Sino-Dutch art exhibition marks key anniversary of diplomatic ties

Chinese and Dutch artists held an art exhibition on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the Netherlands.

Co-organized by the China Cultural Center in The Hague and Pulchri Studio, the exhibition features 50 artworks, with artists from each country contributing 25 artworks.

Works of art include traditional and contemporary paintings, calligraphy, sculptures and art installations.

“I believe art can bring people together – people from East and West, people from developing and developed countries, Chinese and Dutch people,” the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands said. Bas, Tan Jian, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Tan hopes the exhibition will bring the two nations closer together and promote exchanges and cooperation between artists from the two countries.

Exhibition organizers have overcome the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and spent a year preparing for it, said exhibition curator Zhou Lesheng.

Dutch artists are interested in the works of Chinese artists, Zhou said, expressing hope that more similar exhibitions can be held in the future to further promote exchanges between Chinese and Dutch artists.

Bob Bonies, a renowned Dutch artist and art educator, said he was happy to appreciate the works of Chinese artists, which reflect Chinese cultural heritage and the achievements of artists.

Bonies said he had visited China several times and was impressed by the “incredible and fantastic” development of Chinese modern art, which adheres to “very high international standards”.