NAMOC art bursts into bloom in Mexico City
Museo Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
At 8:00 p.m. of September 27, Mexico time, Museo Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, an architecture of 458 years of Baroque style in Mexico City, was ablaze with lights. Chinese Freehand – Art from NAMOC was ceremoniously inaugurated right in the place.
NAMOC curator Wu Weishan gave an elaborate interpretation of the theme of the exhibition. He said that “China and Mexico both enjoy a long history of culture. They lay great emphasis on their own cultural heritages. In this exhibition, two most important figures in Chinese culture are introduced – Laozi and Confucius. The ‘freehand’ concept stems from the thoughts of the two sages. ‘Freehand’ mirrors the inner world of Chinese people, rather than objective images. It stems from the relations of man and heaven, and the relations of man and society.
Confucius advocated harmony of man and society, and Laozi boasted harmony of man and heaven. About 2,500 years ago, Confucius went onboard horse-driven vehicles to tour various states to give lectures, and spread his thoughts. Today, we travel across the oceans to Mexico and tell our friends here that ‘all the people of the world are brothers.’ We come to witness the friendship between our two peoples. To become true friends, we must have exchanges. In a sense, the symbol of Chinese culture is the smile of Confucius. The Confucius smile is the Chinese smile, representing our sincere heart. We come to Mexico with sincere heart. As we enter the exhibition hall, we could see the statue of Confucius standing erect like Mount Tai, and we will feel the broad and profound Chinese culture. This is what it means “high as mountains and long as rivers – one’s nobility lasts forever”. We are to look for bosom friends despite “high mountains and long rivers”. Meanwhile, Laozi stood for ‘returning to nature’, and ‘returning to the innermost being’, a state of ‘nothing’. In the exhibition hall, Laozi rode on the back of a black bull. Laozi and the bull acted in cooperation with each other. The bull was happy, and walked cheerfully and light-hearted. The hoof beat turned into music. When the hoofs treaded on flowers, they had flowery flavor. The bull lowered its head to smell the fragrance. The jubilant hoof beats reverberated on the earth. This is what we say ‘sounds from hollow valleys’. Laozi said that ‘the highest good is like water’. Water moistens our souls, and enables us to feel about gentle, tender feelings and wisdom, and our inner world. I hope that ‘Chinese Freehand’ spirit could also gain new understanding and acquaintance in Mexico.”