Dr. Zhang Qing, Head of the Curatorial and Research Department at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing gave a lecture titled Maritime Culture and Chinese Art at the Hellenic American College in Athens on November 23.
IN his lecture, Dr. Zhang Qing spoke of historical links between China and the West via the Maritime Silk Road over past centuries.
The event was organized by the Chinese Culture Ministry and the Hellenic American College in cooperation with the Hellenic American University under the auspices of the Chinese embassy in Greece as part of efforts to bring the Chinese and Greek people closer together and promote further collaborations between the two countries in various sectors.
“Today indeed I talked a lot about the past, but we believe that when we study the past, when we study history and time, our target is the future. We want to discover new prospects for the future,” Dr. Zhang told Xinhua said after the seminar.
“In particular nowadays under the Belt and Road Initiative, through the Maritime Silk Road, we want to connect the world, we want to link the past to the future. Within this framework we want to see China holding a more significant role not only in the economic sector, but also in culture and art,” he said.
The desire to build cultural bridges between the two countries is not one-sided, as Leonidas Phoebus Koskos, President of the Hellenic American University told Xinhua:
“We are trying to cultivate a new relationship with the Chinese people and the Chinese culture and language. We have a specific interest for languages, because our linguistic department is well known and attracts many specialists around the world,” he explained, adding, “In our plans is to establish an international center, Chinese center for language and Chinese culture, here in Athens and then on a reciprocity basis to establish an institute of Greek language and culture in an affiliated institution of tertiary education in China. This event is somehow the inaugural event of this project.”