World’s First Confucius Institute Art Space Inaugurated in Germany

[Source] [Time]    2018-10-29 17:40:29 

On October 21st, the world’s first Confucius Institute Art Space was inaugurated in Nuremberg, Germany. On the same day, an exhibition with the theme “Transboundary: China-Germany Art Practice Exchange” was held.

The Art Space was primarily initiated by the Confucius Institute at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. It is located near the City Park outside the old town of Nuremberg. The Art Space was converted from a photo studio. The building, with a sense of history, has stone walls and three big windows facing the main street.

The Art Space will exhibit excellent works by Chinese artists and different forms of art works with Chinese themes. The opening exhibition displayed works by four Chinese and German artists, including He Xiangyu and Alice Ditmar.

As planned, the Confucius Institute will undertake the artist in residence program, under which a Chinese artist will be invited each year to stay in Germany for two or three months. The Art Space will provide the artist a studio and host for the artist an individual art exhibition at the end of the program. The first artist chosen for this program will go to Nuremberg in 2019.

In the Art Space, there is also an art library, which is open to the local public. The Confucius Institute at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg has collected and purchased a number of contemporary art publications from China or related to China, and subscribed some art magazines for readers. The library will also hold book fairs regularly to provide a venue for artists from China and the rest of world to exchange ideas.

Xu Yan, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, said that in addition to Chinese traditional cultural heritage, Chinese contemporary art forms such as photography and music are also popular around the world. The Confucius Institute is committed to developing this Art Space into a forum where ideas can be exchanged and inspirations aroused.

Gunter Beckstein, Former Governor of Bavaria and Chairman of the Senior Advisory Board off the Confucius Institute at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, remarked that art, like culture, is paramount to the gene of a nation. The Art Space will present the results of cultural communication and blending between China and Germany from a philosophical and aesthetic perspective.

(Zhang Yuan, Xinhua News Agency, Nuremberg, Germany, October 21st)

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