Exhibition Featuring Works by Chinese and Pakistani Artists
An exhibition featuring works by Chinese and Pakistani artists opened at the National Art Gallery on Tuesday.
The exhibition is part of the activities planned for Pak-China Year of Friendly Relations 2015. The featured artists were participants of residency programmes in which they visited each other’s countries.
On the invitation of Pakistan’s culture ministry, more than two dozen Chinese artists visited Pakistan in May 2014. Similarly, five Pakistani artists had attended a two-week workshop in China in August 2013.
The five are Akram Dost Baluch, Masood A. Khan and Aqeel Solangi, Zaira Ahmad Zaka and Mobeen Ansari.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Visual Arts Department Director Musarrat Nahid said that during their stay in China, Pakistani visual artists visited important historical sites, museums and art institutions. They also sketched and painted at the Great Wall and Bashang prairie.
“The visits to places like the National Museum, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square influenced the works of these artists,” she said.
The idea behind the cultural exchanges was to allow artists to reflect their impressions of the neighbouring country in their work and then share these impressions with their viewers.
The exhibition features more than 70 works in mixed media, print, water colour, ink on paper and photography. The paintings include landscapes, figurative paints, still life and abstract works.
Most works by Chinese artists were in black and white and used more traditional mediums like ink and water colour on canvas. Similarly, most paintings featured landscapes with mountains and water dominating the scenes.
Connecting through art in a creative dialogue, an exhibition of works done by Pakistani and Chinese artists.
Organised by Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage in collaboration with Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition showcases the works produced by artists of both countries under a cultural collaborative project. Five artists from Pakistan and eight artists from China were selected to visit each other’s countries and capture their creative experiences on their canvas.
The exhibition displays the works done by the participating artists of the cultural project.
The Chinese artists’ team visiting Pakistan for the project comprised of Yu Qiping, Zhao Man, Liu Yu, Li Hengcai, Dai Kui, Zhang Weiguo, Ying Tangjun, and Sun Xiaodong. The Pakistani artists were Akram Dost Baluch, Masood A. Khan, Aqeel Solangi, Zaira Ahmad Zaka, and Mobeen Salman Ansari.
The art works on display carries a unique blend of cross cultural experiences shared by the participating artists during their stay in each other’s countries.
The works by Chinese artists touches upon cultural inspiration they gathered while working in Pakistan. It’s interesting to see their work as a Chinese version of Pakistan due to their style and medium. And similarly, the works of Pakistani artists done in China also comes as a Pakistani version of Chinese culture due to their distinct flair.
While speaking at the inauguration of the exhibition, Zhang Yingbao, the Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy said that Sino-Pakistan has gone through the test of time and drastic international changes. “We have a long standing and constant friendship and cooperating in political, economic, military, and cultural field,” he said. He also expressed hope that the shared experiences of the artists of both countries would go a long way in strengthening the existing bond of friendship between Pakistan and China.