SGI Organizations in Hong Kong and Malaysia Hold Art Exhibitions
On June 5, 2009, the exhibition "Works by Masters of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from Guangzhou" opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event, cohosted by SGI-Hong Kong, the Guangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, featured the paintings and calligraphy works of 80 artists from the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Art media displayed included calligraphy, wood engravings and Chinese ink, oil and watercolor paintings. To commemorate the exhibition, the organizers held an exchange meeting for artists in Hong Kong and Guangzhou on June 6. The exhibition closed on June 14.
The local Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organization in the state of Melaka cohosted the 17th "International Calligraphy Joint Exhibition" with the Malaysian Contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Association and the International Calligraphy Alliance from June 27 to July 5. The event, held at the SGM Melaka Culture Center, showcased the works of calligraphers from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. Among the guests attending the official opening on June 28 were Malaysia's Minister of Tourism Dato' Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, International Calligraphy Alliance President Professor Chang Ping-Huang and Malaysian Contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Association President Foo Yong Kong.
SGM Secretary-General Koh Sia Feai expressed his belief that culture links the hearts of people and provides the impetus to peacebuilding. Mr. Koh also related the organizers' hope that the exhibition would foster international friendship as well as enriching the cultural spirit of Malaysians.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia]