International art in the festival's logo
A logo with a history
Hans Christian Andersen is one of the world's greatest artists and most translated writers. It was important to reflect this international aspect in the festival's logo. Therefore, the sculpture by internationally renowned Chinese artist Yue Minjun was chosen as part of the festival's logo. The original sculpture is life sized at 180 cm, it is incorporated into the logo in a graphical form.
The story behind the man
Yue-Minjun (b. 1962) is one of the world's leading contemporary artists. He is ambiguous in his art, just as HC Andersen was. Yue Minjun's sculpture is laughing, but laughing happily or hysterically? This ambiguity is also seen in Hans Christian Andersen's work. You can read Hans Christian Andersen as a child, and you can re-interpret him as an adult.
Yue Minjun works in a wide number of formats, from painting, sculpture, to installation art. He is best known for his distinctive portrayals of hysterical laughing and pink people, all of which are portraits of Minjun himself.
Yue Minjun's sculpture was also produced in a 30 cm high bronze statuette. The figurine is the tangible evidence of the festival's main prize Nightingale. Pictured: Yue Minjun approving the model of the statuette before it is cast.