Co-sponsored by China International Culture Association and Beijing Peace Tour Cultural Exchanges Center, Harmonious Asia International Exhibition of Works by Artists for Peace was held in China Art Palace in Shanghai from May 19th to 22th, 2014. About eighty artists from twenty-seven countries, including members of Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), observer states, and dialogue partners, took part in the exhibition
On May 19th, Meng Jianzhu, member of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs, Emomali Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan, Guo Shengkun, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, Akkoshkarov, Deputy Secretary of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Dong Junxin, Deputy Secretary, along with artists, media, and leaders from CICA member states attended the ceremony. Meng Jianzhu, Rakhmon, and Dong Junxin delivered speeches respectively.
At the opening ceremony, Meng Jianzhu presented the Prize of Friends of International Peace Artists to President Rakhmon to recognize his continuous contributions to international peace and arts exchange activities. Subsequently, Meng Jianzhu, President Rakhmon, Guo Shengkun, and Deputy Secretary Akkoshkarov presented Gold Medal-Gold Brush Award of International Award for Peace and Art to related artists, and they also presented winning units and individuals the International Cultural Exchange Contribution Award.
In this exhibition, over 150 paintings were displayed to express peace and harmony. Held during CICA Summit, the exhibition enhanced cohesive relations, and promoted the cultural communication among Asian countries.