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Wang Mingming: Art Exchanges are the Cornerstone of Friendship between Countries

Source: China.org.cn Date: 2015-12-07

Wang Mingming, COSC Counsellor, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Other Countries of Beijing, and President of Beijing Fine Art Academy, spoke at the forum.
 
The Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship, co-organized by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Other Countries of Beijing, the Beijing Association for Science and Technology and the People's Government of Xicheng District, was held in Beijing on 12 November. Wang Mingming, COSC Counsellor, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Other Countries of Beijing, and President of Beijing Fine Art Academy (BFAA), said that cultural and art exchanges are the cornerstone and safeguard for friendship between countries. It is the unshirkable responsibility of decision-makers and practitioners of our generation in the cultural sector to enable people across the world to understand, through art, China's history and development and let the Chinese people to know the world.
Wang Mingming said in the 21st century, countries around the world place great importance on promoting development through exchanges. Countries have increasingly frequent communication and dialogue. With more economic and political exchanges, cultural and art exchanges are also growing steadily. Different from politics and economy, art knows no borders. It stems from men's innate pursuit of beauty, and could therefore go beyond ideological, geographical and linguistic barriers. With shared senses, men can capture diverse forms and colors.
Cultural differences call for art exchanges. Through exchanges, one can understand a country, a nation and history. One could also appreciate the artistic achievements and civilization of other countries. Only understanding and respect can truely generate peace and equality. In this sense, art exchanges are the cornerstone of friendship between countries.It is the unshirkable responsibility of decision-makers and practitioners of our generation in the cultural sector to enable people across the world to understand, through art, China's history and development and let the Chinese people to know the world.
Beijing Fine Art Academy has collected the most of Qi Baishi's works in the world. The simplicity, ease, joy and compassion embodied in his works are what human beings have in common. Both Chinese and people from other countries understand, accept, appreciate and are amazed by his works. BFAA has therefore take Qi Baishi's works as an important means of promoting Chinese culture across the world. In 2015, BFAA put its collection of Qi Baishi works on display in the national gallery of Hungary, which received warm response from the Hungarian people. Through Qi Baishi's works, they came to know the aesthetics and way of life of the Chinese people. It is therefore of positive significance for cultural exchanges between China and Hungary and the promotion of traditional Chinese culture in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe. The works of Mihály Munkácsy, a well-known painter in the art history of Hungary and the West, were also exhibited at BFAA. The exchanges between the two galleries undoubtedly promoted understanding of the two peoples about each other's culture.
BFAA has reached agreement on cooperation with national galleries of Greece, Czech Republic and Poland. By the exchange of cultural resources, they have conducted cultural dialogues between countries. BFAA has long started cultural dialogues with other countries. It established partnership with Japan's Nanga Gallery in 1982 and has since held 10 exhibitions in each other's country in the past 33 years. It has never been suspended even when China-Japan relations were in difficulties. This shows the tolerance and inclusiveness of art, which can cross national boundaries.
Wang Mingming believed that countries should listen to different opinions and China's voice should also be heard in the world. China should let the world understand its civilization. China is not a country shrouded in mystery. Besides the Great Wall and Chinese kungfu, we have too many cultures and arts that are under-appreciated worldwide.Art should be a door and a bridge for understanding China's splendid civilization of five thousand years. Through art, we could also appreciate what other nations take pride in. Full art exchanges are, therefore, a solid foundation and safeguard for friendship between countries.