Large outdoor exhibition ‘Elsewhere is Here’ opens to mark the 50th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2014-10-31 15:25:01 

To mark the 50th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations, a grand outdoor exhibition “Elsewhere is Here” (“Ailleurs est ici” in French) jointly held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers and the General Council of Vienne opened on August 29. Zhou Changxin from China and Man’s from France, two young outstanding oil painters, displayed their works in the exhibition.

Large outdoor art exhibition "Elsewhere is Here"

It has been the third time that the Confucius Institute and the General Council of Vienne jointly hold the outdoor exhibition "Elsewhere is Here". Jean-Pierre Raffarin, vice president of the French Senate and former French prime minister, addressed the opening ceremony. Claude Berdaud, President of the General Council of Vienne, Claude Eidelstein, Mayor of the host city Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and other guests attended the opening ceremony.

Mr. Raffarin said at the opening ceremony that the joint exhibition of the Chinese and French artists demonstrates the friendly communication between people of the two countries. He remarked that though they come from different regions of the world, their art has transcended their culture barriers. The exhibition venue itself has remarkable symbolic meaning. “Here” (Futuroscope Theme Park) is the Holy Land of high-tech exhibition, and “Here” could be associated with any “Elsewhere”. Now, what is exhibited “Here” is just “Elsewhere”.

The opening ceremony of the large outdoor art exhibition "Elsewhere is Here"

In particular, Mr. Raffarin pointed out at the opening ceremony, “As the first Confucius Institute in France, the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers has been playing an important role in promoting the language and culture communication between China and France. Confucius Institute has continuously brought exciting activities to France, deepening the mutual understanding between the two peoples.”

The opening ceremony of the large outdoor art exhibition "Elsewhere is Here"

Mr. Zhou Changxin, the iconic figure of Chinese and western art fusion, is regarded as the founder of Chinese heavy-color oil painting and creator of Chinese heavy-painted porcelain. More than 10 pieces of his oil painting and heavy-painted porcelain have been copied and printed on outdoor display panels of ten square meters. They will be displayed in the second biggest theme park in France -- Futuroscope Theme Park for one year.

Man’s was born in an artist family and brought up in the world of colors. He has held solo exhibition at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was awarded Medal of Honor by the French Poet and Artist Association (Société des poètes et artistes de France) and Medal for Achievement in Art by the French government. He has also held solo exhibitions in many countries including France, China, Austria, Poland, Finland, Hungary and Japan.

This is the third large outdoor exhibition "Elsewhere is Here" attracting over two million viewers annually. This art exhibition is also regarded as “a moving contemporary art museum”. It aims to engage more viewers in contemporary art and its appreciation, creating a new model for contemporary art exhibition.

Photographed/Text by Guo Yugang


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