In the golden autumn, the “2020: Together—Hands Across the Pacific Art Exhibition” hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries opened online on Artvrpro.com, lasting from September 2020 to February 2021. Artworks of more than 300 artists from 40 countries and regions in the five continents were exhibited, covering traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, woodcut, watercolor and sculpture. The exhibition showcased the solidity spirit of all peoples to weather the rampant pandemic, expressing the good wish of jointly building the shared future for humankind and demonstrating the Silk Road spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit, and win-win results.
As a co-organizer, the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (the BPAFFC) liaised with foreign friendship organizations and personages to recommend artworks for the exhibition. It has received works of 30 artists from 10 countries recommended by the All Pakistan-China Friendship Association, the Nepal Arniko Society, the Panama ASA Foundation, the Federation of Germany-China Friendship Associations, the BRICS Traditional World Social Organization, the Canada-China Friendship Association, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China, the Maltese-China Friendship Association, and Rosalinda Rodriguez Olvera, an independent promoter of Mexican Cultural Tourism. Finally, 22 works were selected for the exhibition.
Since its establishment in 2000, the “Hands across the Pacific Art Exhibition” has been engaged in building platforms for exchanges and mutual learning between civilizations, and has been staged in a number of provinces in China, as well as Japan and Canada. It is a distinguished gathering for cultural exchanges between artists from different countries and regions.