KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today launched an art exhibition featuring giant pandas, painted by renowned China Panda Master Liu Jinquan.
Liu was invited to make a special painting of Malaysia’s first giant pandas at the “Live Painting with China Panda Master” event, which is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
In her speech, Rosmah said Liu was here not only to promote his art work, but to strengthened the diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.
The art exhibition, she said will also send a message to the younger generation to continue to conserve and preserve the environment.
“Sixty paintings and two valuable paintings entitled “Blessing in the Jungle” and “Joyful Family” will be up for sale during the event.
A bulk of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be donated to Zoo Negara Malaysia to care for the animals and for conservation purposes.
“I urge corporate companies as well as the public to come forward and purchase these unique paintings. “The exhibition is held during the school holidays.
Hence, I hope parents will the take the opportunity to bring their children to Zoo Negara, not only to see the animals, but to also look at the collection of giant panda artworks,” she said.
The Panda Master gifted Rosmah with a painting from China entitled, “Taking care of each other” after the launch of the event, which will showcase Liu’s paintings for a week until June 7.
Liu is widely known for his paintings, especially of giant pandas that the China government awarded him the title of Panda Master.
The two giant pandas, ‘Xing Xing’ and ‘Liang Liang’ were loaned from China for 10 years. They arrived in Malaysia on May 21 to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.