Colombo, Oct 25 (newsin.asia) – A 10 day modern Chinese water ink painting exhibition kicked off in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday with an aim to strengthen cultural ties between China and Sri Lanka.
The exhibition titled ‘Chinese Style International Tour of Modern Chinese Water Ink Paintings Exhibition’ is organised by the China National Academy of Paintings and the China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka.
Director of the China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka, Yue Liwen said there were 30 paintings displayed in the exhibition which were divided into three categories, such as Chinese ink and wash paintings of sceneries, people, animals and plants.
Executive Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs, J.J. Rathanasiri, who was the Chief Guest at the event said China and Sri Lanka shared very strong cultural and art ties and such events would expose local citizens to Chinese art.
He said China and Sri Lanka had also shared a very strong friendship since ancient times and China had contributed towards Sri Lanka’s social, cultural, trade and commerce, education and infrastructure development.
“China has always helped us. And now we can proudly say that our friendship is only being strengthened further. We are glad such events are being held in the country for the benefit of local citizens,” Rathanasiri said.
Vice President of China National Academy of Painting, Zhang Jiangzhou said in recent years, Sri Lanka and China had increased its cooperation in culture, finance and economic development.
“There is no barrier between people and art in any country. Therefore I believe that the cultural and artistic changes between countries is very important,” Zhang said.
He added the paintings on display represent a high level of Chinese art and Chinese art itself had a history of over 1000 years.