METROPOLIS NOW! A Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art Opens at Meridian International Center March 25

March 9, 2009

Vanguard exhibition commemorates 30th anniversary of U.S.-China formal relations – addresses the enormous changes taking place in China’s cities due to globalization and urbanization

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by Meridian International Center:

Exhibition Dates: March 25, 2009-July 26, 2009

Location: Meridian International Center, White-Meyer House/Cafritz Galleries

Press Preview: March 24, 2009

Meridian International Center, in partnership with the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing, and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC will open METROPOLIS NOW! A Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art at Meridian International Center on March 25, 2009. The exhibition was organized to commemorate 30 years of formal diplomatic ties between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and will be officially opened in the presence of H.E. Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States.

METROPOLIS NOW! is a compelling selection of 52 paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and video installations by 31 artists. Their works address the enormous changes taking place in China’s cities – specifically, the major art centers of Beijing and Shanghai. Visitors to the exhibition will experience the implications of urbanization and globalization as seen through the eyes of these extraordinary artists.

According to Fan Di‘an, Director, National Art Museum of China, “This exhibition represents a new achievement in cultural exchange between China and the United States. It is the first exhibit of its kind to reach Washington, DC.”

The journey of METROPOLIS NOW! began when the Embassy of China reached out to Meridian as a project partner for the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations because of its distinguished Art for Cultural Diplomacy program, as well as its history of collaboration with China on artistic, professional, and cultural exchanges. In mid-September 2008, Meridian’s curators traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to meet with NAMOC director Fan Di‘an, a renowned figure in Chinese art, and his staff to plan the exhibition.

“The works of art included in METROPOLIS NOW! are powerful examples of the role of artists as envoys or cultural diplomats. While official diplomatic efforts among governments are well known, people-to-people exchanges are increasingly a vital part of a far-reaching solution to building a safer and more prosperous world,” said Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President of Meridian International Center. “Cultural diplomacy, as exemplified by such collaborative projects, provides a neutral setting where people from around the globe can meet to consider issues, resolve difficulties, break down stereotypes, and learn more about one another.”

Activities complementing the display of METROPOLIS NOW! include a delegation of Chinese artists and NAMOC staff led by Fan Di‘an and a symposium, U.S. and China: A Cultural Window into Economic Growth and Globalization, which will be held on the evening of March 26 at Meridian International Center. For latest updates, visit www.meridian.org.

Meridian International Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC with partners around the world. Its mission is to strengthen efforts to meet global challenges and create sustainable partnerships between America and the world.

Meridian carries out this mission by engaging the public and private sectors through leadership exchanges, idea exchanges, cultural diplomacy, and virtual connections. Its tested exchange and collaboration methodology taps into its unique expert network, provides a neutral convening platform, and ensures long-term follow-up for results.

SOURCE Meridian International Center

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