Last evening, a delegation from the Municipality of Shanghai was specially visiting the China Cultural Center to officially open the exhibition « The Pictorial Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Philosophers & Amazing Shanghai Photo Exhibition ». Supported by many partners, including the Embassy of China to Belgium, the Information Bureau of the Municipality of Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Television, the Shanghai International Culture Association, and many others, the exhibition will be accessible to the public until July 12th.
Mr. Chen Jingxi, deputy director of the Information Bureau of the Municipality of Shanghai, took the floor to introduce the exhibition and underline the particular and beneficial relationship that exists between Shanghai and Belgium, in the context of the celebrations for the 45th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. Mr. Kempeneers, COO of AWEX, also delivered a speech highlighting the importance of culture and arts in the exchanges between both countries.
One of the exhibiting artist, Mr. GUO Defu, attended the event. His work of illustrating Chinese philosophers, and specifically Confucius, was acclaimed by the audience and by official guests, including Mr. Michel Kempeneers and Mr. Jean-Claude de la Royère, Director of the exhibitions at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (« Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée »). The Ambassador of China to Belgium, H.E. Mr. Qu Xing, could unfortunately not join the event but delivered a message of congratulation to the China Cultural Center : « This exhibition will allow Belgian and European people to get to know more about the Chinese culture, which is really enriching for every one. I wish a lot of success to this initiative and sincerely thank the China Cultural Center for hosting this beautiful exhibition ».
To conclude the opening, the Information Bureau of the Municipality of Shanghai, the Shanghai International Culture Association and the artist himself offered the very first French edition of Guo’s book « Illustrated Biography of Great Philosophers » to the China Cultural Center, the Belgian Comic Strip Center and the Bruges Confucius Institute.
The exhibition is open until July 12th, 2016
Free entrance – Opening hours:
From Monday to Wednesday
9.30 – 20.00
Thursday and Friday
9.30 – 18.00