POT’s Beijing office in cooperation with Polish Institute, Department of Culture of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing, Seba Amber and Millennium City Park in Kaifeng opened the “Neverending Bond” Polish cultural exhibition celebrating 70 years of political relations between Poland and China, as well as the “One Belt, One Road” initiative connecting the two countries.
Through a series of art, photography and jewelry exhibitions encompassing displays of Polish UNESCO heritage, culture, amber jewelry and a performance of two renowned artists (Iwona Tamborska and Jiao Weidong), the discussed event will introduce Chinese audience to Poland’s crucial tourist highlights and make it easier for them to understand the cultural context of our country.
Exhibition of Poland’s UNESCO world heritage
The exhibition focuses on photographs of 15 Polish historical monuments included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition to the old towns in Kraków, Warsaw, Toruń and Zamość, the list also features milestones in the history of Polish architecture: the mediaeval castle in Malbork, distinctive wooden churches of southern Małopolska, the Centennial Hall in Wrocław and the gardens in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. In addition, the list presents places that played a crucial role in the history of Poland, such as the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Auschwitz concentration camp or Europe’s largest primeval forest in Białowieża.
"About Poland" exhibition
The exhibition presents essential information about Poland and its culture. Starting with a brief profile of major cities (Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Olsztyn, the Tri-City, Wrocław, Lublin and Białystok), the visitors can also admire the natural beauty of Polish landscape. Displayed posters focus on Polish architecture, design, music, cinematography, scientific achievements, sports events and traditional cuisine. The event makes it possible for Chinese spectators to explore our country from the viewpoint of various areas of interest.
Exhibition of Polish amber jewelry
Perceived by many as a symbol of Poland, amber plays the role of Polish national jewelry presenting condensed beauty of time and history of culture all concealed within a small stone. Found in the depths of the Baltic Sea, it becomes a reflection of the wisdom of Polish society and the crystallization of Polish culture. The exhibition in question showcases the works of some of Poland’s best-known and distinguished jewelry artists, i.a. Iwona Tamborska, Jan Pomianowski, Artur Wybacz, Dariusz Ptak, Danuta Czapnik, Paulina Binek and Piotr Zarański. The event allows visitors to experience the magic captured in amber, the irresistible charm of nature and the beauty of modern craft.
Performance by esteemed artists (Iwona Tamborska and Jiao Weidong)
Two artists met to paint on canvas and bring to light the essence of the culture of two countries: Poland and China. During the weeklong project, visitors could observe how artistic interpretations of the painters intertwine, creating unique presentations of most important symbols of Polish-Chinese relations. From Chopin and Confucius through traditional meals and flowers to typical buildings and historical monuments of Poland and China - everyone could discover a piece of history of the two countries that he or she finds most appealing.
During the reign of the Song dynasty the city of Kaifeng was considered to be the world’s most affluent capital. Today it is perceived as a town that gained popularity in an ancient era but bloomed in more modern times. This renown makes it the perfect place to host a cultural exhibition of the discussed kind. In addition, the Millennium City Park is among the most frequently visited tourist highlights in China. It is estimated that 1 million guests will visit the Park while the exhibition is open to the public.