Opening of the exhibition “Water & Ink: Tradition in the Contemporary Art”

Within less than 2 weeks the China Cultural Center is already presenting its second exhibition, the new cultural season is definitely off to a flying start!

Yesterday 31st of August, the exhibition “Water & Ink: Tradition in the Contemporary Art” was officially launched. “Water & Ink”. Water and ink, two elements and an endless number of possibilities…  An infinite number of combinations whether it is fusion, dissolution, transformation… And the promise of being ever surprised, puzzled, disconcerted. Art forms are plentiful no doubt. And that is exactly what six Chinese artists are hoping to show to European visitors.

On this occasion the China Cultural Center had the honour to welcome very distinguished guests. Among them: Mr CHEN Dong and Mr ZHOU Ping newly arrived in Belgium and respectively appointed as Minister Counsellor and Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Brussels; Mr XIANG Shihai Counsellor for Culture at the Chinese Embassy; Mr Lieven Huys Deputy Burgomaster of the Municipality of Wingene (West-Flanders); Mr Etienne Vankeirsbilck Co-founder and Vice-president of IOV (International Organisation für Volkskunst) and Mrs Karine Lalieux, Deputy Burgomaster of the City of Brussels.

The city of Wingene is already China’s long-time partner in promoting Chinese folk arts. In his speech, Mr Huys said he was honoured to open the ceremony and wished for such cultural cooperation to be further developed. Mr WANG Zhaogang, Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) of the Baoshan District Committee then took the floor, saying he was very pleased that having the China Cultural Center acting as a “window showing Chinese culture to Europeans” would definitely help a rather local cultural brand like Baoshan increase its visibility. As for Mrs ZHAO Jianjin, Director of the Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition Center, a very prominent art exhibition venue in Shanghai, she pointed out that her Center was involved in academic research in new water and ink paintings since 2012 and that  “Water & Ink: Tradition in the Contemporary Art” was one of their best achievements in this field so far.

The guests were then invited to make their way to the third floor, under the exposed beams of the roof of the Center to start their exploration of “Water & Ink” through videos, plays of lights and shadows and sculptural installations.

The exhibition “Water & Ink: Tradition in the Contemporary Art” will be hosted by the China Cultural Center until September 20th, 2016.

Opening hours
Monday to Wednesday
09:30 – 20:00
Thursday and Friday
09:30 – 18:00
Free entrance