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Chinese-born/ world citizen/ contemporary artist, Ling Jian.

Having worked in and outside of China he is dealing with the change of civilization in his works as well as his origin.

The enchanting young asian women faces on canvas are spiritual representations of the Chinese and his interpretation of their vanity view of globalisation. Expressed through their values and aesthetic ideology.

 

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artist/ architect/ politician, Ai Weiwei.

There is no other contemporary artists who caters for more civil commotion these days. Being imprisoned for defraudation of tax, taken away its passport so he cannot leave his homeland, attacked for his exposure to traditional Chinese fine art by the political system on the one hand and support of a big group of fellow countrymen on the other. And than seeming far away from the Beijing studio the Western world: here a guest professorship at the Universität der Künste Berlin as well as an studio were set up, the German Chancellor stood up for Ai Weiwei to be allowed to attend his exhibition opening in Berlin this April, flowers were send to Beijing to fill the basket of the bicycle in front of his studio just to name some examples. Most of Ai Weiweis’ works do have a political message which mainly implement the two interest groups: the inner Chinese circumstances and China and the West.

More than 100.000 people saw the current exhibition Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin so far. On 3000 square metre in 18 rooms and an areaway his works and installations are shown. Some of them never seen in Germany before or extra developed for the exhibition. Thus the artist has never been to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in real he curated the exhibition with help of a ground plot and send his team to build up everything. For example historical Ming vases painted with BMW and Mercedes’ car finish, a life-size copy of his prison cell and the his ‘Fuck off’ series are displayed amongst others.

But do we walk the halls and internalise the real intention? Do we understand?

‘Modernism is the original creation of enlightened human beings, it is the ultimate observation of the meaning of existence and the misery of reality; it keeps a wary eye on society and power; it never makes compromises and never cooperates.’

(quoted from “Ai Weiwei – The forbidden blog”, Galiani: Berlin, 2011)

 

 

 

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Einstein/ People’s Republic of China/ puberty/ european premiere/ one child politics/ astrophysics/ Generation 14plus/ Berlinale 2014.

There are people in China who eat dogs and yes there came up the question from the audience if the movie was about stopping people to eat dogs in China. Indeed this was not the intention of the movie.

The movie directed by Cao Baoping playing in the section Generation 14plus of the Berlinale 2014 shows the life of the 11 year old Li Wan who lives with her grandparents. A typical situation caused by China’s one child politics. Interested in astrophysics she is rebellious against the social norms. To motivate Li Wan to take her studies more serious her father buys her a puppy. Not interested in the new pet in the first place she becomes very enthusiastic about little Einstein. When the dog runs away her little world falls apart.

The story which is partly based on screen writer Jiao Huajing’s own life, shows the challenges and problems which teenagers and parents in China face nowadays.

Zhang Xueying with her sweet sixteen years plays the main character persuading and impressive. A name which one should remember.

SlashMuse says good luck, well done & thank you for coming to Berlin.

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Noisy/ different/ breathtaking/ distracting/ amazing/ crazy – China.

Entering a Chinese street soup place at lunch time means an unbelievable noise of smacking, burping and spitting. And that’s only one example why it seems that you either love or hate China. I did not meet many foreign people who said their feeling about China is ‘so so’.

Eating is a major purpose in life of Chinese people. Ordering Chinese Food in Germany has nothing to do with real Chinese food. While we order ‘chicken sweet sour’ with rice people in China prefer to eat at a round table with many small dishes to share. Fancy dishes are 1000 year-old eggs, jellyfish salad or turtles. Not uncommon is that you can choose the animals still alive at the front of the restaurant. But they also have dumplings, noodle soups, delicious vegetable and meat dishes. About the rice; the more prosperous people are the less rice they eat. This can make it pretty difficult to survive a business dinner where one is offered the best of regional dishes. Asking for rice means the offered food is not good or not enough – whereby the host looses his face.

But despite the very different culture with its sometimes for foreigners strange seeming habits, there are many great sights which are worth visiting; the Great Wall, the forbidden city, the Hutongs in Beijing, the Terrakotta Armee of Xian, Shanghai a city that never sleeps, the Westlake in Hangzhou and the old town of Suzhou – just to name a few of them.

Furthermore there is a dazzling nightlife. The Chinese like to play and to be entertained. Many nightclubs are costly designed and decorated, there are separate tables to stand and sit on and a lot of dance performances. KTVs (karaoke places) you can find all over the country where people like to sing and drink.

Ever tried whiskey with iced tea or snake schnapps?

 

 

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