International Seminar “Purpose of Art - West and East, Cultural Transfer” of the Fourth Chinese Art Festival by the Confucius Institute of Artois University

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Artois University [Time]    2018-04-28 11:20:48 

"Purpose of Art - West and East, Cultural Transfer",an international seminar was successfully held in Arras Campus of Artois University and the "Swimming pool" art and industrial museum in Roubaix (La Piscine - Musée d'Art et d'Industrie) on February 2nd-3rd, 2018.

The international seminar is an important project of the Fourth Chinese Art Festival jointly organized by the Research Center of Artois University, Nanjing University and the Confucius Institute of Artois. Xu Xingwu, dean of College of Liberal Arts in Nanjing University, Bart Dessein, Ghent University, Belgium,the famous French sinologist Leon Vandermeersch , Peng Changming, Lier III University, and Jin Siyan,member of the Intercultural Council of Artois University and the director of Confucius Institute, Catherine Cossu, Li Xiaohong, Zhou Xiaoshan, Li Yueguang, Romain Lefebvre, Culture Luisa Prudentino, Vanessa Denuccio and other scholars presented thoughtful speeches on the seminar. Jin Siyan chaired and translated the speeches. Pasquale Mammone, president of Artois doctorates, and a number of graduate and undergraduate students from related field attended the seminar.

On the first day of the seminar, Jin Siyan analyzed the dialogue between the solitary "ego" and the universe in poetry and painting. Catherine Cossu introduced Francesco Sansovino's “Sette libri di Satire(1560)”and her reflection on art in this work. Li Yueguang analyzed how fiminist literature developed step by step from getting rid of the shackles of the male dominated literature to the creation of an independent work that reflected the changes of society, and further pointed out that women's consciousness in writing still has room for development and self-awareness. Bart Dessein narrated the audience the anecdotes about a famous Tang writer, Li Ao, visited the Buddhist philosopher Yao Shan, through the Zen paintings. Romain Lefebvre analyzed the Xixia artistic style through the analysis of Xixia fresques, architecture, sculptures, Buddhist scriptures, and porcelain Buddhist articles, which are greatly influenced by the culture of the Central Dynasties.

International Seminar, Artois University

International Seminar, Artois University

On the second day, at the "Swimming Pool" Museum, Mr. Léon Vandermeersch analyzed the unique beauty of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting from the Chinese characters "Mei (美)" and "Wen (文)". Peng Changming presented the analysis of the metaphysical language of Chinese and Western arts. Zhou Xiaoshan introduced the translation concept and the artistic concept of a famous Chinese translator, Fu Lei. Xu Xingwu reinstated the rising process of cosmic consciousness in ancient Chinese poetics through the concept of “the mind of the universe”, he claimed that poems express the mind of the universe, and “the mind of literature”. Li Xiaohong demonstrated the different shapes of burners and Boshan furnaces and proposed that the human beliefs, both in the East and the West, are achieved through the works of creators (artists). Luisa Prudentino and Vanessa Denuccio pointed out the differences between Chinese and Western arts from the perspective of painting and film.

International Seminar

International Seminar

During the two-day session, experts and scholars discussed the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western arts and the issues of convergence and transition. Accompanied by Professor Jin Siyan and Wu Zhaoyang ,directors of the Confucius Institute of Artois, the guests and audiences visited the exhibition of Chinese Zen painting and calligraphy works of master Shi Benru at the Bar gallery after the seminar, thus ended the Art festival in the profound artistic ambiance.

(Edition / CHEN Yunyun, photo/ LIN Jiaju XU Meng)


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