Greece: Con­tem­po­rary art show kicks off in Bei­jing

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - EMBASSY -

The open­ing cer­e­mony for the ex­hi­bi­tion named “At the be­gin­ning was the word: Con­cepts-images-script” took place at the Na­tional Art Mu­seum of China (NAMOC) on Tues­day.

Sup­ported by the Greek Em­bassy in Bei­jing, the ex­hi­bi­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­gram be­tween the Na­tional Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Athens (EMST) and the NAMOC, with the aim of deep­en­ing and en­hanc­ing cul­tural re­la­tions and ex­changes in the field of art be­tween Greece and China, within the frame­work of the Si­noGreek Year of Cul­tural Ex­changes be­tween 2017-18.

There are 75 selected works of 40 Greeks and in­ter­na­tional artists from the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the EMST that are pre­sented at the NAMOC in Bei­jing be­tween Novem­ber 28, 2018 and Jan­uary 17, 2019. The ex­hi­bi­tion ap­proaches lan­guage in its artis­tic di­men­sion and ex­plores its role as a writ­ten and spo­ken universal com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool.

The cu­ra­tor of EMST Ka­te­rina Koskina said at the open­ing cer­e­mony that all the works on show in the forms of paint­ings, draw­ings, videos, and in­stal­la­tions are made of pa­per. “The show aims to ex­plore the role of speech and writ­ing in an age of global revo­lu­tion in com­mu­ni­ca­tion through the West’s, and specif­i­cally Greece’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity and the lo­cal ref­er­ences: his­tor­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic, lin­guis­tic, po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural, in the broader sense of the term,” Koshina said.

She noted that lan­guage is ap­proached in its artis­tic di­men­sion, as a universal tool of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The First Coun­selor of the Greek Em­bassy in Bei­jing Ge­or­gios Ar­naoutis and the Di­rec­tor of the NAMOC Wu Weis­han also at­tended the event’s open­ing and gave a speech.

Pho­tos: Li Hao/GT

Au­di­ence pass by an art dis­play at the Na­tional Art Mu­seum of China. (top) The first coun­selor of the Greek Em­bassy in Bei­jing Ge­or­gios Ar­naoutis de­liv­ers re­marks.

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