Fan­ci­ful, fac­tual pan­das part of art ex­hibit held in Ber­lin

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By CECILY LIU in Ber­lin cecily.liu@ mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

Art­works in­spired by China’s gi­ant pan­das are be­ing pre­sented at Ber­lin’s Lo­gen­haus ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter just as the Ber­lin Zoo has wel­comed a pair of pan­das.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, Panda and the World, show­cases 23 works, in­clud­ing paint­ings, in­stal­la­tions, sculp­tures, pho­to­graphs and pa­per-cut­tings.

Some de­pict the an­i­mals play­ing in the wild, eat­ing bam­boo or in gath­er­ings with other pan­das, while other works have a more cre­ative take, such as paint­ings show­ing pan­das climb­ing roses against a deep blue sky or a panda surf­ing a large wave.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion al­lows peo­ple to un­der­stand pan­das, and de­velop aware­ness about how to bet­ter pro­tect them. Pan­das are am­bas­sadors for Chi­nese-Ger­man friend­ship,” said Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive vice-min­is­ter of the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion will also open a win­dow for the Ger­man pub­lic to know China and un­der­stand China, and help to build a new bridge for Chi­nese-Ger­man friend­ship. We hope that the Ger­man pub­lic’s love for pan­das will bring a fresh im­pe­tus to take the friend­ship to an even higher level,” Huang said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs to Tues­day, is hosted by China’s State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and the Chi­nese em­bassy in Ger­many. It opened on Wed­nes­day, the same day Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Pan­daandtheWorld Merkel jointly opened the Ber­lin Zoo’s Panda Gar­den.

China sent the pan­das, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, to Ger­many ahead of the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg on Friday and Satur­day.

Zhao Qinghua, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy coun­selor of China’s em­bassy in Ger­many, said Meng Meng and Jiao Qing are friendly am­bas­sadors from China to Ger­many, and their ar­rival is a mile­stone in the 15 years of Chi­nese-Ger­man col­lab­o­ra­tion in panda re­search.

“This im­por­tant event en­hances cul­tural un­der­stand­ing be­tween China and Ger­many and al­lows the peo­ple of both coun­tries to de­velop a more com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of each other, which is help­ful in fur­ther ad­vanc­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion in cul­ture, pol­i­tics and eco­nomic fields,” Zhao said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured works by artists from China, Ger­many, France and Rus­sia. Bei­jing-based Ger­man artist Arnd Chris­tian Mueller has cre­ated an acrylic in­stal­la­tion of pan­das, us­ing black and white to cre­ate in­ter­weav­ing bub­bles and arcs. Cutouts from some of the acrylic boards are used to cre­ate other boards, em­pha­siz­ing the idea of re­cy­cling.

“Pan­das are great am­bas­sadors of Chi­nese cul­ture to Ger­many, and we are thrilled to have pan­das in Ber­lin. I hope see­ing pan­das will help our lo­cal res­i­dents be­come more aware of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity,” Mueller said.

Pan­das are great am­bas­sadors of Chi­nese cul­ture to Ger­many, and we are thrilled to have pan­das in Ber­lin.” Arnd Chris­tian Mueller, Bei­jing-based Ger­man artist

YUAN SHUAI / XIN­HUA

Paint­ings of pan­das climb­ing up roses at­tract a woman’s at­ten­tion at the ex­hi­bi­tion at Ber­lin’s Lo­gen­haus cen­ter on Tues­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion, with 23 works, co­in­cides with the open­ing of Ber­lin Zoo’s Panda Gar­den this week.

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