In the Guimet museum, “Scholar rocks”, at the hart of Chinese culture.

You can visit until June 25, at the Guimet Museum in Paris, a beautiful exhibition on Chinese scholars, “scholar rocks” and the objects which make up their “treasures”.

Unlike in the West, stones more than plants play a vital role in Chinese gardens. The rugged and monumental rocks, as from the seventh century, will begin to enter the studios of scholars in a reduced size and installed on pedestals of precious wood.

The vogue of … Lire la suite

The philosopher François Jullien: “China, the greatest world power”

A remarkable book allows the non-specialist to find a good summary of the work of the philosopher and sinologist François Jullien, but also to follow his thoughts on many current topics: the evolution of Chinese power, human rights, decline in Europe, the role of the media …

Nicolas Martin and Antoine Spire, former journalists at the radio “ France Culture”, are the authors of many books. Their “China, the dissidence of François Jullien,” includes an … Lire la suite

Cao Yu, a classic of the 20th century.

A few months ago was celebrated in China, the anniversary of the birth of the great playwrighter, Cao Yu (1910-1996) and last week in London, his stepdaughter, Dr Ruru Li (1) from Leeds University, organized for a few days an exhibition and lectures at SOAS ( London University). Finally, in Paris, on Friday February 25 will be presented by Luisa Prudentino “The Savage Land”, a film by Liang Zi based on the play by Cao … Lire la suite

Gao Xingjian, two meetings in Paris with a complete artist.

Gao Xingjian, Nobel prize winner in literature is best known for his books and especially for a masterpiece, “The Soul Mountain.” He is also known for his plays and his opera “Snow in August” and we admire his creations and his experiments with theatrical forms.

He is also famous as a painter and did not fail to recall that painting for a long time earned his living.

In Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard (1), … Lire la suite

“From a book to a screen”, Chinese films and literature in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89.com -12/16/2010 –

Thirteen films adapted from literary works will be shown during the next seven months at the Confucius Institute at the University of Paris Diderot, in the “Flour Hall” on the campus of Paris Rive Gauche.This Friday, “My Life” by Shi Hui, inspired by a story by Lao She .

Free sessions on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. which are presented by Luisa Prudentino, sinologist, professor at the INALCO, author of … Lire la suite

Chinese cinema and literature: sixteen films shown in Paris.

Sixteen films adapted from literary works will be shown during the next eight months at the Confucius Institute at the University of Paris-Diderot in the “Flour Hall” on the campus of Paris Rive Gauche. Free sessions on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and films presented by Luisa Prudentino, China expert, Professor at the INALCO, author of “The Eye of Shadows” (Bleu de Chine, 2003) on Chinese cinema after Mao’s death.

This program was also prepared by … Lire la suite

Feng Zikai: can one be both a painter and a writer?

Feng Zikai (1898-1975) played an important role in the modern Chinese art scene. This is brought to our attention by “Color of Clouds” (1), a book that includes drawings and many of his essays and comments, translated for the first time and presented by Marie Laureillard-Wendland.

A very personal style, the “manhua”:

Born in Shimenwan in Zhejiang Province, a region that had suffered greatly from the Taiping rebellion, but which benefited later from silk production. … Lire la suite

The art of literary translation: a tribute to Liliane Dutrait.

Originally published on Rue89 – 11/13/2010 –

If there is one area where France is not declining and is well positioned, it is that of the number of books translated from foreign languages, and the quality of translations. This is particularly true for Chinese literature, who has just lost one of its major translators, Liliane Dutrait. A tribute will be made shortly in Aix-en-Provence.

Publishing and translation in the forefront

France is particularly well positioned … Lire la suite

An exhibition on the Straits Chinese in the Quai Branly museum in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89- 10.10.2010

The Muséum of Quai Branly in Paris is presenting an exhibition of outstanding quality on the civilization of the Straits Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia.

For the first time in Europe, 500 pieces of the Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore are presented and some aspects of the traditional houses have been recreated.

The exhibition “Baba Bling” refers to the Babas who are descendants of Chinese communities that are integrated from … Lire la suite

Meet Yang Lian, a Chinese poet and in the future on the Nobel short list…

Originally published on Rue89-10/01/2010 .

For several years, names are listed for the Nobel Prize for Literature: Yang Lian, Bei Dao, Duo Duo, three poets, well known and praised worldwide. We met Yang Lian in London earlier this year, at a symposium devoted to his friend Gao Xingjian the Nobel Prize.

The release in France of a new collection of his poems (“Notes of a blissful ghost”, ed. Caracteres) encouraged us to continue reading his … Lire la suite

Gao Xiingjian,Nobel Prize, the pen and the brush.

Originally published on Rue89 08/02/2010.

 

Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, recently celebrated his 70th birthday. On this occasion, the University of London (SOAS) organised last January lectures and presentations of his books, films and theater.

The author of “Soul Mountain” (Ed. de l’Aube, 1995) and “One’s man Bible” (Ed de l’Aube, 2000) agreed to answer our questions focused on his films and his paintings.

In London, British actors gave a reading of … Lire la suite

The magnificent Shandong Buddhas in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89; 09/19/2009

 For the first time in Paris, the Cernuschi Museum, specializing in Asian art, displays a remarkable collection of Buddha statues, discovered in the Chinese province of Shandong, ten years ago.

In 1996, in Qinzhou, 400 kilometers southeast of Beijing, a team of diggers discovered in a pit of sixty square meters and two meters deep, fragments of stone Buddhist statues arranged with care, often incomplete. Some showed traces of fire, … Lire la suite

The treasures of the Dunhuang thousand Buddhas caves exhibited in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89-01/25/2009

In China, four complexes of cave-shrines (Dunhuang, Dazu, Longmen, Yungang) are part of the World Heritage Sites listed by Unesco. The most famous site, the caves of Dunhuang, is highlighted by a remarkable exhibition organized jointly by the China Cultural Centre in Paris and the Musée Guimet.

The  Dunhuang Caves:The caves, located near the oasis of Dunhuang,  on the southern route of the Silk Road are more than three thousand … Lire la suite