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  • Festival Croisements: Special Presentation of the Zao Wou-Ki Documentary in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of China-France Diplomatic Relations

    Beijing Premiere

    April 25th 2024

    In 2024, China and France celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations under the direct care of their leaders. A key event, the "Festival Croisements: Special Presentation of the Zao Wou-Ki Documentary," was held on April 25 at the Choi Centre Cloud House. Dr. Jonathan Choi, French Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary, and director Yao Guoqiang spoke at the event, celebrating with Zao Wou-Ki's sister, Zhao Wuxuan.

     

    President Xi recently noted that the China-France relationship has led international relations for 60 years, benefiting both peoples and contributing to global peace and development.

     

    Dr. Choi sponsored the documentary through his foundation as a tribute. He noted Zao Wou-Ki's life and art embody the fusion of Chinese and French cultures. Studying traditional Chinese painting in Hangzhou, then moving to France, Zao's work merges Chinese and Western elements, making him a symbol of East-West artistic integration and pride.

     

    The documentary, directed by Yao Guoqiang, spans Zhejiang, Hong Kong, and Paris, detailing Zao's journey to becoming a world-renowned artist.

    Dr. Choi emphasized Hong Kong's role as a center for cultural exchange and a hub for Zao's high-value art auctions, highlighting its global art market importance.

     

    The Choi Centre Cloud House is a key venue for international cultural exchanges in Beijing and a vibrant hub for Hong Kong's activities, promoting East-West exchanges and integrating Hong Kong into China's development.