Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson met Chinese Minister of Culture Luo Shugang, other officials of culture of China

2017 05 26
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On 25–28 May, Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson visited Beijing. The agenda of the visit included meetings with Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang and important officials of Chinese cultural organisations, participation at the opening of the representational exhibition 'Lithuanian Art: Landscape Thinking'.

On 25 May, Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson met Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang and discussed important matters of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. In recent years, especially after establishing the office of the attaché of culture at the Embassy of Lithuania in Beijing in 2015, relations between state and non-governmental art institutions of both countries intensified.

“Cultural relations between Lithuania and China have been actively developed for several years by now. Establishment of contacts with concert organisations and festivals, theatres and other organisations of culture and art open the gates to the huge Chinese market of culture,” emphasised the Minister.

The National Philharmonic Society, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT), Lithuanian Art Museum have been making immense contributions. Performers of the Lithuanian stage participate in prestigious festivals, organise performances at important concert and theatre halls in China. This year, the 'Swan Lake' play by LNOBT was staged at the Chinese National Centre of Stage Arts, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra directed by M. Barkauskas took part in the Festival of the Silk Road in Shenzhen and the Music Festival of Yellow River in Zhèngzhōu. Lithuanian delegation of music producers paid a visit to China, folkrock group Žalvarinis performed at the world's music festival in Beyshan, accordionists Martynas Levickis and musician Jurga Šeduikytė performed at concert tours.   Vilnius Small Theatre and Andželika Cholina's dance theatre are currently on a tour in China.

At the meeting, the Lithuanian and Chinese Ministers of Culture discussed the cooperation platform between Central and Eastern European countries and China (16+1), which opens broader opportunities for exchanges of artists and experts, improvement of professional excellence. This year, the season of culture of 1+1 countries takes place in China, to which a big group of Lithuanian artists and performers were invited. In September, the third forum of Ministers of Culture will be held in Hangzhou, at which the cultural cooperation guidelines of 16+1 are planned to be adopted for 2018-2019.

Today, Minister Ruokytė-Jonsson visited the largest museum of history and art in China – Forbidden City. At the meeting with Director of the Forbidden City Museum Dr. Shan Jixian, the matters of cooperation in museum activities, preservation of historical buildings and cultural values and their presentation to society, as well as possibilities for organising exchanges between the cultural heritage and museum specialists, exchanging good practice were discussed.  The Minister made herself familiar with the structure of the museum, viewed the expositions of calligraphy, paintings and jewellery.  The Prohibited City Museum has the collection of nearly 2 million works of cultural heritage and art, which accounts for 42 per cent of all exhibits kept at Chinese museums. Every year, the Prohibited City Museum is visited by about 15 million people.

At the meeting with the management of Poly theatre network, potential perspectives of cooperation in introducing the most distinctive Lithuanian performers and art groups were discussed. The Minister invited the representatives of the network to visit Lithuania during the international theatre festival Sirens and to make themselves familiar with the Lithuanian theatre. The Poly theatre network in China consists of 20 modern halls, at which the most famous stage artists of China and foreign countries perform.

Young Lithuanian artists were introduced to founder of M Woods Gallery in Beijing 798 art zone Li Han. The M Woods Gallery in China is one of the most interesting and professional contemporary art galleries in Beijing. In 2019, personal exhibition of Jonas Mekas will probably be organised at the M Woods Gallery in cooperation with the art and education centre Rupert.

On 26 May, the Minister of Culture will open the first representational exhibition of modern and contemporary Lithuanian art in the National Art Museum of China, in Beijing. In cooperation with the National Art Museum of China, the exhibition was organised by the Lithuanian Art Museum, National Art Gallery, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the People's Republic of China.