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Press release: “A Moment in the Song” – A Comprehensive Collection of Ancient Chinese Paintings showcased in London, UK


Asia House, London – November 23, 2022


“A Moment in the Song”, an exhibition of China’s Song Dynasty paintings in the UK, organized by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and Zhejiang University, and supported by Europe-Asia Centre, was launched at London’s Asia House. Highlight event was presented as part of the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between People’s Republic of China and United Kingdom.


Opening speech was presented by Mr Chu Ziyu, Director General of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, followed by Ambassador (ret.) Piet Steel (Chairman of Europe-Asia Center), MP Mark Logan (Member of the British Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary), H.E. Yang Xiaoguang (Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK), Mr Mick Davies PRBA (Chairman of the Royal Society of British Artists) and Ms Ping Huang FRSA (Secretary General of the Zhejiang UK Association), invited to inaugurate the exhibition.


Among the selection of distinguished guests present at the ceremony were also Mr Tony Devenish AM (GLA Member for West Central Councillor for Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward), Mr Li Liyan (Minister-Counselor of Culture Office in the Chinese Embassy in the UK) and Ms Mei Sim Lai OBE DL (His Majesty the King’s Representative for Brent since 2007).


Mark Logan, Member of the Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary.


The exhibition featured over 100 high-definition prints of Song paintings, which depicts the vibrant life and elegant painting style of the Song Dynasty into four sections: “A Scroll of Song Painting · a History of Thousands of Years”, “Diversified Paintings · Fascinating Brushwork”, “Multicolored World · Wonderful Seasons”, “Poetry of Ink and Wash · Abandon Ourselves to Nature”. Moreover, the exhibition provides interactive zones such as VR film, exquisite Song-style costume display and cultural experience, sharing the Song tea ceremony, incense art, flower arranging and guqin performance to the guests.


Mick Davies PRBA, Chairman of the Royal Society of British Artists.


Mr Chu Ziyu, Director General of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, in video address to the guests.


H.E. Yang Xiaoguang, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.


Mick Davies PRBA, Chairman of the Royal Society of British Artists with keynote address.


Mark Logan, British Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary.


Ambassador Piet Steel, Chairman of Europe-Asia Center together with his wife Carine Steel, as the hosts of the opening event.


Photo credit: Europe – Asia Center, 2022

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Matic Gajšek, Deputy director Europe – Asia Center

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