China holds photo exhibition showing results of pandemic in V4 countries

China recently opened an exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Beijing presenting photographs of the empty V4 capitals due to the pandemic restrictions.


The photo exhibition, which opened on November 18, aims to relate the story of 2020. The photos show empty streets and squares in the capital cities of V4 countries along with people waiting to be tested for the virus and wearing masks.

The ambassadors of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia were all in attendance. The exhibition which is happening in-person is set to be a month long.

Hungarian ambassador, Máté Pesti, noted that he felt lucky to be in China, where life had returned to normal after the epidemic was suppressed and precautionary measures were eased.

Pesti said that the epidemic had dealt a severe blow to tourism, small businesses and the societies of V4 countries, but art could provide comfort in the midst of hardship and grief.

As part of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes series, talks of another V4 exhibition is in the pipeline for December. The institute hosted the first part in September and due to great interest is looking forward to a second part being held in December together with the other V4 partners.

The current photo exhibition is already of interest in other parts of China, the unique exhibition could reach a wider audience in the future.

Photo credit: MTI