40th International Children's Painting Exhibition Shown in Malaysia
From May 30 to June 6, 2010, an exhibition entitled "The 40th Taiwanese Travelling Exhibition of International Children's Paintings" was held at the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor Culture Center in Klang, Malaysia. The exhibition featured 150 paintings by children from 54 countries. Co-organizers of the exhibition were SGM Selangor, Association of Artists of Klang, National Taiwan Arts Education Center, Association for Education through Art, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia,
Children from countries such as Chile, Guatemala, Solomon Islands and Israel submitted the artworks, which featured a wide range of subject matter.
Through art and cultural exchange, the exhibition organizers hope to deepen friendships, strengthen collaborations and further mutual understanding of different cultures.
On hand to officiate at opening was Teng Chang Khim, speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly. In his remarks, Mr. Teng lauded the organizers' persistence for 40 years to maintain the exhibition. He also spoke about the importance of not letting industrialization and the ups and downs of a country's economy squelch spiritual growth and how such exhibitions contribute to enriching the lives of Malaysians.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of art talks were held on art education and children's art in Malaysia.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]