Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Depicting China Flares in Siam

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand [Time]    2019-09-12 09:15:42 
 

On September 3rd, the art exhibition “Beautiful China Cultural Experience Series by the Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkhla University in Thailand & Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of China” by famous Chinese painters and calligraphers started its Thailand tour (Krabi station) at Andaman Museum of Art in Krabi. The exhibition was elaborately prepared by the Confucius Institute at Phuket together with the Krabi Municipal Government and the Culture and Art Institute of the China City Development Academy. Famous Chinese painters and calligraphers Liu Hongxuan, Xu Huicai, Zhang Jianfeng, Wang Bingzeng, Liu Qixin, Peng Xiande and Bian Ruirui were invited to this event. More than one hundred calligraphy, painting, and engraving works were on display.


The exhibition site

Present at the opening ceremony were Keeratisak Phukaoluan, Mayor of Krabi, Suradechar Fungsakorn, Vice Mayor of Krabi, Kesorn Kumnerdpech, Minister of Culture of Krabi Province, Noree Hangsawat, Curator of Andaman Museum of Art, Liu Hongxuan, Dean of Culture and Art Institute of China City Development Academy, Yang Wenbo, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkhla University, and the participating artists, principals and teachers of Krabi primary and secondary schools, and the local people of Krabi.

Yang Wenbo and Liu Hongxuan held the signing ceremony of the “Beautiful China, Belt and Road — Strategic Cooperation Agreement for Chinese Culture and Art Series Activities”, in the hope that the two parties will conduct more in-depth and extensive cooperation in the fields of humanities and art in the future. Subsequently, Keeratisak and Yang Wenbo issued museum collection certificates to the participating artists.


Signing ceremony

In his speech, Yang Wenbo said: “The Confucius Institute at Phuket has been committed to improving the Chinese language teaching in Thailand, popularizing the Chinese language examination, and promoting cultural communications between China and Thailand. We are grateful to the Krabi Municipal Government for their efficient operation, which made possible the second Krabi tour of the Confucius Institute at Phuket, a great event of Chinese paintings and calligraphy. We are also grateful to the seven Chinese artists for their participation in the event. They are the true messengers of cultural exchanges between China and Thailand.


Yang Wenbo delivering a speech

Keeratisak said in his speech, “Like the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, art is the narrator of historical events. I hope to have more cooperation with the Confucius Institute at Phuket, to hold more lectures, exhibitions and experience courses on Chinese culture in the future, so as to promote cultural exchanges between Thailand and China.”


Keeratisak delivering a speech

After the opening ceremony, the guests and other Chinese and Thai people visited the exhibition. The exhibits are diverse and varied in theme, reflecting the life style of different ethnic groups from different places in China. Some portray small bridges over creeks and the lofty Mount Tai, some present poetic landscapes and others are lines of rustic poems. And one painting represents typical Tibetan people’s lives and Keeratisak jokingly called it the Chinese version of “Eskimos”.


Artists painting on the spot

After the visit, the artists created works on the spot, displaying Chinese painting creation and calligraphy techniques to the viewers at close range. Very much impressed by their skillful performance, the audience gave them loud cheers. To commemorate the friendship between China and Thailand, Liu Hongxuan, Zhang Jianfeng and Wang Bingzeng created a picture of Bodhidharma with a couplet as a gift to the museum. In return, on the end of the day, Keeratisak made a special trip to send customized collection certificates to the painters.


Artists donating paintings to the museum

Primary and secondary school students in Krabi also came in large number to the scene. Out of curiosity, they gathered around the artists and talked with them in simple Chinese. A visitor to the exhibition said that he was amazed by every piece of work here, and he was deeply impressed by the inheritance and charm of Chinese culture. In addition to the local citizens of Krabi, many art lovers from the surrounding areas were also attracted to the event. An Indonesian Chinese origin from Hat Yai who also loves Chinese painting drove for five hours to the scene only to take a close look at the Chinese art works and enjoy the skills of Chinese painting.

Story by Chen Ying and Chen Tianjing