In the afternoon of October 21, the opening ceremony of Thousand-Year Narratives: Documentary and Art Exhibition was held at the Art Museum of CAA. The exhibition was part of the 2015 International Conference on the Kizil Cave Paintings. The attending experts were：Deputy party secretary of China Academy of Art Liu Zhen; Director of the Asian Art Museum, National Museum in Berlin Klaas Ruitenbeek, Professor of Department of Architecture and Art History at Harvard University Eugen Y. Wang; Head of the Department of Asia Art at the Yale University Art Gallery David Ake Sensabaugh; Director of Ancient Chinese art at the Simthsonian Institution of National Gallery in Washington J. Keith Wilson; Curator of the Chinese and Central Asian Collections at the British Museum Clarrissa von Spee; Professor of Tokyo University of Art Ichiro Sato; Professor of Kyoto City University of Arts Miyamoto Michio; Director of the School of Intermedia Art at China Academy of Art Gao Shiming; Deputy Director of School of Plastic Arts at Central Academy of Fine Arts Luo Shiping; Vice Director of Plastic Arts at Central Academy of Fine Arts Wang Yinsheng; Director of Art Studies at Dunhuang Academy China Hou Liming; Research Fellow of World Religions at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Zhang Zong; Research Fellow of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum Jia Yingyi; Research Fellow of Chinese Academy of Culture Heritage Guo Hong, etc. The Vice President of China Academy of Art Wang Zan hosted the ceremony, and Luo Shiping, Hou Liming, Liu Zheng made speeches respectively.
Silk Road and Meditations: 2015 International Conference on the Kizil Cave Paintings was jointly organized by China Academy of Art and Xinjiang Kucha Academy. The conference would be a response to the state guidelines, and devoted to enhance the constructions and the culture transmissions of the Silk Road. This is the first time that China holds such an conference on Kucha studies, which provides an overview of the research on art history, theory of art practice, archeology and other related topics of this field. More than 100 delegates from 11 countries such as China, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan and Taiwan were participated in this big event. The conference received more than 40 treatises discussing Kizil cave paintings and the Silk Road culture and develpment from multi-disciplines and different perspectives.
The Thousand-Year Narratives: Documentary and Art Exhibition Theme demonstrated the art works created by three generations of Xinjiang Kucha Academy, and some great works from other areas of China. In order to inherit and carry forward the Chinese traditional culture, and promote the ideas of Application of Colors in present art creation, the exhibition showcased both art works and related documents. Under such circumstances, the multiple means of contemporary paintings become prominent, and may gradually form a distinguished oriental artistic language system. The works of Rock paintings created by the teachers and students at China Academy of Art, Tibetan Thangka, and the copies of murals at Shanxi are also on display.
The exhibition will continue till October 26, 2015.