2024 RT Amination Banner.gif

China Daily

Focus> Life & Art> Content
Published: 16:14, November 28, 2023 | Updated: 14:18, November 29, 2023
Documentary frames international artists in China
By Yang Feiyue
Published:16:14, November 28, 2023 Updated:14:18, November 29, 2023 By Yang Feiyue

Giacomo Bruni from Italy practices traditional painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

A documentary featuring international artists in China recently aired on Bilibili and several other online platforms.

Journey to China: Resonance of Art was a joint effort between the international department of People's Daily and film production company Figure.

It focused on the study, work, and lives of young international artists in China with the aim of presenting the significant role of cultural exchange and mutual learning in fostering artistic development from a unique perspective.

"For many people, the perception might still be focused on Chinese artists going abroad to study and create," says Cao Yanhong, the documentary's producer.

It's nice that people from all over the world in the field of ceramic art gather here (Jingdezhen) ... In the future, I want to establish a large studio to attract artists from all over the world here.

Allan Denis Naymark, Foreign artist 

"After thorough research and understanding, we found numerous examples around us of foreign artists who have begun living and creating artworks in China, which is worth documenting," Cao adds.

READ MORE: China's Miao embroidery dresses shine at Milan Fashion Week

Allan Denis Naymark is one of the three artists featured in the film. He is among many Western artists who have stayed in the capital of porcelain, Jingdezhen, East China's Jiangxi province, to pursue the art.

Influenced by his archaeologist father, Naymark developed a strong interest in ancient Chinese ceramics as a youth and started learning pottery at the age of 8.

He came to Jingdezhen to pursue ceramics art and has been there since 2015.

"It's nice that people from all over the world in the field of ceramic art gather here," Naymark says.

He is drawn to the rich history of ceramics, vibrant artistic atmosphere and well-established industry in Jingdezhen.

He says Jingdezhen has become a source of artistic inspiration for him.

"In the future, I want to establish a large studio to attract artists from all over the world here," he says.

ALSO READ: Art masters at phenomenal painting and calligraphy exhibition

Armenian violinist Astghik Poghosyan also featured in the documentary. Her childhood dream was realized when she got to study violin at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2009.

She longed to visit China as a child, influenced by Hua Mulan, a legendary heroine from the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-581).

"China is Mulan's hometown, and I felt I must go and see it," she says.

After graduation, she successfully applied for a work permit in Shanghai and joined the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as an assistant to the conductor.

For the past 14 years, Poghosyan has been exposed to Chinese culture, learning crafts, playing music, enjoying cuisine, and experiencing the friendliness of the people.

READ MORE: Bringing to life

She often gets together with her professors and students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, either for holidays or someone's birthday.

"Shanghai indeed is a place where my dream started," she says.

Giacomo Bruni from Italy showed his affection for traditional Chinese painting in the documentary.

A close-up of one of Bruni's works. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

As an exchange student to China in 2012, Bruni got to know the school of painting typical of southern China. It sparked his interest in traditional Chinese painting and led him to decide to pursue Chinese landscape painting studies at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province.

They truly see themselves as a part of Chinese social life ... This also reflects the inclusiveness and influence of Chinese culture. They can seamlessly and naturally adopt a variety of lifestyles without barriers.

Xin Wen, Chief director of "Journey to China: Resonance of Art"

"The way of looking at things is different, and the meaning of things becomes different," Bruni says.

He believes that Chinese landscape painting is complex and carries a deep meaning.

"Chinese painting is not a visual representation of things but a spiritual one," he says.

The deeper Bruni delves into landscape painting and Chinese culture, the stronger his insights and passion become.

READ MORE: Age no limit in the art of living

He has come to understand the work of the ancient philosopher Zhuangzi, a pivotal figure of classical Taoism in the third and fourth centuries BC. He can casually quote verses from the renowned poet Su Dongpo during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Years of practice have enabled Bruni to excel in landscape painting, seal engraving, woodblock printing and rubbings.

He says he has enjoyed immersing himself between landscape paintings and reality, Eastern and Western cultures.

Bruni has become an active promoter of traditional Chinese art. In Italy, he has launched a series of projects, including exhibitions, seminars and workshops, to promote Chinese painting.

He says his goal is to help the Western world to be better acquainted with Chinese culture, in order to benefit more from it.

READ MORE: Documentary navigates China's long road to progress

"My dream is to establish an art school one day in Europe for students to study Chinese art," he says.

"One day, Chinese culture can also become a part of Western life."

Xin Wen, chief director of the documentary, says she didn't expect so many foreigners to be so deeply involved in China's intricate social fabric.

"They truly see themselves as a part of Chinese social life," Xin says.

"This also reflects the inclusiveness and influence of Chinese culture. They can seamlessly and naturally adopt a variety of lifestyles without barriers."

yangfeiyue@chinadaily.com.cn

Share this story

CHINA DAILY
HONG KONG NEWS
OPEN
Please click in the upper right corner to open it in your browser !