Art Exhibition Illuminates Carrousel du Louvre, France
"Boundless Borders, Marginalized Voices: A Manifesto"
Yading (far right), French highest honour Knight of the Legion of Honour recipient, writer, translator, and Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of France-China Exchanges (A.D.E.F.C.), attended the international art exhibition along with UNESCO officials and distinguished guests from the French literary world.
The art world was abuzz with excitement and creativity as the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, opened its doors for the "2023 International Art Collaborative Exhibition."
A joint effort by the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers, and Associations (WFUCA) and the Association for the Promotion of France-China Exchanges (A.D.E.F.C.), this event served as a captivating platform for artists, children, inheritors of intangible cultural heritage, and art design students from all corners of the globe to come together and showcase their talents in a mesmerizing display of diversity and artistic prowess.
Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye (second from the left), and Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of France-China Exchanges (A.D.E.F.C.), Yading (first from the left), presenting certificates to the artists.
Made possible by the collaborative efforts of the WFUCA, the A.D.E.F.C., and the Asian Academy of Arts, this ground-breaking exhibition also received vital support from co-organizers, including the cultural group Vieunite, international art platform MANAPlatform, ARTWORTH Gallery, and Art Spectra.
The "Boundless Borders, Marginalized Voices: A Manifesto" Art Exhibition is a celebration of vast inclusivity and cultural convergence, serving as a platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. The exhibition aims to showcase the unique stories, experiences, and creativity of the artists while fostering an art community that embraces fairness and diversity. Spearheading this artistic endeavour was the visionary curation of Tingting Fang, a prominent figure in the art world. As the Founder of the Fine Art Foundation in the United Kingdom, the Dean of the Asian Academy of Arts, and the Project Executive of the International Art Co-creation Exhibition, Fang carefully selected exceptional works from a diverse array of global artist submissions.
Tingting Fang (centre), Dean of the Asia Art Research Institute, presents Chinese artists' works to Yading (second from the left), Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of France-China Exchanges (A.D.E.F.C.), and a representative from the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres, and Associations.
This diverse collection featured a myriad of art forms, ranging from traditional painting and photography to contemporary images, sculptures, and installations. Over 70 esteemed artists from countries like China, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Singapore showcased their prowess in this exhibition. Among them were accomplished artists from esteemed institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts, the Slade School of Fine Art, and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Tingting Fang, Dean of the Asia Art Research Institute (centre), and Robert Prosperin, Chief Inspector of Education representing the French Ministry of Education (right), are interviewed by French media.
The unveiling ceremony was graced by the presence of dignitaries, diplomats, industry leaders, and cultural icons, with an impressive total of over 3,800 attendees. Among the notable guests were representatives from the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres, and Associations (WFUCA), including Robert FOPA; the Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye; Yading, a recipient of France's highest honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, a writer, translator, and chairman of A.D.E.F.C.; Robert Prosperin, Chief Inspector of Education representing the French Ministry of Education; and Jean-Éric de Saint Luc, President of the International Tourism Federation.
Yading (left), French highest honour Knight of the Legion of Honour recipient, writer, translator, and Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of France-China Exchanges (A.D.E.F.C.) presenting a certificate to one of the artists.
The exhibition's opening ceremony marked a significant moment in the creative journeys of the participating artists. Under the watchful eye of the representatives from WFUCA and A.D.E.F.C., the artists were honoured with certificates, adding an extra layer of prestige to their impressive works. The presence of Aurélia, the daughter of the legendary artist Pablo Picasso, added a touch of legacy and heritage to the historic occasion.
Pablo Picasso's daughter, Aurélia, travelled all the way from Los Angeles to attend and grace the international art exhibition as a guest of honour, announcing the commencement of the exhibition (far right).
The "Boundless Borders, Marginalized Voices: A Manifesto" Art Exhibition boasted an array of remarkable highlights that captivated both art enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Dong Caiming's "Yuzhu Folding Fan · Golden Mountain" caught the attention of Penny Jane Burke, the Chairperson of UNESCO, who decided to add it to her esteemed collection. Another notable piece, "Tang Dynasty Woman · Vitality," by Xiong Chao and Xia Jiangnan, earned the admiration of Mr. Yading, the recipient of France's highest honour. The unique artwork titled "Shaolin Monk Human Battery" found a home in the collection of MJ, the only non-Chinese Shaolin monk. The masterpiece "Blossoming," directed by Zhang Yimou with artistic consultancy by Cai Guoqiang, garnered widespread praise and admiration from the discerning audience.
Tingting Fang, the mastermind behind the exhibition's overall planning and execution, shared her insights into the exhibition's significance, stating, "The success of the ‘Boundless Borders, Marginalized Voices: A Manifesto' art exhibition is not only a recognition of the artists' creations but also a promotion and respect for cultural diversity. The conclusion of the exhibition does not mark the end; I believe that this inclusive and diverse artistic spirit will continue to be passed on, inspiring more creative ideas, and letting art shine even brighter on a global scale."
The "Boundless Borders, Marginalized Voices: A Manifesto" Art Exhibition embodies inclusivity and cultural convergence, pushing the boundaries of art while amplifying marginalized voices. It provides a platform to showcase artists' unique stories, experiences, and creativity, fostering an art community that embraces fairness and diversity. Beyond celebrating artistic creativity, the exhibition advocates for cultural diversity and inclusivity, nurturing a global art community that values equity and acceptance.
The masterful coordination and curation of the exhibition were helmed by Chief Curator Tingting Fang and a team of talented Co-Curators and coordinators, including Ran Zhu, Peining Yin, Yeonjae Lee, Xiaoying Dong, Lai Jiang, and others.
As the exhibition reaches its conclusion, its resounding success highlights the talent, diversity, and creativity within the contemporary art world. It showcases the power of art in promoting cultural understanding and embracing differences. As the final curtain falls, the spirit of inclusivity and diversity is expected to resonate and inspire even greater creativity, further illuminating the global art landscape.
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