The Ambassador of Italy in Beijing, Luca Ferrari, recently opened an exhibition dedicated to Italian art entitled “The Infinite Universe of Wuji: Masterpieces from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Roma”. The exhibition is open to the public until 30 October 2022 at Beijing’s World Art Museum.
The initiative was organised as part of the Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism 2022. It is an international project conceived by the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea to show the Chinese public one of the biggest and most important collections of modern and contemporary art. At the opening event Ambassador Ferrari underscored that the Italy-China Year of Culture and Tourism is fully up and running, with a number of important Italian exhibitions now open in Beijing and other Chinese cities. They include the Giorgio Morandi exhibition in Shanghai, Maurizio Cattelan’s “Wish You Were Here” in Shenzhen, and “The Road to Baroque – Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum” in Hong Kong.
“The presence of these exhibitions in China today confirms Italy’s role as a cultural superpower”, observed Ferrari, “and is proof of the variety of our artistic heritage and the importance of our museums. These are cultural diplomacy initiatives which reassert the strength of culture as an instrument of soft power and a factor that brings peoples together”.
The exhibition in Beijing takes visitors through a display of 62 Italian and European masterpieces. They include Van Gogh’s “Gardener”, along with works by Italian masters such as Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio De Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri. Other European artists in the show include Kandinsky, Picasso and Degas.