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《The Fifth Annual Conference》


Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind with Cultural Classics

 

— Wu Weishan, Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Curator of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)

 

Dear Chairwomen Zhang Meiying.

Distinguished guests from all over the world, ladies and gentlemen.

Good afternoon!

 

Today, friends afar are engaged in a cultural dialogue under the theme of "Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind". It reveals that all politicians, scholars, and people from all communities seated here share the same sense of responsibility and mission for the survival and development of humanity. Through dialogue and exchange, we will explore a bright path for the future of humanity.

 

The Earth, a globe, runs day and night without cessation.

 

On this globe lives nearly 7.1 billion people from more than 2,000 nationalities and in more than 200 countries and regions. There are nationalities with more than 100 million people, as well as those with less than 1,000 people with the least number being only 24. They are in various stages of development. Different races, histories, and environments have given birth to different cultures. The differences contribute to diversity and complementation, and during the process of complementation, the value of each culture is given full play. Therefore, this globe is an organic whole, a living body full of creativity, and a cultural entity with human touch. People call this globe a global village. This village is without doubt our homeland. As early as over 2,500 years ago, Confucius, a great Chinese thinker, said, "Peoples under the heaven belong to one family." Since we belong to one family, we should value each other. Today, through profound reflections on the frequent wars and bloodshed in history, we have gradually formed a consensus, hoping that countries will treat each other as equals, understand each other based on negotiation, be economically intertwined to develop together, take care of nature to build a green civilization, and learn from the culture of each other. This consensus, which centrally reflects people's aspirations for the construction of a community of shared future for mankind, is a historic choice in today's world, a theme of the times, and a necessary path for mankind to move towards a better life.

 

As the chief artist of the Forum and the curator of NAMOC, I wish to communicate with you today the topic of "Building a Community of Share Future for Mankind with Cultural Classics".

 

Interconnectivity of human minds holds key to building a community of shared future for mankind.

 

Cultural classics mirror the hearts and minds of nations and their peoples. It is a symbol of the times for the great beauty it contains, for the deep and eternal truth it reveals, and for the vast and vibrant rhythm it exudes. The creativity embodies within reflects the wisdom of the artist community, and artistic works record the social life. The transcendent cultural classics go root themselves in human heart and the source of life, revealing the laws of historical development. Therefore, through the mutual exchange of cultural classics, we can increase the spiritual communication between peoples, countries, and nations. In the exchange, we should bear in mind that the beauty of the world lies in the diversity, and that the creations of different peoples around the world have their own characteristics and irreplaceable values. Therefore, we must respect the diversity of cultures, and it is only under the premise of mutual respect can different cultures interface with their unique charms demonstrated, leading to development in mutual influence and interdependence.

 

The mutual influence and interdependence are based on a face, a heart, and a soul: a face with cultural characteristics that embodies the artist's style, the spirit of the times, and the encapsulation of national history; a sincere heart that sees peoples and countries treat each other with honesty; a peace-loving soul that is in pursuit of building a homeland.

 

To make the influence and dependence sustainable, it is necessary to carry out the exchange on a normal basis and establish alliances, forums, and exhibitions. The Taihu World Cultural Forum, which has been held for five consecutive sessions and will continue, is an example. This year, the BRICS Art Museum Alliance and the Alliance of Museums of the Silk Road established by the NAMOC have effectively promoted the exchange of cultural classics between countries.


In 2018, the International Art Collection from NAMOC, "Harmonious Co-existence" organized by the NAMOC showcased 224 artworks from the collections of 61 countries, with long queues of over 2 kilometers waiting to visit every day. It shows that classic works transcend time and space. The exhibition of British landscape paintings from Tate Gallery now on display at the NAMOC also adds a beautiful landscape to international cultural exchanges.

 

Chinese art has also received worm responses from the world in international exchanges.

 

In 2016, 300 classics from the collection of the NAMOC were exhibited in the Mexican Museum, where more than 150 Mexican volunteers dressed in Tang costumes (traditional Chinese garments) and introduced China to the audience in Spanish in the exhibition hall.

 

In 2017, a large bronze statue of Confucius was erected in Curitiba, Brazil, and the plaza was named "China Square" for the statue's completion.

 

In 2018, on the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, the city of Trier, Germany, upon parliamentary approval, erected a statue of Marx made by Chinese in his hometown, which received wide attention from the world.

 

The sculpture series on Nanjing Massacre has been exhibited around the world and included in Korean elementary school textbooks, signifying that the disaster of the Chinese people is also the disaster of the world, calling for world peace and playing a requiem for the sorrow of human fate.

 

Italy Museum displayed a statue of "Dialogue between Leonardo da Vinci and Qi Baishi Beyond the Ages," in which the two artists are portrayed as standing on the same boat. On the pedestal of the sculpture is inscribed, "we stand on the two ends of the boat, sailing together in the long river of humanity......"

 

Recently, Taihu World Cultural Forum organized the creation of the sculpture "Smile of the World", which is based on Maitreya Buddha and shows the human expression of tolerance and optimism, echoing the smile of the stone statue of the Cishan Culture in China 7,000 years ago, the smile of the ancient Greek sculptures, and the smile of Mona Lisa in the Renaissance. The smiles belonging to ancient and modern times are the most beautiful expressions in the world. These smiles connect this world to that world, leading to the building of a community of shared future for mankind that falls right in the expectation of the Forum.

 


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