The third part of the exhibition is a scroll from NMA’s own collection exploring the strong Chinese-Australian connection, Harvest of Endurance Scroll. The scroll is an artistic representation of two centuries of Chinese contact with and migration to Australia. A total of eight meters of the 50-meter scroll will be on display.
“It shows the history of Chinese people in Australia,” said Michael Pickering, senior curator of NMA. “This painting basically marks the period of time in the 1970s and 1980s when they were at the transition from Chinese engagement through individual immigration to a time when political recognition raised the profile.”
NMA signed a memorandum of understanding with NMC in 2011. Last July, a 150-piece “Old Masters” art exhibition with Australian indigenous artists opened in NMC. Shan Wei, who had not started his work in NMC then, went to the exhibition twice as a visitor.
Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye said at the opening ceremony on Thursday evening that cultural exchange is an important part of bilateral relations between China and Australia. “Art knows no boundary and exchanges can bridge gaps,” he said.
“The more our cultural exchanges are conducted, the deeper our two peoples understand each other. It is my sincere wish that cultural institutes in our two countries could join hands and make even greater contribution to the development of Sino-Australia relations,” he said.
According to Yang Zhi, minister-counselor for culture at the Chinese Embassy in Australia, told Xinhua that the preparation for the exchange exhibitions took almost three years.
“These exhibitions brought the cultural exchanges of China and Australia to a new height,” he said. “In recent years many Australian culture institutes visited China, and vice versa. Such exchanges shortened the distance between our two peoples, and enhanced mutual understanding.”