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Art exhibition of "Dream of the Red Chamber" opens in The Netherlands


Nepalnews
2022 Apr 02, 12:17,

An art exhibition featuring "Dream of the Red Chamber," an epic masterpiece in Chinese literature, was launched here Thursday at the China Cultural Center in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The exhibition, entitled "An Artistic Dream of the Red Chamber," brought together Chinese and foreign translations of the Chinese classic novel as well as related calligraphy, painting and audio-visual works.

Co-hosted by the China Cultural Center in The Hague and the Art Exhibitions China, the exhibition is divided into three main sections, namely "The Literature of the Red Chamber," "The Art-works of the Red Chamber," and "The Limelight of the Red Chamber."

Chinese Ambassador to The Netherlands Tan Jian and Chairman of The Netherlands China Association Henk Kool were among the guests attending the event.

Strolling along a winding corridor in the exhibition hall, the audience can browse Chinese, English, French, Dutch and other language versions of "Dream of the Red Chamber," appreciate exquisite paintings or watch video clips adapted from original movies and TV series.

Dutch sinologists and translators Mark Leenhouts (L) and Anne Sytske Keijser appreciate a painting themed with the epic Chinese classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" at the China Cultural Center in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 31, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Xiangjiang)
Dutch sinologists and translators Mark Leenhouts (L) and Anne Sytske Keijser appreciate a painting themed with the epic Chinese classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" at the China Cultural Center in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 31, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Xiangjiang)

Among the many exhibits is the first full Dutch version of the novel, which was completed by three Dutch sinologists and translators following 13 years of arduous work.

Published in November 2021, the 2,160-page, four-volume book includes all 120 chapters of the original Chinese epic novel. It has seen a long-lasting partnership between Silvia Marijnissen, Mark Leenhouts and Anne Sytske Keijser.

Keijser, who travelled from Leiden to attend the opening ceremony, told Xinhua that like the other two translators, she devoted herself to the translation work out of her love for "Dream of the Red Chamber."

She recalled that she came into contact with the Chinese language by chance during her college years. Deeply attracted by the rich and colourful Chinese history and culture, Keijser has since then immersed herself into the study, research and dissemination of the Chinese language and culture.

The exhibition will last until June 24, during which several themed workshops featuring poetry appreciation and delicacies will be held.

Photo taken on March 31, 2022 shows the first full Dutch version of the epic Chinese classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber," at an exhibition entitled "An Artistic Dream of the Red Chamber" at the China Cultural Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. (Xinhua/Wang Xiangjiang)
Photo taken on March 31, 2022 shows the first full Dutch version of the epic Chinese classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber," at an exhibition entitled "An Artistic Dream of the Red Chamber" at the China Cultural Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. (Xinhua/Wang Xiangjiang)

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