On August 4th (local time in Auckland), “New Wu School-Exhibition of Chinese Paintings by Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute” (New Zealand Tour) opened in Auckland Metropolitan Museum. More than 200 people attended the opening ceremony, including famous local overseas Chinese leaders, community leaders, people from cultural and art circles and business circle as well as media reporters.
The exhibition was sponsored by New Zealand Artists Association and Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute, and was organized by New Zealand Walker International Cultural Media and New Zealand Brush Art School. On the exhibition were 60 pieces of works by 15 painters from Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute, which fully demonstrated the overall creative level of Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute.
On the exhibition, Liu Jia, dean of Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute, and famous painters Jia Junchun and Li Yaguang introduced the works and personal feelings in the process of painting. Under the witness of many guests, the New Zealand Artists Association and Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute signed a letter of intent on cooperation. Cooperation will be carried out in holding exhibitions, academic exchanges and artists’ exchange visits.
Since 2010, “New Wu School-Exhibition of Chinese Paintings by Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute” has toured in Europe, Japan, America and Germany and has become an influential foreign exchange cultural brand of Suzhou. According to Liu Jia, the purpose of the exhibition in New Zealand is to help New Zealand audience better appreciate the unique charm of traditional Chinese painting techniques and learn that contemporary Chinese art is concerned about people's livelihood and pursues harmony and beauty. At the same time, he also hopes that this exhibition will show the charm of new Suzhou during the forty years of the reform and opening up and expand the cultural exchange and cooperation between the two countries and peoples.