ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
American States in Yuan Xikuns Eyes: Preservation and Transformation is a cultural celebration paying tribute to the 10th Anniversary of Chinas participation as an observer of the Organization of American States.
Educator, environmental advocate, and internationally renowned Chinese artist and sculptor, Yuan Xikun has been invited to draw ink-and-wash portraits for hundreds of foreign dignitaries. Yuans multi-disciplinary practice highlights arts ability to address cultural and social phenomena and engender reflection and connection.
The exhibit comprises twelve sculptures of American, Latin American and Caribbean historical figures, art works commissioned by ministries and members of the diplomatic community. The exhibit aims to amplify the voice and demonstrate the impact of American cultures and inclusiveness, while cultivating relationships that transcend boundaries and build trust and mutual respect among peoples in Western and Eastern countries
The exhibition is on view in the OAS Sculpture Garden May 9 – August 1, 2014 and includes works of historic figures who made exceptional contributions to the Americas, including:
Abraham Lincoln (United States) Simn Bolvar (Venezuela) Eloy Alfaro (Ecuador) Tupac Amar (Peru) Lula Da Silva (Brazil) Juan Pablo Duarte (Dominican Republic) Tupac Katari (Bolivia), Juana Azurduy (Bolivia), Andreo De Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Gabriel Garca Mrquez (Colombia), Jose Mart (Cuba) Jos de San Martn (Argentina)
Exhibition overview and press images: http://pickworthbell.com/ama/ama_2014_04_overview.html
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Chinas Yunnan Province in 1994, Professor Yuan is an award-winning artist, educator, environmental advocate, and creator of the Beijing Jin Tai Art Museum, Beijings first privately-owned museum where over 300 international cultural exchange programs have garnered praise by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture. Yuan has been invited to draw ink-and-wash portraits for over 150 foreign dignitaries, including Juan Antonio Samaranch, Neil Mandela, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger. As Director of the organizing committee for the 29th Olympic Games, Yuan initiated the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest hosted by the Olympic organizing committee.
Yuan has emerged as a champion in the advancement of public awareness and people’s understanding of sculpture in China. His sculptures of international dignitaries are in the collections of foreign governments, international organizations, and museums, and numerous permanent collections in Germany, Chile, Colombia, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Japan, Venezuela, and the United States. Long active in promoting relations between China and the United States, Yuan was in 1997, dedicated to the establishment of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art & Archeology in Peking University. In 2009, in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, the headquarter of the United States Olympic Committee hosted the unveiling ceremony for Yuans sculpture Flying Fish—-Michael Phelps, inaugurated on the Team USA Annual Community Celebration.
Colombia – Gabriel Garca Mrquez, 2012, Bronze, 57 x 32 x 63 cm
Remarks and artist award presentation – Andres Navia, Director of Art Museum of the Americas/OAS – Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Washington DC – Mrs. Dr. Nelly Perez Duverge, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic – Prof. Yuan Xikun, artist and the Standing Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
ABOUT THE ROUNDTABLE
In conjunction with the opening ceremony, the roundtable Fusion of Mutual Perception & Multi-cultural Exchanges: Reread Interaction between China and the Americas offers a unique opportunity for policymakers, diplomats, institutions, and practitioners to discuss the changing environment and exchange opportunities between China and the Americas in the context of multilateral society.
– Dr. Erick Langer, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University – Ambassador Alfonso Quinez, Secretary for External Relations – Minister-Counselor Liang Yu, Alternate Observer of China to the OAS – Prof. Yuan Xikun, artist, Standing Member of the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
Co-moderators: – Dr. Erick Langer – Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs, Meridian International Center
Highlighted roundtable participants include: – Mrs. Dr. Nelly Perez Duverge, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic – Eva Caldera, Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives, National Endowment for the Humanities – Michael Orlove, Director of International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts – Ambassador Lloyd Hand, US Chief of Protocol, Council of American Ambassadors – Olga Herrera, National Coordinator, Inter-University Program for Latino Research, University of California, Washington Center