Culture night at Danish embassy in Beijing

On Sunday 7 July, the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing hosted a combined event of the opening reception of the new “Young Artist Painting Exhibition at the Danish Embassy” and a showing of the movie “Drive”. The event gathered more than 50 participants.

The event was opened by first secretary at the Royal Danish Embassy, Mr. Mads Kjeldsen, who welcomed the new paintings by Mr. Zhao Yan as well as the guests.

The artist Mr. Zhao Yan was born in 1984 in Henan Province and graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Art, Painting Department, in 2011. He has exhibited his paintings since 2010. The Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing will exhibit two paintings by Mr. Zhao, both showing Beijing National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube.

To support Chinese artists, the Danish embassy hosts the “Young Artist Painting Exhibition” offering them a platform to showcase their works and reach more audience. The new paintings will be displayed in the conference of the Embassy.

“In the Embassy’s big meeting room the paintings will reach a wide audience consisting of business people, politicians, diplomats, students and other people visiting the Embassy,” Mr. Mads Kjeldsen said.

After the opening reception of the exhibition, the Danish Embassy showed the movie “Drive” (2011), which was directed by the Danish director Mr. Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the Best Director Award for the film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Mr. Nicolas Winding Refn – known for his brutal and controversial movies – made his breakthrough in 1996 with his debut movie “Pusher”. His latest film “Only God Forgives” has just won the top prize at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival.

Source: The Embassy of Denmark in China

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