MEMBERS STATEMENTS – United Nations: One World exhibition – Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Posted on 01. Jul, 2010 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — On Friday, 18 June, I attended an event called One World, an exhibition of paintings of the United Nations family by Chinese artists, at the Melbourne Town Hall. The exhibition’s theme explored the common ideals of unity, cooperation, progress and development regardless of our different nationalities. The diversity of geography and culture on show created a colourful international experience and fitted in well with Victoria’s multicultural society. The exhibition brought together 200 prominent traditional Chinese painters, who were invited to create original works based on cultural texts and photographs of important landmarks around the world, collected and recommended by the 192 member states of the United Nations.

This project was inspired by and initiated during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and was exhibited in the headquarters of the United Nations before moving on to other major cities around the world. The exhibition was sponsored by the State Council Information Office of China in conjunction with the China Artists Association and the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, and it was widely enjoyed by all who visited.

Melbourne has been privileged to host this special exhibition showcasing the best of what the People’s Republic of China top traditional painters have to offer. I had the privilege of joining 30 of those 200 artists who came to the opening of the exhibition. I would like to thank and congratulate Sam Feng, managing director of the biggest weekly Chinese newspaper in Melbourne, the Pacific Times, for bringing this exhibition to share with the people of Victoria.

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