HCA NEWS The Hans Christian Andersen Museum receives a donation of paper cutouts from China

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum has received a donation of 112 paper cutouts from China.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 04 November 2002

One of China's finest practitioners in the art of paper cutting, Ms. Lu Xue, has produced 112 paper cutouts based on five of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. The paper cutouts were donated to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense and, according to Odense City Museums, are an expression of China's close bonds with the Danish fairy tale writer as well as a Chinese interpretation of a Western cultural tradition.

The 31-year old artist presented the gift to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum today.  She has been making paper cutouts since she was six years old and is highly respected in China.  Among other things, she is represented in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and has exhibited in various other places in Asia and Europe.

Lu Xue always produces her works with scissors.  Even though she has felt closely connected to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales all her life, she naturally also expresses herself within the Chinese tradition in which, seen with our eyes, she uses a much more expressive style than in her Andersen pieces.  On the other hand, she considers the latter more painstaking.

The collection of 112 cutouts is, to date, the largest single collection of Chinese illustrations of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales ever known here.  Most of them will be exhibited at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum next summer, when the first storey of the renovated museum is finished.