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“The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” Exhibition Opened in Berlin, Germany Proofreader: Charlene Johnson   Time: 2017-07-18

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition, sponsored by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany, and co-organized by Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.
More than 20 leaders and guests attended the opening ceremony, including Huang Kunming, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Zhao Qinghua, Chinese Minister-Counselor to Germany Embassy, Gao Yonghong, Deputy Director of Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Lin Ronggang, Deputy Director of Wildlife Administration Office of Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, Li Jian, Deputy Director of Chengdu Administration Bureau for Forestry and Landscaping, Zhang Zhihe, Director of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dr. Andreas Ochs, Deputy Director of Berlin Zoo and Chief Vet, Zhang Qikai, a Chinese-German artist and professor at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Arnd Christian Muller, a German contemporary artist.
Huang Kunming, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. He said that, today, “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing”, two giant pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, are officially introduced to the German people at Berlin Zoo, where Chinese and German leaders attended the opening ceremony of Panda House. The organization of the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition at the moment will show China’s great achievements made in giant panda conservation, culture, art and other aspects from different angles. He hoped that the exhibition would open a window for German citizens to know and understand China, and also build a new platform for Sino-German cultural exchange. He noted that people of all social circles in Germany were welcomed to see giant pandas at the Berlin Zoo, and visit the cultural and artistic achievements exhibition of giant panda conservation. It is hoped that with giant panda as a friendly bridge and bond, the friendship between China and Germany will grow at deeper levels and across broader areas.
Zhao Qinghua, Chinese Minister-Counselor to Germany Embassy delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. He noted that “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing”, two giant pandas from Chengdu, the “Land of Abundance”, came to Germany as international friendly messengers, kicking off a 15-year Sino-German cooperation project on international giant panda research. This enhanced Chinese and German public’s deeper understanding of Chinese culture, and enhanced German people’s comprehensive understanding of China today. This move, as a bond to strengthen friendship between China and Germany, has profound significance to boost exchanges in culture, politics and economy between the two countries.
Zhang Zhihe, Director of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, introduced to the guests the achievements made since the establishment of the Base. He stated that the Base insisted on promoting the healthy growth of the captive giant panda population and supporting in-place conservation in the wild by means of science and technology. As of January 25, 2017, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has bred a total of 261 baby pandas, 176 of them survive at present, which is the world’s largest artificially bred and protected population of giant pandas.
Zhang Qikai, a German artist, introduced his works. He said that for 8 million years, giant pandas, a black and white composition, have painted bright and beautiful colors for the world, worthy of passionate following and exploration by humans forever. Also, giant panda is an endangered species of wild animals, therefore, artistic dissemination may attract more people to care and protect them.
At the end of the opening ceremony, Huang Kunming, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Zhao Qinghua, Chinese Minister-Counselor to Germany Embassy, Dr. Andreas Ochs, Deputy Director of Berlin Zoo and Chief Vet, jointly cut the ribbon for the exhibition.
The panda-themed works at the exhibition were created by artists from China, Germany and other countries. Exhibits are in various media, including photography, cast bronze sculpture, print, paper cutting, plaster sculpture and installation art, providing a visual feast for visitors.
It is known that a total of 20 artistic works were exhibited, including the Meng Meng 1, photography by Dr. Zhang Zhihe, a photographic artist, Looking up at the Stars, a cast bronze sculpture, The Ninth Wave and Never Bloom in 2016, oil paintings by artist Zhang Qikai, Who Is a Specimen, an artwork by artist Tian Ye, Link, a print work by artist Dong Xiaozhuang, Pandas behind Bamboos 1 by artist Ba Shan, To Protect the Species of Panda, a plaster sculpture by artist Jean-Charles Pigeau, Panda Twins, an installation artwork by artist Arnd Christian Muller, and A National Treasure, God’s Favored One, a paper cutting work by artist Yuan Chengxiang.

 

    

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

On the afternoon July 5, 2017, the “The Panda and the World—Artistic and Cultural Achievements of Giant Panda Protection in China” exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Haus Rödgen exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.

 

 

 

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