Rotunda Gallery Opens Chinese Landscape Photography Exhibit

Rotunda Gallery Opens Chinese Landscape Photography Exhibit
Monday, September 22, 2014

 September 22, 2014
A Chinese photography exhibition was opened in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery. The exhibit focuses on landscape photography from Wang Dajun, a renowned contemporary Chinese photographer. It will run until Sept. 26, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit is part of the ongoing Chinese Culture Festival being held in various locations around the University of Nebraska’s campus. The Chinese Culture Festival is organized by the Confucius Institute, a “non-profit public institute with a mission of promoting and teaching Chinese language and culture in Lincoln and the state of Nebraska,” according to its website.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the gallery, attendees heard from a range of speakers including, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler.

“Here in America, we have an expression that ‘a picture is worth a 1,000 words,’” Beutler said. “In this case, these pictures are worth way more than a 1,000 words. The beauty of them is so obvious as you look up and down the row [of pictures].”

Attendees also heard from the Confucius Institute’s Executive Associate Director, Rachel Zeng, and Bill Nunez, an ambassador on behalf of Chancellor Perlman.

“We are so privileged to have Wang Dajun visit our university,” Nunez said. “We are so proud of our internationally-recognized Confucius Institute, the culture, the language that it brings, not only to our students in Lincoln but across the state of Nebraska.”

Nunez also described the gallery as a “capstone event” of the Chinese Culture Festival

Nunez went on to announce that 10 of the photographs would be staying in Lincoln, six given to the city and four to the university.

Finally, Dajun himself spoke, translated by the Confucius Institute’s Associate Director, Pinga Huang. He told attendees that all of the photographs in the gallery had been taken over a 30-year period in Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Valley. He also spoke on the gallery strengthening the relationship and cultural exchange between China and the United States.

The ceremony ended with an exchange of gifts. Beutler presented Dajun with an honorary medal on behalf of the city of Lincoln, while Dajun gave Beutler and Nunez each an album of his landscape photography. Afterward, the ribbon was cut and the gallery officially opened.