“Giant Panda Arts: Protection across Boundaries - Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda” was solemnly opened in South Korea

2016-05-04

At 10 a.m. on April 21, the grand opening ceremony of Giant Panda Arts: Protection across Boundaries - Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda was held at South Korea Samsung Everland Resort.

  

 


Opening of the Art Exhibition
 


Opening of the Art Exhibition


 Visiting the Art Exhibition

 


 Visiting the Art Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 
Group photo of artists (from left to right: Tian Ye, Zhang Qikai and Jean-Charles Pigeau)

 

  


Tourist visit
 


Tourist visit

 

A Look at China’s and South Korea’s Panda Relationship


In July 2014 when Xi Jinping, President of China, visited South Korea, the two countries issued a joint declaration to conduct cooperative studies on the giant panda. As a result, two giant pandas named Hua Ni and Yuan Xin were sent to South Korea in early 2016.


China and South Korea have maintained a profound friendship through pandas. As early as 1994, in order to commemorate the second anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and South Korea, pandas named Ming Ming and Li Li were sent to South Korea from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 24, 1994. In March this year, new “giant panda messengers” successfully moved into the Panda House of South Korea Samsung Everland Resort. At the opening ceremony of the Panda House of South Korea Samsung Everland Resort these two pandas debuted for the public and received their new names, i.e., Ai Bao and Le Bao.


China and South Korea identified 2015 and 2016 as the “years of China and South Korea”. Giant Panda Arts: Protection across Boundaries - Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda, as part of a series of Global Naming for “UNDP Pambassador” and Global Search for “UNDP Panda Envoys”, was opened in South Korea, which not only helped spread the idea of panda protection and the cultural and artistic connotation of panda but also enhanced friendship between the two countries and increased cultural exchange between the two countries.


In the Opening Ceremony of the Giant Panda Art Exhibition, Mr. Artemy Izmestiev, the Acting Director of the Office of UNDP in South Korea, Song Daewoo, General Director of giant panda program of Samsung C&T Everland Resort, Li Qingwen, the Deputy Secretary of China Wildlife Conservation Association, Gao Yonghong, the Deputy Director of the News Office of Chengdu Municipal People's Government, and Professor Zhang Qikai, the Representative of Artists, jointly unveiled the art exhibition and wished for a successful launch of the Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda.

 

Visiting the Black and White Art Space


The first works in the art exhibition are brilliant; they are displayed in the art exhibition area and video exhibition areas.


There were a total of 17 works in the art exhibition area, including: the To Protect the Species of Panda, a giant panda installation by Jean-Charles Pigeau, a contemporary French artist, the Many Days to Remember, the Homeward Journey and other giant panda oil paintings as well as the Overlooking and other giant panda sculpture works by a German artist Zhang Qikai, the Who Is a Specimen and the Borrowing Five Hundred Years from the Lord Again, oil paintings by Tian Ye, an artist residing in France, as well as The Seventh Day and The Ninth Day and other photographic works by Zhang Zhihe, a Chinese giant panda photographer. Works of various art forms displayed in the exhibition hall enabled black and white of pandas to be integrated into the colorful world of art, showed the elegant and self-satisfied spirit world of charmingly naive, cute and clever pandas, and actively promoted the love of the giant panda by fans from South Korea and the world.


There were two video works in the video exhibition area, namely A Collection of Wonderful Videos about Giant Pandas, and Dujiangyan. These two interesting short films will also be released on the official website of the United Nations Development Programme for recruiting panda envoys (www.sdgpanda.org), the official website and microblogging of the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, as well as the official microblogging and WeChat of PANDAPIA.  Panda fans can enjoy the art via the Internet.


An invitation for you to explore the secrets of giant pandas


“Giant Panda Arts: Protection across Boundaries - Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda” in South Korea will continue through April 28, 2016. At the same time, panda fans in attendance will receive free art fans provided by the organizer.


Boundaries - Global Art Exhibition Tour Featuring Giant Panda” will also be held successively in Hong Kong and Beijing China, as well as in Tokyo, Japan within this year. All global panda fans, please stay tuned.

 

 For more information, please visit the official website of the Global Naming for “UNDP Pambassador” and Global Search for “UNDP Panda Envoys”; the official website link: www.sdgpanda.org

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