New York, NY – June —In response to President Xi’s proposals entitled “Tell Chinese Stories Well” and relating to the 2016 China-U.S. tourism year, the City of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in China has engaged the Asian American Business Development Center to organize and present an art and cultural exhibition from July 12-14, 2016 at Federal Hall National Memorial, located at 26 Wall Street in Manhattan. An exhibition tour and a reception will be held on the evening of July 13th, which begin with a media tour at 5:00pm and follow by a reception at 6:30pm. Reporters will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists and discuss their works.
A live auction for this art exhibition will take place at 3pm, July 15th at Manhattan Asian Arts Lounge. In the meantime, online auctions will also be available on liveauctioneers.com and 51bidlive.com.
Changzhou is an ancient city in China, which is well known for silk embroidery, paper cuts and traditional paintings. Founded in the Wu culture, the exhibition reflects the beauty of the mountains, lakes and rivers of Southern China. A wide range of over 90 artworks will be displayed at the exhibit in various ways.
Examples in the exhibition show national cultural heritage such as Jintan paper-cut, which represents the folk art of the Han nationality. Artist Zhaoqun Yang has inherited these examples, with more than 100 such works having been published in newspapers throughout China and shown in domestic and international exhibitions.
Changzhou needlework embroidery is known as the one of five famous embroidery styles of China. Sun Yanyun learned three stitch embroidery from her mother as well as from the late Madam Ren Huixian (her mother’s fellow artist) and Professor Lv Quji. Changzhou paintings focus on traditions, life and heritage. Southern Chinese art inherits the main characteristics of the Wu culture, which is a key source of inspiration for Chinese painting and calligraphy art.
The purposes for this art exhibition will be to showcase an exhibit by the Changzhou City’s arts and culture and to promote cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. John Wang, President & CEO of the Asian American Business Development Center, commented, “AABDC has long standing relationship with the City of Changzhou, which has helped to establish sister-city relations with Buffalo in 2009. The art exhibition is a continuation to develop art and cultural exchange between New York and Changzhou and to boost economic and trade cooperation.”
Vice Mayor of Changzhou and Government Publicity Department Director Ying Xu says, “In real time (life), Changzhou is growing, changing and evolving every day. This is the Millennium Dragon City where tradition and fashion fuse. It is a peaceful city where residents enjoy living and tourists enjoy visiting. Thanks to this exhibition and the cultural exchange opportunity, I sincerely invite American friends to visit Changzhou, and I believe you will have a wonderful experience there.”