A New Dynasty – Created in China

If in Aarhus, second largest city in Denmark with a very active cultural life, don’t miss the art museum Aros that has always interesting exhibitions and a fine collection of new Danish artists like Per Kirkeby, recently portrayed in a new documentary by Anne Wivel.

In between the Baltic Frames documentary festival there was time to visit the museum that has the rainbow panorama circle roof as the guiding star into the many floors, where ”our” exhibition were placed on two of them with works of 24 ”of the most significant Chinese contemporary artists”, several of them with critical comments in their works to the society and its politics, to Mao’s cultural revolution of course – but several were looking into history and myths with so-called poetic reflection and ”respect for the craft and the rich cultural past”.

There were paintings, installations, sculptures, video art of high quality – and the one on the photo I took:

”Holidays” from 2012 by Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing, a visit to the nature, the whole family is there, dressed nicely, ready to be photographed, staged documentary photo, an interpretation of a Chinese reality where nature is something you create!

The excellent exhibition, that also includes a work by super star Ai Wei Wei, runs until May 22 2016


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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