Yang Zhiyang poses for a photo with his painting at the exhibition. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
“I love playing basketball, so I hope China and Germany can have more basketball exchange activities and maintain the development of friendly relationship between two countries,” said Yang Zhiyang at the opening ceremony of the Sino-German Cultural Exchange Exhibition “Farbwerte” on the afternoon of Dec. 17, 2016.
13-year-old Yang Zhiyang is one of the 21 Chinese junior school students from the Middle School Attached to Sun Yat-sen University who took part in the project “Farbwerte”. The project has been introduced to many countries, and this is the first time it is held in China with Chinese young artists’ works.
Dirk Lechelt (R5), Deputy Consul General of Germany in Guangzhou, Robert Eysoldt (L5, Berlin-based creative director and project developer and Chinese young artists pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
Farbwerte, meaning color values, is founded by Robert Eysoldt who is a Berlin-based creative director and project developer. The project reflects skepticism and enthusiasm and the resulting variety of standpoints and opinions, and the diversity of the objects, images and the respective texts cause a creative impulse necessary for reflection and discourse, according to Robert Eysoldt.
Dirk Lechelt, Deputy Consul General of Germany in Guangzhou, said that the exhibition shows German and Chinese juveniles’s thinking on the related subjects of national flags as well as how they think of their social responsibility and contribution to the society.
41 paintings by 21 Chinese and 20 German youths show various kinds of thinking of different aspects, including individual, dream, environment, cultural exchange, society, humanity and more. At the opening ceremony, Robert Eysoldt said he was surprised by the children’s strong creativity and thinking on society.
Li Meiying poses for a photo with her painting at the exhibition. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
Li Meiying, another 13-year-old junior school student from the Middle School Attached to Sun Yat-sen University, shared her thoughts about her painting with Newsgd.com’s reporter. “I draw the sun, and a girl reaching out for the sun. What I want to express is that if you want to live a splendid life, you have to work harder. Then you will become a better person.”
When being asked of how they think of the paintings presented by 20 German peers, Li Meiying pointed out they are very innovative, and Yang Zhiyang said he was very impressed by how the German juveniles think about issues from the angle of humanity or society with a broader vision.
As one of the activities for the 2016 Sino-German Youth Cultural Exchange Year, the art project Farbwerte in China was started last year. Lisa, adviser and German teacher for the 21 Chinese students, told the reporter that all the students volunteered for the event; they took time to think about what to paint and what they want to express; then she helped them with the Germanization of the illustration and took care of the printed materials for the exhibition; all the students are very excited about their paintings being displayed at the exhibition.
Sino-German Cultural Exchange Exhibition: Farbwerte
Organizers: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guangzhou, 53 Art Museum, Guangdong Art Promotion Association
Period: 2016.12.17 – 2017.01.20
Opening hours: 12:30 - 21:30
Venue: Guangzhou 53 Art Museum (广州53美术馆)
Add.: No.21 Huiyuan Street, Huijing Road, Guangyuan Express Highway, Guangzhou (广州市广园快速路汇景路汇苑街21号)
How to get there: Take one of the following buses and get off at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry station (科学院地化所站), then walk about 300 meters to get to the museum. Buses include 210, 214, 503, 60, 776, 813, B18, B19, University Town Special Line 1 & 2.