Gala Dinner at the Great Hall of the People
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
September 11, 2004
The Elizabeth Wang Gallery and the Chinese Cultural Foundation hosted a special program at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the World Economic Forum. The event focused on culture enhancement and environmental protection. Therefore it was very appropriate that there was an exhibit of the 32 “Rare Birds of China” representing endangered species that are now being protected.
This historic event highlighted China's cultural, environmental and conservation programs. The event was co-sponsored by CITIC Industrial Bank and China Anda Resorts. The program was attended by more than 300 government officials, Chinese and international cultural and business leaders many of whom spoke in support of China's environmental protection efforts.
It is notable that as long as 3,000 years ago, Chinese artists painted colorful images of pheasants on parchment and embroidered them on tapestries. Then, 300 years ago, Western explorers began to discover that the flamboyant birds actually existed, and that many of them lived in the remote highlands of forests of China. Today, those extraordinary beautiful Chinese birds continue to fascinate the world.
The “Rare Birds of China” was painted by J. Fenwick Lansdowne, "A Twentieth Century Audubon". The collection represents humanitarian, environmental, cross-cultural and artistic excellence of the highest order. It was commissioned by David K. Newbigging and James D. Wolfensohn as an artistic record of rare and endangered species in China.
The Elizabeth Wang Gallery has exclusive representation of these magnificent portfolios of the “Rare Birds of China”.
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More than 300 international dignitaries attended the Gala Dinner at the Greater Hall of the People in Beijing during the World Economic Forum. The 32 "Rare Birds of China" paintings were on display during this historic event which highlighted China's environmental and cultural programs.
Representatives of the Chinese Cultural Foundation making a presentation of the "Rare Birds of China" during the Gala Dinner at the Great Hall of the People.