CulturalChina 2020

Throughout the year, the festival CulturalChina 2020 in Aarhus will focus on the ways in which Chinese lives are understood, interpreted and disseminated by Chinese artists based in China.

In 2020, Denmark and China will celebrate 70 years of collaboration. Denmark was one of the first countries in the world to officially acknowledged the People’s Republic of China and established diplomatic relations with them in the beginning of 1950.

We have invited some of China’s most influential artist to present their works about the development of contemporary China and to discuss these in a dialogue with the audience. In their works – photographic art, novels, posters, documentaries, theatre – the artists are all preoccupied with the development of the individual in connection with the massive social changes China has been through over the course of the past 70 years.

The relationship between the two countries has been marked by a friendly attitude, both in terms of politics and trade. But how much do our populations know about each other?

70 years of collaboration has contributed to mutual curiosity as well as fascination, but in Denmark China’s development is more often considered with worry and skepticism. Many experts have explained and interpreted the changes Chinese society is undergoing with the immense economic growth and modernization, but how have Chinese people been affected by these changes as people? Is there a reason to worry or can the two nations’ perspective on each other be expanded?

All are welcome to attend one or several of the events during the course of 2020.


CulturalChina 2020 is a collaborative effort between several cultural and educational institutions in Aarhus, with the goal that during the course of the year, Chinese contemporary art will be placed in a broader context. 

The festival is organised by Galleri Image in collaboration with China Studies at Aarhus University, Aarhus Theater, The Women's Museum in Denmark, Øst for Paradis - Art Cinema, Folkeuniversitetet, Aarhus, and Aarhus Literature Center in collaboration with LiteratureXchange. 

The festival will among other things include the exhibition No Name by Wang Ningde opening 1 May at Galleri Image, and a talk and tour about the exhibition at Galleri Image on 28 May, talks with Chinese authors during the LiteratureXchange festival, an exhibition with Chinese posters at The Women's Museum and a documentary film screening at Øst for Paradis in November.

Furthermore, Aarhus Theatre will stage the play Made in China 30 April - 16 May 2020. The play is a docufiction about the destruction of the European self-perception as supreme, in a time where the global power balance has tilted towards the East.

On 2 May, 10.30 – 3 pm. Galleri Image and The China Studies, Aarhus University will present the Symposium on Contemporary Chinese Art and Artist: Concerns, Possibilities and Constraints. The symposium features the following guest speakers: Wang Ningde (artist), Duan Yuting (Director of Museum of Photography in Lianzhou), Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Associate Professor at University of Washington).

Project Initiators
The people who initiated the linking of a host of events about China in 2020 by involving the many cultural and educational institutions in Aarhus were Beate Cegielska, Director of Galleri Image, Jette Sunesen, Director of Aarhus Litteraturcenter and Mette Thunø, Associate Professor at China Studies at Aarhus University. The three initiators make up the work group behind CulturalChina and can be contacted directly for more information.

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