Art exhibition bridges culture gap between China, Czech Republic

10:40, June 14, 2011      

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At the opening ceremony of the Colorful Mood Exhibition of Chinese Artist Wang Yishi, Libor Secka, Czech ambassador in China, delivers an opening address. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

As a part of the Czech Embassy art cultural program, an opening ceremony for the Colorful Mood Exhibition of Chinese Artist Wang Yishi was held at the Czech Embassy in Beijing and accompanied by the Budvarka brass music band from the Czech Republic on June 13, 2011.

As an old friend of the artist, Libor Secka, Czech ambassador in China, hosted the opening ceremony and delivered a brief address, during which he heartily expressed his great fondness of Wang Yishi’s paintings.


At the opening ceremony of the Colorful Mood Exhibition of Chinese Artist Wang Yishi, Libor Secka, Czech ambassador in China, offers a gift to Wang Yishi. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

Secka said when he saw Wang's pictures for the first time, he was struck and surprised. He was delighted to see the pictures because they express the beauty of everyday life. Secka said it is understandable to the people in the West and also to the people in the East and his art symbolizes a bridge between China and the world.


Two foreign guests look at a painting. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

The exhibition displayed about 30 oil paintings, and some of the subjects stem from traditional Chinese operas and stories, such as "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," "Romance of the West Chamber," "Mother Sanniang Teaches Her Son," "The White Snake," "Fighting in the Hongtai Mountain," "Stealing Magic Grass" and so on.


Guests enjoy Wang Yishi’s paintings at the main hall. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

Through Wang's abstract rendering, the characteristics of the actors and actresses are vividly displayed on canvas for the audience. Therefore, his paintings can not only bring pleasure to Chinese people but can also attract the interest of foreigners who are curious about Chinese ancient opera and literature.


Wang Yishi receives requests for his autograph from the audience. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

Born in Sichuan province, Wang has studied and worked intensively in oil painting for 10 years, in printmaking for 10 years, in traditional Chinese paining for 10 years and actively in the theoretical research and fine arts education for decades. Since he went abroad in 1989, he has worked on the combination of the traditional Chinese art and the Western art in oil painting.


The Budvarka brass music band from the Czech Republic performs for the Colorful Mood Exhibition of Chinese Artist Wang Yishi. (Zheng Qingting/People's Daily Online)

The embassy art program is run by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Beijing for the years from 2010 to 2013 under the sponsorship of the Czech automobile maker Skoda and the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Aiming to promote diplomatic dialogues and cultural exchanges between China and the Czech Republic, the program has brought together artists, such as painters, musicians, photographers and dancers, from both of the two countries.

By Zheng Qingting, People's Daily Online
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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