Poland Pavilion: paper-cutting across cultures

10:07, May 02, 2010      

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Chinese visitors are usually amazed at the "Chinese elements" of the Poland Pavilion, which makes paper cutting, a popular folk art shared by the Chinese, the main feature of its exterior and interior design.

A dragon on a digital screen, a drawing board and a bar stool, all interpreted through the art of paper-cutting, can be seen in a building shaped in the form of a folded paper box and covered with floral cuttings.

Rafal Baniak, Undersecretary of State in Poland's Ministry of Economy, said Saturday at a ceremony at the Shanghai Expo to open the pavilion that he hoped Chinese visitors would feel at home in the Poland Pavilion.

The incorporation of the Chinese elements was aimed at making Chinese visitors feel that Poland is not a distant country, said Baniak.

The Poland Pavilion boasts its combination of modernity and folk art represents the creativity and imagination of the Polish people.

The pavilion has an array of events and activities to showcase the country's culture, art and economic achievements during the six-month Expo and Polish music would be played every evening, Baniak said.

Baniak said at the ceremony that Poland wished to foster closer economic ties with China.

The Polish people wanted to give the world a better understanding of Poland's economic development through the Expo, he said.

Source: Xinhua


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