By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — While snow relentlessly poured on the first day of Spring here, the Chinese iconic animals panda and horse, featured in the Peace and Friendship Exhibit, saved the day for guests who came to grace its opening on March 20, 2015 in the auspices of the United Nations headquarters.
Everybody fell in love with the panda bursting in life on the canvass of renowned Chinese artist Bian Jian at the Peace and Friendship: Master Series Exhibition for the 70th Anniversary of the UN and Victory over Fascism. The event was attended by international dignitaries and New York press.
The panda represents peace, by the way the animal looks and how peaceful and friendly they are, explained Bian Jian, who painted the pandas live in his presence, instead of the usual referencing of a photograph.
In recent years, China has regarded the panda as its official ambassador for peace, taking the animal on tour in various parts of the world.
Artist Tian Yuemin showcased his paintings and sculpture of horses, which in Chinese culture conveys ceaseless striving, and therefore, resulting in development. Yuemin’s depiction of the horses is the traditional Chinese style of painting. He also exhibited the bronze bust he made in honor of UN Secretary-general Banki Moon.
The UN Chinese ambassador for the Science and Technology Culture Exchange noted that peace and development complement each other. The exhibit will have a lingering influence and impact in the UN, but he said that art is not limited to time and space, and will thus resonate so many times over to convey the message of peace and friendship.
The art exhibit was put together through the leadership of YiLing Li of the UCT International Cultural Development. Its partners included the Beijing International Science-Technology Culture Exchange Association, the UN Women’s Guild, and the Guodong Province.
The same exhibit will be toured at the Columbia University and Mt. Vernon in New York and in Los Angeles, California.