Calligraphy Works Exhibition of China Academy of Art Shines on Berlin Confucius Institute Day

[Source]    Chinanews.com [Time]    2018-09-30 17:37:39 
 

On September 22nd, local time, Jin Ennan, a member of the Xiling Seal Art Society from the China Academy of Art, said in a classroom at the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin, “This Chinese character is ‘De’, which is the first character of ‘De Guo’ (Germany)”. Under his guidance, German participants tried tracing the character “De” in different calligraphy styles with great interest.

On the 2018 Berlin Confucius Institute Day, the May May Lecture of the China Academy of Art held the activity, “Prestigious Scholars and Books along the Belt and Road”.

The Berlin Calligraphy Workshop was co-hosted by the China Academy of Art, the China-Europe Culture & Arts Exchange Association (CECAEA), and the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin. Under the planning of CECAEA, the activity held by the May May Lecture Hall of the China Academy of Art in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin has aroused social interest, through which Europeans could better experience the Chinese traditional art and further enhance their understanding and perception of the Chinese culture. The academic chair of this event was Zhang Xuansu, Executive Director of CECAEA and Professor of Art History Department of the Free University of Berlin, and the lecturer was Jin Ennan, a young artist from the China Academy of Art and also the youngest member of the Xiling Seal Art Society.

During the event, Jin Ennan first introduced to the dozens of German participants how the Chinese calligraphy, an intangible cultural heritage of the world, came into being and evolved to what it is today along with the development of Chinese characters. He showed various types of chirography including the oracle bone script, the clerical script, the regular script, the cursive script, the semi-cursive script and others, and also introduced representative figures in the history of calligraphy, such as Ouyang Xun, Yan Zhenqing, Liu Gongquan, Wang Xizhi and his son.

After the lecture, Jin Ennan asked the German participants to take out their writing brushes, ink sticks, papers and ink stones, and began instructing them to hold their writing brushes in the right way and write strokes of Chinese characters. He taught the audience how to write the Chinese character “De” (the first character of Germany in Chinese). Appealed by the Chinese calligraphy, German participants were all eager to try and ask Jin Ennan questions from time to time.

“Now, please write down your own name in Chinese, German or English”, said Jin Ennan, announcing the end of this lively workshop. German participants left the rewarding workshop with their “works” that had their own names on. After the workshop, the China Academy of Art also donated to the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin some self-compiled hand-writing and painting textbooks such as Thousand Character Classic. Mechthild Leutner, German Director of the Confucius Institute, accepted these textbooks on behalf of the Confucius Institute and spoke highly of this workshop.

According to Dagmar Yu-Dembski, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin, it is the 12th Confucius Institute Day of the Confucius Institute, which is founded in 2006. She said that this is a public-oriented and fruitful activity. Jin Ennan’s workshop kindled the interest of some people for the Chinese calligraphy, inspiring them to continue practicing back at their homes; others will also participate in the following-up activities since they have begun to know the Chinese culture. “Except high-level dialogue, people-to-people exchanges are needed to eliminate prejudice and enhance understanding between Germany and China”, Dagmar Yu-Dembski said.

Yu Demei also expressed that the Confucius Institute serves as a bridge between the two countries to this extent.

From October this year, the Confucius Institute at the Free University of Berlin will continue to hold activities such as the China Art Film Exhibition and Eva Sandberg Photography Exhibition. The May May Lecture of the China Academy of Art will move on to the next stop in the Czech Republic after the activities in Germany.

(Story by Peng Dawei, China News, Berlin, September 23rd)

Original Link