On May 25, the “Cervantes and Don Quixote International Caricatures” co-organized by Guiyang Confucius Academy and Quevedo Institute of the Arts of Humor of Alcala University in Spain was launched in Art Hall of Guiyang Confucius Academy. Artists from 46 countries and regions show Cervantes and Don Quixote from different cultural perspectives through modern art forms such as comics. Meanwhile, a forum themed with the “Cervantes and Don Quixote” comics was also held after the opening ceremony.
More than 180 caricatures show the cartoonists’ exaggerated humor and abundant imagination, while the collision of diversified artistic language and modern elements with the classic image leads to a more changeable and dramatic image of Don Quixote, and changes the public’s inherent impression of the classic character. Wu Xiaoli, a visitor to the exhibition, said: “I used to read the book and thought that Don Quixote’s jokes were more tragic. Nowadays, Don Quixote created by cartoonists is lovely, fresh and humorous–a completely new image.”
Juan Garcia Cerrada, director of the Quevedo Institute of the Arts of Humor of Alcala University in Spain, said in the theme forum that many critics believed that great works should be viewed from a more serious perspective, and humorous factors would lower the level of literature. However, Cervantes once said that if you didn’t laugh, you didn’t understand him. Don Quixote is a novel that can certainly be viewed from the perspective of humor.
According to the organizers, the exhibition marks the achievement of cultural exchange between Guiyang Confucius Academy and the Quevedo Institute of the Arts of Humor of Alcala University Alcala University in Spain. After two years of preparation, it was finally officially launched in the Guiyang Confucius Academy in May this year. At the same time, Alcala, Cervantes’s hometown in Spain, will launch the “Wang Yangming International Caricatures” two months later, exhibiting Wang Yangming and Cervantes, two cultural masters and historical figures, in China and Spain through the magic expression of caricature portraits.
It is said that the exhibition is another comic’s theme exhibition launched by Guiyang Confucius Academy after the 2015 “Confucius International Caricatures” and 2017 “Wang Yangming International Caricatures”. Its aim is to promote the cultural exchange between China and foreign countries through comics–an international art, and to explore the rich connotation and contemporary value of classical culture with diversified perspectives and vivid forms.