On the evening of September 22, 2011, U.S. time, the opening ceremony of Porcelain Capital : Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Painting from Jingdezhen was held in Meridian International Center in Washington. More than 300 guests including Cai Wu, Minister of Culture of China, Stewart Holliday, President of Meridian International Center and other personages from political, business and cultural communities of Washington attended the ceremony.
Minister Cai Wu Addressing the Opening Ceremony of Porcelain Capital : Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Painting from Jingdezhen / Photograph by Zhang Jun, Xinhua News Agency
In his address, Minister Cai Wu said, “International relations rely on amity between peoples”. In January during President Hu Jintao’s visit to the U.S., cultural exchanges were incorporated into the U.S.-China Joint Statement as an important component in establishing a partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. In the past ten years, Meridian International Center initiated a number of cultural exchange programs with cultural organizations in China. In March, the Center signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation with China International Culture Association. As the first cooperation program in the Memorandum, the ceramic painting exhibition was of great symbolic significance as ceramic art belongs to both China and the world and is both antique and new. He hoped that U.S. audiences could see an ancient but vigorous China through the exhibition.
Stewart Holliday, President of Meridian International Center and Curtis Sandberg, Vice President of the Center addressed the occasion respectively. They extended a warm welcome to Minister Cai Wu. They pointed out that as the first program after Meridian International Centre and CICA signed the memorandum of understanding, the ceramic painting exhibition would certainly play an active role in promoting the cultural exchanges between China and U.S.A. and bring about more wonderful cooperation programs in the future.
Minister Cai Wu and Zhao Xiaolan, Former Secretary of Labor at the Ceremony
Luo Yinggui, General Manager of exhibition organizer Jingdezhen Yipin Ceramic Painting Co., Ltd. introduced the preparations and planning made for the exhibition and expressed thanks for the great support from the Ministry of Culture and Meridian International Center.
As a part of “Chinese Culture Series” held in Washington by the Ministry of Culture, Porcelain Capital : Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Painting from Jingdezhen was jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of PRC and Meridian International Center and organized by Jingdezhen Yipin Ceramic Painting Co., Ltd. A total of 56 contemporary ceramic paintings from 13 artists were exhibited. Minister Cai Wu and Ann Stock, Acting Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, sent messages of congratulations for the exhibition. The exhibition would last till early 2012.