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Visitors to the Splendor of Lakes and Mountains exhibition can now admire unique Chinese watermark prints

The Moravian-Silesian Region has brought an exhibition of unique Chinese watermark prints to the region.

Visitors can see the works titled Splendor of Lakes and Mountains featuring magnificent Chinese nature until 15th September at the Gong Multifunctional Hall in Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava. Calligraphy workshops conducted by artist Sven Kraus will be held as an accompanying programme.

The Zhejiang Province Art Museum prepared this exhibition at the initiative of the Chinese embassy in Prague and with the support of the Department of Culture of the Zhejiang Province of the People’s Republic of China and the Moravian-Silesian Region. The exhibition was organised under the auspices of Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region for Culture Lukáš Curylo.

Residents of the Zhejiang Province, which boasts a poetic landscape surrounded by magnificent mountains and numerous lakes, consider the West Lake (World Cultural Heritage Site with ties to ancient dynasties) to be the soul of the province. The West Lake is the theme and motif of the exhibited paintings. At first sight, it might be seen as a small exhibition on a specific subject, but on closer examination, visitors will discover that besides celebrating the creative talents, traditions and culture of the Chinese nation, the exhibition also reflects how contemporary artists perceive and study the wisdom of the East as represented by “water culture”. Water in the Chinese culture is a symbol of encompassing peace and quiet perseverance.

“Although the distance between the Czech Republic and China is measured in thousands of kilometres, we hope this exhibition will evoke in its Czech audience a harmonic beauty that knows no boundaries or differences in culture – just like the imaginary blending of waters of the West Lake in the Zhejiang Province and the lakes in the Moravian-Silesian Region,” said Deputy Governor for Culture Lukáš Curylo.

“The Moravian-Silesian Region continues to change. It has long been much more than a remote area somewhere in the eastern corner of our country mentioned only in connection with heavy industry. It is now a confident region with a rich cultural life and plentiful partnerships with regions around the world. This unique exhibition is evidence of this,” explained Deputy Governor for Regional Development and Tourism Jan Krkoška, who opened the Lake and Mountain Gems exhibition on Monday 6th August.

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