Source: China State Council Information Office 3
After visiting Russia, Japan and the United States, the “Dynamic Shanghai” event has made the long-anticipated return to Belgium with the “Poetic Jiangnan: Style of China” exhibition here at the China Cultural Centre.
“Although it is an industrial, financial and commercial megalopolis of China, Shanghai is also active in developing and sharing its traditional and modern culture,” said Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Cao Zhongming at the opening ceremony on Friday.
Belgian Minister of Budget, Civil Service and Administrative Simplification in the Government of the French Community, Andre Flahaut, attended the ceremony with some 120 invited guests.
Representatives from the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality have visited Belgium on four previous occasions to promote the city internationally through multiple cultural events around the world and encourage new opportunities for collaboration.
“Discovering Shanghai means falling under the spell of its poetry and dynamism. This dynamism is sure to inspire vacations and desires for travel,” said Belgian Minister Flahaut.
The exhibition’s focal point lies in showcasing the evolution of Chinese ink painting and reflecting the contemporary image of Shanghai and Jiangnan cultures, presenting iconic symbols of the city all animated by a series of typical Shanghai activities.
Several generations of Chinese ink artists from a group of core academic institutions in Shanghai are convened for their deep understanding and inheritance of the essence of Chinese traditional culture with the purpose of sharing this art with the European public.
It is organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and unites exhibition, tradition and modernity.
The exhibition will be open to the general public from June 17 to 21 at the Cultural Centre of China in Brussels, before continuing its tour next week in Hungary.
This is the fourth time that the Municipality of Shanghai has visited Belgium over the past 5 years to present the “Dynamic Shanghai”.