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Poland Pavilion: Paper-cuts and dragon

05-20-2010 08:55 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Many of the national exhibition venues at the Expo are putting their focus on the commonality of cultures. And as surprising as it may be, the Poland Pavilion is featuring certain traditions usually associated with China.

At the World Expo Park, the Poland Pavilion stands out for its distinctive exteriors. The cutout surfaces bear a striking resemblance to the traditional Chinese folk art known as papercutting.

And inside the structure, cutouts are again omnipresent, highly visible in both the artwork on display and the projected imagery on the walls.

It's easy to see that the pavilion has made special efforts to highlight the nation's common features with China.

Many of the national exhibition venues at the Expo are putting their focus on the commonality of cultures. And as surprising as it may be, the Poland Pavilion is featuring certain traditions usually associated with China.
Many of the national exhibition venues at the Expo are putting their focus
on the commonality of cultures. And as surprising as it may be, the Poland 
Pavilion is featuring certain traditions usually associated with China.

Anna Wrobel, Polish Pavilion, said, "Cutouts are a typical example of the commonality between Polish and Chinese cultures..."

Even more familiar to Chinese people is the imagery of the dragon. Worshipped as an auspicious, majestic, and all-powerful creature in China, the dragon is also a prominent part of the insignia of ancient Polish monarchs.

The Poland Pavilion is not only pleasing to the eyes, but to the ears as well. The piano music is played to mark the 200th birthday of the great artist and patriot Frederic Chopin, a composer highly familiar to Chinese music lovers.

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