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Exhibition "De Pékin à Hankou : une aventure belge en Chine"

As part of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belgium and the People's Republic of China, Train World, the train museum in Brussels, will organise a major exhibition from April to October 2021. This exhibition tells the surprising and fascinating story of the construction by the Belgians and the French, at the beginning of the 20th century, of the largest railway line in China that was to link Pekin (Beijing) to Hankou (Wuhan).

To give this historical exhibition an extra artistic dimension, two geniuses of the 9th art - François Schuiten and Li Kunwu - are creating original works about the construction of this railway line. Beautiful work on a part of railway history seen and explained by passionate craftsmen and artists.

François Schuiten is also responsible for the scenography of the exhibition 1).

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters met Li Kunwu in 2016 during the Fête des Bulles in China.

Kana Editions and Train World will publish in French and Dutch a book that invites you to take a journey through unpublished archival documents and breathtaking iconography. The book also contains the original works of art related to the construction of the Beijing - Hankou created by François Schuiten and Li Kunwu These two artists - one from the East, the other from the West - have often depicted the railway world in China and Europe. For the first time, they combine their talents in the pages of this book to imagine together this fascinating and vanished world of China's railway pioneers.

This 272 page book is written by Louis Gillieaux, researcher in railway history; Jean Jadot, engineer, grandson and namesake of Jean Jadot, who supervised the construction of the line; Charles Lagrange, researcher specialising in Chinese history; Philip Vanhaelemeersch, director of the Confucius Institute in Bruges; Michelangelo Van Meerten, economist and historian; Stéphane Disière, specialist in railway history.

Release date: 12 May for the Dutch edition (ISBN 9789085586463) and 15 May 2) for the French edition. Format: 23.5x31cm - 272 page Price: €34.90

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