Qi Baishi from China, and Picasso from Spain, are two great painters of the era. They never met, but shared the same preferred subject – the dove, a symbol of peace.
Since then, increasing exchanges have been conducted between the two painters’ hometowns.
This March, Xiangtan artists and government officials visited Malaga of Spain, to attend a painting and calligraphy exhibition themed “Wind from Qi Baishi’s Hometown”.
Recently, the Qi Baishi International Culture and Art Festival was held in Xiangtan, attracting many Spanish artists. “All of Europe admires Qi Baishi”, said Vanesa Diez Barriuso, director of Museum Jorge Rando. The Chinese Ambassador to Spain, Lv Fan, said that, “Both China and Spain have profound cultures. The cultural exchange and cooperation between the two countries has enormous potential and bright prospects. China and Spain own the second and third largest number of world heritages, and both boast multiculture and a large number of cultural figures during their long history. Today, China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative provides more opportunities for China-Spain cultural exchanges”.
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government. www.enghunan.gov.cn.
Translator: Pang Yuehui