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Celebration for the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return: Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition held

APR . 27 2017
Peking University, April 22, 2017: On April 19, a calligraphy and painting exhibition was held at Peking University Hall in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. Attendees including senior officials from Peking University and China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, famous calligraphers and painters, students and teachers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and mainland China were gather together at PKU.
PKU Council Vice Chairman Ao Yingfang first delivered an impassioned speech. He pointed out that Peking University has always attached great importance to aesthetic and art education and research, and has already established cooperative and constructive relations with colleges in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The oncoming exhibition was intended to promote cultural exchange between these regions, enhance professors and students’national and cultural identity as well as deepen their understanding of the values of Chinese traditional culture.
Ao delivering a speech
Sun Lingyan, deputy executive secretary of China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, also emphasized the significance of the exhibition at this special time, “when we have witnessed the huge success of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy at Hong Kong for the past twenty years. The activity is going to enhance our sense of responsibility to work for national unity, national rejuvenation and the well-being of the people.”
Sun delivering a speech
Then lectures given by Professor Li Yan from Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, and Researcher Wen Xiang from Chinese National Academy of Arts. Professor Li talked about the artistic values and influence of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting. ProfessorLi presented her foresight into the art and culture exchange between mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Researcher Wen discussed the duty and responsibility on part of youngsters nowadays to pass down Chinese culture. Their graceful speeches and sincere concerns for the inheritance of Chinese culture struck a chord with the audience.
In the following session, more than 20 famous calligraphers and painters splattered and swooshed their passion on canvas in the exhibition hall, displaying the compelling charms of Chinese art to the audience present. Then, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, the artists held intimate communication with PKU students about their experiences and thoughts in artistic creation.


Activity scene
The exhibition was open to PKU staff and students from April 19 to 20, with more than 50 works from well-known painters including Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Li Kuchan and artists from China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification.
Group photo of the guests
Written by: You Danqian
Edited by:Wang Qian
Source:PKU News (in Chinese)