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REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO UNVEILS CHINESE ART AND LANGUAGE EXHIBITION

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First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has unveiled the 2019 edition of the Silk Road Language and Art Exhibition.

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has unveiled the 2019 edition of the Silk Road Language and Art Exhibition.

The exhibition displays Chinese art and culture, introduces foreign arts and promotes international cultural exchange.

Speaking at the launch ceremony in Accra, Mrs Akufo-Addo thanked the Chinese community in Ghana for the “wonderful and delightful art exhibition”.

Value heritage

The First Lady spoke about the remarkable impression Chinese art made on her when she visited China along with her husband on a state visit in September 2018. She traced the history of art in Ghana to ancient times, recounting how it has evolved.

Mrs Akufo-Addo appealed to guests to treasure their cultural inheritance and learn from others’ cultures. She described an appreciation for art as a vital asset for all countries in the modern world.

Ghana and China officially established diplomatic ties in July 1960. Since then, according to Ghana’s ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, the Sino-Ghana relationship has remained solid and of mutual benefit.

Man and nature

In a statement, China’s ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, said: “Chinese painting is a concrete embodiment of Chinese cultural tradition for thousands of years and reflects the Chinese understanding of nature, society and the philosophy of the artist.”

According to him, “Painting not only enjoys a long history, but also has a unique style. Different from Western painting, Chinese painting seeks for the significance behind the paintings rather than the shape itself.”

He explained that there are traditionally three main types of painting in China: landscape, figure and flower-and-bird painting.

“They reflect the relations between people and the harmonious coexistence between man and nature, which complement with each other and constitute the universe as a whole,” the ambassador explained.

The skills and spirit of Chinese art spread and merged with other civilisations along the ancient Silk Road, he said.

Ambassador Shi added that in the modern age, with increasing exchanges between China, Ghana and other parts of the world fostered by China’s official “Belt and Road” foreign policy, Chinese traditional culture has come to be seen “not only as the basis for artistic creation, but also as the platform for cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world”.

Deepen links

The launch of the display of Chinese artworks, both ancient and modern, together with samples of written languages, took place at the Confucius Institute Hall of the University of Ghana on Saturday, April 6.

The exhibition is being organised by Greenhouse International Development Ghana Ltd, a Chinese company. It seeks to promote cultural exchanges between Ghanaians and Chinese people and to promote deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese arts and Mandarin.

A delegation of Chinese artists from the Chinese Behavioural Law Society spearheaded presentations at the opening ceremony for the exhibition.

There is also a programme of charitable activities by Chinese people resident in Ghana to coincide with the exhibition.