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Zhejiang Art Museum “Lake-Mountain Landscape- West Lake Themed Watermark Print Exhibition” Moravia-Silesia Opening

Source:Foreign Affairs Office of the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture Updated:2018-08-08

  On the morning of August 6, the “Lake-Mountain Landscape- West Lake Themed Watermark Print Exhibition” hosted by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and the Government of Moravia-Silesia, co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic and undertaken by Zhejiang Art Museum opened in GONG Exhibition Hall in Ostrava of Moravia-Silesia.

  Mr. Jan Krkoska, vice governor of Moravia-Silesia, Mr. Chen Jianjun, political counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic, and Ms. Du Qun, vice curator of Zhejiang Art Museum attended the opening ceremony and made a speech. Ms. Wu Shenchao, representative of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture, presented gifts to the Government of Moravia-Silesia and the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic.

  23 sets of West Lake themed watermark prints were exhibited in this exhibition, showing the mountains, waters, poems and feelings of Zhejiang Province to the Czech people, through which the local people can appreciate and understand the history and present of the West Lake, and feel the profound humanist tradition of Zhejiang people.

  On the scene of the opening ceremony, Ms. Du Qun delivered a keynote speech to the people of Moravia-Silesia, interpreting the differences between the traditional Chinese watermarking technique and the western printmaking technique with straightaway language, and showing how to use the soft writing brush and rice paper to print artistic works with “water” as medium. She also told the story of the ancient Chinese love story “The Tale of the White Serpent”, her vivid and intuitive speech allowed the Czech people to have a deep understanding for West Lake of Hangzhou and the ancient watermark prints, and also aroused their keen interest in Chinese culture.

  Furthermore, Ms. Du Qun demonstrated the technique of watermarking, and invited Mr. Jan Krkoska, vice governor of Moravia-Silesia, Mr. Chen Jianjun, political counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic, and some guests to involve in practice and experience the charm of watermarking. The “Watermark Millennium” works printed were immediately claimed entirely by the audience. Zhejiang Art Museum also presented to the Czech audience the “Watermark Red Lotus” letter printed with traditional techniques. The atmosphere on the scene of the activity was upbeat, and the audience were involved positively.

  China and the Czech Republic have enjoyed increasingly active exchanges in politics, economy, trade, culture and other fields, and this is also the first time that Chinese printmaking is exhibited in the Czech Republic. It is expected that through this exchange, Zhejiang and the Czech Republic may establish the cultural and artistic exchanges, and a new chapter of cultural exchanges between Zhejiang and Moravia-Silesia will be opened. The two sides are also expected to further expand the cooperation fields, enrich the cooperation contents, and thereby create a more friendly relationship between China and the Czech Republic in joint effort.

  The exhibition will last until September 15.