Ex­hibit links two civ­i­liza­tions

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - By MAY ZHOU in Lima, Peru mayzhou@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The his­to­ries of Chi­nese and Latin Amer­i­can civ­i­liza­tions fol­low an un­usu­ally sim­i­lar time­line.

Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion be­gan to flour­ish more than 5,000 years ago, while three an­cient Latin Amer­i­can civ­i­liza­tions — the Aztec, the Inca and the Maya — were prom­i­nent around the same time.

Those Latin Amer­i­can cul­tures have a strong pres­ence in Mex­ico, Chile and Peru, which are mem­bers of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion.

This topic and oth­ers are cov­ered un­der The Long River of Civ­i­liza­tions: Mu­tual Learn­ing Be­tween the Civ­i­liza­tions of China and Latin Amer­ica, an ex­hibit that was in­au­gu­rated at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Arche­ol­ogy, An­thro­pol­ogy and His­tory of Peru, on Mon­day in Lima.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which high­lights the no­table de­vel­op­ment of both China and the Latin Amer­ica re­gion from BC 8,000 to AD 1800s, was a prod­uct of three years’ work by Pro­fes­sor Wang Qi­jun of China’s Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts, as well as by more than 20 re­searchers and ex­perts from the Latin Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences and dif­fer­ent Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries.

It’s part of a series of pro­grams for the China-Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean Cul­tural Ex­change Year 2016 and the APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers’ Meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Yu Ji­u­tao, pub­lisher of China Pic­to­rial and the project or­ga­nizer, Wang’s in­spi­ra­tion came from a speech given by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at UNESCO a few years ago when he said: “Civ­i­liza­tions will be more col­or­ful and rich through mu­tual ex­change and learn­ing.”

Xi’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man civ­i­liza­tion be­came an in­spi­ra­tion for Wang, who be­gan to work on his project with a team of schol­ars and ex­perts.

“So Wang and his team de­vel­oped this time chart cov­er­ing al­most 10,000 years of civ­i­liza­tion his­tory in China as well as in Latin Amer­ica,” said Yu. “For the same pe­riod, no­table de­vel­op­ment was marked for both China and Latin Amer­ica.

“It’s done in a col­umn-by-col­umn com­par­i­son for­mat that for both Chi­nese and Latin Amer­i­cans, what’s hap­pen­ing in one’s home­land and in the other land was in­stantly clear,” Yu said. “This is a very di­rect and vis­ual way to achieve what Xi said about mu­tual ex­change and learn­ing.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion takes the form of a ma­jes­tic long roll of tra­di­tional Chi­nese paint­ing. It ex­tends chrono­log­i­cally ver­ti­cally — the up­per part cor­re­spond­ing to China and the lower part to Latin Amer­ica — and shows the great his­tor­i­cal events of the two civ­i­liza­tions, as well as artis­tic ob­jects, pho­to­graphs, im­ages and in­for­ma­tion.

For ex­am­ple, the Great Wall was com­pleted roughly in the 1300s, while Machu Pic­chu was com­pleted in the 1400s. Vis­ually, the top-and-bot­tom com­par­isons let view­ers in­stantly grasp what’s im­por­tant in both civ­i­liza­tions in ap­prox­i­mately the same his­tor­i­cal pe­riod, Yu said.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion shows the evo­lu­tion of both civ­i­liza­tions, which will lay a solid foun­da­tion for in­creas­ing un­der­stand­ing of his­tory and cul­ture be­tween one an­other and deep­en­ing the cul­tural ex­change. It’s a great way to achieve mu­tual learn­ing.”

In to­tal, the 50 me­ter-long roll show­cases 360 ves­tiges and cul­tural relics by na­tional cat­e­gory, 13 of which are lo­cated in Peru. Yu said much ar­chi­tec­ture, land­scapes and valu­able ob­jects of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion were hand draw­ings by the renowned pro­fes­sor Wang Qi of the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts.

“These works re­flect the charm of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion and, above all, over­come the lim­i­ta­tions of a pho­to­graph when de­scrib­ing the de­tails and re­pro­duce the in­te­rior struc­ture of an­cient build­ings and con­struc­tions,” Yu said.

“We are con­vinced that these beau­ti­ful draw­ings will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors.”

It’s done in a col­umn-by-col­umn com­par­i­son for­mat.” Yu Jin­tao, pub­lisher of China Pic­to­rial

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Peru­vian and Chi­nese per­form­ers pose in front of an ex­hi­bi­tion board on Sun­day as they re­hearse for a per­for­mance.

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