French artist Hassan Musa stands with his artwork in Salinger Café in Kunming in November, 2014. [Photo/Chen Yingying]
A piece of artwork, themed on a dancing lady, was created in Arabian calligraphy by Hassan Musa. [Provided to InKunming]
[InKunming--Interviews & Polls] One day in October, 2013, Hassan Musa and his wife Patricia, who had both lived in Kunming for over 3 months, decided to go for a stroll in the city. As an artist, Hassan had paid most of his attention to art creation at home.
Even though they had lived in Kunming for a long time, they were not very familiar with the city. To Hassan and Patricia, who are scholars and experts in art, they always like to take time in appreciating artworks which are shown in museums or galleries.
"We have travelled a lot in many countries both in Europe and in America," Patricia said, "For the countries we had gone to, museums and galleries are the most favorable places we would like to travel in." Hassan and Patria think places like museums or galleries in a country can bring joys and pleasures to them most.
Museums or galleries in Kunming are also interesting places to Hassan and Patria. Hence, the two of them opened a tour guide book and managed to find a gallery that could meet their tastes in the city.
Accidentally, name of Yunnan Provincial Museum popped out in their eyes on the book. The word "Museum" was so attractive to them that they made a decision to visit the museum. They called a taxi to take them to the museum on that day.
When they got off the taxi, a long red banner attracted their eyes. Patricia guessed that words written on the banner may be related to an exhibition which was being shown in a hall of the museum. However, only Chinese characters were printed on the banner. Both Hassan and Patricia could not read the Chinese characters.
Therefore, Hassan and Patricia walked by a gate of the provincial museum and tried to look for a staffer to help them. A few minutes later, a passer-by that looked like a staffer of the museum walked towards Hassan and Patricia. Patricia went up to enquire what was being exhibited in the museum.
To Hassan and Patricia's surprise, the person who seemed to be a staffer of the museum told no useful information to them. His answer was only a sentence "I don't know", which let Hassan and Patricia felt a little depressed. Even though there was a small store standing near the museum, Hassan and Patricia still could not find out any helpful clue from the store. "Exhibition brochure, catalogue, price list, souvenir about the exhibition……things like this, we could not find out. This issue looks very strange." Patricia said.
Last year, Hassan and Patricia's Chinese language proficiency was not great so that they cannot handle daily affairs very easily in Kunming. To watch an art exhibition, or to know and understand the city's culture better is always a hope hidden in Hassan and Patricia's hearts. They also attempted other ways to find information about art exhibitions shown in Kunming. They tried to search on the internet, but there was no enough information for them, either.