening ceremony, local artists in Malaysia and artists from China held a gathering, in which they created paintings for the exhibition, showing their friendship in the artist endeavors. Then, Mr. Haned Masjak, Head of Malaysian National Art Gallery, delivered a speech for the opening ceremony, which is followed by a keynote speech by Prof. Ding Ning, Vice Dean of School of Arts of Peking University. Next, all the guests and participants started to enjoy the exhibits. Every piece of work was created by top Chinese artists and attracted many local artists to appreciate.

Artists creating paintings in the gathering

Participants of the event appreciating the paintings and calligraphy

On the afternoon of the same day, with an attempt to strengthen the exchanges between artists and art lovers in both countries, the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya held a series of lectures on Chinese art at the auditorium of the Institute. The talks were moderated by Mr. Chen Zhong, Director of the Confucius Institute. Prof. Ding Ning and Prof. Li Aiguo from School of Art of Peking University and Prof. Chen Chuanxi from Renmin University of China gave their talks and shared their experience in Chinese scroll painting and Chinese philosophy, creation of Chinese paintings, and appreciation of Chinese paintings, respectively. Then, they exchanged ideas with Malaysian artists.

Prof. Ding Ning giving his talk