A New Station of CCAIO: The National Gallery, Thailand ——Sino-Thai Cultural Exchange: Buddhism, Art, Love& Peace
A New Station of CCAIO:
The National Gallery, Thailand
——Sino-Thai Cultural Exchange:
Buddhism, Art, Love& Peace
In 2017, the Vesak Day (Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day), the most important religious holiday in the Buddhist calendar, falls on May 10 in Thailand. Grand celebration event is held every year on this festival.
On the occasion of Vesak Day, Chinese Culture & Art International Organization (CCAIO) holds “Ushering of An Era heralded by Great Art” The Art Of Dachan World Tour Exhibition in cooperation with The Fine Arts Department of Thailand &Thai-Chinese Friendship Association at the National Gallery, Thailand, during May 5 to May 28.
With over 120 years’ history, the National Gallery is located in the old royal mint and recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in Thailand. It is also the top Palace of Art in Thailand, neighboring with the Grand Palace.
The National Gallery exhibits both classical and contemporary arts of renowned Thai artists. Apart from the areas featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions, the gallery consists of an auditorium and a recreational area. Permanent exhibitions include collections of modern art by senior Thai artists. King Rama VI and His Majesty King Bhumibol's oil paintings are also displayed. Temporary exhibitions include paintings, sculptures, prints and installations by both Thai and foreign artists. Its collection also includes rarities related to Buddhist themes since the sixteenth century and an artwork unearthed from a underground tomb of the Buddhist pagoda, depicting the Sakyamuni Buddha came to the man’s world since the 33 days. It is the oldest Buddhism artwork found in Thailand.
In addition to long-term artworks on display, the National Gallery, Thailand, attracts many domestic and abroad famous arts to hold their exhibition here as well.
The exhibition this time will display 108 pieces of the Chinese monk artist, Dachan’s artworks.
Shi Dachan is a Buddhist and also a poet, calligrapher and painter. His monastic name is Pusheng. He is also known as Zisong Xuanzhu (Master of the Lilac Pine Pavilion). He is an autodidact and a child prodigy who fell in love with poetry, calligraphy and painting at an early age. He achieved Zen enlightenment on the basis of a gradual understanding of aesthetic subtleties. His calligraphy and painting are grounded on but not restricted by classical forms. He has his own distinctive style. A tranquil and natural mood pervades all his work. His poetry has a primitive simplicity and naturalness. His poetry draws upon the principles of calligraphy; his calligraphy draws upon the principles of painting, and his painting draws upon the principles of nature; and they all are imbued with the spirit of Zen. He is an advocate of using art to communicate deeper truth, and he strives to emulate the sterling example Gautama Buddha set in tirelessly educating the people.
During the exhibition, CCAIO is invited by H.E. Mr. Korn, Dabbaransi, the President of Thai-Chinese Friendship Association, to attend The Visaka Bucha Conference at the United Nations Hall, Bangkok, as well as the candle light procession will be led by Princess Sirindhorn (Maha Chakri Sirindhon). Thousands of hundreds of devout Buddhists will walk after the monkhood around the main shrine, holding a candle, three incense sticks and a lotus bud, and meditate and listen to sermons.
Vesak Day, also known as “Buddha’s Birthday”, commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. In Dec, 1999, the Vesak Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in its newsletter. For four consecutive years, the celebration events of the United Nations for the Vesak Day were held in Bangkok, Thailand, which had attracting millions of global monks and believers participated in. Chinese government also sent delegations to attend the events on the latest three Vesak Days.