Mrs. Zhao Li, Director of China Cultural Centre in Sydney, said in her speech that the event represented the start of a cooperative relationship between China Cultural Centre and the Adelaide Festival Centre. She hoped that, through mutual cooperation and the sharing of resources, the general public of South Australia could be provided with a new channel to explore and understand the Chinese culture.
Mr. Michael Abbott, Chair of the Adelaide Festival Centre, said that the Centre was honoured to host the art exhibition exclusively alongside Sydney, and was greatly pleased to welcome and celebrate the 18 outstanding young artists from China, as well as their spectacular art pieces. Mr Abbott expressed his desire to continue celebrating Chinese culture through further collaboration with the China Cultural Centre in Sydney.
Zoe Bettison, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, praised the high quality of the exhibitions presented by both the Adelaide Festival Centre and the China Cultural Centre in Sydney, and extended her best wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.
The Governor of South Australia, Mr. Hieu Van Le, participated in the exhibition’s opening in Adelaide, saying that cross-cultural communication and exchange possessed a very long-lasting influence on political, cultural and economic relations. He expressed that the cooperation between Adelaide Festival Centre and the China Cultural Centre in Sydney would be a productive one, further strengthening and contributing to the strong friendship between China and Australia.
Before the official opening of the exhibition, Mr. Zhao Li, curator for the exhibition and also a professor of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, gave an introductory speech on the features and creative process behind the art pieces. Those attending highly praised the exhibition as well as the artists’ imagination, creativity and interpretation of the idea of “change”. The exhibition tour focuses on art work created by young and contemporary Chinese artists, creating a fresh and diverse atmosphere for the exhibition in an attempt to further promote and develop understanding of this relatively unknown art-style overseas.
“Silent poetry—Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition” is hosted by China Cultural Centre in Sydney and AFC, and academically supported by Chinese Modern Contemporary Art Document (CCAD) and Art Nova 100.
Having already been exhibited in Sydney for one month, “Silent Poetry” is currently being exhibited at the Adelaide Festival Centre from the 25th of February to the 29th of March.