Charms of Chinese Ink Painting Between Heaven and Earth
Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University Gives "Night of Museums" of Russia a Leg-up

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University, Russia [Time]    2017-06-09 12:09:30 

On May 20th, 2017 local time, with more than 2,000 cultural institutions participated in, the 9th Night of Museums was held in Russia. The Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University, which was invited to hold an exhibition of Chinese ink paintings and promotion activity of Chinese culture in Berdsk City Museum of History and Art, became a new highlight of the Night of Museums.

Artist Tatyana introducing Chinese ink paintings

Visitors appreciating Chinese ink paintings

Artist Tatyana teaching how to draw Chinese ink painting

The Chinese ink painting exhibition themed "Charm of Chinese Ink Painting Between Heaven and Earth" exhibited over 50 Chinese ink paintings of Tatyana Gulyaeva, a Russian artist and student from the Confucius Classroom. The magnificence of mountain-and-water paintings and the delicacy of flower-and-bird paintings were vividly revealed on the paper, indicating Tatyana’s passion for Chinese culture and life. Tatyana taught the visitors how to create Chinese ink paintings on the spot to strengthen their understandings of Chinese culture. Local children tried their first Chinese ink paintings following some simple instructions, and experienced the charms of Chinese culture when using Chinese art papers, Chinese brushes and watercolors.

A performer dancing with a feather fan

Melodious flute and lion dancing

A performer singing Peking Opera

Bashenka, Curator of Berdsk City Museum of History and Art and Wang Lin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University respectively addressed the Night of Museums. Following the speeches, teachers and students of the Confucius Classroom presented wonderful performance including the guzheng solo Evening Singing in Fisher Boats and flute solo Whipping on a Horse Busy Transporting Grain, which were spoken highly by local audience who enjoyed the performance of Chinese national musical instruments for the first time. The graceful dancing of Moonlight over the Lotus Pond and Fency won rapturous applause from the audience. The excerpt of Peking opera The Case of Chen Shimei aroused the interest of local people and they kept asking about the implications of the lyrics.

People writing Chinese characters in the ink fragrance

Visitors enjoying the jasmine tea

People trying to send their best wishes by paper-cutting

In addition, activities such as writing Chinese characters, making Chinese knots, doing paper-cut for window decoration, learning Chinese language, experiencing tea art and Chinese national musical instruments were carried out in the Cultural Activity Hall of the museum and welcomed by the local. They were excited to experience a wide diversity of Chinese culture and the charm of Chinese style.

Curator Bashenka Presenting a Letter of Appreciation to the Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University

The Night of Museums is a sleepless night of joys for all Russians to have an easier access to art. The Confucius Classroom took this opportunity to show the profound oriental art to local people, spread Chinese culture and enhance the friendship between the two peoples.

Story by Hui Xuan