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Ten years of work from Arab artists on display

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60 paintings and 20 sculptures from a group of Arabic artists went on display at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Oct 22, 2018. [Photo by Li Hongrui/Chinaculture.org]

When two great cultures meet, new things often are born. The arts are no exception.

As such, 60 paintings and 20 sculptures from a group of Arabic artists went on display at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Monday.

Luo Shugang, minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, addressed the opening ceremony.

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Luo Shugang, minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, addresses the opening ceremony. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

"In recent years, the cultural exchange between China and Arab states within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative has been strengthened. More cooperative achievements have been made in many fields," Luo said.

"It is a highlight of the 10 years' creation by Arabian artists who featured China in their paintings and sculptures. These works have been displayed in many cities in China and visited a series of Arab countries, such as Egypt and Kuwait. They are a token of friendship between China and Arab states."

The exhibition is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the "Insight of China Workshop for Well-known Arab Artists in China", a boutique cross-cultural project initiated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China in 2009.

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Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, ssistant secretary-general of the League of Arab States gives a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
In the past ten years, 158 artists from 22 Arab countries were invited to China and created about 475 works based on their engagement with the country and its culture.
The workshop has been held in a series of cities in China, including Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, Yinchuan in Ningxia Hui autonomous region and Urumqi in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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Representative of Arabic artists Leila Shili gives a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Both natural landscapes and traditional Chinese culture became an inspiration to the artists. Traditional Chinese architecture and scenery were featured in their paintings. One Arab artist even created an oil work that mirrors Chinese ink painting, with a color blend of black and white.

The event is also an important activity of the fourth Arabic Arts Festival that was announced to be co-hosted by China and Arab states by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum on July 10, 2018.

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Chinese Landscape, by Ahmed Hajoubi. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Under the framework of the festival, more than 20 key activities have been held, covering arts, music, poems and comics.

Running until Nov 1, the exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Arab states, the Sichuan provincial government, China Arts and Entertainment Group and the National Center for the Performing Arts.

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Love Ⅲ, by Jameela Alansari.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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Culture Blending, by Taghreed Al Baqshi.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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She and me, by Abdulraheem Salem Khamis Enqelya.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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Untitled, by Ashraf Abdelmonim Mohamed Ibrahim. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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Panda, by Moulay Driss Jebrane.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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The Lotus Flowers in the Rain, by Ferhi F.Zohra.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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Poster of the exhibition. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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Visitors at the exhibition