Confucius Caricatures: from Guiyang Confucius Academy to the World

  On July 9th, 2021, at the 14th International Caricatures Biennial (hereafter referred to as the Biennial) held in Jonzac, Bordeaux, a famous French wine region, more than 20 caricatures created by artists from China and the rest of the world were exhibited. These works are from Confucius Caricatures International Exhibition held for the first time at Confucius Academy.

  According to Wang Liuyi, the curator of Confucius Caricatures International Exhibition and Secretary General of Guizhou Economic and Cultural Promotion Association, Confucius Caricatures International Exhibition organized by Guiyang Confucius Academy has been spread and reported through multiple channels such as the Internet, publications, and media, and has influence at home and abroad. Noel, President of the Biennial, expressed his hope that the exhibition of Confucius caricatures, as a themed exhibition in the Biennial, would allow more audience to know Confucius, an UNESCO listed influential figure, and to better understand excellent traditional Chinese culture.

  The Biennial is an internationally renowned cartoon contest. Although the event was postponed due to the epidemic this year, 500 works were selected from the submissions of cartoonists from all over the world. Young Chinese cartoonists also won the young talent award. More than 20 cartoonists from European countries were invited to participate in various interchange activities such as on-site painting, workshops, improvisations, and forums.

  Suo Xiaoxia, director of the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, said having the world to understand the excellent traditional Chinese culture through art was the original intention of Guiyang Confucius Academy to organize Confucius, Wang Yangming and Laozi Caricatures International Exhibitions. She hoped that works from these exhibitions would be presented in large-scale cultural and art events in more countries.

  Noel, President of the Biennial noted that they would exhibit Wang Yangming caricatures in the next event. He also invited Guiyang Confucius Academy to send representatives to participate in relevant exhibitions and forums. It is learned that works of Confucius Caricatures International Exhibition organized by Guiyang Confucius Academy have been exhibited in Egypt, Spain, Brazil and other countries. The excellent traditional Chinese culture is gradually going out from Guiyang Confucius Academy to the world through the art language of cartoons.