Exhibitions of Chinese artists from the province Shaanxi are realised in Museum Van Loon, Assen and in “The hidden realm of Ming’ Chinese garden, Hortus botanicus, Groningen, Netherlands.

On the initiative of Li Cultural Arts in collaboration with ILFAS, a Research & Development Center is set up: “East meets West”
Chairman Jishu Li, members for the Netherlands Tom Hageman, Zwaan Stoker, for China Minli Gao, Zhou Lesheng. Advisor Chen Jinfeng. Location Hotelux, Hoofddorp.
Objective: to promote mutual cultural understanding through the exchange of visual arts exhibitions and through publications.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the friendship treaty between the provinces of Groningen, Netherlands, and Shaanxi, China, an exhibition exchange is being organised. For the Netherlands, six artists will be presented by the ILFAS foundation in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi. Afterwards, their works will tour China for several years.
Simultaneously the presentation of artworks by 26 Chinese artists in the Netherlands, starting in october in the ‘Hundred Flowers Pavilion’ at the Chinese Ming Garden at the Hortus in Haren and november at the ‘Van Loon Museum’ in Assen.

Participation in “PROTECT YOUR PLANET & PEACE – Water & Bread are enough for everyone” in the Niğde Art Gallery in Cappadocia – Türkiye; This exhibition will be repeated at the Tan Evi Gallery in Istanbul.

Participation in “Among all Essence” – China-The Netherlands-Japan- exhibition at the Shanghai Jiushi Art Museum, Shanghai, China.

Projects 2023


Shaanxi Province in China has concluded its hundredth friendship treaty and wants to celebrate with a new museum, with contributions from all 100 friendly regions. For that participating in the ‘International Sister Cities Painting Exhibition’ Xi’an, China.

Connection with  Art Niğde International and is from then participating periodically in the international art manifestation “ArtQuake″ in Niğde, Turkey

Projects 2022


And new digital contact have been made with Black Horse Media, “Memories of Flight,” is an international art event in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Black Horse Media later also organised a digital Christmas and New Year exhibition:

Realisation of a website for the Chinese artist Minli Gao,
Organising ‘Buddy contacts’ of art students between the Netherlands and Russia.

Projects 2021



Construction of a global database of skill-based artists from all countries in the world

Exhibition of the Chinese artist  Minli Gao in Forma Aktua Gallery, Groningen, Netherlands.

Participation with 4 Dutch artists in the Hands Across the Pacific Art Exhibition in Beijing China (Classical Salon/ILFAS)

Participation in the monthly online conference ‘Dialogues for Artists in a Changing World’

Collaboration with the online art academy classical ART  to set up a Summerschool and periodic Masterclasses, with teaching programmes to be filled in by Artists in Residence from different continents.

The exchange with Beijing, China, for the international exhibition “Hands across the Pacific” was postponed several times due to Covid19 and finally limited to a digital presentation.

ILFAS Resume 2020


Exchange of exhibitions between China and the Netherlands with exhibitions of 9 Chinese artists in the Dutch Silk Road Art Exhibition in Leeuwarden, Kampen, The Hague and Groningen, the Netherlands.
Receptions of several delegations of artists and art curators from China.
Exhibitions of 11 Dutch artists in 2 museums in Xi’an and one in Qingdao, China as a special presentation in the ‘6th Silk Road International Art Exhibition’ in Xi’an, which was opened on behalf of the international artists by Tom Hageman, chairman of the ILFAS foundation..

Visits and collaboration agreements with the Ecole Superieur d’Art Visuel in Marrakech, Morocco..
Visits and collaboration agreements with the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts named Surikov, and with the Moscow Art Lyceum, Russia

Participation in ‘The Representational Art Conference 2019’ in Ventura, California, USA.

Participation in the ‘FigureThis Conference’ in London, UK.

Participation in the foundation with members ‘Classical Art Center’

Collaboration with Health&Art Ltd and Li-Agency disseminating skill-based art in Europe and China (exhibition and sales).

The organization of the American ‘The Representational Art Conference 2018’ TRAC2018, together with the exhibition ‘Classical Art’, in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, then Cultural Capital of Europe.
The conference was organized by the foundation ‘The Classical Salon’ It attracted participants from all over the world and generated a.o. the ‘International League of Fine Art Schools, ILFAS’
Participation of 4 Dutch artists in the ‘5th Silk Road International Art Exhibition’ in Xi’an, China.

Collaboration with the Chain  organiser of Erasmus+ refresher courses for teachers of cultural education at various locations in Europe.

Resume 2018 Foundation The Classical Salon

Conference program trac2018