SERDANG: Malaysia is not a cultural desert but a Chinese culture oasis, said Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“We’re one of the few countries that have preserved Chinese culture well,” said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department at the launch of a Chinese oil painting exhibition at Longhua Art museum yesterday.
The museum, located at Wisma Huazong here, promotes Chinese art.
The exhibition is the first among a series of events held in conjunction with the Belt and Road Initiative: Malaysia-China Cultural and Arts Year.
Dr Wee said these events were an indication that Malaysia has a thriving arts and cultural scene.
China’s ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang, who attended a gala dinner later, said regular cultural exchanges between China and Malaysia were essential for an enriching experience for both countries.
“This is not just to promote excellent art works but also to promote the best of Chinese culture,” said Dr Huang.
The exhibition, held from today to Monday, showcases 87 Chinese oil paintings featuring the Great Wall, zodiac animals, portraits and objects of daily life by 17 artists in China.
Some of the paintings have been exhibited in more than 30 countries including France, Denmark and Norway.
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